Sunday, September 16, 2018

V A S E S


Sometimes it's nice to see how a piece of pottery
LOOKS as it's becoming a functional form...

 

The SW Vase above is constructed
with rough hand dug clay and has my signature 
hangie-downs to let you know when a curious cat
is investigation what's IN IT...


While the Fish Stenciled Vase has no such protection!


The Leaf Me Alone vase is much smaller 
and belted with leather from which both beads
 and a clay leaf hang. The opening
is lined with leaves which accent the floral blooms...


Both the Mikado (left) and Scrappie Vase are still
simple cylinders with pinch-strip collars; 
their form comes from what is there,
 their function from what is not there.









Revisiting My Clay Pots...



I took a workshop with a Vermont hand builder 
who made cylinders into amazing bottles, 
so I tried some as well
using my inlaid and transfer techniques...


Friday, August 24, 2018

September Share Necklaces


I am doing a September 8th Saturday Share at
Blue Santa Beads & Boutique where I will not only create
Clay to Wear with purchased components
 by attending shoppers


But will also have a nice showing of new completed work.
This reversible pendant necklace (above) is accented with
a found wood topper and Wasser glass hangies...


The two sides of this gas-fired Boomerang pendant is
also accented with a found wood topper and inlaid
flat round porcelain bead  hanging beneath.



These two Boomerang pendants were offered for sale
previously at Blue Santa Beads in Media, PA but they are
now Clay to Wear and ready to wear...



Wasser and Beach glass are the accents to these 
scroddled clay spirit hole discs which form this
 fun conversation piece of neck wear...


And last but not least, faux African trade rounds,
flat glass squares, seed beads and a hollow textured
clay focal tube bead make up this statement piece.

Saturday, July 28, 2018

Door, Path & Garden Bells


I love the idea of garden bells 
scattered throughout a property,
even at the front door,
so they can be rung whenever one is encountered.

Sunday, July 1, 2018

CLAY Meets Found Objects


Ever find a really cool stick when out for a walk;
 a stick that called to you and demanded that you take it
along for the rest of your walk.
A stick that wanted to go home with you...


Here are some of those sticks immortalized 
in Clay-to-Wear pieces.
 I have to admit that not all of them called to me; 
some called to friends of mine who were kind enough 
to share them with me after their discovery...


This Evergreen branch looks totally different 
with the other side of my pendant 
and yet it complements both!


The stick below came all the way from Martha's Vineyard,
stumpy and oh, so smoothed by the sea and the sand...


It seems to not only enjoy hanging with clay, it likes copper
and leather as well...


And beautifully tops off the reverse side of this Intaglio
impressed design!


This is another Martha's Vineyard find brought back to me
by Maxine Manges; it appears to be made for the
Intaglio design and coloration of this clay pendant...


And then, surprize!.. The other side is full of whimsy -
dots, lines, leaves in blues - all ready to carry essential
oils on it's open matte surface.



Here's a close-up...


CLAY...I LOVE where it takes me!

FELINE Fine Earrings & Necklaces


These tiny hand painted and glazed-one-side kitty cats 
which I made into 'Clay-to-Wear"
are the perfect way to support stray cats and dogs...


And you can do just that this Fall 
at the Tails of Hope Beach Bar-B-Q Blast


These are all reversible as well!
The other side is open to absorb your essence
or be used as aromatherapy oil carriers.


Monday, May 28, 2018

Terra Sigillata Pinch Pot


Carving through terra sigillata colors on a leatherhard red
earthenware pinch bowl can be such fun...


Of course, adding some terra sigillata dots is also playful
on both the inside and out and they make -


The Pinch Bowl Complete!


Scrappie Vase with Tassel


This is what happens when you use class scraps 
to form a vessel...Two different clay bodies, 
one with some blue transfers,


Every scrap used then accented on the bisque 
with Mayco Designer Liner leaf drawings. By the way,
 I started putting tassels on my vases 
when my felines found what was in them a bit
too interesting; now they bang the tassel into the vase
and I know they are investigating where they shouldn't...

Dot Leaf Cup & Personal Pitcher


Hand Built from red earthenware clay, 
both of these complements have been impressed 
with my Intaglio Dot Leaf design.



Then glazed with Duncan TM Indigo and Courtyard
Rich Rust matte glazes.  The leaves on the cup bottom
were drawn with my favorite Mayco Designer Liner Blue.


Thursday, May 10, 2018

Philly Earrings...

Philadelphia Pennsylvania has many identifying icons 
from the Liberty Bell to Rocky atop the steps of the Art Museum 
but the one image which always says Philly to me is 
a soft pretzel with mustard! 
Sure, plenty of cities tout soft pretzels 
but request some mustard for your pretzel purchase 
and the first thing you hear is, “You from Philly?” 


From one of those interactions, came the idea for 
“PHILLY EARRINGS Worn by Authentic Philadelphia Gals.” 



Individual soft pretzels were carefully hand shaped
 in ceramic clay and many were ‘salted’ 
with under glaze dots before being fired. 
Once out of the kiln, the tiny pretzels 
were paired with mustard color bead accents
 to form the beginnings of Philly Earrings. 



Each pair comes on it’s very own stand-up 
Philly Gal card allowing you to leave your pair 
proudly displayed on your dresser 
when they’re not being worn… 

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Mary Harding Hand Painted Beads...Yummmmm!


If you ever get the opportunity to purchase work 
by Mary Harding, don't hesitate to do so. 
These Mary Harding hand-painted beads
 in ceramic clay are conversation pieces on their own.


Put them in a pair of earrings
with other hand-formed clay pieces,
Wasserglas tumbled chips and flower leaf crystals
and you have something to write home about...