1993 MARY GATES DEWEY STUDIO CERAMIC CAT # 02Dewey ceramic 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. "I am owned by one cat, Kaygee, which is short for "kiln god". It is a tradition among potters that new kilns have a kiln god made of clay to ensure successful firings. Kaygee came marching through the woods on the day of the first firing of the new kiln...he has stayed to watch over the production ever since, and has been the inspiration for many of the Dewey cats." Mary Gates Dewey... Use and Care The clay used for the cats is very porous and fairly soft, hence fragile. Transport carefully. The cats can be put outside, but may be affected adversely by freezing weather and faded by direct sunlight. We advise that they be kept indoors, away from doors, children and jealous felines to prevent breakage. The cats should be cleaned simply by light dusting, but can be wiped with mild soapy water to remove oily stains. This cat measures approximately 20 ½" H x 16" W. The face, with "catitude", is precious. Mary Gates Dewey's signature is engraved on the back of the cat. Previously owned in perfect condition; no breaks or cracks. Please email me if you have any questions, need additional pictures,
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