Thursday, September 27, 2007

Sourdough Starter Pot

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My friend asked me to make him a lidded ceramic pot to keep his sourdough starter in.
This is what I came up with. I hope he likes it!

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Santa Dog

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Well my reindeer bells turned out awesome! I will be listing them in my Etsy shop soon. I wanted to dress my dog up like a reindeer and take a picture of her. She is the best sport EVER! What a sweet girl to let me do these things! Anyhow, I couldn't find her antlers so I just put a santa hat on her and she patiently let me take pictures while my not so angelic cat Raku played with the bell.

Saturday, September 22, 2007

Reindeer Bells and more Custom Orders

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The funny round looking things are reindeer bells. They sound so pretty, and I thought I would make a few this season.
The white funny looking things are tatting shuttles.
The lidded jar is a custom order for a friend.
I switched to working with red clay for awhile, It is absolutely the biggest pain in the butt because it is ever so messy, but it is really pretty when fired.
All these pieces are still in the greenware state. I have a little sanding to do and then I will pop them in the kiln.

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Ceramic Books

I had this idea YEARS ago and then not long after this idea I saw another potter doing something similar so I gave up on it. Then I decided to give it another go. Not only is this a handmade ceramic book but I also handmade the paper in it as well. I recycled all my stupid junk mail and threw in a few organic materials and voila!
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I made a whole bunch of ceramic covers for more books, I even made some crystalline book covers but I found that handmaking the paper is a total pain in my tush so if I make future books I will buy handmade paper from other artists.
These take forever and a day to assemble as I hand stitched all the pages into the binding. Of course I did a ton of research on book making and binding before I set out on this surprisingly monumental task.
I am still on the fence wether I will continue along this line. I guess it depends if anyone else shows an interest in them or not. I don't see them being very profitable for me.
Anyhow, I listed this one in my Etsy shop today.

Monday, September 10, 2007

Fantastic Crystals...(sadly this is not my work)

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Work by Dwight Crossley
I was delighted to come across my crystalline friend's booth at the Boise Art in the Park festival this weekend. I was familiar with his work and had corresponded with him on crystalline related matters before but I had never met him in person until this past weekend.
His crystals are gorgeous as you can see by this piece that I could not resist buying.
We talked a lot about crystals which was heaven for me since all my crystalline friends are via the internet. It is nice to get an immediate response to your questions for a change. Anyhow, he tried to talk me into switching to the higher cones. And trust me, he is not my first crystalline friend to try and sway me from my stubborn path.
I started out in cone 10 crystals with the idea from the very beginning that I would pioneer in cone 5. I have been working in cone 5 with moderate success for the last two years. Well.....after seeing these beauties I may just throw in the towel and jump in the high fire pool with all my other crystalline friends.

Friday, September 7, 2007

The last of the TULIP series

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I love tulips, cobalt blue and coil pots, so I combined those ideas to create my "Tulip Series". I sold many many pieces in this series.
I stopped making them a couple years ago because if I lose interest in something I stop doing it. I know that sounds fussy but it's the way that I am. If I don't have a passion for what I am doing then I simply won't do it.
I have been hanging on to this large pot for awhile and have finally decided to put it up for sale. It measures a foot tall by aprox a foot wide. It is a visually stunning piece with 8 hand painted tulips around the circumference of the pot.