Saturday, March 12, 2016

Analogous Color Mixing




on a simple square plate using egg shapes 

because Easter is just around the corner.

Numbering and mixing the color on the left

with the color on the right

and having a new color as shown in the middle.



warm colors before firing


 cool colors before firing



and adding specks by flicking a purple glaze 

with the toothbrush over the top becauseI like the look.








Happy Easter!

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Latest sewing project



is a canvas tote with a Ralph Lauren paisley pocket 

and blue cord detailing.




It was one of those wonderful canvas bags 

that comes with the company's logo printed on the front

that my neighbor was giving away.

 I chose to cover the logo with a great big pocket

and a little embellishing.




Perfect for toting your favorite magazines in!




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Sunday, January 17, 2016

A coloring page



I wanted to create a coloring page 

that could be hand colored and then used as personal stationery

to share with others

because who doesn't love receiving snail mail?






And hand colored or painted is even better!






Of course we will need an envelope!
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Sunday, January 3, 2016

Mermaid sail boat


created with porcelain clay

and a remnant of dotted swiss fabric was used for sails...









We cannot control the wind... 

but we can control our sail as it catches the wind.

Learn to set the sails of your perspective

 and use the winds to move you forward toward your goal.

Happy New Year friends!


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Saturday, December 19, 2015

Playing with scraps of wood



My neighbor gifted me with a box full of small scraps 

of various sizes and types of woods. 




I knew in my imagination exactly what it was I wanted to create.



 I learned how to use some power tools and had fun designing 

and creating my latest cone shaped tree.



 Of course in my world, embellishment is needed




and I have a box full of beautiful seashells wanting to be shown off.



And a bowl of handcrafted ceramic shells that could be great!




Creativity continues here at the cottage by the sea.




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Saturday, December 12, 2015

Jewelry making


with a couple simple necklace designs 

to wear with clothing pieces I have.





I like laying out different choices of beads

and getting an idea of how the piece will look.




I'm not sure why these beads are looking pink in the photo above 

as they are actually lavender.



Beading wire used.


LoVe it!


A thinner wire was needed to go thru these tiny pearl beads.




Think flapper girl style long pearls 

done in a seashore themed necklace.

Perfect worn with crumpled white linen blouse.





Thursday, December 3, 2015

Learning a bit about jewelry making



I LoVe when artists share their talents with each other!




I had the good fortune to learn a bit about crimp tube beads 
and 49 strand .024 wire



from the talented Sherry Salito-Forsen



who shared beads and baubles 
along with some simple techniques on basic jewelry making.



Here is the result of my first piece, feeling thankful.

I love teaching and I love learning new things!





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Thursday, November 26, 2015

As seen in Antropologie




Plaques with animal heads...








I couldn't resist creating one with a turkey to celebrate the holiday!



Happy Thanksgiving!


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Saturday, November 21, 2015

Autumn leaves


from William Sonoma originally intended for pastry crusts



are my latest inspiration for new ceramic designs







The gravy boat created for my sweet neighbor who opens her home to the neighborhood




and a matching bowl with biscotti to share.



Another simple vase design in translucent color glazes with 

 a few leaves created to sprinkle across the table for decoration.





Happy Autumn!



Friday, October 30, 2015

New lace designs in clay


I discovered a new cotton lace to play with

dipping it in slip and incorporating into new ceramic designs.





Little dishes the perfect size for holding baubles and beads.




A favorite rectangle shape plate,




a little pillow shaped vase,








and a cool oval box shape for holding treasures!




I know it still looks like it is cotton lace, 

but after dipping it in slip and firing at 1200 degrees 

the cotton burns away and all you are left with is the impression in clay.

It's hard to tell until you touch it!