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 painstakingly 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 daggers
and diamonds 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...

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Bisque Pendants in the Works

I have been playing around with Georgie's Matte Glazes for stoneware
on some of my zoftig pendants in combination with, what else...

As always, I have pictured both front and back of each one and will
add pictures of the fired pendants once they happen!

Sunday, March 4, 2018

Reversible Zoftig Pendants

This pendant comes from my DotLeaf INTAGLIO mat
with a complimentary hand drawing on the other...

This two-part pendant below is also from DotLeaf

Aa well as the cutout leaf pendant below

The Banana Leaf Bamboo Pendant Necklace...

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 

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!