I'm Malaine Colver and I am the face behind Hope and Dimples Studio. I help new and blossoming bisque ceramic artists like you elevate your painting game to masterly level using various painting techniques including underglazing, acrylic painting, drybrushing, shading with pastels and how adding fine lines, details and embellishments can dramatically increase the resale value of your hand painted ceramics.
I am a self taught artist, calligrapher and illustrator but I'm also an entrepreneur, small business owner, teacher and social media marketer and am here to help you take this next step in your journey by providing videos, content and classes to enjoy and hopefully you'll learn some fun things along the way!
Thanks for being here!
My journey into ceramics started at just 10 years old when I began painting with my grandmother. Throughout the years, I have gone through many artistic journeys including calligraphy and creative lettering, window and glass painting, murals, canvas painting, watercolors, woodworking, floral arranging, chalkboards and illustrations.
During my 20's and 30's I worked in pharmacy while simultaneously teaching myself calligraphy, spending hours in my studio practicing handwriting drills and dreaming of being my own boss. In 2015 after 5 years of growing a very successful online business, I became the victim of hacking and identity theft and lost everything. I was thrust into a deep depression that would last over two years and I wondered if I would ever create art again.
Then, in 2017 I rediscovered my love of ceramics when I took a part time job at a local "Paint Your Own Pottery" store and fell in LOVE with teaching! After joining some online ceramic painting groups, I was saddened to discover that ceramic shops were closing down, molds were being destroyed, and people were no longer enjoying this craft as they once did. So, I made the decision to try and revive this beloved art form by teaching online classes and hopefully inspire some new young artists to consider ceramics.
Personally, I am happily married with 2 kids, 2 bonus kids, a dog and cat and am 100% an introvert! I enjoy skiing, traveling, bowling (I'm hard core!) gardening and of course beautiful art. I went vegan in 2021 and it was the best thing that I could have done for my health, the planet, but most importantly the animals.
Thanks for taking this journey with me! If there is something that I can help you with, please don't hesitate to reach out, I'd love to help! :)