Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Porcelain Halo and Copper Ears

a blah porcelain halo before 23kt. gold-leafing

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 Cardinal's Halo
14" x 4" x 2"
ceramic, porcelain slip, underglazes, gold-plated copper wire, 23kt. gold leaf

 Copper Pipe Crown
waiting for final touches
copper band stamped: caritas abundat in omnia
translation:  love abounds in all

“You become. It takes a long time. That’s why it doesn’t happen often to people who break easily, or have sharp edges, or who have to be carefully kept. Generally, by the time you are Real, most of your hair has been loved off, and your eyes drop out and you get loose in your joints and very shabby.
But these things don’t matter at all, because once you are Real you can’t be ugly, except to people who don’t understand...”
                                             ―The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams 

Friday, April 8, 2016

Hummingbird's Clay Heart

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Hummingbird's Heart
14" x 4" x 3"
wall hanging
ceramic, underglazes, glazes, wood (beak)

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Back in January, I started making these bird-hooded people. The thought came from watching the birds at the feeder.  There are several different kinds of birds that gather around my postage stamp of a backyard.  It always seems that they are gossiping (oh, those naughty doves are making cooing sounds at each other again) or arguing ("hey, this is my roost, beat it!) The scrub jays, regal in their blue and gray, hop about and shout in their native tongue "What's all the racket?"  Then they spend their time searching the yard for a raw delicacy or two called escargot to some.

see post January 26, 2016 click here

Raven's Medicine Spoon (spoon comes out)

There are 12 done. They look good grouped together as though standing on a high wire.  Each hold something precious to them. An ordinary object that speaks without words---an unspoken conversation and relationship with the bearer and viewer.  I didn't spend too much time sorting out details.  Just kept at it until each felt right.  Besides, they are meant to be ironic or sweet or bizarre or thoughtful or silly...a momentary flight of fancy... :)

 Canary's Wish

 “We don't see things as they are, we see them as we are.”
Anais Nin

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Paper, Scissors and somewhere there's a rock made of clay

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14" x 17"  
pencil, ink, gouache, paper cut-outs 

“To draw, you must close your eyes and sing” ~Pablo Picasso

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“Fill your paper with the breathings of your heart…” ~William Wordsworth

Spent two weeks gardening, spring cleaning and watching grandchildren at the beach.  We did some tide-pooling and drawings of mermaids, whales and anemones.  We also hiked the fern canyon, took photos of wild flowers.  Evening entertainment was looking for the Big Dipper, Milky Way and Orion.  We watched the ravens tidy up their huge nest in a 90' high Bishop pine.  And on the beach, carefully skirted around the messy plover's nest.  The jack rabbits were plentiful and some wild turkeys passionately showed off their beautiful tails to seemingly uninterested she-turkeys.  In the early mornings, I longed to get back to doing my work, but knew these moments away fed my heart, too. 

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