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Sonja Bergstrom – Artist Statement
Handmade on Vashon Island, Washington by the ceramicART studio from Sonja Bergström & Thomas Meyer.
Our pieces are made by a special porcelain slip casting process. This method has been perfected to form perfectly fine lightweight pieces which are very tactile when held. Porcelain slip is mixed with stains and poured into mould. After drying in the moulds they are refined by hand. Each piece is different from others due to the hand-refining process. All pieces are bisque fired first and water-sanded for a smooth touch, color or clear lead-free glaze and fired again all the way up to 2100°F in the Kiln and finalized with fine-sanding. Although they look very thin and fragile, they are very strong due to hi-firing process.
sheepPAL by bergstrom studios
These adorable mighty sheepPALs function not only as a “special pal” to you or your loved ones, but is also a functional foot stool or low seat and can be used as a creative addition to your living space.
Customers buy sheepPALs for a variety of personal reasons. Some are looking for a companion that is soft cuddly and reminds them of their childhood. Others look at it as an animal that they can have in their apartment with no complaints. In my experience in doing shows and street fairs, they attract a wide array of individuals. They are a great gift for that “hard to buy” person and are a definite show stopper as a hostess gift.
Sonja Bergstrom’s Studio is stop #4 on the 2023 VIVA Holiday Art Studio Tour, Dec 2-3 & 9-10, Saturdays and Sundays, from 10 am – 4 pm. For more information on the free, self-guided tour and an interactive map, click here.