Friday, January 14, 2011

Ficus Focus, Hocus Pocus.......

"Shape is a good part of the fig's delight." 
Jane Grigson, author of Fruit Book

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Consider the lilies.....

Scrap press board with two 2x2 strips nailed on-wrap canvas around tight-staple

Nicely used top-stains from different projects

tools needed

again a better photo
close up of calla--calla made by me and painted by artist Michele Petherick

slab of white stoneware-cut straight from block of clay

better photo---the shadow bars are from the trellis over the deck

more tools-the red Mudtool is perfect for smoothing out canvas imprints
stem and spadix (pointy end)

the end of a paintbrush is a perfect texture tool--use brush end by pouncing to get little holes

free hand cutting the spathe

beveling edge-later will run a chamois over the edge

preparing to wrap the spathe around the spadix--spathe is soft leather hard--still pliable for wrapping but not floppy

adding very little slip at base-wrap spathe around stem

this is all still very soft so gently squeeze the spathe to adhere to spadix--additional details add later

use props of clay to keep the calla from flattening--let dry for a little while---check on it and keep it suspended--sometimes I use a blow dryer to gently dry it to form

in the meanwhile I made a fern frond

Monday, January 10, 2011

Hi Ho Hi Ho it's off to work I go.........

It's that time again to revisit the paycheck scene.

 < These are the books that will gather dust waiting for me to come home

These are the last hats I will knit in the morning sun >

the Q

And finally, these are the sculptures that will have to wait.....

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Amaryllis and the Moth

This morning I decided that I needed to do a little housework.  Mainly to warm up my hands.  When there is no fog it gets cold.  It is hard to do anything.  After a while, with the winter sun beaming thru my window, tea sounded so good.  Maybe a little knitting before I get down the knitty gritty clay work.  So I was relaxing, sipping genmai tea, steeped in my favorite ceramic teapot, surrounded by yarn when I heard this little fluttering by the fireplace.  Lo and Behold, a small ochre colored moth!  How it came to be in my house of wool, I wondered.  I picked it up and put it in a glass globe I have planted with bulbs,succulents, candy canes (don't ask), gravel, and water.  The first thing it does is take a sip of water.  While photographing this little moth, I realized that the amaryllis looked amazing, too.  So I took its photo, too.  There's a story in all this somewhere.  Maybe.

Thursday, January 6, 2011


Legerdemain was juried into the ACGA@MAH exhibit currently running at the Museum of Art and History in Santa Cruz. Runs December 18, 2010–March 13, 2011 in Solari Gallery.  When I dropped off this piece I got a glimpse of the other artwork....amazing work everywhere peeking out of boxes and bubble wrap.  You wouldn't want to miss it.  It is a fun day trip. The Boardwalk is nearby and good places to eat.  See the Monarch butterflies at the nearby  Natural Bridges State Park.  And there's always the  Mystery Spot

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Two paths, either one leads to the same mountain........

As a single footstep will not make a path on the earth, so a single thought will not make a pathway in the mind. To make a deep physical path, we walk again and again. To make a deep mental path, we must think over and over the kind of thoughts we wish to dominate our lives. Henry David Thoreau

Monday, January 3, 2011

Very cold, very wet clay day

very cold, very wet clay

The clay I wanted to use was way too wet to use.  I wanted to do some slab work.  Throwing down very wet clay on a very damp and cold concrete floor.....hmmm......not such a good thing.  So I unwrapped the clay to air dry it a bit.  Now it is the afternoon and it is still too wet.  The little pinches of clay I used to make a tree using a trimming of our pine tree.  The wet clay will keep it very moist in the jar.

On to the white stoneware.  I am making lots of calla lilies for the Pence Gallery.  I have a canvas board that I roll out thin slabs using a rolling pin.  I then free hand cut out a triangular shape.  The spadix (the center spike) and stem are one piece.  I then wrap the triangular piece around it.  Lots of slip.......Now there's a few more steps. One step involves a blow dryer.......

The spadix is actually made up of tiny flowers.  Calla's kissing cousin is the skunk cabbage.  And the calla is not really a lily.  Very mysterious.  Very sensual.  Very surprising.  Simple elegance as if a haiku. 

at the end of its spiral
calla lily whiteness

-Jane Reichhold

Saturday, January 1, 2011

hey its 010111 already!

It sounds binary to me.  It's actually a prime number.  Lucky 23.  I will touch clay again on the 3rd.  In the meanwhile I am keeping an eye on my calendars.  I have quite a few.  I still miss things.  I try.

 Now with all these calendars I come to my word for the year.  That word is focus.  Now one can already see from my collection of calendars throughout the house I may have a problem with just sticking with one thing and run-on sentences.

Remember, clay on the 3rd...........mark your calendars.............

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