Putting it out there

Display box of 5 ceramic pendants, embellished with seashells, found beads, jadeite stones and vintage buttons.  For individual purchase.  Prices from USD68 to USD128.
Five handcarved ceramic pendants, embellished with seashells, found beads, jadeite stones and vintage buttons. Available as a set or individually.

My first showing of work on Orcas Island!  I exhibited two sets of ceramic jewelry in keeping with the show’s theme of Wearable Art.  I was surprised to find myself the only artist to show jewelry (not a bad thing on hindsight), which serendipitously complemented the sumptuously handmade, hand beaded cloaks, costumes, fabric, masks and puppets on display. The costume works of Judy Tepley was astounding in their detail and intricacy, and I felt humbled thinking of the effort I spent in the mere bits of beading and threading I incorporated in my set of ceramic pendants above.

The show opened on Dec 1 with a warm reception that was perfectly family-friendly, with artists on hand to help with mask making and sock puppet creations, not to mention a delightful spread of pre-Christmas bites.  My boys thus occupied, gave me time to chat with other artists and guests I have never met.  It was a nice low-key debut personally.

I love the custom-framed box above and want to give special mention to its designer and maker –  the very creative Andy Troxel – who used seasoned wood reclaimed from the humble pallet, and pulled it all together  at a week’s notice.  Thank you, Andy!

Hung at the entrance foyer of Orcas Center for the Wearable Art Show.
Hung at the entrance foyer of Orcas Center for the Wearable Art Show.
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My second display at the Show – a collection of elegantly simple ceramic pendants in earth colored glazes, inspired by the twigs and the curled shavings of tree bark picked up while beachcombing on Orcas Island.

Crow’s Seasonal Dress

Hand-built ceramic slab with handcarved surface detail.  Commercial glazes on the inside and outside, iron oxide wash, fired to Cone 6.
Hand-built ceramic slab with handcarved surface detail. Commercial glazes on the inside and outside, iron oxide wash, fired to Cone 6.
Handcarved surface detail ensures a firm and comfortable grip for daily use
Handcarved surface detail ensures a firm and comfortable grip for daily use

Sometimes a black dress just won’t do.  A little brown and a little blue and crow’s ready for a ball.  Or a wedding party in Spring, maybe?

Standing at 4.5 inches tall, in food-safe glaze, oven safe and microwave safe, overall, a great (and safe) bird to have at the table.

Duck, Duck, Goose

I agree, the title for this post needs reworking, but it’s the newest game Sammy picked up at preschool and he has been walking around saying “Duck, Duck, Goose”.  In any case, this waterfowl pitcher is a different form I am experimenting with.  It has a more elongated base and a wider mouth.  The effect, to me, is a bird on the water.  The combination of form, texture and glaze recalls the style from a couple of decades earlier.  Don’t you think?

Waterfowl
Hand-built ceramic slab with handcarved surface detail. Commercial glazes of contrasting colors on the inside and outside, iron oxide wash, fired to Cone 6.

 

 

Mr Jay Next Door

The idea for this little guy came from the beautiful midnight blue family of jays that lived in the tree next door all summer long.  I miss them.  The photo does not do enough justice to the actual glaze, which is a deep, dusky charcoal with undercurrents of blue.

Mr. Jay
Hand-built slab with hand carved textured details. Commercial glaze fired to Cone 6.
Mr. Jay (Top)

Red Jacket For Winter

Off to the season’s best parties
Hand-built slab pitcher with carved details. Commercial glaze, iron oxide wash, fired to Cone 6.

Like birdsong in winter, I’ve been too busy sheltering from the cold to throttle about much, but oh, I’ve been busy in the studio making pitchers, and ceramic jewelry (a post on that coming later this week – I have a case made for a Wearble Art show at the Orcas Center, opening this Sat, Dec 1).  My newest bird friends will attest to that.  Enjoy the next couple of posts.  These birds are all very versatile 5-inch tall pitchers that fit snugly in the hand for pouring.  Use for milk, olive and nut oils, dressings on your table, or for bath salts, soap or shampoo holders.  Food safe glazes and textured wings provide a firm grip.

Red Jacket back detail

Past Life Of A Pendant

When I design something, I do think about how it can be used, but this little piece surprised me.  Can you tell what this pendant was originally designed for?

Anvil Blue on waxed cords

Not so successful in its original purpose, I strung it on three waxed cords on a whim, the night before a sale, and sold four of these the next day. Something about the shape, the way it sits on the neckline or where it leads the eye, flatters the wearer.  Dare I say sexy?   Someone said it had a retro reference, well, an added bonus.   It looked good with the bare shoulder styles in tropical Singapore.  I left it at that.

Anvil Blue on Wool

On Orcas, where the pacific Northwest summer breeze is more unpredictable, I strung the last pendant in this style on a necklace that I had made using curly knitting wool that I had woven like a ‘friendship band’ in some sections, and it changed the look of the pendant immediately.  It can be worn lower on the front, over turtlenecks and sweaters, almost like a long, loose scarf, warm and fuzzy around the neck. Neat.  Now I have a versatile accessory that adapts to the seasons.  It would be fun to wrap around the waist as a belt buckle too.   To think it started life as a napkin ring.

I once was a napkin ring