Wednesday, June 3, 2015

First time working with porcelain clay

and creating a back splash for the guest cottage pedestal sink.

I noticed a bit of water damage along the back edge of the pedestal sink 

in the guest cottage and decided to create a back splash to protect it.

I used a scrap of paper to draw a simple arched pattern for the shape.

 I rolled out a piece of clay and cut the basic shape

 and pulled out my seashell molds and started layering the whole piece with seashells

 then created a little lip along the bottom edge where it will set on the back of the sink.

It has been drying for days. When it is completely dry it will be fired

and then I plan on glazing it all in whites.

Here it is back from firing.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015


I pulled out my little wood box of watercolors,

it has been so long since I used them 

that I decided to create a sample page for reference.

I get excited about the color mixing possibilities 

just viewing all the colors!

Then a little creative fun with flowers...


Thursday, May 14, 2015

Experimenting with mishima technique

Mishima is a technique of inlaying slip, 

under glaze, or even clay into a contrasting clay body, 

the main clay body of the pottery piece.   

Creating a mishima piece is pretty simple. 

I started by creating the vase shape then carving out the design. 

I chose to fill in the carved lines with a sepia tone,

then sanded off the excess material then sponged it clean.

Just for fun I punched the holes with a straw 

so that I could add a ribbon to the top of the vase.

After drying the piece I added glaze. 

and put it in to be fired.

I was surprised when it came out of firing and the colors 

seemed to have been lost, it was so muted.

Ha! That is why I call it an experiment!

I'm liking this quote,

“Life is an adventure of passion, risk, danger, laughter, beauty, love; a burning curiosity to go with the action to see what it is all about, to go search for a pattern of meaning, to burn one's bridges because you're never going to go back anyway, and to live to the end.” 

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Paul de Longpré

The self taught artist Paul de Longpré was my inspiration 

to take up watercolor painting.

I fell in love with a large watercolor painting of roses, 

bumblebees and butterflies that I had the joy of viewing 

at the Irvine Museun years ago.

What a pleasure to spy one of his originals 

currently on display just inside the 

entrance to the  Laguna Art museum.

It is the inspiration for my latest ceramic creation currently being fired.

When it comes out of firing any touch up needed will be done and a clear finishing glaze.

Then it becomes the perfect serving piece for the annual 
Art in the Garden Party 
held here each May at Summerland Cottage.

Paul de Longpré (1855–1911), was a French painter of flowers.
He was born in Lyon, France in 1855
 In 1876, at 21, he first exhibited at the Paris Salon. 
De Longpré arrived in Southern California with his family in 1899. He found inspiration in the 4,000 rose bushes he planted on his 3 acre Hollywood estate.


Monday, April 6, 2015

Mosaic glass and ceramic seashore themed tree

I found the basic block wood tree at TJ Maxx and more.

It had a quirky lean to it even though it stood tall and strong.

Something about its simplicity and shape pulled me in 

even before I saw that it was marked down to $9.00

 It hung out with me in the cottage studio and bits of this and that visited

 just to see if they were compatible 

and what creative direction we would be taking.


It began to come together with some cool glass tile pieces leftover 

from a back splash in turquoise and blues 

and a few of my latest color tests on tiles 

in analogous colors cut into strips to fit in.

Bits of sea glass, ceramic seashells, pearls and even a few stray

 buttons, bright colored marbles all found a new home.


Here are a few fun closeups...



Saturday, March 14, 2015

New favorite pitcher

inspired by my latest color swatch tiles ...

created in a multitude of colors

and sizes

and shapes

and out of all the experiments back from firing

I have a new favorite pitcher!

And plans for a fun new mosaic design 

spinning in my imagination.



Friday, March 6, 2015

Transition from doodling to life drawing

It was time for a change and it was an easy transition 

from doodling to life drawing,

just because we can

and there is so much unsuspecting subject matter 

that it becomes a fun challenge, 

as they certainly are not sitting still


while I attempt to capture their likeness, as quick as possible

unlike this gal,

 who is a professional model and can sit perfectly still for

a full 20 minutes

very unlike me!


Sunday, February 22, 2015

Nautical shell

Art inspired by nature.

I was asked to do a little demo of my craft 

at a local gallery on Forest Ave.

This is what I chose to work on

 as it was all about art and nature month in my little seaside town.

Below is my finished version of the nautical shell

inspired by the real shells in front of it.

Both beautiful and useful,

as the artist and textile designer William Morris was quoted as saying. 

It is a great size for chilling your champagne in 

or for a favorite floral arrangement!

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Doodliciousness continues

on a sweet little pitcher

with butterflies and bees, 

in analogous colors with hearts and flowers.

The creative fun continues.

Happy Valentine's day!


Friday, January 30, 2015

Matelasse apron

I found this sweet old fashioned looking quilted pillow sham 

being discarded and decided to rescue it.

I loved the colors, greens and pinks with a floral motif

and best of all it was matelasse, the best fabric for an apron because 

it is so absorbent and perfect for a messy ceramic artist like me.

I cut away at the top corner

 and used the cut away piece as a pattern 

to cut the opposite side as well.

Then I folded over the back side twice, 

rolling and pinning it as I went along.

That made it easy to hand stitch it down.

 I cut away and used the bottom half of the back lining of the 

pillow case to create apron strings

by cutting it in 3 even pieces 

and making long tubes to attach to the neck and two sides.

Look how cute the scallop edging at the neck 

and along the sides of the apron shows so well!

This was super easy 

and I didn't even have to pull out my sewing machine.

Practical and pretty!

Grateful to share the creativity with GreenCraft magazine readers!