Thursday, December 27, 2018

January 12th Workshop

My first workshop of 2019 
"Making Ceramic Shards into Necklaces"
will happen on January 12th from 1 to 4 PM
104 Park Avenue, Swarthmore, PA 19081

This hands-on opportunity will familiarize you with many
ways to create Art to Wear necklaces with up-cycled
Pottery Shards...Each of these pottery shards 
is a piece of ceramic vision! 
They are an imagined bowl, cup or platter 
headed for the Holiday table or that special pitcher 
used to serve maple syrup on Sunday mornings.  
But somewhere en route to their continued existence,
 they met with an insurmountable hurdle. 
This in no way lessens their value 
as a symbol of a dream. 

Each tumbled smooth tactile clay shard 
embodies the process it took “to become” 
and to make one into a necklace to wear
 is to share in this inexplicable experience.
Please contact Martha Perkins at the Gallery
to reserve your spot!

Sunday, November 25, 2018

The Holiday Sale at Cheltenham Center for the Arts

I think it's nice to have some idea 
of what you may find at a Fine Craft Showing...

Reena Brooks will have a delightful selection
of colorful handmade scarves...

There will be many bowls to choose from
made by Lucia Welsh, Ellen Pine Litwin and
Carol Allen...

Trust me, you can never have too many BOWLS!

There will be pots that pour and pots with lids...

And MUGS, 
another thing you can never have
too many of...

There will be Clay-to-Wear by Barbara Hanselman
and inventive jewelry by Yvonne Pagel...

AND Amazing Mixed Media Artwork...

So come either Saturday December 1st or 
Sunday December 2nd, 2018 between
11 AM and 4 PM to meet the makers...
Cheltenham Center for the Arts
Ashbourne Road, Cheltenham, PA

Plan to pay with cash or check...thank you!

Sunday, November 11, 2018

A Holiday Sale 2018

I do very few Craft Shows anymore but
I wanted to support the Cheltenham Center for the Arts 
where I teach a Tuesday morning hand building clay class 
and this seemed like a good way to do it. 
This will be an intimate gathering of local artists 
who love what they do and who want to share it with you...

Hope to see you there!

Thursday, November 8, 2018


The perfect gift (filled with flowers) for the person
who considers herself one...

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Featured in November...

Two of my best selling INTAGLIO mats 
are Bordered Ginkgo & Paisley.

The Paisley design is the surface patterning 
on this Shamanistic Rattle
with found wood handle...

Both of these mats can be purchased on my Etsy site:

For the month of November, they will both
be available with free shipping!

The Bordered Ginkgo Leaves tray above 
was made by Linda Selwood,
a good friend and clay student at
Community Arts Center,
Wallingford, PA.

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Where You Can Fine My Work...

The Gallery on Park

Martha Perkins has recently opened an intimate 
gallery space where you can see my Clay-to-Wear
as well as some of my more functional clay work...

BeaDazzle at Community Arts Center
414 Plush Mill Road, Wallingford, PA

BeaDazzle carries my clay shard necklaces...

Each of these pottery shards is a piece of ceramic vision!

They are an imagined bowl, cup or platter headed for the 
Holiday table or that special pitcher used to serve maple
syrup on Sunday mornings. But somewhere en route
to their continued existence, 
they met with an insurmountable hurdle. 
This in no way lessens their value as a symbol of a dream. 
Each tumbled smooth tactile piece of clay embodies 
the process it took “to become” and to wear one 
is to share in this inexplicable experience.

Wayne Art Center

The Wayne Gallery Shop has a great
selection of my Clay-to-Wear...

Blue Santa Beads Trunk Shows
and Saturday Make & Take Happenings...

The Cheltenham Center for the Arts
Gift Shop and Holiday Sale

Let me be the first to announce...
The Cheltenham Holiday Sale 
Saturday December 1st and Saturday December 2nd, 2018 
from 11 AM till 4 PM each day

I will have mostly jewelry at this but will also
bring along some functional clay work
and celebration Rattles...

Be sure to visit the Arts Shop as well!

Saturday, October 27, 2018

Calico Clay Components

I made a nice selection of Calico Clay Components 
and this ended up being my favorite;
this is side one finished with underglazes
and Designer Liner dots and lines

And this is side two partially patterned with a
rice paper transfer...

I decided to make a necklace using this fun piece
and even ended up using it 'upside down'.
I combined it with a found piece of wood...

...Seed beads, heavy copper chain, clay beads
and a melange of other found beads.
This will debut at Blue Santa Beads & Boutique,
Media, PA on November 1st at my Trunk Show.

See you there...?

Sunday, September 30, 2018

Wasser Glass Meets Copper & Clay E A R R I N G S

These waffle Wasser slabs told me exactly what they 
wanted to be as they dropped to my work table from
 their Emily Cohen Florida Ziploc...

Even the interesting shapes of the waffle Wasser have a
unique appeal when layered atop a neutral rectangle 
of plain Wasser glass complemented by a 
clay Spirit Hole disc...

The combination of lightweight Wasser glass shapes 
& paper thin ceramic Spirit Hole discs 
makes these statement earrings such an easy wear...

I'm loving the asymmetrical cuts of Wasser...

...almost as much as this "Put-a-Cork-in-It!" wine bottle 
earring display by Floridian jewelry artist,
Emily Cohen!

Sunday, September 16, 2018


Sometimes it's nice to see how a piece of pottery
LOOKS as it's becoming a functional form...


The SW Vase above is constructed
with rough hand dug clay and has my signature 
hangie-downs to let you know when a curious cat
is investigation what's IN IT...

While the Fish Stenciled Vase has no such protection!

The Leaf Me Alone vase is much smaller 
and belted with leather from which both beads
 and a clay leaf hang. The opening
is lined with leaves which accent the floral blooms...

Both the Mikado (left) and Scrappie Vase are still
simple cylinders with pinch-strip collars; 
their form comes from what is there,
 their function from what is not there.

Revisiting My Clay Pots...

I took a workshop with a Vermont hand builder 
who made cylinders into amazing bottles, 
so I tried some as well
using my inlaid and transfer techniques...

Friday, August 24, 2018

September Share Necklaces

I am doing a September 8th Saturday Share at
Blue Santa Beads & Boutique where I will not only create
Clay to Wear with purchased components
 by attending shoppers

But will also have a nice showing of new completed work.
This reversible pendant necklace (above) is accented with
a found wood topper and Wasser glass hangies...

The two sides of this gas-fired Boomerang pendant is
also accented with a found wood topper and inlaid
flat round porcelain bead  hanging beneath.

These two Boomerang pendants were offered for sale
previously at Blue Santa Beads in Media, PA but they are
now Clay to Wear and ready to wear...

Wasser and Beach glass are the accents to these 
scroddled clay spirit hole discs which form this
 fun conversation piece of neck wear...

And last but not least, faux African trade rounds,
flat glass squares, seed beads and a hollow textured
clay focal tube bead make up this statement piece.