Monday, June 29, 2015
Sunday, October 20, 2013
After School Art Enrichment Program
For my first art project of the new Art Enrichment Program at a local Montessori school I had students work with clay to create a collection of handmade pottery fish. During lesson one the children hand cut their fish shapes from a slab of clay. They added eyes, fins, scales and an array of fishy details. I took the clay fish home and kiln fired them to a bisque state. During lesson two, the children painted their artwork with non-toxic glazes. The fish were kiln fired once more and a saw tooth hanger was added to the back.
Elementary School Fish
A school of children and fish ready for another exciting year of sharing, creating and learning.
Friday, September 27, 2013
Loving me some VW's
Volkswagen Beetle and Bus brooches
Hand cut from clay, hand drawn, painted with non- toxic glazes and fired in my kiln.
For all VW lovers
Now available in my shop.
Sunday, August 11, 2013
Art for the home and garden
Art Camp Projects
For our first art project the artists created a terrarium from a slab of clay. We discussed vessels that can be used and what can grow inside a container. Armed with this information the artists drew, cut out and applied over a slab of rolled out clay a paper terrarium pattern. The boys and girls traced around the shape, cutting through the clay with pencils, to form the foundation of their terrarium design. They assembled rocks, plants, bugs and creatures from left over clay that were then applied to the clay base.
The handmade terrariums were set aside to dry, fired to a bisque ware state in my kiln, painted with lead-free glaze, then fired one last time. To finish off their pottery pieces, a saw tooth hanger was attached to the back.
HANDMADE CLAY BIRDS
Bird sculptures were created from clay left over from the artists terrariums. The clay was rolled, pinched and modeled into a variety of bird forms. A hole was made in the bottom of the birds so they could later be attached to a wooden dowel.
A very colorful flock of birds ~ glazed, fired and in flight.
BISQUE GARDEN STAKES
With thoughts of butterfly, rainbow, balloon and princess gardens for the girls and death, grave and zombie gardens for the boys; the artists sketched and painted a bisque garden stake. Afterwards, the stakes were fired in my kiln to a lovely glossy ceramic state - perfect for planting in an outdoor garden or container.
PEACH PAINTING ON CANVAS
Inspired by Daliah Smith's colorful Peach Painting
Perfectly Peachy - oil - 5x7 inch