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Loirin and Bunny, First Blossom - Fired Plate by Dreamspirit Loirin and Bunny, First Blossom - Fired Plate by Dreamspirit
Completed on June 7, 2013

This past weekend I spent some time with my mom painting pottery and continuing work on the Loirin plate I started last month.

The image is actually based off an incredibly tiny inked “sketch” that was the size of a postage stamp (one inch by one inch) that I made in 2010. At the time, I scanned it and then toned it in Photoshop to tighten it up a bit more. I wanted to make something sweet for my grandmother that was cuddly and fantasy-ish, and I liked the idea of there being a touch of a story (that the Liorin and the bunny are watching the first blossom of Spring). Sadly, my grandmother is no longer with us, but this piece was one of her favorite pieces of art I ever created for her.



The Loirin is a very old character of mine who is sort of a cross between a lion and a kirin (oriental unicorn). I have rendered this fella many times over the years, and one of the first ones I really liked was done way back in 2006 (although I have sketches of him as early as 2001, I believe). The character's been roaming around in my head, but aside from a few short lines of text, I really haven't written him into the world of my story yet. I figure when the right moment arises, he'll make himself known and slip into the midst of things. He's very calm and collected, and I view his race as a true and elusive rarity.

Years later I wanted to commission him to be made into a plush by the ever-talented Kim Rhodes, so I put some quick color over top my original image so she had a guide of his coloration. She did a fantastic job on him!



In any case, this last weekend I was able to finish-up painting my Loirin plate which I free-handed based on the original 2010 image. I’ve been really excited to see how the colors turn out after it’s fired, since even during the painting process I had to try to use my imagination to try and figure out how it will all come together after firing.

It's 11 inches in diameter, and to my surprise, the colors turned out EXTREMELY close to how I'd envisioned them to be, and it is a real pleasure seeing the bold colors come to life! This is my fifth piece of painted pottery like this, and each time I learn just a little bit more about how different glazes interact with each other. I know most folks don't go quite so crazy with details but... that's just how I roll. ;) I really enjoyed seeing the final result, and, and it's a ton of fun looking forward to eating off this plate and smiling as I do.

I think my grandmother would have liked this plate quite a lot. :)

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Unfired version here:


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hansuke22 Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
this is really awesome!
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Dreamspirit Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thanks so much! :D
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hansuke22 Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
you're welcome :D
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tarkheki Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2013
I think this piece carries a lot of that love, as well as emotion form it's creation. it isn't far fetched to consider that- just like the rabbit and Loirin- it might parallel the kind of relationship you have with your Grandmother now; you might be the corporeal one, but your Grandmother is something more fantastic now, that still guards over you, no matter how distant. I think she does love this piece, quite a lot! :heart:
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Dreamspirit Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2013  Professional General Artist
Your comment made me teary-eyed. Thanks so much, hon. Your words really mean a lot to me and it's truly powerful to me how you see into the meaning and symbolism of such things. <3
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tarkheki Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2013
I think symbols are EVERYWHERE- we just have to look. Sometimes it's more obvious, and sometimes it comes out of us so unconsciously. :hug:
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not-really-eviL Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2013
I was so curious to see how it would turn out fired, so good!
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Dreamspirit Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2013  Professional General Artist
Me as well! I'm so excited the colors came out as they did! :D
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RakSkuder Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2013  Professional Filmographer
How cute!! :)
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Dreamspirit Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thank you! I'm glad you like it. :)
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lolpeaceoutlol Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awesome!
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Dreamspirit Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thanks so much! :D
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lolpeaceoutlol Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
your welcome
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