Thursday, May 30, 2013


Postcard-sized pieces of art have become very popular especially for collectors, trades or trying out new techniques whether it be in fiber, paper or mixed media. The little art group I belong to, Odd Tuesday, has been exchanging postcards for about a year now. It's been great fun to see what ideas each of us tries out or often we'll use fabrics or papers that we have created in our get togethers.
A few months back we decided to change things a bit. Instead of trading finished cards we'd exchange 'kits' that would include a postcard base and five items. Of course some of us used the excuse that artists are meant to break the rules, to include more than five items but the idea was/is that we are use some or all of what is presented to us. We all have found it very liberating, reminding us how we can become more creative when we are restricted. You can see our first creations from the '5 things' over on our Odd Tuesday blog.

Do you find you are more or less creative when given restrictions?

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Weaving on Clay

well, weaving on fired clay.....
For those who followed my posts, know that I started teaching adult ceramics classes this year. Most of the class members had worked in clay for many years so I wanted to introduce something that they had not already done. Adding fiber to work was a natural choice for me, but most in the class were not sewers or quilters so adding how I usually add was not the best choice. I did start many years back though by weaving rims on my thrown bowls so thought this might be something a few members of the class may be interested in and they could take it to where ever they like and as far they can imagine.
     I refreshed my memory on how I had woven a traditional rim but decided there should be an easier way as managing all those reeds could be overwhelming..... 
So in brainstorming in what could be used instead of reed for the 'stakes' I decided to try out wire as it would stay where you put it and it is flexible. I did a few small pieces to try it out and it seemed like the way to go. Then I decided to try a larger piece and I remembered to take some photos before I finished....
 For those who like this idea I found a number 20 wire worked. The usual helpful tools from basket weaving 101 are helpful too, like clothes pins/pegs to hold your weaving in place when you need a third hand.
 To finish off the rim I found I could simply twist the wires back down over the reed, bury it and cut it off. Or for this one I took two of the wire spokes, pulled them together tightly and twisted them. I liked the scalloped edge it gave if I pulled them taut.
 I could have left it at that but I liked the idea of adding one more element so did a test of various clay buttons and beads I had.
  Finally I settled on these.....
 The bowl is wheel thrown and carved on the wheel, finished with red iron oxide and left unglazed.
 I'm looking forward to seeing what everyone does this summer as the studio remains open for members to work. They've made some beautiful pieces this year!!!

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

2013 MFA Exhibition

at the Schmidt Gallery, FAU, Boca Raton Campus. Features the work of Alexandra Schwartz, Brittany Schade, Eduardo Rosas and Jill Lavetsky. What a beautiful show, I was impressed and inspired.

The work is thoughtful and provoking.
 Allie's beautiful porcelain work is exquisitely laid out and titled with such tempting menu ideas. I was glad I had just had lunch or I may have had to rush out to eat!
 Slogans we find in our everyday life have been turned into wallpaper, the old-fashioned wallpaper that is. Good reading!

 "Last Regrets" added a quietening touch to the show as one considers the last wishes/regrets that we may each have ourselves.....

 I'd love to revisit this show. It runs until May 24 and the gallery is open Tuesday through Friday 1-4 pm and Saturday 1-5 pm.

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Just Trying to Claim My Blog....

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and not too sure what I'm doing but trying to follow the directions.....

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Lots of Clay Candy .....

both functional and sculptural, at the FAU Potters' Guild Show and Sale .... many thanks to those who visited and for those who couldn't attend enjoy a few shots of the show..... 
Hope everyone enjoyed a wonderful Mother's Day weekend!

Thursday, May 9, 2013

FAU Potters'Guild Show

...opens this evening 5-8pm at the Ritter Gallery, FAU, Boca Raton campus. Continues Friday and Saturday 10-5. I forgot to take my camera to set up yesterday but will take it this evening to the opening so hope to post some photos of the show. Hope to see you there!
To find this one at my Etsy shop click here.
This one is here.
And the fuzzy one below is here at Etsy.
These are a few of the pieces I finished this quilts and crochet with clay. Hope you're having a fun creative week!