A little toad sculpture made to bring you joy!
Toads love to croak and waddle but they’re also happy to just sit by the pond and watch the world go by.
Designed to be held and loved, toady starts as a lump of clay which I shape and form by hand.
Material – Stoneware clay, underglazes and glaze. Stamped underneath with my logo.
Packaging – Critters come wrapped in tissue paper presented in a luxury grey gift box ready for their new owner.
Free UK delivery – I generally post the next day using Royal Mail’s tracked 24 service, but please allow 5 working days. International delivery will take longer but is tracked.
International shipping – Cost of international shipping will be added at the checkout and customers are responsible for any customs and duties.
VAT – Price includes VAT at 20% in applicable countries.
How they’re made
Mud, glorious mud! well, professional-grade stoneware clay from the UK to be precise.
Once the clay is prepared, I create two identical spheres before pinching each into a bowl shape.
The two bowls are then scored and joined before being left to dry a little.
Once the hollow sphere is a little firmer, I then create the shape of the critter before adding details like the eyes.
Once they’ve dried off a bit I can refine them further, and once completely dry I can give them a last smoothing before they go in the kiln for bisque firing to 1050°C
Once cooled (usually 24-48 hours later) I can sand them then brush them down before applying coloured underglazes – usually 2-3 layers hand painted on. They’re then left another 24 hours before having a clear glaze applied on top – again another 3 layers.
Then once they’re dry, I’ll clear any glaze from underneath to stop them sticking to the kiln shelf, I’ll score around their eyes and then it’s back into the kiln for the glaze firing. This time the temperature reaches 1245°C
It can take a good 24-48 hours before the pieces are cool enough to handle. Then it’s quality check time, and if I’m happy with them, they get a stamp on their bottom, their photo taken and then they’re released back into the wild.