A unique piece of art for using and enjoying
This mug is all about chickens. A hen on one side and a cockerel on the other. Working from one of my photographs I paint the mugs in batches of about 6 so that there is consistency in the colours of the chickens. With the paint, I build layers of colour which creates texture on the mug and adds to their vibrancy. The paints are ceramic and once dry are baked in the oven to cure the paint which makes them dishwasher proof. The mugs we are using are beautifully thin bone china, just right for a lovely cup of tea or coffee. These chickens are all on our small Balmoral stock which gives you a small tea mug or coffee mug and is also perfect for a children’s mug. To see more information and compare sizes link here.
About the chickens, I paint
I photograph chickens whenever I can. I am constantly looking for striking ones, either in character or in colours. Elmley nature reserve is a favourite for chickens as they are truly free range. Staying overnight at Elmley gives the opportunity to photograph these early in the morning or at the end of the day when the light is better and although this can be a challenge for painting it brings out the colours. Chickens have real characters if you sit and watch you’ll soon learn which one is bad-tempered, which one timid. It’s influenced which ones I pick to photograph, as I see their character appear I try hard to get a photograph that really represents them as a chick – yeah I know daft but good fun. I think the chickens will make nice wedding plates so watch out for those appearing on the website.
All small Balmoral’s except the harvest mice have a back and a front. This mug is unusual as I’ve painted a hen on one side and a cockerel on the other, it moves away from my normal -“bums” on the back.
Customise your mug
Customise your cockerel with a message, a name, a date of birth in all of one of 4 places. Either side of the handle, between the pictures or on the bottom of the mug. You will be given the option at checkout to add personalised messages. The messages are handwritten on to the mugs and you can choose capitals, mixed case or lower case. We will ask you to supply the spelling by email to ensure we don’t make any errors. See examples here
Care for your mug
The painted mugs have a texture created by the build-up of the paint. They are dishwasher safe and fade safe. Do not use abrasive cloths or scourers on the painting and it can damage or remove the paint.
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