De bethel cat for sale 2020: In 1960, Joan and David de Bethel began making papier-mâché cats and bears. They were intricately made and quite costly – each piece took at least a day to paint alone. Joan took up an idea that they had been tossing around before David’s death and got Rye Pottery to supply soft biscuit fired models, which she painted and returned to the pottery for glaze firing. Many failures occurred as a result of the ceramic paint smudging easily when dry, making successful transportation of the pieces difficult.
Joan had to go to Cinque Ports Pottery to supplement the supply of bisque blanks because demand was so high. During a period of exceptionally high demand, the Cinque Ports decorators were forced to assist by painting some pieces, which led Joan to allow Cinque Ports to produce their own models, which were very similar to hers.
The production method was changed as a result. Joan used hard fired biscuit instead of soft biscuit-fired blanks and painted it with acrylic paint before finishing it with marine varnish, eliminating the need for a second firing and the problem of smudging.