Thursday, February 8, 2018

Sunday, January 28, 2018

Ceramic Pierced Leaf Plaquette Jewelry Pendant



A framed ceramic plaquette is accented with a found wood stick.
Initially, I used a copper chain and some wired beads as the support 
but after wearing it, found it not to be the right thing...


So now the Plaquette has a totally beaded necklace showing it off;
hand formed clay blob beads, African Trades and these great little beads
discovered and sent to me by Emily Cohen.


Friday, January 12, 2018

Mel, Mel the Monster Bell


Turning a clay bead on the top of Mel Mel's shadow box display
allows the viewer to see Mel Mel in full round as well as 
ring his tongue clanger.


Mel Mel shares his display box with four Feline Kiln Gods
each retired after giving their 9-lives to the greater cause
of kiln firing...


As you can see, Mel Mel's a red head just like the quirky hero
in Tom Robbin's book, "Still Life with Woodpecker."


Mel Mel's planning to ring in 2018 at the Creature Feature Showing 
happening at the Community Arts center in late January.


Sunday, January 7, 2018

The Chalk Circle Coffer


One of the last demonstrations we did last year 
in our Community Arts Center Class was the creation
of clay 'fabric' using Pilcher's Slip and clay chalks.


Sue Gibbons was the maker of the chalks and we both demonstrated
how to use them to achieve an almost air brushed quality
to the clay slab surface.  I then used my slab to show
the making of a three legged pot and a flanged lid.


The lid to this coffer rattles when lifted, so it is a great place
to store valuable treats because you can hear whoever
is raiding the cookie coffer!


Friday, December 22, 2017

The Many Faces of ALFREDO


ALFREDO is a whimsical lidded Creature container...


He looks as good from each side as he does from the back or front,


The back of him is doing a happy dance while holding his head
in place with a rubber band; you know how easy it is
to loose your head while dancing...


The other side shows him between the happy dance 
and the blood shot eyes of the morning after...


He needs his rubber band in place the next day to keep his head
from exploding from too much partying...
ALFREDO was created to enter in the January 2018
Creature Feature Exhibition
happening at
The Community Arts Center, Wallingford, PA.



Monday, December 18, 2017

Cheltenham Center for the Arts Members' Show Entry

I just finished up my piece for the Member's Show 
at Cheltenham Center for the Arts
and renewed my membership there for 2018. 
What a privilege to belong a center which strives to do it's utmost 
to support the arts in the Cheltenham neighborhood 
and provide ceramic studios for all of us 
who exist to have our hands in clay. 


Did you know that in addition to supporting the center 
by being a member you can also be a sponsor of the Members' show
for as little as 15 bucks...? 
Being a member, having a piece in the show and sponsoring the event 
are three way of saying thank you to the director, board and staff 
for a whole year of programs we can't live without, 
so, yes it is important. 


The meaning of the Pentaphilia necklace lies in the five parts of the bib 
signifying Change, Freedom, Adventure, Transformation, Idealism, 
Motivation, Individualism, Imagination and Knowledge. 
The number five“5” symbolizes the need for change or coming changes, 
usually in the form of positive transformations. 
Movement itself is freedom; in the hands of an imaginative individual, 
knowledge leads to trans-formative adventures 
resulting in positive changes!

Pentaphilia is made from chocolate stoneware clay hand decorated with 
under glaze patterning on both sides, making it reversible 
and able to be worn as two different necklaces. 

A complementary pair of earrings
 are also part of the ensemble and reverse as well.

Friday, December 15, 2017

Copper Paddle Earrings


I finally got around to making a few more pairs of the earrings with the
hammered copper 'paddles' made from 12 gauge wire.


I was also able to use some of the newer spirit hole clay discs painted
 both sides and ranging from 5/8" to 3/4" round.


Sunday, December 10, 2017

The Perfect Begging Bowl...

I always have an eye out for that perfect bowl;
one which can be caressed in the hands for warmth
when filled with hot soup or red beans & rice
but also holds an ample dinner size portion...


I'm delighted to say I found a "functional beauty" a few weeks back
in the work of Lucia "Verde" Welsh.  Thrown, multi-glazed and gas-fired,
this substantially sided bowl was everything I wanted in a 
BEGGING BOWL!


I like to call it a Begging Bowl because it is the right size to hold
a meal's worth of sustenance be it a hearty winter stew or 
green tossed summer salad...


And YES, it fits oh so comfortably in the hand while complementing
all it holds and all who hold it!  Thank you, Lucia...

Thursday, November 30, 2017

She Flies Again...


Norbel, owner of SHE FLIES AGAIN 
and the creator of these luscious wearables
made from my very own spirit hole discs, plain and hand painted!


It's so great to see what other artists do with my components...
Visit her Etsy Shop for more goodies!
https://www.etsy.com/shop/SheFliesAgain?ref=l2-shopheader-name

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Earthenware Wall Pockets


Just because a piece comes out of the final kiln firing looking like it needs a pick me up, doesn't mean you can't be the one to supply it!


These earthenware wall pockets were accented with African Bronze Guilder's paste (cut with Renaissance wax) and one adorned with 
strung hand formed clay beads as well...

CLAY...I love where it takes me!

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Wasserglas Meets Ceramic Clay

I'm finally getting around to fashioning some new earrings 


 for my galleries and 2017 Fall/Winter shows.


The beautifully colored Wasserglas was cut, tumbled & drilled
by my good friend Emily Cohen from Catfish Studio.



The glass itself is so thin and lightweight, it makes a very
comfortable pair of earrings even with clay!

Friday, September 15, 2017

Earthenware Wall Pockets



I used Earthenware leaves to form these nicely-sized wall forms 
to hold your favorite floral cuttings or herbs.



The wall weed pot below is more compact 
and suited to indoor use...


This earthenware wall pocket measures 4" across, 9" high and 3" deep
and has clay leaves and flower applications not to mention a BUG!





Thursday, August 24, 2017

Ahhh...Earthenware for Beads!


These one inch round pinched discs made from earthenware red clay
really show off the underglaze lines and dots made from
Mayco Designer Liners! The above is one side
and below is the other...




Sunday, August 20, 2017

Tiny Catchall Dish


 This dish is a mere three inches square 
and could be used for almost ANYTHING 
from dipping sauces to catching loose change or earrings.


And this is the "other" side of this tiny treasure...
In my world, there is no neglected other side, no matter what the item.
Think about it...