PLAINFIELD — Molly Hammond began her career painting porcelain in her home, creating one-of-a-kind sink and back splashes for clients all over the country.
“I would work from my home,” she said. “I would e-mail with clients.”
She first learned the art of painting porcelain from Penny Nagle who lived on the Westside of Indianapolis.
“She was excited to have a young person who wanted to learn the craft,” Hammond said. “There was nobody in this area teaching with the exception of one lady who teaches out of her home in Avon.”
One of her most memorable sink commission pieces was done for a couple in Chicago.
“It was created in memory of their son,” she said. “It had cherubs, butterflies, and ribbons.”
She began painting classes in a space at the Plainfield Recreation and Aquatics Center.
“I had a space there for about six months,” Hammond said. “The class grew, so I knew I needed more space. I’ve been here in the store front for about six months.”
She opened The Porcelain Art Studio at 111 S. Center St. in the Town Center of Plainfield. Hammond grew up in Carmel and has lived in the Clayton area for about 20 years.
“I knew I couldn’t have a shop like this in Clayton so I came to Plainfield,” she said. “I needed a store front with lots of activity out front.”
Artists who paint on porcelain use a powdered form of paint they then mix with a medium.
“I prefer to use an open medium,” Hammond said. “The paint is filled with ground minerals and glass that when fired melts. The painting will not deteriorate as it can on canvass.”
She said the type of pain she uses never really dries out. You can mix it and leave if for a year and you can still paint with it, she said.