Tuesday, March 31, 2015

First Friday at Blue Whole Art Gallery

      The front windows are a huge project for the Featured Artist, not just getting new things painted or pottery completed but setting  up the display and creating all the title  tags and the  inventory responsibilities.  BWG does an amazing job of advertising in local papers and with the Blue Whole Blog and email.  A BIG  thank you to all my friends at BWG. 

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Shy By One of a Dozen

11 Birds
This figure has 11 birds attached on metal pins.

Watching the Birds

 Each figure  has her own personality.  They are made in several parts so they can be shipped or reassembled.  

It's Going to Rain

It's Going to Rain
   This figure is13 inches tall, stoneware glazed with
 my art nouveau glaze.  It is suitable to be show inside or out .

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Filling the Kiln

I still like making the dragonfly square vases and carved pots,each one has its own character and they have been popular at the galleries.

I had requests for frog pots so finally sculpted a
small frog and made a  rough press mold  so
 the piece could be repeated. I add legs to some but don't worry about details as the glaze usually hides small details.  This is the  first square vase with frogs.

The kiln isn't quite full, frog square will just fit on top of a dragon fly square .  I hope the wall piece with ladies will not crack, it is also press molded.  Stoneware doesn't lent itself to slip pouring.

 As I make things they have to rest in the kiln to dry.

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Shino Glaze Combinations

 Golden shino glaze works well over plum, just enough flow to add a moss like texture for the fern like trees.

Alone it varies from speckled tan with creamy off white and allows the red to show on the pine cones.

Thursday, December 18, 2014


Merry Christmas, Happy New Year, May your new year be healthy happy and full of the best things.

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Open Studio Sale

  I haven't had Open Studio Days, even though I bought the signs and planned to do so because the Studio is always in use and usually messy. It's the usual "work in progress" which is also a chance to ask how things are make and see new things.   

Sunday, October 26, 2014


30 inches tall stoneware garden sculpture  with my Art Nouveau Glaze  
graces my daughter's garden.  

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Steeple Rock-Hurricane Ridge ONP

Watercolor Framed 16x20
Sometimes it is fun  to be very particular about a scene, sort of enjoying it in depth, studying  all its detail, trying to travel with the eye where the legs can't carry me.  Actually I think that's why I enjoy painting so much, it is like meditating on  a place, really seeing it. If I were a bird I would fly from top to top of these spectacular mountains.
      The road, wrapped abound the last turn before the top of  this birds eye, feels like the thinner air and the sense of  mountain majesty
that makes Olympic National Park such a  treasure.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

New Glaze Shino Cone 6

 Learning about the behavior of Shino Gold
 over Plum glaze  is exciting .  It seems to be
 a stable glaze which isn't running
off the pot but does a modest melting
slide which brings out the texture.
    Wax resist and stencil design
 held their own with nice soft edges.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Some New Stoneware

This firing added some new work using my art nouveau  glaze
 with  17% copper carb as apposed to 20%  which seems
  a little paler and may have slightly less texture.
The geranium leaf press mold  connected by clay coils
 and pebbles provides more changes in depth for glaze
 to  increases the texture.
  The treatment of the foot is practical and enhances the vase.

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Leaf Dish

I put a ruler by this to show its size, "Quality Paint" is my art nouveau glaze which 
has such wonderful texture  at cone 6 and it is "guaranteed" :)