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Penstroke buttons in stoneware

Penstroke buttons in stoneware
£8.50 3 Available
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A pack of six handmade high-fired buttons in white clay, glazed with white dolomite glaze and cobalt brush-painted decoration. Dolomite creates a semi-matt surface, silky smooth to the touch, and turns the cobalt blue into lavender-colour in places. These buttons feel like sea-smoothed shells and add subtle painterly pattern to anything they adorn.

Hand and machine-washable but I recommend you pop your buttoned item into a pillow case before using the washing machine, just to be sure. Sizes comprise 21mm, 22mm and 23mm dia (approx) per pack. If you need a specific size please let me know in Note to Seller, I can also make sizes to order.

Each button is individually made and therefore may slightly differ in size and shape. The packs come packaged in a transparent cellophane bag and make great gifts for creative people!


I started making buttons as part of a series of quilt-inspired pieces called 'Tethered Quilts' and then started using them to adorn cushions, tea cosies and clothes. I thought other people might like to use them too!

People seem to particularly like my Penstroke buttons. The marks are reminiscent of Japanese brush painting (think bamboo) but my inspiration came from using a pen and ink for cross-hatched shading in drawings.

Each button is made entirely by hand, by making a small bead of clay and then carefully pinching it out, before making and neatening the holes. After a first firing they are ready to paint with glaze (the holes carefully cleaned with a damp brush) with a final addition of brush-painted oxide for the decoration before a second firing to 1060 celsius. It takes around two weeks for all these processes to make a button!

Shipping & delivery

This item will be posted to you by Nicki Jarvis within 3 days of receiving payment.

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United Kingdom £1.75

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USA and Canada £3.70
Rest of the World £3.85

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