Tuesday’s Child’s Family Heirlooms: Dad’s Ceramics

Baby5tiny My Dad had several hobbies over the years. One of them was ceramics. I have two pieces he made, a planter which resembles a log and this little baby sucking her thumb and twirling her hair.

Baby3tinyI wasn’t able to shake the habit of sucking my thumb until I was seven years old and was often reminded of this.

Baby6tinyOn the underside he carved his initials FD for Fred Dempsey.

Baby4tinyThe baby at one time had an accident, breaking into two pieces and had to be glued together.

Baby1tinymadonna2Other pieces he made were a Madonna bust, a praying Madonna bust, a full Madonna statue with a crown (left), praying hands, and a rearing black stallion.

I cannot remember any being painted in color and most were white. Exceptions were the black stallion and the log shaped planter which is a dark grey, a mixture of white and black brushed on to make it look like wooden grain.Baby2tinyI thought it would be fun to do this one today since Dad thought of me when he chose to make this piece and Tuesday’s Child, the baby she represents, will be turning 58 in two days.

 © 2016 Cathy Meder-Dempsey

Jeanne Bryan Insalaco of Everyone Has A Story suggested doing posts on heirlooms in a discussion in the Genealogy Bloggers Facebook group and wrote Now Where Did I Put That? Several bloggers have taken her up on the challenge to write about their heirlooms and we hope more will follow our lead.

Other bloggers doing Family Heirloom stories:

Amy Johnson Crow’s 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks theme for 2015 Week 24 was Heirlooms. Visit her 52 Ancestors Challenge 2015: Week 24 Recap for the links to more posts in the comments.

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Author: Cathy Meder-Dempsey

When I’m not doing genealogy and blogging, I spend time riding my racing bike with my husband through the wonderful Luxembourg countryside.

10 thoughts on “Tuesday’s Child’s Family Heirlooms: Dad’s Ceramics”

    1. They are too perfect to have been done by hand. Porcelain slip is poured into a plaster of paris mold – the plaster “pulls” the liquid out of the slip allowing it to harden along the walls of the mold. Excess slip is poured off, mold has to dry several hours before it’s opened and piece is allowed to “fall out.” Seams and the hole are cleaned up and this is the point when my Dad added his initials. It is then left to dry completely before being fired in a kiln.
      Thank you for the birthday wish, Amy!

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