quarter century old

Monday, December 27, 2010

Hope your Christmas was filled with good times with family and friends. I got spoiled this Christmas and have so many new goodies for my studio that I can't wait to show off. Today I turned a quarter of a century old- the big 25! I spent the morning frantically trying to track down the 8+ missing packages that are currently lost in post office land- GAH! We spent the afternoon trying out our new cross country skis....made up for the crummy morning :)
Did you get any new studio toys you just cant wait to share???

(dont ask)....but I just had to post. Love the candid shot of my parents and I.

new to come..

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

My shop will remain open over Christmas but will be closing after the first of the year (taking a short break to get married!) I have some new exciting changes coming in 2011 that i can't wait to share! Until I close shop, take advantage of some great deals. I will be marking down my shop to make room for new spring designs!

Today was spent making these little guys....lots and lots and lots...

This is where we will be getting married! Negril, Jamaica......The more snow I shovel=the more excited I get!

MYSTERY grab bags

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Now offering bundles of MYSTERY ornaments for 50% off in my shop.

Monday, December 6, 2010

We spent the weekend in Chicago. Funny...we actually had to travel south to see our first snowfall of the year. We went to the Renegade Holiday craft show and I saw some of my fav. etsy sellers! We did some christmas shopping, did lots of walking around and I enjoyed a work-free weekend (it has been awhile!).

On Sunday we visited the Shedd Aquarium and saw some magnificent creatures. I love fish lips :)

christmas packaging

Saturday, November 6, 2010

I'm a sucker for cute packaging. I love packaging orders around the holidays! I've been collecting (some call it hoarding) bits of string and lace all year- time to put it to use!

I purchased the tissue paper in bulk online- its earthy, yet feminine- I think it suits my work perfectly!

Happy Halloween!

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Have a great day everyone! I will be glazing and handing out candy.
Here's Finn in his banana costume :)

Stocking Stuffers

Sunday, October 24, 2010

I got these little guys out of the kiln this weekend! They are so much fun. Im putting them in cute tins and selling them as sets- I think they will make great stocking stuffers :) Available in my etsy shop!

Taking risks

Friday, October 22, 2010

These slab leaf bowls/ plates were created over the last couple weeks in one of my classes at the Museum. The kids ranged in age from 4-12- an awesome group of kids, but a really difficult range of ages to plan for. I think these turned out great!

I encouraged the kids to experiment with layering glazes (something that was against the rules when I was in school!). I explain the risks, the element of surprise and love seeing which kids choose to be a little daring and those who play it safe. Artists take risks. Thats the message Im hoping they went home with...and some pretty cool pottery :)

Winter Preview

Sunday, October 10, 2010

It seems quite unfair to Autumn to already be listing winter/ Christmas items in my shop...but those of you who have survived the holiday shopping season on etsy know it is best to start early for sanity later on! These will slowly be making their way into my shop.

At last!

Saturday, October 9, 2010

My very first slab roller came in the mail last week! Good bye rolling pin! Look at that perfectly smooth, even slab of clay. Now I'm wondering how I managed for so long without one. This weekend I'm making lots and lots of new christmas ornaments.
If you have a slab roller...what material do you prefer to use between the roller and clay? Mine came with a slab sheet (thats what the directions call it) and canvas. I really like the smoothness of the slab sheet, but clay seems to stick to it at times. Any suggestions?

the island life

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

We live on an island. Did you know that? Well...it's not the type of island you paddle a boat to, but we do have to cross a draw bridge to get to our house :)
Everyday after work we put on our grubby clothes and go for a walk. I brought my camera along today. This is one of our favorite walking destinations on the island. It's a quiet park along the water with the neatest little stone bridges. I wish these were in my backyard.

new for halloween!

Monday, October 4, 2010

Hand drawn ink illustrations applied to pendants as decals. Just in the nick of time for halloween :)

winter charms

Friday, October 1, 2010

Sneak peek of a new winter design. Im trying to find just the right glaze for a snowy roof look. with several of these I tried a frothy white that was supposed to have lumps when fired. Some of the houses look like they have tumors... no good ( i didnt take photos of these). This one has just a smooth white roof, I like that better. Anyone know of a good white crawl glaze (cone 6)? Maybe I will try that next!

earrings and ornaments

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Well, I would have had more goodies to show you...but by the time I got home from work the sun was setting- drats! My photos turned out horrible. Here is a sneak peek. I made some cute little earring charms, new teeny bird pairs and tree ornaments. I know it is waaaay to early to be thinking christmas. But every year I run out around the holidays and I am starting early this year! These will be in my shop soon.