Celebrating 45 Years In Business

So blessed to celebrate 45 years in business this year!  In 1972, my Mother, E.V. Conner, a Nebraska landscape artist and I, took a 15-week course to learn how to paint china.  We had gone to an art show in Lincoln, NE and saw a hand painted tea set and eventually called the instructor and signed up for classes.  That was the beginning.  We would come home and teach the ladies in our china painting club what we had learned.
In 1985, we decided to take our wares and attend wholesale and retail gift shows.
We sold china products throughout the Midwest, eventually being in gift markets in Kansas City, Atlanta, Minneapolis, Chicago and Denver, with several reps across the United States.  When it got to the place where we were painting 10-12 pieces of one item, I realized I was not a machine but an artist.  I decided I would do most of the orders  and commissions and my Mom would do “her thing”, which worked really well.
I have a website that shows products I carry, each item is hand painted, original design produced by me, and may be personalized, which makes the gift a very special item.
I currently sell my products at the Archway at Kearney, NE, From Nebraska Shop, in Lincoln, NE, and my Studio in Seward, NE.
Call me or visit my studio.
God has given me a passion for painting and creating beautiful pieces that many people love.  One of my goals when I started painting was that people would see God’s beautiful creation in what I paint and that happens quite often.
Some of my paintings have gone to Ireland, Japan, England, Alaska, Canada and throughout the United States.
Rosemary Thomas

Country Woman Magazine January/February 2010

Rosemary ThomasOn many chilly winter evenings, you’ll find me sitting at a long table covered with china. But I’m not having dinner – I’m creating art.

Since I took my first china-painting class in 1973, it’s become both my hobby and a business. I’ve set up Rosemary’s Porcelain Art in a cozy studio in our basement, where I paint everything from plates and teas sets to holiday decorations.

Inspirations for my designs are everywhere I look on the rural acreage my husband, Stan, and I share. God’s paintbrush has blessed eastern Nebraska. I’ll see an absolutely beautiful snow scene, a chickadee, flower or vivid prairie sunset, and I can’t wait to get home and capture it on my porcelain canvas.

I spot motifs for Christmas-themed pieces on vintage greeting cards I inherited from my grandmother, or in holiday books and photos. Santa, stockings, holly and snowmen all end up on trays, vases, candle holders, tree ornaments and more.

My porcelain comes from all over – France, Germany, China, Brazil and the Czech Republic. Made from fine white clay, it’s distinguished by its hardness and translucency. I hand-mix the mineral paints I use to produce rich colors and textures. That makes each piece one of a kind.

All Fired Up

To begin, I brush my design freehand onto the porcelain, I then fire it in a 1,500 degree kiln and let it cool. This painting and firing process is repeated several more times to bring out the depth of the colors. Finally, I apply a gold trim to the piece and fire it one last time before painting my signature on the back.

Items are done individually, so I can personalize each with names, wedding dates, Bible verses or phrases like “Baby’s First Christmas.” I also do commission work, decorating porcelain with a painting of a customer’s home, barn or farmstead I create by looking at their photos.

I sell my work at gift shops and art galleries and through my Web site to customers across the country. Often, local people bring guests to my studio. That way, they can personally pick out painted dinnerware, pitchers, bowls and canisters – all functional and food safe – to bring old-fashioned elegance to the table.

Things get pretty busy when holiday gift orders start coming in – but I always set aside time for extra-special projects. Every season, I paint a different Christmas ball for my two sons and daughters-in-law and our five grandchildren.

For a change, I occasionally alternate my delicate artwork with sturdier stuff. I enjoy painting on wood, fabric, tiles, furniture, jewelry and seasonal note cards. Stan says he’d better not sit still for too long, or I’ll start painting him!