Characters

Big Lou  Collection of Ruth C., Homestead, Florida.  When Tom could no longer cartoon on paper, he started cartooning in clay.  These plaques were enormously popular and sold very well.  This one was made for a pilot. Little Boy  This is an early piece because it was fired to cone 04 - the clay is vitrified, which gives a bit of a shine to the boy's face.  It was made by Tom Blakley. Doctor Bathtub Couple  Personal collection.  These pieces were very popular.  They were made by Tom and had the names of the couple glazed on the tub.  This piece was assembled by Mary after Tom's death.  She added the leaves, which were not, to the best of my knowledge, ever part of any other bathtub couple piece.
Cobbler  This piece was made for Dave Fredrick, the owner of a shoe repair shop in Homestead.  Tom made thousands of these plaques for every imaginable profession.  Mercury Morris, of the Miami Dolphins team in the early 1970s, had one made for him.  All of them were cartoon characters and very personalized, usually with the name of the person at the bottom of the plaque.  Tom made the plaques and Mary glazed them.  Many of them were made starting with a press mold, but this one was an original, made by drawing a sketch in the wet clay, cutting it out and then adding the nose, eyes, smile and cobbler's hammer. Farmer  Collection of Donna I., Homestead, Florida Domestic Engineer  Collection of Donna I., Homestead, Florida. Conserve Water  Collection of Christine T., Miami, Florida
Professor  Collection of Christine T., Miami, Florida Fisherman  Collection of Christine T., Miami, Florida Lady Golfer  Collection of Christine T., Miami, Florida Birder  Collection of Christine T., Miami, Florida.  This birder must have been having a real bad day, judging by the downturned mouth and the bird sitting on his head!  The MB button is rather unusual - they were almost always made out of red clay, not white.
Girl  Collection of Christine T., Miami, Florida.  The hand of the girl was done with wax resist so that the glaze didn't obscure the clay.