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Bell Challenge

June 12, 2007

Looking around the house for a subject to do for this week’s challenge, I came across this service bell in Rouen style faïence – used , I suppose, for calling domestic help to clear the table. Having lived for a long time in my husband’s grandmother’s house in Normandy, we ended up with a lot of objects like this, that no one else really wanted. Rouen’s never been my favorite style for ceramics – I prefer simpler, less colorful things as a general rule,but it’s still very popular. anyone who has ever visited Rouen will know that there are ceramic shops everywhere – this is the thing you buy while you’re there if you want a souvenir. I like the fact that this connects us to the past though, to a time when Michel’s grandparents lived the high life, before they lost everything in World War 2. I know this drawing’s a bit wonky, but I decided to leave it as it seems to me to match the subject. (These things are all hand made) I was also testing a new Chinese sketchbook (cheap cheap) to see how it holds up to watercolor – fair to middling I’d say. You get what you pay for.

10 Comments leave one →
  1. June 12, 2007 5:15 pm

    I don’t much like that style of ceramic either, though I do like the city of Rouen and I also like your sketch! I’m having trouble finding a bell…

  2. June 12, 2007 6:14 pm

    Love your sketch. Your background colors are a good choice for your bell. I have to admit to liking some “tacky ornate” ceramics, though I gravitate toward the simpler and less colorful also. Luckily I have a plain brass dinner bell for when I get to this challenge. It’s only problem is than when rung, no servants magically appear.

  3. June 12, 2007 9:13 pm

    I love this – the lines, the colors, and the journalling behind it! This is why I love visual journals! Thanks for sharing!

  4. June 12, 2007 10:47 pm

    I like that you kept it ‘wonky’ Casey, great sketch!

  5. June 13, 2007 2:37 am

    oh, I suppose we must leave China now for good…:( But what fun to have you back and posting french life once again! Tres jolie!

  6. June 13, 2007 7:31 am

    But there is a nice texture on the paper it seems.
    The little painting is lovely. I like the colorharmony in it.

  7. June 13, 2007 4:31 pm

    Nice sketch casey.. I also like the wonky look and the colors are nice.

  8. June 13, 2007 8:25 pm

    What a neat sketch Casey! Love the shape and colors.

  9. June 14, 2007 11:10 pm

    Love the colors and wonkiness, Casey. Wonderful!

  10. June 14, 2007 11:36 pm

    Great bell sketch. It does look handmade indeed! And the blue/orange combo is a good one for this subject.

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