Monday, June 20, 2016

Power tools and puree marbles

in combination used for embellishing my redwood fence

It began when my neighbor gifted me with a handful of golden colored marbles 

and I thought they would be perfect for creating a sea star for the sun to shine through.

So I  pulled out my pink (I wish, just kidding) power drill and went for it!

But it didn't quite read the way I expected and after drilling 15 holes there is no going 

back so I decided to make a ceramic sea star to be next to it 

hoping you would get the idea. 

And of course you can't have just one ceramic shell, 

so I made several and a seahorse too!

with tiny blue puree marbles confiscated from the same neighbor and used as bubbles.

This is the fun view that I have of it from my kitchen 

window with the sun shining through.



Saturday, May 14, 2016

Latest lovelies out of firing

Ceramic vases embellished with handmade mushroom corals.

I was experimenting with turquoise glazes 

and chose to add a luster glaze in the final firing.

The tall peach colored vase is a wedding gift 

for the neighbor's daughter

 and the tall turquoise vase will be auctioned off at a local 

event held here in town called "A Taste for Charity". 

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!



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!


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!


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.


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 used for jewelry making

from the talented Sherry Salito-Forsen

who shared some of her collection of 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!


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!


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!