Thursday, October 31, 2013

Throwback Thursday - Cat ATC's

All these ATC's were made for swaps.
Black cat with fresh kill. Ink on book page.

Cheshire smile.  Paper piecing. 

Siamese. Watercolor on paper.

Grumpy Blue Cat. Felt and embroidery.

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Closed vessel scent warmer

I'm proud of this piece, even though it was a partial failure.  It was thrown as a closed vessel, which is an advanced technique for someone just starting out.  It's meant to be a scent warmer, that you put a candle in the bottom and either essential oil or scented wax on top.  However, when clay is fired in the kiln, it shrinks by about 15% which is quite considerable.  So when I put a candle in the bottom, the space isn't large enough for adequate oxygen and the candle goes out.  So sad.  I'm not sure what else it could be used for.  Maybe a fish house?

Project 37/50

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Striped soup bowl

Painting stripes is surprisingly time consuming.  I'm not sure if I would prefer the look of perfect lines if I masked it off or if the wobbles give it character.

Project 36/50
For sale or swap Claimed

Friday, October 25, 2013

Canned green beans

In Rapids I picked up so many yummy veggies from the farmers market for a steal, including green beans for canning.  Its such a simple process, but I just wish snapping them went more quickly.  So worth it though!

Photo by David Wesley 
Project 35/50

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Throwback Thursday - Coffee crafts

I was in a "I heart Coffee" swap and these are some things I made for my partner.  I made the mug rack at her request and painted a celtic knot on it.  She likes Irish themes so the quote on the mixed media piece says, “Only Irish coffee provides in a single glass all four essential food groups: alcohol, caffeine, sugar and fat.”

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Food for the body

This was just the reminder I needed when I was trying to kick my sugar and wheat addiction.  It made me stop and think not only about what I was putting in my mouth, but why.  

Project 34/50

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Duck Dynasty Bowl?

I don't know much about duck hunting but this camouflage bowl reminds me of marsh grass. I dipped it in snail colored glaze and then drizzled cardamom glaze over it.

Project 33/50

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Corrugated White Mug

This mug is fun and it feels good to hold.  Right now its acting as a pencil holder, which is unfortunate.  I hope one day it will meet its full potential as a beverage holder.

Project 32/50

Friday, October 18, 2013

Foodie Friday - Pickled green tomatoes

When Mr. Frost visits your garden, and you're tired of fried green tomatoes...pickle them!  I plan on chopping some of these up and making a relish.

Photo by David Wesley

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Throwback Thursday-Plants vs. Zombies Snow Pea

Today, as another one of my cacti keeled over, I figure I need a few more of these plants made from Perler beads.  That's a garden that won't die on me.  Some Mario plants would be great too.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Sheep pinch pot

I'm doing an independent study at the same time as the ceramics 101 class. The first day, the teacher didn't quite know what to do with me, so she made me make a pinch pot with the rest of the class. Oh well, I'm back on the wheel now and will have some new things to show you, but I have a few older pieces that will be posted first in the coming weeks.

Photo by David Wesley

For sale or trade
Project 31/50

Monday, October 14, 2013

Hoopla - Rock, Paper, Scissors, Lizzard, Spock

I sent my Little Visitor home along with this hoopla for my nerdy swap partner.  I hope he can look past my rudimentary sewing skills.  It really made me want to sew some more.  I'm looking into some simple quilt patterns I can try soon.  I have a huge fabric stash I don't even know what to do with.

Project 30/50

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Foodie Friday - Pickled daikon with carrots

Since going gluten free, one of the things I miss is banh mi from the Vietnamese shop.  As a first step in the attempt to make a similar sandwich sans wheat, I made some pickled daikon and carrots.

Photo by David Wesley

Project 29/50

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Snowy owl tile

Its been a while since I shared an artist I wrote about in my image journal.  First is a picture of the original ceramic piece with my write up, and the second picture is my rendering of it.

Project 28/50