The Owl and the Pussycat mug: a decorative ceramic


9 × 14 × 13 cm
589 gm
mixed clays and oxide colours


The Owl and the Pussycat mug; this rustic folk art take on the poem is slab built by hand from various recycled clays decorated with oxides between multiple firings and then waxed after its final firing.

It is a one off .

The front features the cat and owl in their boat. The back shows the silvery moon above the wording “AND THEY DANCED”. The Piggiewig sits on a branch of the Bong Tree that forms the handle.

Due to the materials used this is an entirely decorative piece and is totally non functional.

Weight 589 gm
Dimensions 9 × 14 × 13 cm

I had been commissioned to create a mug for an existing patron. I confess I don’t normally make mugs but rose to the challenge, got into the zone and ended up making three wildly different pieces.
My client happily purchased his commission and one of the additional mugs (Adam & Eve) plus another piece.

Cost Time
Mainland UK $12.95 5 day(s)
UK Highlands and Islands $12.95 5 day(s)
Western Europe NA NA
Rest of Europe NA NA
USA and Canada $45.34 10 day(s)
Far East / Australia-NZ NA NA
Worldwide NA NA

Artist Return Policy : This item can be returned.

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Many of my ceramics start with a narrative that’s either imagined, half remembered, carefully researched or commissioned. I am always interested in taking on commissioned work especially of a commemorative nature.

A love of whimsy, folk art, religious and tribal art and my background as an illustrator, all go into the mix.

I work with a variety of clays into which I often add other fragments of additional material. These ”inclusions” plus the use of oxides and multiple firings add to the alchemy and give the clay a distressed or patinated surface.

Once described as “Possibly one of the UK’s most successful illustrators that no-one has ever heard of” Derek Matthews has worked for a raft of top flight clients from Tokyo to Toronto. The Snappy series of children’s books he illustrated sold more than 13 million copies worldwide including a number one American best seller.

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