A few fun things

2016-04-18 17.35.51 2016-04-18 17.37.43 2016-05-25 19.16.45 2016-05-12 16.15.09 2016-06-04 12.03.17So the first few pictures are actually updated older work that to me just didn’t have the pizazz that I wanted them to have.  So I added some color decals and then a bit of gold luster for added effect.

The soup bowls are a first for me. I’ve made many cups and bowls so it’s a combination of both.  They are a commission to boot, so already sold!

Then there is a gaggle of teeny Mishima vases…each one different and each one very special.   I always end up picking out one that I really like.

And the last picture is just fun….a toad house.  I missed a deadline for a fund raiser so I kept one.  I did make five birdhouses that did make it to the fundraiser…so it’s ok.  I forgot to photograph those …darn it.

Cone Box Show 2016!

2015-12-30 09.11.56Yes, I’ve gotten into the 2016 International Cone Box Show.  The show will open Friday March 4th at the Hilliard Gallery,1820 McGee St, Kansas City, MO 64108.  I’m thrilled to be included in this show that will be running during the 50th NCECA conference to be held in KC.  I can’t wait to see my work with other well deserving clay artists!!

 

Mishima…and more

2015-12-30 09.12.34 2015-12-09 07.53.59 2015-12-30 09.11.56 2015-12-15 21.21.32-1So here is a little example of what I’ve been up to lately.  Finally, came up with the best clay body in combination with the glaze that I like. This particular glaze causes the blues in the underglazes to run which I really like.  It gives the work a more water color kind of look (which I really adore).  I do like the cherry blossom effect, but I think that I may experiment with other flowers, maybe sunflowers or mums.

I, also, have been stretching clay to make serving trays which are paired up with the mishima tea sets.  Stretching gives the clay so much movement…really fun to make as well.

With any luck one of the two little sets will be in the Cone Box show.  At least, they are entered.  Time will tell with that…keep your fingers crossed, I know I am.

The works in progress will be seen at this year’s NCECA’s conference at the Webster House in Kansas City.  That will be in connection with the Midwest Clay Artist’s show there….that whole show is going to be awesome.  Our members are really pulling out all the stoppers for this one.  More to come on that, too.

Now, I just want to let everyone know that if there is ever anything on my site that people are interested in purchasing, please let me know.  My cart is so out of date…maybe I can get it going again.

Something new!! So much fun, so little time!!

Today was an art kind of day. Demonstrated my clay art at a local gallery, Rose Gallery, for their open house of which I have proud to be included in their long list of artists.  Then I took a break in the middle to attend a class at Spiva Center for the Arts.  Learned a bit about fused glass art.  A quick insight into cutting glass and making a plate.  It was so much fun!!! Then back to the Rose Gallery to do more demos with clay.  I did manage to make quite a few ornaments and a few trays, a couple that were sectioned and one that I stretched.  All in a day off!!

2015-11-07 15.49.08Can’t wait to see it after it gets fired!!

Artists in Residence at KC’s Nelson-Atkins Museum

2015-07-25 10.26.53 2015-07-27 11.43.43If you have been reading past posts on my site or my blog (which I’m not so sure that there are that many of you doing just that), you know that I have some of my work for sale at the gift shop here at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City, MO.  This has been  quite an honor for me since the Nelson is one of the top notch art museums in the area…maybe the best.  The staff has made me feel quite special by asking me to do basically a residency even though it was just for a few hours.  I am part of the “Artists is In” by demonstrating my art.  Couldn’t quite see hauling my wheel up to KC, but I managed to do some hand building.  It was fun to engage the little ones by having them play with my texture tools on a slab to make their own art.  One little guy showed me a new way to use one of my texture tools just by using the opposite end…which I have used in some of my work.

I was most pleased by the fact that of all the pieces that I brought for the museum to sell, there wer only three pieces left!  That means more for them to buy later!!  And I have been asked to demo again in December!!! Thanks to Kory and her staff!!!

3rd Place in JRAC show, “In Flight”

11745388_1126968923983714_486836542946533614_nSo here is yours truly in front of my entry into Joplin Regional Artists Coalition’s show, “In Flight”.  I won third in the 3D.  Thanks to JRAC and the MARC in Mount Vernon for providing the venue for the show.  For Joplin area artist’s, I’d strongly recommend joining this wonderful group. We have tons of shows and a lot of them actually have cash prizes.  It’s nice to get the recognition and network with a great bunch of talented folks!!