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!

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Latest DIY with a Parisian theme

I had purchased half a yard of the fun Parisian theme fabric 

and a yard of the black embroidered floral design, 

just because... 

not really knowing what I was going to do with it.

Then I came across the two side chairs 

with the unusual backs for a price that I just couldn't pass up!

I pulled out my fabric paints and began to play with

various shades of pinks and greens on the fabrics.

I sewed a fat little stripe of bright pink fabric 

between the other two, for a fun contrast 

and used the combination to upholster the cushions.

I used a chalky finish black paint on the chairs for a fresh look.

LoVe it, love rescuing furniture!

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Playing in clay

Creating a small ceramic floral top box...

With little balls of clay smashed between my thumb and finger

and layered in a circular shape then attached.

I used ball point pencil pressed into the clay balls 

for the effect on the centers.

Then a neutral parchment glaze over the whole piece

 and after numerous coats and firing

 an opalescent luster glaze on the flower for the final finish.


Sunday, June 14, 2015

Sweet ceramic coasters

Ceramic coasters created

with feminine little vintage lace designs all in white 

and the centers left unglazed so they absorb moisture.

They make great little jewelry dishes too!


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.