Sunday, April 26, 2009

A couple more Scribbler pics....

Lou thinks they're cool but wonders where these weird images are coming from. He thinks I'm a little scary. But look at the drawings...the all have big eyes...which I realize are coming from Sophie...she has the largest eyes. The mouth is a cat's mouth and all look like they are smiling. I like to think of these as my muses.

A while back I had a few dreams that I had a talking cat side-kick. I attributed this to my need to get another cat. It had been about a year since Kitty passed and I was having all kinds of cat dreams. The talking cat dreams were some of the better ones.....I'm scaring you now aren't I. Then I shouldn't tell you that he wore a tricorne hat :)))) These guys are a little more punk

From Spring to Summer in One Day

Weather changes in Cleveland are never subtle. It's April and we are having 80 plus degree weather. Although it's great to have all the windows just seems too soon. I tried to work in bronze today but my workroom in on the upper floor of the house...the hottest floor of the house. The clay is drying out so fast I can't roll and cut it before it has partially dried. It is probably in the high 80s in my room so I gave up. I have a few basic pieces but they all need embellishment. I don't want to drag everything downstairs so I will wait until Tuesday when it will be back in the 60s.

But the cats are loving it ..... Benny all stretched out on my arm chair. He's such a sweet boy ...... with really big back feet.

Thursday, April 23, 2009

My latest trip into the ozone....

Catherine from Happy Day Art listed a link to Scribbler on Facebook a while back and I have been obsessed ever since. I have been making multiple drawings. Here are a few of my favorites.....

I'm sure it's not everyone's thing....but I think they are so cool. Your initial drawing doesn't have to be perfect...your lines don't have to meet. The Scribbler with its spider web way of scribbling takes your rudimentary drawings in directions you don't expect. There a bit macabre and I don't know if that is a characteristic of the Scribbler or just something inherent in my drawings. I think maybe it's me....creatures with 2 different size eyes, rams horns and lines across their faces are coming from me....but the spider web effect adds to it.

It does some really cool things with geometric drawings too.

Give it a try....but don't blame me if you become obssessed.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Pretty Baubles from Ellen Dooley

Many of you know that I am a lampwork bead addict. I don't make them myself but I have scoured the planet and found a few artists whose work I really like. Ellen Dooley has been in that group for years. She sent me an e-mail about a week ago telling me that she had a few beads that had my name on them. She dropped them in the mail and I got them a earlier this week. My reaction when I opened the package was....well...a kid on Christmas morning would describe it best. These beads are beauties!!! Don't take my word for it....LOOK.....

Now look at them next to some of my bronze work........

The beads are a mix of, green, blue, purple and depending on how you hold them to the light and what colors they are up against they look different.

I'm likin' these!!! I think Miss Ellen needs to make some more and put them in her Etsy shop (check it out) for all you who like to combine your metal with glass. These beads would look great with silver or bronze....and great with the new cooper metal clay. Oh la la!!

I am going to make some large bronze medallions this weekend to go with these beads. There will be pics later.

Craftfair at Hathaway Brown

My summer is filling up. I was accepted into the Ohio Designer Craftsmen Craftfair at Hathaway Brown. I did this show last year. It was my initiation into the world of outdoor art fairs. Once I got one outdoor show under my belt I had the courage to apply to more. I got into 3 summer shows and they are all within a one month period. I am going to be really busy through July.

I am close to acheiving a goal this year. I set a goal of doing 6 shows a year and I am one show away from that goal....still waiting to hear about some shows for the Holidays.

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Everything I need for a perfect Sunday.....

My laptop, the Rio Tool catalog, and Sophie. Notice how Sophie has wedged herself into my work area. She has this need to be the center of attention.

Jason and Magie were over last night. Sophie had to visit with both of them and climb in their laps. Ben took part in the action too. He climbed in between them on the couch and fell asleep.

I didn't get any clay work done yesterday. The weather was gorgeous and we opened up all the doors and windows. I ended up spring cleaning. Today I am just going to play with the things that I have made so far and think about some designs. It's one of those lazy Sundays.

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Molded Pendants

Pictures of the original and the bronze piece I made from the mold.

An old key.

Bali Coral made into a round pendant.

The next two are pieces that I picked up from a vendor of African beads and artifacts.

These are drawer pulls that I picked up in Tucson last August when Cris and I went to visit Anne.

Of course when I polish these up they are going to lose most of their color. Maybe I won't polish them too much...just a little to bring out some of the bronze.

The weekend is here so soon and even sooner it will be over. Most of the weekend I am free to work. I have a cuniform tear-away that I want to work with and a couple of new shapes I want to try. Hopefully I can get another batch in the kiln tomorrow night.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

I'm molding

not molting, not moldy....molding...just about everything I can get my hands on. I went through an entire shipment of Belicone. Not it's time to put them to use.

Monday, April 13, 2009

Shiny bits

My little pieces parts all shined up.....

A two layer pendant with two different sides. I fired it vertically and each side came out a different color. never know what you're gonna get....isn't that right Forrest.

Another pendant...this one will be combined with leather to lace up the hole in the piece.

Sunday, April 12, 2009 pretty colors

Pulled these out of the kiln this afternoon. I leave the bronze in the kiln until it is cooled to room temperature. Usually because I fire overnight and don't get back to the kiln until after I get home from work the next day. Now I have it in my head that I get better colors if I leave the bronze in the kiln until it cools. I have no proof that is the case....but I guess I'm superstitious about it now.

Lots of little dangles to make necklaces and bracelets.

More pieces from the molds that I made. I have something in mind...but I'm keeping it a secret. Once it's made I'll post pics.

But really....aren't the colors great!!!

Art and Power

For once we didn't go to a family dinner for a holiday. Is it Instead we went to the Cleveland Art Museum to see the Art and Power in the Central African Savanna. It's an exhibit with 60 central African scultures whose original purpose was to mediate between the human and spirit world. It was really amazing. Apparently I wasn't suppose to be taking pictures...but I did...until I was told not to. Here are a few of the figures. They are amazing. If you live in Cleveland or should go see them.

Then we went to Sweet Melissa's for an early dinner. It is on the site of the old Max's deli in Rocky River. It was very good. I had a blackened crab cake sandwich with corn salsa, avocado, tomato, lettuce, chipotle vinaigrette chive sour cream and Monterrey Jack cheese......YUMMY.

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

New Pieces

Earrings...aka test strips. I put a few of these in each run and test them for strength when they come out. If they break I put the batch back in the kiln. If they don't I have a pair of earrings.

This is another piece from the mold that I made. I put holes in both ends on this one...hmmm...I'm getting an idea.

This is another mold that I made from pieces I picked up from Africa...not in Africa...but from a vendor that sold African artifacts.

Another mold...this one was a piece of fossilized turtle shell. It's thick. I rolled the bronze out at 11 card and then squished it into the mold. That's a technical term...squished.

My Kitties
Have I mentioned that I have 2 new cats :) I have fallen totally in love with them. Sophie needs to be around people. She is always in one of our laps. Saturday she took a nap with me. She curled up and put her head on my shoulder.... right next to my face. We both fell asleep.

Ben is all boy. He is bigger than Sophie and has muscles. You can feel them when you pet him. But he turns into mush when you gently pet him and scratch his chin. He is also part dog. He rolls over and lets us scratch his belly.

Sunday, April 5, 2009

All nice and shiny

All shined up. They came out quite nicely.

I'm still loving the crack in this one.

Ben helped me with my drawings and did some filing and polishing for me.

And Sophie slept.