Friday, December 24, 2021

Happy Holidays to All

 Enjoying a cold rainy evening by the fireplace this Christmas eve. This laptop is quite the heat generator, adding to the total affect 😄. Remember to take a deep breath, relax and reflect. It's good for creativity which, in turn, is good for us all. 🌟 

Thursday, November 11, 2021

Spiffy and Sparkly

 This is a statue I made just for my own amusement.  It's about 6 inches tall. I threw it on the wheel as a thick-walled enclosed shape. Once it got to be a soft leatherhard, I carved away the excess clay to reveal this figure. I carved a space behind the hands to put a crystal or a tiny bowl for an incense cone as shown here. The sparkly robes are are from Cosmic Tea Dust glaze by Amaco. I used it 3 ways: alone, layered over a black glaze and over Iron Luster glaze (Amaco). The glittery glossy black finish is my favorite. The others resulted in a dark brown glittery finish which works well in texture and adds depth and interest to another wise dark piece. 

Sunday, October 31, 2021

Happy Halloween 🎃

 Photo credits go to my daughter who inspired me to make her a pumpkin that uses a tea light to heat scented oil.

Thursday, October 21, 2021

I Made 2 But I Have 3

 I completed my 2 pumpkins before Halloween.  Yay! I used Spectrum Saffron Shino glaze to get a realistic satin finish. It's exactly what I was hoping for. Now the third pumpkin is a furry one. She is a very sweet neighborhood cat that comes to visit me in the garden. I named her Pumpkin and she comes when I call her. 

Thursday, October 7, 2021

Power to Pumpkins

 I recently enjoyed creating two small pumpkins. Many Halloweens have come and gone and this is the first time. Before I throw at the wheel, I find I am more successful if I make a little sketch. It usually winds up on the back of a junk mail envelope. Of course, that's when I wished I had worked in my sketch book to save for future reference. Especially when I include notation of  measurements. 

Anyway, the one with the thicker, cup-like stem is an essential oil burner and the other one will be for a tea light or incense cone. I made a hole in the stem to act like a chimney to funnel the hot air or smoke. A lot of adding and subtracting of clay to the fish bowl shapes, that I threw on the wheel, was necessary to achieve realistic looking pumpkins. There's lot of detail to a simple pumpkin.  🎃

Thursday, September 30, 2021

Deer Feeder?

 I made this feeder awhile ago to feed the local chickadees that nest in a nearby hedge. Of course it's fair game to any wildlife that finds it. I happened to hear clicking by my front door on my front porch. Well not one, but three big bucks were hungry. The fact that it was a small bird feeder or a small front porch didn't matter.

Thursday, September 23, 2021

An Order For A Friend

 Two smaller sized mugs were requested for a friend. Both are for her grand kids.  Custom made mugs ordered by grandma. How cool is that?! I like the idea of introducing young people to the arts and crafts. You never know what might enrich someone's life or spark a new hobby or even a career. I hope they like them.