What’s been going on…

I know that usually I devote my posting to publishing pictures of recent creations. I make use of the adage of a picture is worth a thousand words. Could that be? Am I just lazy? It seems like I’m exploring all the creative outlets possible with my clay, sometimes water colors and even textile endeavors and then the marketing or “tooting of my own horn” has to come into play. I’m telling you it’s exhausting. I love creating, I just wish people would instantly know that I’ve done the creating with my constant words. When ever I do look at either this blog spot or my web site, I’m appalled at the amount of time that has escaped since the last post…forgive my human weaknesses.

I have been busy. I’m always busy. I’ve spent a lot of time setting up my space at ArtForms LLC, www.artforms-gallery.com in Pittsburg, KS. And not only that which isn’t all that time consuming, I’m doing the accounting work for the gallery including figuring the commissions for the approximately 20 artists involved and the financial reports that will allow the partners to file their individual income taxes. It’s very important to me that each artist is paid correctly and that means working with the other 19 artists who work in the gallery to make sure sales are correctly recorded. It can be challenging but I do love working with numbers too! I know weird artist working with numbers and enjoying it..go figure (oh, a little pun there).

And then there is Joplin Regional Artists Coalition www.joplinrac.org where I’m the Treasurer. It’s a growing artists group local more to Joplin, but still within a 100 mile radius. That’s more of a keeping track of members sort of thing, but yes, it too involves numbers…just not quite so intense as ArtForms.

Then let’s see, I’ve done shows in Topeka, KS and Atlanta, GA in October. There were three or four different open house/Christmas shows in November and December. The one in my home was a great success. It was over a couple days that worked better for people’s schedules. It was a bit strange in that my “regulars” didn’t necessarily come and spend a bunch (with a few exceptions), rather I had new people who hadn’t been to my studio before…some who came back a second time…always nice.

The best thing was Christmas…both of my girls were home and in celebration of that and because it was about time , I bought myself a most excellent Christmas present…a St Bernard puppy!!! Her name is Lucy and she is, well, she is a puppy first of all and a St. Bernard second of all. My hope is that she will be a therapy dogs just like her greyhound “cousins”. I know she loves everyone…maybe with the exception of that pet turkey she met last Saturday. She didn’t really know what to make of that.

The only down side is my beloved 10 year old male St. Bernard has bone cancer which has been operated on once so far. I’m going to take this a day at a time, but my priorities are shifted for a while and I trust that everyone will be understanding. My dogs are my family too …so there, there are some words, but I’m going to add a pic just because…

more Mishima

2016-08-20 12.36.482016-08-20 12.30.34-12016-08-20 12.29.172016-08-20 12.22.382016-08-15 19.47.39-12016-08-15 19.46.212016-08-15 19.45.542016-08-15 19.43.38-12016-08-15 19.41.36So I’m working on more combinations of colors along with the hand painted under glazes and Mishima patterns….plus using different kinds of patterns with the under glazes.  There’s so much to do and so little time.  I’m scheduled to participate in a couple rather big shows.  One in Topeka and one in Atlanta!!!  Both are multiple day shows….I’ve finally gotten different display shelves…got to “stage” both my booth and my car to see if this can in deed be done.  I’m sure there is a way…wish me luck.

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.

Calendar Entries

PotswithFlowers.claiborne.daria PotswithFlowers2.claiborne.dariaHere are a couple pics of flower pots that I’ve entered into the Potter’s Council Calendar competition.  I hope the flowers don’t deter away from the structure of the pot itself.  Hoping one of these will be in the next calendar!!

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!!