April 05, 2015

French, Prairie, Or Farmhouse, Its About Raw Texture

 Burlap Luxe Home Designs

My New Typography Sign Pottery
Artisan Created By Dore (Me) Burlap Luxe.

41" x 13" 1/2
All salvaged woods 100 plus years.

 Inspired to created this sign after spending time in the studio of clay.
Studio of art on the desert of Southern California.
"The Burning House"
Art Studio.

 I love when pieces call out to me to create. This hinge is original to the antique window
that became part of the letter "T" I love the salvage it adds.

 I use salvage pieces that call out to be used.
Old table tops for the base covered with vintage and weathered barn woods washed in
tree bark beige's and French greys.
Embracing the imperfection.
 I add fragments of vintage to complete the letters, adding all the right kind of rightness.

 Pottery, earth and fire glazed in touchable beauty.
Everyday objects bring a natural style to living in harmony with ideas that inspire.

I have been creating the essence of beautifully well lived pottery as the French say,
"Perfect Imperfection" seem to capture the essence of the French approach to
creating with the underscore of confidence in French, never throwing out
a piece of use.
Mixing my artful pottery with the old of pieces collected and gathered.

 Ironstone Pottery

 Nothing is served in anything that distract from the colour of food.
Countless chefs and food experts refuse to serve food on anything other than the plainest white.
 Porcelain and faience (stoneware and earthenware) 
glazed in every shade of white to creams.

 Uneven, raw texture and the absence of smooth edges add to the reason I am creating
in clays giving reason and the impression that these pieces have been unearthed
from an old French country chateau, known as roadside pottery.

 Simple imperfections of art clay speak to me!
The charm in creating imperfect pieces become very perfect for me.
Adding rustic French to my rural kitchen.

 Rows of pottery useful, beautiful, loved and used.

 Setting the table unpretentious, restrained elegance with French pottery as
the backdrop.

Soon you will find hand thrown pottery in my etsy.
My home cabinets will be filled.

 Rustic pieces nudge me to create in reclaimed beauty, adding a 
backdrop to how I create art for all reasons.

 I purposefully age, damage and abuse my pieces to achieve the love of
all things French. Using salvaged pieces tug at my French soul, rooting
myself in living with age.

 All my pieces had a different life before they reached my hands, where then I
took each piece and finished them in clay like patinas not allowing one
piece over the other, to compete with each other.

"Nothing is interesting unless it becomes personal."

 In Plain View
Washed and given a weathered worn finish as if acquired over years inspire,
plain and simple as that.
 Home is where the art is.
Good and pure art heals the home...The most important and theatrical place
to entertain my pottery is the French kitchen where guests and family
enjoy something good on my pottery.

All my home pieces painted by me, adding a calculated austerity and
feeling of timelessness.
The POTTERY sign will be hung over a bank of cabinets.
Pottery signs will be added to my etsy in time, along with
uneven pottery.
Working on custom orders.


lynn cockrell said...

How exciting your time spent in the studio making those wonderful pieces in clay. You did a beautiful job on all. That POTTERY sign is fabulous too, sweet Dore!

Rhonda said...

I love the pottery sign Dore! Your creations are beautiful, and I love ironstone!

Butterfly 8)(8 Bungalow said...

Dore, Wow, the pottery that you made is beautiful. It's perfection, even though it is not suppose to be. Pretty white pottery or white dishes are so hard to find. I love your home. It is so graceful with a sense of calm. I love the sign as well. xoxo

Elizabeth at Eiffel Tells said...

The wooden letters are very creative and beautiful - and you make pottery as well. I love your flair for design and continue to be impressed by your varied and many talents. Bisous

WhiteWhispers2u said...

It's Perfect !!! I love my LOVE Sign and this is just as Special. I am excited to see your Pottery Pieces as I am sure they will be handcrafted with much Love.

Happy Easter Hope your Day was Blessed. Hugs ! xoxo

Bente said...

What a fantasic sign. You are so creative, Dore. The pottery you make are just beautiful, and suits your home perfectly.
Hugs from here

Méa Strauß said...

Ohhh, yesss. Your POTTERY! Raw, ah, I love it. This milkwhite, not that one out of the toothpastetube, nono, this special wonderful white. And the raw wood and your humorous ideas.
Ahh, Doré, I see, you are doing fine - an artist in the flow :))
Have a wonderful time, HUUUGS from Méa, who lives in her bathroom these days... Because it was time for this room to change :))

justys said...

Wow i love your pottery and the idea with the Amazing letters! I love the colours! So please Do it again and dont stop with the nice pureless things that we love!
Easter greets Justys

justys said...

Wow i love your pottery and the idea with the Amazing letters! I love the colours! So please Do it again and dont stop with the nice pureless things that we love!
Easter greets Justys

It's me said...

Hi doré ...love your pottery....Happy easter....love Ria...xxx!

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Bonjour Doré! I have been using white plates and white plates only since we've been married - 33 years. And even before I had read that French chefs prefer white plates to allow the color of food to be the star attraction, I was doing it for the same reasons, but not knowing that is what I was doing; instinct told me that the food needed to be seen and appreciated, and that the plate was a canvas. White speaks to me so much, and my home is also textured in imperfection, and we love it that way!

All your pieces are exquisite, and when you get your pottery in your Etsy, I'd love to purchase some ROADSIDE POTTERY!

Alors, bisous, et à bientôt! Anita

Lin from A {tiny} Cottage In The Woods said...

You continue to leap forward with your art, Doré. All this is so incredibly beautiful!

I am trying my hand at creating a jointed tiny dancer from paperclay (one of my projects for the next toy theatre). To set aside time for art in each day is pure joy, and I have you to thank for inspiring me to take more leaps!

Thank you, dear friend!

Unknown said...

Your Pottery sign is so cool, it adds a bit of fun to your space. I love how your furniture has a whitewashed look. How do you get that look using paint?
xo Sally

DD's Cottage said...

How relaxing and fun to spend the time in your studio creating your imperfect/beautiful pottery. Sounds like bliss! Gorgeous

Row homes and Cobblestones said...

Your Pottery sign is is very impressive in both size and salvage usage. I for one am visually excited to see your newest artistic expression become available at your Burlap Luxe store. I know I will embrace your designs and delightfully place on our table to create my culinary Artist palate with food. Doré as well for me - only ever White plates.

It's been many yesteryears (hey that's a word right?) since I throw pots to the potter's wheel. You mon amie have inspired me with our chats about potting to get back into it. My friend goes to the Clay Studio in Philadelphia and Bruce's work is amazing. He is an architect and it influences his vessels. Well as soon as the dust settles in our home and I truly mean "dust" from remodeling I'm going to go some classes. I close my eyes to and remember working with Arizona Red Desert clay. I can feel the therapeutic healing properties and communication of clay to hand.

I see the rustic beauty in your plates and know everything will have and express your soulful creative expression that is what is the heart of Burlap Luxes beauty.

I envision your French rustic cabinets overflowing with pieces of pottery all created from your heart and made with love. I look forward to the day of serving someone at our table and saying, my girlfriend Doré handmade these incredible rustic plates.

Keep inspiring us all...

Lynne said...

Your pottery and your multitude of luxe patinas . . . my heart, my heart!

Ann-Christin said...

Love it! :)


Ann-Christin said...

Love it! :)


Cindy said...

That's awesome that you will be creating the uneven pottery plates, I'll be watching the shop for them - I just love them.
Your "Pottery" sign is fabulous as is everything you create - and looking at the photos here is like looking at a magazine shoot...


Jacqueline~Cabin and Cottage said...

The detail on your sign is just wonderful! And your hand made pottery is wonderful too. I especially love the square tureen. So organic. Your furniture finishes and selections make for a lovely liveable style that I love.

edy said...

I too love working clay....throwing pots or making masks...each one unique....I love the color flow you have achieved with your furniture pieces...a sense of unity yet fun...this is important in life...keeping innocence alive...like your signs... lovely simple...

June said...

You amaze me to pieces Dore!!! I absolutely love the pottery sign and the wonderful plates you have created. Getting to visit your home is such a feast for my eyes my dear!
sending hugs....

Gail Peterson said...

So Pretty Doré,
I love the newly made pottery of your old ironstone.
White is timeless. I bet your a wonderful cook too!
The pottery sign is very cool. I can see it hanging from a olive tree with a table of pottery for sale. On the side of the road amongst the lavendr fields!!!
Wouldn't that be fun?
Enjoy creating and Thank you for sharing your talents.

Gail Peterson said...

With your old ironstone!!!

Lisa said...

Dore, I really love the Pottery sign you did. You are such an inspiration to me to create lovely things for my home. I love the patina in the sign and the perfectly imperfect feel it has just like the pottery plates you are creating. Blessings to you, my friend.


chateau chic said...

You live so elegantly, Dore, alongside your appreciation of the most humble of items. I adore your "Pottery" sign which elevates the castoffs to a place of beauty!
Mary Alice

Anonymous said...

I need these plates. They are beautiful. Do you know if where I can get them?


cindy hattersley design said...

Darn I left a comment and it must have not posted. That sign is unbelievably clever. Someone needs that for their shop!!

by meisje said...

Oh I love it, so beautiful and beauty!!! XOX, Meisje

Botanic Bleu said...

What is it about old pieces of wood with bits of old iron still attached? Your Pottery sign is perfect for hanging above your uneven pottery.... old wood identifying simulated old pottery. Meant to be together...


Pura Vida said...

I know you are having so much fun in your new world. It's fun for me to watch you create

Karena said...

Dear Dore, I love that your creativity is spreading to new areas of beauty and art! The pottery is so wonderful and I know that I would love the feel and weight of it! I cannot wait to see your pieces in your Etsy shop!!

You asked about my own art, as spring is on its way, I will be painting outdoors again soon. The custom piece that I created for a friend this winter was done inside and was a challenge because I just don't have the studio space at this time. Am very excited to be outside using my oils and brushes again!!

The Arts by Karena
Dual Vision!

Woodside Park said...

Dear Dore,
Your new "old" pottery sign is so beautiful. I love the gathered pieces you used - such stories behind each one. And I admire your creativity and talent.

Kelly said...

I love the wooden sign you made. It's so unique! I'm looking forward to seeing the pottery you make sold in your Etsy shop.

Katherines Corner said...

I love playing with clay. This is a wonderful post. I invite you to share at my Thursday Favorite Things blog hop xo

Susan McShannon-Monteith said...

What a beautiful way to repurpose and reuse pieces of wood from their former lives.
The pottery is so soothing. I can imagine that bright colours of food look so tempting on such dishes.
Susan x

Rhonda said...

Your hands creatively release your passion and it shows! I have to admire your style and dedication to French Country. You carry the theme throughout your life and these dishes are just the topping of the cake.

Many hugs, Rhonda

Suz said...

I have always wanted a sign like the one you've posted. Maybe the word Poet would be nice. Since I write but don't publish. All that to say I really like your pottery sign.

Sandi~A Cottage Muse said...

Loving your new creation Dore! My daughter recently moved out into her first place and wants to make something for one of the rooms. I'm going to show her this for inspiration...I think she will have fun thinking of the perfect word to fit into her first nest! Thank you!!

Burlap Luxe said...

Awww! Thank you Sandi, I so happy I inspired you to bring your daughter by to get inspired on her own sign, it's so much fun getting creative with words, if I can help on tips email I will give her the complete run down on putting one together and pieces to look for.


Beach House Living said...

I like the white against the muted furnishings. It would be wonderful if you were closer...to add some touches of your perfectly painted pieces here.

Debbie said...

Everything looks lovely.

Julie Whitmore Pottery said...

Fabulous creative sign, and the same goes for your wonderful dog!

Little Farmstead said...

What a charming and creative pottery sign, Dore! I hope you'll share pictures of it once you hang it. It's the type of piece that will "make" a space with all of its character. Loved this post and the peek into your beautiful work of art as expressed in your daily living. A treat for us to enjoy as well! Have a beautiful week!! ~julie

La Contessa said...

Beautiful YOU...........it all WORKS SO well in YOUR HOME!

Unknown said...

You create the most beautiful serving ware! I just found your blog and LOVE it!
xo, Teri

michele said...

oh dore, how i would love to learn this art of handmade plates. they have so much character. and your sign! tres magnifique! this art piece evokes such personality and is oh so distinctive. love to you from a heart raw and stretched in the dusty deconstructed manor. peace to you right where you are.

Thistle Cove Farm said...

What a wonderful sign and love the plates. I adore hand thrown pottery and enjoyed hearing the history of yours.

Pamela Connell said...

I love your handmade pottery! Too be honest, I love most things homemade...I have to say you are a true artist!

Kay said...

I think this is my third.. maybe fourth visit to this blog post Dore ... always inspiring and each time something new would catch my attention. So lovely!

Burlap Luxe said...

Thank you KAY !
Your welcome anytime as often as you would like...
Hope I inspire you to create something :)


Eggs In My Pocket said...

Your clay pictures and pottery sign are lovely! Loved reading your history on this......such an inspirational post!

Junkchiccottage said...

The pottery sign is awesome Dore. Love love! Always so soothing and inspiring to stop by.

Sissie's Shabby Cottage said...

Hello Dore,
Words cannot express the beauty of your pottery sign. I love all the details and how you've woven it all together into a work of art.
Love your pretty sea washed pieces as well. You have inspired me to put some finishing touches on my own. As for the gold mirror, I'm working on it. I'm hoping it will speak to me.


Victoria said...

So much beauty here Dore! I love your Pottery sign! I finally got Fifi's book a few weeks ago and look through it often. How awesome that one of your signs is on the cover:) The picture of your daughter is beautiful, honestly every time I see her she makes me think of Rachel Bilson! Must make you a proud mama:)

oldgreymareprimitives said...

I am crazy for the pottery sign. It is delightful. Of course it suits you and your beautiful home. I think what appeals to me most in a home is when the owner surrounds herself with very personal and beloved treasures that tell a story of a life well lived.
You certainly have mastered that art. <3

La Petite Gallery said...

Dore, I can only say I just love what you do. Happen to love the feel of white, a color you can't go wrong with. I designed the first white /white wall paper.1980's.

Ivy and Elephants said...

Dore, how exciting! I love your sign, you always come up with the most creative things! It's going to look amazing hanging over all that beautiful stoneware. Fun and function, the perfect combination!
Happy Mother's Day!

La Petite Gallery said...

Have a great Memorial Day, we may get FROST tonight, Ugh!!!! I have to bring in hanging baskets and plants and cover garden. I am tired just thinking about it. Let me tell you that sea painting is very good, you should do lots of paintings. I have all those white dishes, square ones and those very small bowls, love them. "You've Got Talent"