Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Coming Together

One extra cooking can make two halves of a pot come together without the trouble that I usually get myself into. I have tacked the two halves together in four places with dots being generous enough with the clay to keep the halves from skating around. after the cooking I caulked the space. This was easy to do with the halves firmly together. After the next cooking the four original lumps can be trimmed back flush with the surface of the pot.
I hope to follow up on this but I wanted to get this post in before February disappears.

Thursday, January 25, 2018

Becoming a Material Girl

I'm trying out a place call Spoon Flower here you can send your designs to have them printed on fabric, wallpaper or wrapping paper. They also have a design contest, which is like a new special video game for me. I have been brushing up on computer graphics and just make my first submission. I made the design to small, didn't give the file a cute name but I did get it in. If you would like to vote for me you can follow this lead -
There are lots of designs and you can vote for as many as you want. If you can't find my design, that's okay I will probably do this again. I might even think of a way to work polymer clay into the mix. In the mean time I am enjoying the distraction from my real work of turning out whistles. 

Sunday, January 21, 2018

The Delights of Jump Rings

One of the perks of cleaning up the studio is finding unfinished projects that are a delight to finish with some newly acquired knowledge.

This necklace was started years ago. I  intended to fasten the pieces together with wire or sinew but it just wasn't coming together. I started working with jump rings more a few months ago. I bought a variety of sizes and didn't really have a use for the larger sizes. They were just the thing to finish this piece.

This is not a style that I am likely to pursue but is always good to see a piece completed, even if it take a few years.

Sunday, December 31, 2017


Science World from the 1986 world fair - on my morning walk
The last year has been a bully. I hope that 2018 will be a year of empathy and good will. Not "I'm mad and hell and I won't take it anymore", but "Let's see what we can do to make the world a better place". Maybe starting with your family,your neighbour, your community, your world.
Treat other with compassion even if you suspect that they are A-holes. Give them an opportunity to be better.

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Happy Solctice

Tomorrow the morning will come just a little earlier and set a little later. This is one of my favourite days because a reminder that even in the darkest times thing will turn around. So I put flowers in my table at the market and take time out to make a few eggs that will not sell but I enjoy making.

The flowers are from New South Wales so their carbon foot print is now great but it's a little bit of sun for anyone visiting my table.


Thursday, December 14, 2017

Christmas Bugs

Little bug lockets and others with a Canadian dime.
Christmas can be celebrated in many ways. For some it is a big family occasion or others it is a quiet time to be shared with a few friends. For those who have no one near by it can be a bit of a trial. For those people, don't let it bug you. Enjoy the solitude, a good book, binging on T.V. What ever is your fancy.
For those who think I am reaching for a way to tie bugs into Christmas. Your dame right, it was a stretch.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

It's the Crawl Again

Our door off Hawks Street and my bowls

Culture Crawl

Thursday - November 16 - 5 pm - 10 pm
Friday - November 17 - 5 pm - 10 pm
Saturday - November 18 - 11 am - 6 pm
Sunday - November 19 - 11 am - 6 pm

This is the big event for artist all across the Vancouver Eastside. If you are in Vancouver this week end drop by the Paneficio building at 800 Keefer Street.