Mary Gates Dewey's cats are handmade of clay and the colors and patterns are produced by an ancient method of firing called sawdust or "pit" firing. Once the piece has been bisque fired in a kiln, it is buried in sawdust and the sawdust is burned. The smoke from the sawdust produces the permanent colors in the clay. Sizes vary slightly and color patterns are random. We have known Mary Gates Dewey since the early 70's when she visited Wally's pottery studio which was in Tennessee at that time. Mary's cats, which we have featured for several years, have been continuously sought after by collectors and cat lovers.
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