Monday, January 30, 2017

Ceramic mobile

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Working with clay a lot lately. 
Here is a work in progress, for a mobile.
This is low fire clay, so when fired it is lighter and a bit too fragile for outdoors, 
so this will hang in a window inside when finished.

The clay will be white when fired as well, I plan to keep the pieces white but use 
a black glaze wash to fill in all the details in the lines, and then clear glaze.

I am still not sure exactly what string I will use to connect it all together. 
Thinking on that still, but here is the basic layout.

Here is the fired and glazed pieces, ready to be strung into a mobile. 

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Ceramic jewelry gifts

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This past 2016 Christmas, I made my sisters some jewelry for their  Christmas gifts. 
I have made them both jewelry in the past, but this is the first time i also made the "bead" or details myself. I made them in my pottery class, and basically the focus was making them so thin they wouldn't be too heavy to wear! 

Also had to be sure the holes were in the right spot to attach a jump ring, and
 that the glaze did not fill the hole, making it hard (or impossible!!) to adjust a chain to.

They have now been gifted and I hope appreciated to my sisters. The set of earring and 
necklace to my older sister, and the larger chunkier necklace to my little sister. 
(I  made myself one too, I forgot to photograph!)

I pretty much made ceramic gifts for everyone this year, nieces, nephew, in laws and realize I am
now "that aunt" who gives (and honestly has given for the last 10 years) handmade gifts to 
everyone to suffer and enjoy! Ugh, help!


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It has been quite awhile since I updated, but I have lot's to share over the next few days. 
Paintings, drawings and a mural.

Over the Summer (that feels so long ago now) I designed and painted (with help from other parents at our school) a mural on doors of the main entrance to the school.

Our school is named after Columbus, so we focused on the navigator of the sea
aspect of his history.  Sea and stars, with constellations for guidance. 

Here is a little stop animation video I made of the painting, which took place over 
about 2 weeks.

The final mural!
And with my kids, this was our  "back to school" photo
 (shows how long ago this was, being Winter now)

Ok, much more to come! Pottery class has been filling up my creative 
time these days, so lots to show. ( at all levels of skill!)

More soon!