Saturday, April 6, 2019

Pattern and Texture Showing

The Palette & The Page April 2019 Showing is in full swing 
featuring my work as well as the encaustic paintings of 
Sandra Koberlein.  The Gallery, located in Elkton Maryland, 
is a little over an hour from Cherry Hill NJ where I live 
but worth the trip down!

Reversible Pentaphilia Necklace and Earrings

Friday, March 22, 2019

A Statement Necklace & Earrings

Scroddled clay discs are accented with African Trades
and semi-precious red Tiger Eye Spheres
suspended from a woven natural neck cord.

Accent Earrings

A Past Earring Style Revisited...

The simplicity of Wasser glass shapes placed
over each other, 

 hovering colorfully above delicate
textured stoneware discs or spirit holes...

All of which
become animated by the wearer...

Not to mention 
the statement made in the wearing.

I Lost One of my Earrings...

Just the thing you hate to hear from someone
who purchases from you on a regular basis...
Because it is usually followed by,
"They were my favorite pair of earring,"

The next question is always, 
"So, can you make me another pair like them?"
And my stock answer is,
"YES, I can make you a pair which is similar." 

Because it is my policy to only
 make one of a kind pieces
for my one of a kind wearers!

Thursday, March 14, 2019

Stoneware Spirit Hole Discs on Ethnic Cords...

Otherwise known as K.I.S.S. Necklaces
(Keep It Simple, Stupid)
A 16 gauge copper coiled bail slides
easily on the Ethnic 6 mm cord and 
each one supports reversible Stoneware 
Spirit Hole Discs...

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

The Featured Teacher Showing...

The Featured Teacher Showing of my work 
at the Community Arts Center 
in Wallingford, PA runs till June 1st.

The work of my students is also featured
in the Stairwell Gallery and we have named their grouping, 
F O U N D !
Tray by Linda Selwood

The students work will be there till the 27th of April. 
The opening for both events is from 2 - 4 PM 
on Sunday March 17th, 2019.

Sunday, February 24, 2019

Clay Camp TEAPOT

Built in the soft fabric-look style and glazed
to look like leather with textured complements,

My first Oliver Teapot!

Monday, February 11, 2019

Not a Headpin In Sight!

Beach glass shards tumbled smooth and 
drilled with holes can make an awesome
pair of earrings!

This time it's beach glass buttons which
take center stage as an earring
component. Hand formed and decorated
ceramic clay discs hang in the balance...

Red Wasser glass - lightweight and festive - 
suspended from a decorative copper bail and 
brushed copper ring...

There's that red Wasser glass again, this
time along for the ride with incredibly thin
clay discs transfer printed with rice paper

Hand Formed Headpins & Earrings

Many earrings are 'built' on a headpin.
In the above pair, the hand formed headpin
was made with a spiral bottom design
to carry the hanging clay squares...

This entire earring is made on a headpin;
if you look carefully, you will detect the flat
copper spiral under the last disc which is
really the bottom of the headpin...

This headpin (with a eye pin top) has a simple
diagonal square bottom which holds my
hand painted spirit hole disc under the clay
carved tube bead above it.
Each spirit hole disc is accented with a pair 
of wavy copper spacer discs... 

Friday, February 1, 2019

More on Making Earrings...

I love making earrings with my many Spirit Hole discs...

...accented with Wasser Glass shapes

and hand cut faux sea glass hearts from Emily Cohen.

The combination makes a fabulous 'look-at-me'
pair of earrings...

Not to mention lightweight and easy-to-wear!

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Time for Making Earrings...

Since I am doing an Earring Workshop in February
at Gallery on Park, Swarthmore, PA, it seemed
like a good idea to bone up on certain skills...

I also wanted to use some of the beads I intend
to share at the event to make samples of earring

Not all the earrings I made include clay beads;
but they do show techniques which work either way.

Amethyst slices and semi-precious beads can make
quite a statement!

Friday, January 25, 2019

Trunk Show + Make and Take

This Saturday January 26th, 2019 
at Blue Santa Beads & Boutique in Media, PA

Featuring the work of 
Barbara Hanselman and Nadia Bond. 
For a $10 fee, Barbara or Nadia 
will fashion their components purchased by you 
from the Trunk Show into "Art-to-Wear. 

This runs noon to 4 PM.

Hope to see you there!

Wednesday, January 2, 2019


What could be more fun 
than spending three whole days 
simply playing in the mud!

On day two we began making Oliver boxes many of 
which were transformed into teapots on day three...

Not to mention discovering stencils, rice paper transfers,
engobes and dropbach trays... We were so involved
the first day that we didn't even take a single picture!

These are only pictures of work made in the hand building
room; there was wheel work and things also happening
in the new Annex...

We did decide that three days is just not long enough...

Oh what fun!

Community Arts Center Clay Camp
Wallingford, PA
January 2nd through the 4th, 2019

Thursday, December 27, 2018

January 12th Workshop

My first workshop of 2019 
"Making Ceramic Shards into Necklaces"
will happen on January 12th from 1 to 4 PM
104 Park Avenue, Swarthmore, PA 19081

This hands-on opportunity will familiarize you with many
ways to create Art to Wear necklaces with up-cycled
Pottery Shards...Each of these pottery shards 
is a piece of ceramic vision! 
They are an imagined bowl, cup or platter 
headed for the Holiday table or that special pitcher 
used to serve maple syrup on Sunday mornings.  
But somewhere en route to their continued existence,
 they met with an insurmountable hurdle. 
This in no way lessens their value 
as a symbol of a dream. 

Each tumbled smooth tactile clay shard 
embodies the process it took “to become” 
and to make one into a necklace to wear
 is to share in this inexplicable experience.
Please contact Martha Perkins at the Gallery
to reserve your spot!

Sunday, November 25, 2018

The Holiday Sale at Cheltenham Center for the Arts

I think it's nice to have some idea 
of what you may find at a Fine Craft Showing...

Reena Brooks will have a delightful selection
of colorful handmade scarves...

There will be many bowls to choose from
made by Lucia Welsh, Ellen Pine Litwin and
Carol Allen...

Trust me, you can never have too many BOWLS!

There will be pots that pour and pots with lids...

And MUGS, 
another thing you can never have
too many of...

There will be Clay-to-Wear by Barbara Hanselman
and inventive jewelry by Yvonne Pagel...

AND Amazing Mixed Media Artwork...

So come either Saturday December 1st or 
Sunday December 2nd, 2018 between
11 AM and 4 PM to meet the makers...
Cheltenham Center for the Arts
Ashbourne Road, Cheltenham, PA

Plan to pay with cash or check...thank you!