No Coast Craft-o-Rama

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Friday, December 2 (3 p.m. to 8 p.m.) and Saturday, December 3 (9 a.m. to 5 p.m.)
Midtown Global Exchange building. Minneapolis, MN.

If you are in the area, please stop by! It looks like there are a ton of fabulous vendors.

My Shop will close down this Thursday and won't re-open until Tuesday, December 6. I am bringing my whole stock to the show and it may be gone when I get back!

How to use Junk to make something Groovy

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Looks like junk...right?

Here is how I use this "junk" to make one of my most popular christmas ornaments!
First I cut the owl out of clay.

Then I use a paper template...

and a glue stick cover...

to create the owl's eyes.

I use a part from a broken pen to continue outlining the eyes.

An old peanut butter jar lid makes fantastic little wings.

I use a pottery tool to press in some feathers...

and another tool for the eye dots and beak.

And finally, a straw to make a hole for hanging.

Clay + old junk + creativity = groovy little owl ornaments

The owls can be found in my shop (20% off until Monday).

I created this post to give you a peek into my creative process. This is NOT meant to be a tutorial, or a means to make it easy to copy my work. Please respect that! Instead, I hope this inspires you to find some junk laying around and create something groovy with it :)


Happy Thanksgiving!

Thursday, November 24, 2011

I hope everyone had a Happy Thanksgiving! My kiln is a-cooking and my belly is aching... and my shop is all set for Black Friday.
The 20% OFF will last until Monday. Just a heads up, my shop will close down Nov 29-Dec 3.

sketch book

Monday, November 7, 2011

My sketch book keeps me sane. I write down notes that I look back on when duplicating a design. I write down lists and supply orders. I sketch designs and new ideas to come back to. When I need a break from production (especially during busy times like the holiday rush), when I begin to feel more like a factory than an artist, my sketch book brings me back to the basics- sketching, designing, creating. Here are a few snapshots from my sketchbook- a messy page of glazing notes and some sketches to be made into decals. I loved to draw long before I discovered clay- it feels good to go back to it from time to time :)

More holiday designs

Friday, November 4, 2011

The kiln finally cooled enough to unload. I snapped some pics and got a few of these new guys listed in my shop. I'm off to the cottage this weekend- I wish it was to relax, but alas, it is our yearly shore clean-up/raking weekend. Have a good one everyone!