Sunday, May 31, 2015

Myrle Borine Beaded Perfume Bottle

In case you don't know, I have a
Renaissance woman in
my ceramic class!

Myrle Borine, 
clay hand builder and beader 
extraordinaire, made this amazing
perfume bottle by bead weaving
her own design around it.

What an amazing gift she has given me!

Friday, May 22, 2015


I bet you have no idea what a scrapbach is!
Well, let me tell you... When David Weisenbach
creates DropBach trays for ceramic clay, 
he has scraps and these scraps married
together in various designs
become ScrapBachs!

 Now that you know what they are, let me show you
some of the many things I can do with them...

 This shape when foam pressed into a circle of clay,
makes an interesting folded looking dish.
I'll have to try this with a larger circle
and see what happens...

This weird shape can be folded in to create 
a dipping bowl which pours.
Again these are just prototypes I am playing
around with forming...

And this shape makes an interesting creased
dish or catchall as well.  None of these
are huge, quite the contrary...

I'll keep playing with different sizes and shapes of clay
with these and share the results...
Oh, what fun!

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Fired Clay Ruffled Pinchstrip Bowl

This earthenware pinchstrip constructed bowl
not only has bands of borders, it also
has wax resist patterning and

The inside glaze is Blue Stone, a lovely glaze
which has been discontinued
much to my disappointment.

Monday, May 11, 2015

Drop Mold Trays

Well, I finally got around to actually using
the NEW wood drop molds made for me by
David Weisenbach in Florida.

I was so impressed with how they work with 
clay slabs which have been stenciled
that I took them to my Monday class
to demo...

This tray was made by Barbara Palma
in class today!

And this is the slab I used to demonstrate
both the stencil technique, carved border
and wood drop molds from David.

These molds can be purchased directly from
Catfishstu on Etsy.

Sunday, May 3, 2015

The Year of the Bracelet

I am officially declaring the bracelet as 
the Mother's Day gift for 2015.

Raw clay beads absorb the human essence 
as they are being worn
making these bracelets truly a part of the wearer.

 Raw beads also make great carriers
for essential oils...

A long time symbol of slavery, these contemporary
shackles can celebrate the job of mothering
and acknowledge the sometimes
cruel punishment it can be...
and convey thanks to those who have gone there!