handmade ceramic pet banksby David DeSalvo
- the story
Every Dog Has His Dollar
Saving money can be ruff, but with these handpainted ceramic puppy and kitty banks it will soon become the cat's meow. Full of character and charm, David DeSalvo's hand-painted ceramic banks are wonderful decorations as well as financial assistants for adults and kids. Choose from the ever calm and collected Calico Cat or the eager and loyal Spotted Dog bank. Hand made in Wisconsin. Sold individually.
This item has been discontinued. When it sells out, it will no longer be available. We apologize for any inconvenience.
Only the spotted dog bank (left) is available at this time.
- Item ID
- Made from
- ceramic, cork
- dog: 5.5" W x 10" H
cat: 6" W x 11" H
- the maker
Artist David DeSalvo fell in love with ceramics in high school. But when he went to the university of Iowa he decided to try to earn his degree in computer science, which he quickly discovered was not for him. He graduated with a degree in Fine Arts, and attended University of Wisconsin to get a masters in ceramic sculpture.
He was an apprentice for Russel Kagan and then went back to school for a MFA in bronze sculpture. After years of art fairs, DeSalvo tried his hand as an exhibit designer and then as promotional program manager for Nissan, Infinity, Harley Davidson, Motorola, Frito Lay, and others. Six years later he returned to his passion, ceramics.
DeSalvo is inspired by simple design, colorful, useful and intended to make people smile. They reflect his positive outlook on life.
"I am a lot more fun now that I have left the corporate world," he says.
DeSalvo's original designs are made on a potters wheel. He makes plaster molds of each shape. The piece is then slip-cast with lowfire white talc clay. All the eyes and ears are applied by hand to add a hand made quality to a production piece. They are hand glazed, spotted, and fired to 1850 degrees.
"The exciting thing about this work is the joy it brings people," the artist says. "Everywhere I go people tell me stories about giving the pieces as a gift and everyone going crazy over the animals."
DeSalvo currently lives in Wisconsin with his wife and family.
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