Saturday, November 22, 2014

Here's the scoop


with the latest assorted ceramic serving pieces,





and mix and match fun




in coastal cool colors





just out of firing!

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Thursday, November 13, 2014

Zentangle hibiscus bowl


Experimenting with a zentangle design,

just having fun, 

on a greenware bowl using Duncan Cobalt Crystal Black cover coat underglaze.





Followed by a clear glaze and final firing.






Just thought I'd share the finished product with the friends who watched the process.



Saturday, November 1, 2014

Cookie cutters, clay and crochet



While shopping for some new cookie cutter designs 

 for a Christmas cookie exchange 

that I have been asked to participate in, 

I came across this adorable bird.




The cookies haven't been made yet, 

but I have a sweet ceramic bird dish,




and charming vintage lace embellished ornaments!





They would also make great gift tags

and considering that they are zero calories and they will last forever,

I wonder if the girls would mind?






Sunday, October 26, 2014

Hunger Bowl 2014



This large bowl encrusted with seashells is being created for the

silent auction of the

Annual National Hunger and Homeless

Awareness Week





It's for a great cause!






 You can read more about the event here.






'Tis the Season for Giving!




Saturday, October 18, 2014

A little pink post, in honor of breast cancer awareness month



Nature inspires much of my art,



and I love to experiment with unusual tools,




Here is a collection of pink pretties 

that are beginning to take over my studio!

(sales help wanted, please email me if interested)

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Saturday, October 4, 2014

Color wheels



I love color wheels and lots of color choices!




I also enjoy experimenting and making my own colors.




So I pulled out all my Stroke and Coat glazes

 and created this cool dish so I could see what I had,

 and to see what I could get with combining colors.





FUN, FUN, FUN!

This makes me so happy, I ate dinner off of it last night.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Doodlicious

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Doodliciousness,

 created with free form doodling an all over floral pattern 

on a greenware bowl using Duncan Cobalt Crystal Black cover coat underglaze, 

and then trimming along the top edge of the bowl for added interest,

while visiting with creative friends on Monday evenings at our 

local community center.






Here is the finished result after the clear glaze and firing.




For me, connecting with other creative friends is so important!
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Saturday, September 20, 2014

Antimacassar



Just in time for fall.

Curl up on the sofa with some hot tea, 

a few sewing supplies, your needles and a spool of thread 

for a little creative fun. 

Embellishing a favorite long sleeved tee

with what is known as antimacassars.






It is an odd word with an interesting history.
Macassar oil was a tonic for the hair commonly used in the early 19th century. The fashion for oiled hair became so widespread in the Victorian and the Edwardian period that housewives began to cover the arms and backs of their chairs with washable cloths to preserve the fabric coverings from being soiled. 
In 1852 these started to be known as antimacassars. 
They came to have elaborate patterns, often in matching sets for the various items of parlour furniture; they were often made at home using a variety of techniques such as crochet and tatting.


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What you will need

a pair of  antimacassars

a long sleeved top

thread to match the color of the antimacassar 

strait pins

sewing needle

scissors


Instructions

Place the  antimacassar along the edge of the sleeves hem.

Pin in place.

Carefully hand stitch it down along the outside edges of the design to keep it in place.




If the top has buttons that are not to your liking, 

consider replacing them with your favorite vintage buttons!



Saturday, August 2, 2014

Embellishing with daisy chains



Just a simple daisy chain vintage lace embellishment 

added to a simple t-shirt for girly fun.


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                                                             .Super quick and easy peasy.



Sunday, July 27, 2014

Daisy chains and wet clay designs





I am always curious 

and enjoy experimenting and creating new designs.





 I've been playing with vintage lace 

pressed into wet clay dish shapes

just because I can.





I especially like the tiny detail created on the edge of the leaves 

with a seam tracing wheel typically used for sewing.




Pretty cool, right?

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Monday, July 14, 2014

Beach time...


A mini vacation, just across the street from the cottage, 
and down a few steps...




Some days it is just the life guard, seashells, 

large stretches of blue sky, warm sand and the sparkling sea.




I usually bring my tattered sketchbook along with me.




And my favorite pencil, a fat stump for shading and an eraser.





On this day the straw bag and flip flops were more interesting than my pink painted toes.





Surprisingly, Sunday afternoon I seemed to have my favorite little cove all to myself.



Other days I have unsuspecting subject matter all about.



 I had just begun sketching 
when this guy jumped up and ran after his toddler.

So I spy someone else and begin again.





I am hidden under a large straw hat with dark glasses 
with the sketch book in my lap.

Most people have no idea what I am up to.



This gal made it so much easier, she was dozing and not moving about.

Mostly it is just for fun and practice 
but every once in a while I like a piece well enough to frame.


This one ended up in the guest house at Summerland Cottage.



This guy was so engrossed in his Clive Cussler novel 
that he made a perfect model.


(Reminder to self, do this more often!)


Sunday, June 29, 2014

Butterfly bowls in sherbet colors


I was playing with a lace butterfly appliqué and clay,





and created these charming ceramic bowls in sherbet colors.





This pale turquoise color is my favorite!




Perfect for serving summertime fresh fruits and desserts.



Monday, June 16, 2014

Gate and Garden Tour


I was thrilled to be included in the 

Laguna Beach Gate and Garden Tour this year!



(The photo above is from the souvenir book for this years tour.)



This is my largest ever, creative endeavor. 



Here are a few close ups of my higgledy piggledy

vintage brick wall with ceramic seashells.





    . T Here is a before photo, 



As you can see, there was zero curb appeal when I purchased the property.

It's a good thing I was gifted with this amazing imagination and could visualize 

how charming this would become over time with some creativity. 

I hired a contractor to attach metal screen to the unattractive gunite

 for a base to work off of and to mix the cement.

Then we worked together building a mosaic style facade with

 vintage bricks pulled up from the over grown pathways in the back yard.

 I created ceramic seashells to embellish with along with river rocks

 collected about the property.

(It is an ongoing project as there is another 100 feet to go.)




It's been fun sharing the transformation with the neighborhood.


For a peek at what is on the other side of the wall click here.





And I am sincerely honored to receive the Award of Merit 
from the Laguna Beach Beautification Council
for an outstanding contribution to beautifying Laguna Beach 
with my creative wall.


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Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Inspired by Anthropologies new ceramic dish designs,



       shown here...






I pull out a piece of bisque and some glazes to create

my own version in a turquoise color scheme.






I begin with a quick pencil sketch then begin mixing

 and layering colors and use a darker blue for the outline

 on the fish before putting it in for the final firing.






My fish has his own little personality and was fun to create! 

How cool is that to make your own dishware?






...and the creative roll continues!






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