Wednesday, February 25, 2009

in contrast to the snow


a bit of summery warm colors from my torch. :-)

I've been messing around with some colors that my daughter suggested when we were picking out some little beads for kits. I liked her ideas of the opaque orange/coral and blue.

I think this would be great with all kinds of outfits.

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Snow in Michigan


Wow Looks like Michigan got hit with some snow! My old home town of Houghton Lake Michigan had a record snowfall for this date. 6 inches of snow. That would probably paralyze our towns in North Carolina for a week!
When we get a dusting of snow here, everything shuts down. We laugh and think we can drive anywhere, but have found that there are many who can't drive in snow and that makes travel hazardous.
A snow day here would be fun except when our school is canceled, we make it up. No built in snow days here and I don't want to work one of our spring break vacation days!
In Michigan, we would hunker down and stay inside, doing our sewing, or reading, watching movies, baking cookies and breads, doing some crafts. Snow days were times to relax, get some rest, and just not have the ability to go anywhere. We might venture out for a walk in the snow if the wind was down and the sun out. Sometimes we would ski, or skate, or sled, but usually a snow day was just a 'stay in the house, make soup, and lay around day'.
I find that the amount of people who craft or do art work isn't as high around here and I figure it's the weather. You can always walk outside, it isn't dark by 5 oclock in the winter, and you have the motivation to move rather than bundle up.

We 'did' have a low of 28 degrees one morning this week, but that didn't seem to affect the blooming daffodils, or the budding trees. It's time to pump up the bicycle tires and get outside to enjoy the spring weather. I miss my Michigan friends, but sure don't miss the weather!

and.... a quick hello to my friends who follow this blog. I don't have emails for everyone but hey... a shout out to Sybil! glad you stopped by!

Friday, February 20, 2009


Isn't this planter totally fun? I bought it last night from
Clayflower on Etsy

I just love everything in her shop. That probably says something about my personality.

Now to figure out exactly where to put this screaming baby planter. I have a cactus ready to transplant into it. ;-)

It's a tough decision deciding on only one of these planters. Apparently they are made from mold of real doll heads. Then cast with porcelain and fired and glazed.
What do you think?

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

A cute Etsy shop


I like ceramic work in jewelry. This cute shop on Etsy has some nice pendants and jewelry. I really like the glazes and the natural feel of her work. And it's also way awesome that she bought some copper discs from me and is using them with the pottery. It's a great combination.
Sunnyfieldspottery
She is located in Upton Wyoming, which is a teenie tiny Wyoming town that I have had the privilege of visiting. Nice people, beautiful scenery and even a little swimming pool downtown. (if you can call it a downtown) I can't remember the population but it's very small.

Stop by Sunny field's shop and look at her fun jewelry. Tell her I sent you!

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Reflections


I was lucky to be in a shop and stumbled across a big bowl of dusty old glass reflectors. What were they for? The shop owner said he thought for bikes. What can I do with them, the brain starts whirring and twirping. :-) because they are GLASS and they are sparkly, I mean, what's not to like? So I bought a bunch and then went back and bought more. When I dip them in ammonia, they perk right up. So with a little metal fabricating, this pendant came about. I have another in silver made and want to make a few more in the other colors that I have...blue .. and clear. Seems like something nifty could be under the clear to magnify. That's rolling around in my brain now.

I so wish there was more time to play with all this fun stuff, rather than working on grades and lesson plans. I love my job but sometimes I yearn to be knocking around in my studio working on this and that and following some of the brainstorms that have been in my thoughts.

I pick up these reflectors and seriously slide back in time to when I was a little kid. We lived on a street called Pigeon St. in Jackson, Michigan. I would walk to school for kindergarten and have cookies and milk for snack and lay on my little colorful rug for 'rest time'. We'd play in the yard and with the neighbors and sit on their steps and watch the squirrel that would run up real fast and grab a nut from their feet if they put it there. I drew pictures and painted and kept my art work in a coat box under my bed. My best picture was the painted tree with leaves of all kinds of colors dropping to the ground. We moved just before I was done with that kindergarten year, to a small town about 10 miles from there. The memories don't see as magical and sometimes I ponder that, wondering why. Probably just because I grew up.

So many of my memories are colorful and visual and somehow holding a reflector gives me a sense of that time when reflectors like this were on cars and bicycles. Glass and sparkly, something I've always been drawn to. It makes one wonder if we start some very special thing very early in life. Something to reflect on, yes?

Friday, February 13, 2009

a little fun

This will stay in your brain for hours. View at your own risk! haha
I made a CD for my students to listen to and purchased this song on Itunes. I try to skip it when we play music in my class because otherwise.............................


Monday, February 9, 2009

lost wax casting

I found this video on lost wax casting and it's well worth watching if you are interested in the casting process.
Once you've done this, you have a whole new appreciation for cast pieces.
This is something I have the opportunity to do when I am in Michigan and I have several pieces that I send to a caster to make more from the original.
It's an awesome process, although lengthy. You can see why I love it so much... look at how many tools are used in the process! :-)