Thursday, April 12, 2018

Keeping busy

I have been keeping busy with both creating items for classes, as well as some things for sale.  This little froggy critter was a sample for a class I had at the store.

These are some cards I designed for another class to be held later this month.

In addition to those samples, I have made some soap dishes for sale.

I really have a need to get more creative things done with clay.  I do have some people asking about some of my Ebonyware and I have not touched that in a couple of years... I need to start soon.  I have just been drawn to the hand-built side of clay and have found it difficult to shift gears.

I'm still here, I'm still creating, just not always clay and not always the clay people are asking for.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

A rough day

On this International day of all things related to love, let me say that some people are not all hearts and roses and candy. 

I used to love this holiday, but now that I am alone, this day is filled with a broken heart and struggles to keep from crying.

Few people understand that when someone chirps "Happy Valentine's Day!" with all their cheeriness, it cuts like a hot knife into an already aching heart.

Monday, November 27, 2017

Birthday thoughts

I am very grateful for all of my family, friends and friends who are like family who have been there with and for me over my lifetime.  I would not be who I am today without all of you.

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Life... definitely takes it's twists and turns and keeps us on our toes.

I have been mostly busy with house/pet sitting this Summer and into Fall.  I am enjoying spending time with some precious pets that are well loved by their humans.



And now, as November fast approaches, I am madly creating for the Mistletoe Market at the Anderson County Museum the 3rd & 4th.  It is the only show I do each year and I love it!

I have made more of the soap dishes, different textures, different sizes, soon to be different colors.  Of course, my angels are top on my priority list.  I have 50 of them in various stages of production.
(I neglected to take photos of the soap dishes and there are only 2 remaining.)

Most of my booth for Mistletoe Market 2017
Oooops!  I spilled half a bottle of Gold Enamel paint into my lap!

New color Angel Ornament for 2017 - Sweet Potato Pie

In my role as Secretary of our local Business Association, I have been thrust into a position of being in charge.  Our President announced his resignation (moving away) in February or March (effective in June).  Our newly elected Treasurer passed away unexpectedly.  That left me.  Thankfully, I have had another member step forward to take care of the checkbook and all of that, but nobody for the President's position.  Active members are difficult to get motivated.

Saturday, April 15, 2017

The glazed bowls from A MUSE

Really quickly, here are the results of the bowls that were glazed (as well as a soap dish prototype).

Wishing all that celebrate, a very joyous Easter tomorrow.

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Is it April already?

My, how time does fly!

I do have a photo of the completed heart pieces my students made.  They turned out beautifully!

I did not glaze mine yet, I have not decided how I want it to look.

Last month at our A MUSE meeting, I brought clay and everyone was able to make whatever they wanted.  I did bring a couple of templates for simple slab bowls if they wanted.  Terri decided to make a wall pocket and Nanelyn was the only rectangular piece.  Suzanne had the ruffled edge.

The ladies who were able to come to yesterdays meeting glazed theirs and I will fire after I am done with house/cat sitting.  I do promise to post a photo of their completed pieces.

We had a wonderful Spring Jubilee last weekend here in town.  But I am surely enjoying the first day off in 2 weeks today!

I have been trying out use of essential oils for a variety of things in life.  I don't know if they have kept me from getting sick, but I feel better because of them.  I diffuse them at night in an effort to help my sleep and they do seem to help.  I also have a diffuser bracelet that I wear with my favorite EO (Thieves).  Thieves is purported to help with overall health and well-being... I LOVE the smell of it!  Essential oils date back to biblical times and sometimes the tried and true natural ways do make more sense than artificial chemical derived ways.

Just a couple of days left to house & cat sit.  Enjoying the lake while I can.

And, before I go, here are the candy bar wrappers I designed and made for Easter this year.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Happy Wednesday!

I am getting into a creative groove and was excited to have a customer/student ask if they could make a dimensional porcelain (or other ceramic clay) heart wall hanging.  She showed me photos of what she had seen another artist do.

Well, not wanting to copy, and not having the photo in front of me (just my memory of what was in it), I proceeded to try to fabricate a hump mold to create them on top of... that failed me... so, instead I just used a curved piece of lightweight chip board, like gift boxes are made from.  In fact, I used some shirt boxes I purchased at the dollar store.

This was my prototype.  It is still un-fired in this photo.  It is difficult to see that it is a convex curve.  The ones in class are much more pronounced.

The glazes I ordered on the 4th didn't arrive until the Monday after the Saturday class... frustrating!  But, they couldn't have used them that day anyway.

I have made multiple test tiles to sample a variety of glazes and their compatibility with one another.  When those are done, the ladies can glaze!