Swan Mama and Babies, Ceramic Leaf Dish with Swan and Cygnets on Sparkling Pond
In this ceramic piece, the two baby swans are riding on mom's back while she swims in a sparkling pond. Mother swans are very protective of their babies and stay with them for many months as they grow. Swans mate for life and the fathers also care for the young swans - the babies often ride on the father's back as well. Swan babies are called cygnets. Cyngets are fluffy and gray (remember the "Ugly Duckling" fairytale..... the duckling was actually a baby swan....but they are actually quite cute!)
The "pond" is a heart shaped leaf, pressed into clay. I love the dappled blend of turquoise and blues, dotted with accents of real gold. After I press the leaf into clay, I cut the leaf out and form the curved shape. Once the clay leaf dish has firmed up a bit, I create the little swan sculpture out of the same clay and join it to the dish. Then I slowly dry the piece. Once dry, I fire the piece in my kiln to a low temperature. This preliminary firing (called the bisque firing) hardens the clay so that it can be handled. Then I apply the colors and glaze, followed by a second and higher temperature firing (this one over 2200 F). Real 22kt gold accents are applied by hand and the piece is kiln fired a third time to melt and bond the gold. It's a labor intensive process with unique results.
The leaf is approximately 7 inches long and 6 inches wide. Please allow slight variations and imperfections which make these handmade sculptures as unique as a fingerprint.
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This is a beautiful piece. The leaf makes a pretty pond and the color makes it look like a peaceful place to take your babies for a swim. I love how the Mama Swan is carrying her little Cygnets across the pond. I connected to this because I have two boys and this mama has two babies. The craftsmanship is stunning and unique! Deana is always so great to answer questions and share her talent.
Perfect size for dresser-top for rings, etc. Love the size, feel, colors and story this piece evokes. Beautiful and delicate craftsmanship. Thank you!
The beautiful creations I purchased from this very talented artist are SO beautiful! I dearly treasure each one. Well worth purchasing these unique, beautiful, hand-crafted items. Even more exquisite in person than the photos. And I can't part with the ones I intended to gift! HIGHLY RECOMMEND!!
The pictures do not do the tray justice. So amazing. Detail of the leaf and quality of the additional details was a pleasant surprise. I felt so lucky to be able to get one. I can not wait to purchase more.
I am a repeat customer and just couldn’t get enough of Deana’s work. These beautifully made handmade ceramic dishes of hers always make me smile when I see them around the house.
Really love my new lavender jewelry dish. Looks good on my vanity and I use it to put my rings and earrings in for safe keeping.
My ladybug dish exceeds any of the videos I had watched! Superb quality and love. You can feel the care with the craftsmanship and careful glazing finish. The dish arrived quickly and was securely packed. I will definitely add to the new collection.
After missing out on this treasure a couple of times, I was match fit for the third try to purchase. It’s the most beautiful dish, so delicately crafted and hand painted with 22K gold accents. I have placed it on a shelf where it holds my precious rings while I’m cooking and the deep blue tones really pop when fingers of sunlight reach for it. I absolutely adore it 💙
Dandelions are near and dear to my heart. To have been able to purchase this was a dream and it came in time for me to use it to hold my rings while I was in surgery and couldn't wear any jewelry in. Thank you so much for sharing your visions and creations!
This tray was even more beautiful than it was when I saw it on Instagram and came so professionally wrapped I would 100% by again
I am a lover of lady bugs…. Would always miss out on new pieces from this lovely lady, but I was determined to get a Lady Bug piece no matter what. Now that I have it, it’s the best thing…. It sits be my Night stand
It was very well packed. Will surely be purchasing again.
I bought this ring dish as a treat to myself. I held off opening it until Mother’s Day and I was so excited opening it up. It is a stunning, beautiful dish and it was beautifully wrapped with a bonus heart trinket. I hope to purchase one with a ladybug or bumble bee. Thank you so much Deana!
Pleasantly surprised upon receiving my rainbow tree jewelry dish set. The set was carefully prepared for shipping, arrived on time, and in perfect condition. The craftsmanship put into this set is exquisite and simply beautiful. Will consider purchasing other items from Vuvu Ceramics again.
Hard to describe how beautiful these are! Gorgeous, whimsical, pure joy. Thank you, Vuvu Ceramics.
I received this gorgeous piece at a very difficult time, and it definitely brightened up my day. Every day since I've gotten it, I've grinned at the sweet, tiny little froggo friend I now have! More than worth the price. I will be recommending Vuvu to anyone and everyone I know ✨🐸✨