I was accepted into Ohio Designer Craftsmen’s annual juried show this year. My sculpture “Blue Wave” will be on display at the Ohio Craft Museum in Columbus, Ohio from May 5, through July 28, 2019. The show then travels to Springfield, Ohio from September 20 through December 15, 2019. Pictures below. This piece is made of slumped glass and clay with some resin embellishments. I have made some ceramic molds to create the glass shapes.
It’s time again for the Women of Appalachia Project, a special show that is run by and for women in the Appalachian region. It brings together visual artists and poets in a traveling art show and poetry readings. Here are pictures of my entries.
Go to womenofappalachia.com for a full listing of events.
Here are some pictures of two sculptures that were juried into “The River” exhibition at the Parkersburg Art Center PAC. The opening will be on Sunday July 22, 2018 from 1:30-3:30pm.
These are mixed media, slumped glass and ceramic with added shells and stones. And glue.
I taught a Raku class recently and as usual I learned a lot. But first I had to refurbish my Raku kiln. I’ve had this kiln since the mid 80’s? and the last time I used it I burned too much gas. So I ordered a new kiln blanket, and relined the original kiln right on top of the old liner. The blanket is made of spun kaolin fibers and create a fabulous heat barrier in a tiny space.
After piecing together some scraps on the bottom of the kiln and using high temperature wire to secure the seam it was time to apply heat!
It was a beautiful morning when I set up the kiln. I used some soft brick stacked two high to hold the kiln shelf. In Raku firing the pieces are usually fired one at a time so the shelf is pretty small. A round shaped kiln is also a plus as it directs the flame around the piece keeping the temperature more even. A small gas tank is attached and we are ready to fire!
As students arrive and glaze their pieces we get a rhythm going, preheating the next pot on top of the kiln helps to move things along as the piece is already hot when I restart the kiln. Each firing takes 15- 30 min.
Some of the finished ware.
What to do when the snow flies? Fire a kiln! I’ve been playing with glass again and I found a new rabbit hole to explore. I’ve entered a few of these pieces into juried shows. I’ll let you know if I get in anywhere. Some of them are so new I’m not sure if they’re done so they still reside on my work table.
Keeping warm and carrying on.
You can find my work year round at the Dairy Barn Arts Center, Athens, Ohio and Nelsonville Emporium, Nelsonville, Ohio. I’m always online just click on store in the upper left corner to go to my etsy shop. There’s no need to register with etsy to shop, they have introduced guest checkout.
This year I’ll be doing two craft fairs, kicking things off on black Friday in Covington Kentucky at the Ohio Designer Craftsman Winterfair!
I’ll be doing the Dairy Barn Holiday Bazaar the following weekend. HOPE TO SEE YOU THERE!
You can always see most of the things I make in my store by clicking the tab on the upper left corner of this page.
I also make sculptures that I exhibit in juried shows. This fall as part of the Women in Appalachia Project three of my sculptures will be on view at four galleries in Ohio and West Virginia.
Four of my slumped glass and clay sculptures will be on display this winter. “Off Course” seen above and below will be in the Athens Voices show that starts in Athens Ohio on Jan 13.
click the link below to see where it will sail off to next…
Three more sculptures will be in the Ohio University Multicultural Center Gallery in Baker Center as part of the Women of Appalachia Project. I’ll be helping to hang the show with several other artists, this is one of the perks, getting to know other artists in a relaxed space where we all work together to put on a show. And quite a show it is, funny, thoughtful, personal, evocative, and poetic! The opening reception is on Feb 3 from 5-8pm. click on the link below for more info
The featured image above is the green man that inspired a custom order. The customer requested a happier visage, most of my guys look somewhat stony. I did do a winking green man many years ago I’ll try to dig up a pic before I finish this post (it was taken in my pre digital days). Most of the green man facial features are limited to eyes, nose and mouth. I often spend time working a dimple or crease only to have it disappear under the leaves. I still do all the foundation work because it defines the lines that I will follow later.
When I do a custom order I usually make at least two, the fire goddess can be cruel. This is contestant number one for my customer to choose from. He is larger, has darker green glaze because of the thickness of the glaze. I think he looks like he has just gotten a joke or he is about to tell one. The next three photos show close ups of him showing the definition in the leaves.
Contestant number two is a little smaller, and a little more triangular in shape. The glaze gets thinner in some spots and lets the leafy details shine through. I poured this glaze onto the piece while I was holding it over a bucket to catch the overflow. I used the same procedure for both, but the results vary because it is very difficult to see the different thicknesses until the piece is fired.
As you compare the two green men consider that I hand form each face. I think there is a strong family resemblance mostly in my magnificent noses but they come by it honestly. I will end this post with a gallery of green men and women that I have made. enjoy
I have always been open to making custom orders, I prefer them to be in my ballpark but if the idea intrigues me and I have the time, well I’m a sucker for a challenge, and it’s a perfect excuse to try something new. Experimentation being the soul of creativity.
I recently received two commission orders for matching dog food and water bowls, so I documented the process for both. Each order was unique, as is each dog. As I put this post together I realize I didn’t take any pictures of the forming process. I will update with pics of my next 3-D dog dish……. but meanwhile
One customer wanted an extreme slow food dish with the raised center to be an English Bulldog face and his name on the outside, “McKensington”. I asked for pictures because if you’re doing a face you may as well be specific with the markings. I thought he would be older…
I was completely smitten when I saw the pictures of little McKensington and I was determined to make him a bowl he could grow into. My first task was to draw a face. I did this by looking at clip art and photos of English Bulldogs and making a drawing that would fit into the proposed bowl. After making my drawing in my sketchbook to size, I traced it onto another sheet of paper that I cut out and cut along some of the lines in the face. I also needed a name for both the food and water bowl so I made a template with cutouts.
After throwing the bowl, I used the paper face to cut it out of the bottom of the bowl. When cutting I always angle the cut so the piece will drop out of the bottom and sit inside overlapping along the edges. I attached the cut out face onto the bottom of the bowl by scoring and slipping the two pieces together being careful to retain all of the detail. I then used the paper to add the lines and markings on the face. All of this was done on soft clay, after the bisque firing the lines were “set in stone”.
At the last minute, I did a modicum of research, little pink noses usually turn into black noses. A quick e-mail confirmed, “Yes please go black”.
The glazing process included several “Stroke and Coat” glazes from Mayco. When I do my detail work, the lines that I carved into the face allow me to contain colors. I then wax the glazed parts and dip into an overall glaze. In this case the over all glaze was to be “Sea Green Pearl” from Columbus Clay Co. http://www.columbusclay.com/
The second custom dog food and water bowl order was for little Peppa Jane, she’s a little older than McKensington but just as cute!!
Oh so adorable Peppa Jane, this is the bowl that inspired this custom order. I was requested to add the name Peppa onto the pig in a food and water bowl.
I made the bowls much like the ones before but the pig is only slightly raised, a medium slow feeder. I made the pigs so they could face each other, or not.
I was halfway through the process when I realized that I didn’t have enough of the old brown glaze to cover two bowls. I usually use brown glazes for accents on my Greenmen and Twig Teapots and don’t keep a large bucketful, so I bought more of the glaze and did some tests. It didn’t go well as they had changed the formula. After much fretting I asked the customer if she’d be happy with another background color. She liked blue, blue is grand, I had more than one to choose from and we settled on the cobalt blue. The pig is glazed with Stroke & Coat “Cheeky Pinky” the name Peppa was carved and filled in with Stroke & Coat “Bluebeard”. This was covered with wax and the rest of the bowls were dipped into my big bucket of “Ultramarine” blue from Columbus Clay.
The tail is a 3-D curl of clay with gobs of glaze to keep it easy to clean. I hope to update this post with pictures of the bowls “in action”. You can see where the two dips into the blue glaze overlapped to create a wide dark blue line. I position my dip to make this overlap make sense in the overall design ie a horizon line.