Thursday, September 29, 2011

4th one, 3rd one

Here's the fourth altar.  This is the one for my father.  He's been gone the longest.  I tried to make the colors more "boy".  How'd I do?

And this is the next trivet.  I love calla lilies.  Their forms feel so graceful, like dancers.


Monday, September 26, 2011

Last one and next one.

Just pictures today.  No time for verbiage.  Got a case of peaches on Saturday and today I'm making jam.  A lot of jam.

This will be my last altar, I think.  It's for my brother who's been gone for 8 years now.  It's not fired yet, so the colors will be a bit richer.  It's also my biggest one.  

Also a pic of my next trivet, Golden Barrels and Lantana.  I think it turned out OK. Damn. Sideways picture again.  You can tilt your screen, right?


Friday, September 23, 2011

One down...

So, my first trivet is done.  I like how the purple turned out as a shadow, but I need to blend my colors a little better.  

Got two more in the kiln and one to take today.

Only 11 more to do.  

Put in a proposal for a big job this week.  Keeping it mum until I get the OK, then I'll let you know what it is.

Oh yea, they've also given us the go-ahead on the 10 benches for Chandler Center for the Arts.  Gonna be a busy winter!

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

It's in the mail!

I just sent my entry in to Herberger Theater Gallery's Aging in America exhibition for 2012

I've titled it "From Anticipation to Reflection".  Both subjects are from photos of my husband at different ages.  Then and now.  

I think the finished drawing turned out pretty well.  What do you think?  

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Holiday planning

I'm thinking what to make for some holiday gifts, and I thought of trivets.  You can buy the frames at for not too much.

And, instead of making the tiles, you can buy those too.  Then all you have to do is underglaze, glaze and fire.  Voila, a one of a kind gift.

This is my first one, done yesterday.  Have to take it in to get fired, then I'll show it when it's done and assembled.

I adapted it from an agave photo I saw in a magazine.  I think I'm going to make them all desert themed.

Monday, September 12, 2011

Work in progress

I'm working on a drawing for submittal to the Herberger Art Gallery.  

The general subject is:  Still Here, Aging in America.  So I took two photos that I have of my husband, one taken in his 20's, before we were married, and one taken last summer, and put them on the same bench.  

Both photos were done by his best friend from college, Dan.  

I'm calling it "From Anticipation to Reflection".  What do you think so far? 

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Magnum Opus

I think I'm getting close to done with this piece of old lace.  I love the pattern, but it's time to move on and explore new things.  I have two more altars to complete for Dia de los Muertos, then I'm done with it.  But I think this last piece turned out really well.  I'm very happy with the colors.

I also have to start working on some tiles for the new bench project.  We're in the design phase and should be moving into production within the month.  

Tuesday, September 6, 2011


My shot glasses didn't turn out nearly as colorful and fun as I had envisioned.  And something made the underglaze bubble a lot.  It probably would have worked much better if I had low-fired them instead.  But then they wouldn't have been food safe, which kind of defeats the purpose, ya' know?

But I also tried a new glaze, that Sam and Diane made, called Beads.  Put it on some shot glasses I had made, over Ted's Super iron oxide, with Magic White on the inside and rim.  They turned out fantastic!  

What a nice surprise!