Sunday, August 21, 2016

Making Earring Display Cards

First of all, locate vintage looking copyright -free 
photographs of all sorts of babes, preferable full face shots.

Then photo shop them to be 550 x 1000 and
leave room in the image for earrings to hang down.

Then set them two up, sepia tone and lighten the images
before adding the copy you want at the bottom.

Your copy can be directly on the image or in a space beneath.
Then set your printer to NOT fit to page and select
the size 5 x 7 for printing.  I use 8.5 x 11 label stock
so it is easy to mount the images to mat board
then cut to size after printing & mounting.

I use a needle tool to make the hanging holes at the 
appropriate places on each side of the face for my earrings.
Naturally some earrings look better on certain faces...

They definitely are eye catching!

Friday, July 15, 2016

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Earthenware Scarab Pyramid Box

This hand built "secrets" box contains a hanging
double-sided face - one face looks to the past,
the other to the future.

The double-sided face bead is there to keep you 
centered in the present. This box is also adorned with Scarabs, 
a symbol of Eternity to the ancient Egyptians.

Scarabs are also associated with purposeful direction
where a meaningful path is the one chosen.

Write down your dreams and place them inside
as you embark on your life's journey.

This box is all about BECOMING...

Saturday, June 18, 2016

The Tray with the Checkered Past

Un-fired Greenware tray with cobalt slip stenciled squares 
on a tan clay body. The green branch with leaves has been painted 
with underglazes and the tray measures 9" x 12".

The PMS (Press Mold Shape) #12 made from lightweight
wood by David Weisenbach of DropBach.

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Roxanne's Pour Out Your Heart Jug

Roxanne Ballantini created a wonderful piece for our class showing,
June 12th through July 16th, 2016 at the Community Arts Center.

 The pinch strip built jug boasts 
a found twisted Filbert wood handle...

Roxanne multi-glazed her piece and once fired,
the handle was wired in place.

The shaped pour spout gives the quaint little jug
it's official name...

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

A Pair of Pourers...

Earthenware Pourers glazed inside with Old Brick
and ready for their outside glazes.

 After the glaze firing -
Mayan Mayhem Pourer has 2 coats of  O-26 Turquoise
with 1 coat of A 32 Iron Saturate over it on the outside.
Both glazes are from Amaco.

Paisleaf Pourer has EM - 126 Laguna Seafoam
on the outside - one coat on the texture which was lifted
and two coats on the spout area.

DropBach and Foam Pressed Trays

Stencils are such fun things to use to create patterning
especially on a slab of clay.  This 10 x 10 DropBach
tray was created from a slab painted with blue green
slip over a stencil; some underglaze accents were
added as well and then after a bisque firing, the tray
was glazed with Duncan clear brilliance.

This free form press form tray stenciled with a floral
reminiscent of  50's wallpaper was made from
earthenware and simply clear glazed.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

The Verdant Vase

A few months back, I did a workshop
on hand building vases in ceramic clay.
The pinchstrip technique
used for this one was one of my
demonstration pots which finally got glazed.

Clay Standard 153,
Ceramic Shop Wintergreen inside and top outer band 
with stripes of Ron Roy Floating Teal, Ron Roy Floating teal 
on balance of vase, lifted off before glazing with 
Van Gilders Oribe, fired cone 6 electric.

Friday, April 15, 2016

Three Little Fishies Neck Wear

"Down in the meadow in a little bitty pool
Lived three little fishies and a mamma fishy, too 
Swim said the mamma fishy, Swim if you can..."

Three little carved horn fishies arrived
a few weeks back in a box from my friend
Emily Cohen from Florida...

Since I am not a Pisces but have plenty of
"Piscean" friends, I figured I would 
use them someday.  That day came sooner
than planned when I came across
the stoneware yoke I had made
ions ago... they called to each other!

Then there were the hand cut glass discs 
from Emily which arrived this week.
I had no choice but to make them all
into a necklace tonight...