Monday, May 23, 2011

Extra Shop Update on Wednesday!

Gothic Points - Porcelain Components

What say we start this blog post off with with a big old fat apology. I feel like I have been doing that a lot lately, apologizing. Generally speaking I try to keep my private life private (thus the name...), but sometimes life gets a little messy and it starts to interfere with my business. This would be one of those times. I guess you could say that I am in a bit of a transition period. It's a good thing, a little scary, but good. I've gotten behind in my shipping and correspondence and for that I am sorry. I promise to get my act together and get back on track very soon.

Soooo... on to the Extra update preview! All of these pieces will be in the shop on Wednesday starting at noon EST. First up are these ultra Gothic pointed components.

Gothic Points - Porcelain Components

There is a great deal of detail in these pieces. And... there are four holes. Most of you probably know my motto by now: more holes means more options! (You know you love that motto. Secretly.) I envision this piece hanging vertically, with drips of vintage chain draped from side to side and asymmetrically up one side. There is a definite religious feel going on so the addition of some antique rosary beads would be perfect.

Owl Mini Porcelain Charm

Yep. Mini owl charms. :)

Cherry Blossom - Porcealin Components

These cherry blossom pendants come from my own jewelry line. What's not to love?

Porcealin Bee Jewelry Components

I'm really digging these bees. I've used bees and other bugs in my own work for years and they always get attention. I made these pieces with four holes so not only do they make great connectors but they would also work really well in a bracelet.

Porcealin Bee Jewelry Components

They have a wonderful sculptural quality.

two sided, handbuilt porcelain bee bead

I loved the bees so much I made a two-sided pillow bead version. These are chunky and damn near perfect. :)

Two sided, handbuilt porcelain bee bead

I wanted to share with you my latest color combination obsession. Pink and golden yellow. Years ago I visited Paris and this color mix was everywhere. Large bouquets of fresh flowers in soft sugar pink, warm yellow and lavender left quite an impression on me. Hope you like it as much as I do.

The update will start at noon on Wednesday right here. And as always, if you want to see the pieces as they go up be sure to keep your eyes on my Facebook page. Hope to see you there! :)

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Extra Shop Update on MONDAY!!

Birds! Porcelain pendants

I will be having an Extra shop update on Monday starting at noon!
First up are these large birds. I've been using this piece in my own work for a while and it is safe to say that they are one of my favorites. They are big and bold and the kind of birds that says, "Are you talkin' to me?" Whatever that means...
If you would like to see some examples of these birds in action take a look here, here and here. (note: the dark green bird tried to make a run for it and broke his tail feathers, so he won't be able to make it to the party, sadly...)

Porcelain jewelry components

These are some fun connector type links with a stylized dandelion design.

Lizard skin porcelain components

I really love how the lizard skin pieces came out. The detail is fantastic and gives them a rather unusual look, especially with the wonky holes.

Porcelain jewelry components

Nor sure what to call these pendants.... fan leaf? Yep, that will have to do.

Stenciled porcelain components

Here are some of the pieces from my stencil experiment. They turned out pretty cool, though the black slip did not stay as black as I would have liked. I will be mixing up another recipe and giving that a go the next time. But I really like the faded, antique look of this batch, so it was well worth the experiment.

Porcelain pod beads

And lastly we have the nightlight pod beads. I didn't glaze them all because I had no idea how they would turn out and didn't want to ruin them all at once if they looked like crap. But guess what?! They look freaking awesome!!!! Good enough to eat, I say. There are two smaller hollow beads there as well that are pretty cool, too.

So that's that. The update will start at noon EST on Monday in the shop, which is right here. And don't forget, you can see everything as it is listed if you check out my Facebook page. Hope to see you then! :)

Thursday, May 5, 2011

The lights are on


Yesterday was spent in the studio trying to make up for lost time. I got quite a bit done and left feeling less like a slacker and more like a rock star (a clay rock star...). I made some components for the next update but I also worked on some things for myself. (Very important for maintaining my mental health)


So, what's this, you ask? Can you guess?
It was the inspiration and tool I used to make....


...these giant, hollow beads. It's a nightlight cover, actually. I looked at it the other day and thought it had such a great shape and texture - perfect for pressing some clay into. I made each half and then put them together to form these very pod-like/organic/cocoon-ish forms. They are bisque firing right now and hopefully I will glaze them this weekend. I'm thinking matte, earthy colors... but I'm open to any other ideas.


This shot gives you an idea of how big they are. They will shrink a little after the final firing but will still be pretty substantial. The big question is how to use them. It's fun to make large, sculptural beads but what good are they if you can't make something freaking amazing with them?! That remains to be seen.


I made a nice big batch of large birds. Some of these will go into my next update, some will be for me. You can see a bit of the process that goes into them. These are birds in the rough. :)


This batch is kind of fun. Lizard skin texture and wonky holes go well together. Is it just me or does the prospect of having to deal with odd number, off-center holes in a component make you giddy too? Strange, I know, but I love a challenge.


Lastly, these are the test pieces I made from my stenciling experiment last week. I am curious to see how they fire and whether or not the black slip I mixed up stays black. Depending on the outcome some of these pieces might make it into my next Extra update. Unless they are wretchedly ugly. Then they will go into my archive of hideous pieces and never see the light of day. ;)

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Face-down Tuesday - 5.3.11

Face-down Tuesday - 5.3.11

It's been a while, I know. Today I was at my mother's house visiting with my grandfather. Once he went off for a nap I took the opportunity for a face-down shot. Notice the kitty on the couch. He thinks I'm a little touched.

Monday, May 2, 2011

Mine. All mine!


I'm not generally one to brag about purchases that I make, HOWEVER.... take a look at this amazing painting that I scored at the show I did this past weekend! It is by an aritist named Paul Bozzo and his work is very cool. And by very cool I mean incredibly awesome.

I purchased my first Bozzo piece (he calls them textured paintings) last year at the Athens Arts Fest and one of the main reasons I was looking forward to going back this year was knowing that I would be able to get another one.

Be sure to check out his blog to see more of his work and learn about his unique technique.