Friday, December 2, 2016

Small Works Holiday Show

The Small Works Show 
at Perkins Center for the Arts
continues until December 10th, 2016

30 Irvin Ave. 
Collingswood, 08108 

Come see the work 
of many local artists working in clay, wood, 
fiber, leather, metal & mixed media


Tuesdays, Thursdays & Saturdays

December 3rd, 12-3pm
Empty Bowls Fundraiser during Gallery Hours

December 9th, 4-6pm
Holiday Happy Hour

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Mayco Foundations in Action...

 I made these test tiles on 20G Earthenware Clay using
Mayco Stroke 'n Coat with their Foundations.

I first put on 3 coats of the green glaze colors allowing
each coat to dry thoroughly before applying the next coat...

Then I use a fine tipped bottle to apply the black lines
using Mayco Foundations black on top of the green glazes.

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Wild Grape Vines & Leaves Plate

When I formed this 9" round shallow stoneware dish, 
I placed stringing holes around the top edge
so I could attach found objects to the rim... 

After it was bisque fired, I used black wax resist and glazes
to draw in these random leaves...

Once glaze fired I brought it home from the studio
and within days, received a package from Florida
containing these wild grape vines...

The rest, as they say, is history!

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Cleopatra Cream and Sugar Set

A hand built cream pitcher and sugar bowl
made from earthenware clay impressed with my
INTAGLIO Cleopatra Impressing Mat.

The two pieces were accented with earthenware scarabs...

and terra sigillata, prior to their initial firing.

The glazes used in the last firing are listed below -

Friday, October 28, 2016

More Leaf Trays

These trays are small catchalls or serving pieces
designed to look good empty as well as full...

The leaves were hand drawn using black wax resist
while the background and leaves were painstakingly finished
with three coats of individual glazes.

Because of the time involved with their making,
these leaf trays will be few and far between.

Each is one of a kind...

And only a few will ever be this big or as detailed!

Sunday, October 2, 2016

Fresh Kielbasa and Cabbage

I made this tonight on a whim and it was just delicious so I wanted to share it with you...

3 large links (about 1 lb) of Martins fresh Kielbasa, boiled for 30 minutes in hot water and cut into 1/2” slices (be sure it reaches 160^ inside).
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
1 small head cabbage, coarsely chopped (I used a head of Tainong Seed Emerald Power flat cabbage I found at the Asian grocery)
1 large sweet onion, cut into slices
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 teaspoons sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
2 teaspoons rice wine vinegar
1 1/2 teaspoons Dijon or brown grainy mustard

Boil the fresh Kielbasa, brown under the broiler on each side and slice then set aside.

In a Dutch Oven melt the butter, add the cabbage, onion, garlic, sugar, salt, and pepper. Stir to combine and cook for about 25 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Boil potatoes in the Kielbasa cooking water if serving them.

Add the vinegar and mustard to the cabbage then add the sausage and simmer on low for another 15 minutes; Taste and adjust seasoning, if necessary.

Serve immediately on its own or over mashed or boiled red potatoes.

Monday, September 19, 2016

Scrappie Cats

Maxine Manges gave me some 710 clay scraps which I blended
with some of my 40 Miller clay to make these cat faces.

I drew the faces with black wax resist then used
numerous glazes to accent the clay body colors.

They will become either necklace pendants
or Holiday ornaments but only time will tell.

Leaf Me Be ScrapBach Trays

The tray top view and below, the underside. The leaf images
were created with black wax resist and multiple glazes.

Tray II - Top view and underneath.

Tray III - Top view and underneath.

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Myrle's African Trade Necklace

Myrle Borine generously shared some of her
African Trade Beads with me, so I used some in this necklace.

The necklace is two piece with Mykonos fish and hooks
attaching the back chain to the front bead collection.

In addition to African trades, there is a burl gnarl, hand formed
ceramic clay beads and glass handmade beads.

I used copper wire to form the connections between all...

The three latest fun to wear necklaces 2016.

Earthenware Pod Necklace

A Fish Hook Closure with Mykonos hangie dingles in oxidized copper.

The beads themselves were hand formed and individually strung
on short pieces of leather cord...

Complements Necklace & Earrings

Mixing together different but interesting beads
in one wearable necklace with complementary earrings
is sometimes a challenge...

This one has burl gnarls as well as clay ceramic 
and polymer clay hand formed beads joined with copper.

Monday, September 5, 2016

Melange Necklace with Earrings

Ceramic & Polymer Clay Beads with Copper Components

Complementary Earrings made using two of the lightweight
polymer beads by Orly and a simple copper chain.

This is a two-piece hand made & assembled necklace 
with Mykonos Fish & Hook Closures on each side.

The Polymer clay beads are by Israeli artist, Orly Fuchs Galchen
while the earthenware & stoneware beads are mine.

More Vintage Vamps with Earrings

These earrings are all clay components with the exception
of the Mykonos spacers, copper wire & ear wires.

These earrings have Gardanne enameled bead caps topping
a pair of black onyx round beads also with Mykonos spacers.
The top stacked disc beads are stoneware clay.

Clay discs, copper hanging leaves for Autumn and
copper findings The ear wires are Niobium.

Two glazed clay blob beads and two pairs of
clay discs are accented with copper findings
and hypo-allergenic Niobium ear wires.

Ceramic stoneware slabs and round discs
fitted with nichrome wire before being fired
and complemented with Guilders paste &
Renaissance wax afterwards to accent the texture.