Friday, August 23, 2019

First Little Show - Preseason!

  Finally, getting ready for a little show in Punta Gorda Fl.  Its probably going to be a sit and talk to your artist neighbor though.  But it helped me get all the totes and shelves out and cleaned up and ready for this season.  Everything was a bit of a mess since I just tossed them in a corner after last year's end of season. 
  My coaster display!  I really enjoy making the coasters.  Each one is painted individually and reminds me a bit of painting on canvas.  I really do miss the oil painting.  ::sigh::

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Torolaide Bottles

  Well today I finally had some glaze work.  Have been testing clay because of how a porcelain has been behaving and behaving badly at that.  Seems that the producer has changed the product and now I'm having a back lash over it.  But that said changed clay suppliers and now the tests are coming out just fine!  Such a relief because season is almost here.

Remember those cute round bottles I made?  Finally able to get them in a glaze load and the picture doesn't do them justice.  The bottles are very pretty, they also look great on a shelve!


Tuesday, May 21, 2019

The New Toy

I tried the Griffin Grip out at the Visual Arts Center of Punta Gorda and found that I did like it.  At least it worked well for a large form that was harder to tap center.  I ordered one and received it today.  Of course I had 40 medium size bowls ready to be trimmed.  After the 40 bowls I'm not sure its any faster or easier than my tap centering and trimming without it.  Though the pots were easier to pick up to evaluated if needed.  One thing for sure, it was very messy!  I built a shroud for it to help contain all the flying trim.

Monday, May 20, 2019

Olive Oil/Soy Sauce Doughnut Pitcher

I had a lump of clay left over from doing the dip platters and decided to do something a bit off the wall and a challenge.
Throwing the doughnut was surprisingly easy.   The hard part was throwing the bits and pieces for construction.  Also construction was not all that fun either.  I don't think I will be doing any more of these unless I do them a lot bigger!

Dipping Bowl Plates

Sooo...  Its been an experimentation day!

Finally decided to make a few.. Ok.. 20 of these little dipping plates.  The plates are going to end up being 7 1/2" wide.  So these will be more like personal plates and/or for small appetizers.
Definitely saving a couple back for my kitchen!

Saturday, May 18, 2019

A day.. or so, in the Life of a Production Potter!

Getting ready for season... a day in the life of a production potter.  Well a day and a short morning of throwing them.  I was a bit tired and didn't finish up all the bowls yesterday afternoon so spent an hour this morning and threw the last 7 balls of clay.  Still need to have them dry a bit before trimming. 

40 bowls..   (20 of which are destined to be berry bowls.)  Figure I need about 40 more to start with.
175 coasters..  Ugh.. One of the most boring of pots to throw! I'll need about 300 more so its going to be split up in two or three sessions.

Now it did take an afternoon to measure out and weigh the clay.. So I guess it is almost a two day effort.
Next on the list is fish and trays.  Have to dig out the slab roller...  Figure about 40 fish and 300 trays to do.  Like the bowls and coasters I'll be splitting up the routine.

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Bird Feeder in the Works

Finally getting into making some of the bigger projects.   Doing mugs and cups can get pretty boring so its nice to be able to change things up a bit,
      The bird feeders I make are all different in style, glaze, and size.  This one is a bit large but the customer wanted it like this.  Works for me!

Sunday, May 5, 2019

Sea Moon Glaze

  Finally getting a better result with this glaze on bigger pieces.   Hope to have it fit better on mugs as well.  Just so hard to get a nice flow over the handles with this one.

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

End Of Season!

   Finally, end of season!  Want to thank all those who have supported my potter.  I'm humbled and honored that you have chosen to have my pottery in your homes or give as gifts.  Thank you.

Some of what is in the works for next season...
Photo is of my new glaze and pattern glaze.  I've fallen in love with the glaze pictured on the vase and plan to make a series. 

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Painting again!

Six months after carpel tunnel surgery I have now been able to hold onto a paint brush!  Here is a start to a painting I have been working on.  Had to quit on it for a few months as the painting was causing my hands to swell a bit. 

Captiva Farmers Market

    Its getting close to the end of season!  Two more shows and I can start playing in the clay.  There are soooo many ideas that have been running around in my head lately that I have been putting them to paper so I don't forget.  So look for some really different pottery and sculpture.
This photo is from Captiva Island Fl.  I've been doing the artisan market for a few months and have really enjoyed being there.  Here are a few photos of some of the pottery I have been offering.


Beachy Glazes

  It has been awhile since I have posted, though in my defense it has been a strange year.   The carpal tunnel issues have been resolved and I finally have some relief from symptoms.  Painting and pottery creation have been pretty much at a standstill.  Thank goodness I had enough bisque to start and finish season!   I've begun throwing pots again and playing with glaze combos.
  Pictured below is an example of some of the new "Beachy" glazes I'm developing.  Picture doesn't really do them justice.  I think I'll have to get out the camera for pictures.  Cell phones.. No matter how good the cameras have gotten just don't capture the colors.

Monday, August 21, 2017


Seagull  5X7 Oil on Linen
Here is a quicky..  I love to paint the little 8x10's and 5x7's in an impressionistic style and the "Seagull" was no exception.  About 2 1/2 hours start to finish.  Gotta love Liquin!

Monday, July 10, 2017

Dancing in The Light

Dancing in The Light
  Its been such a long time since I put brush to canvas.   Though in reality I still was painting in my minds eye.  So was never far away from it.  Those who know me best know how much I have missed pushing paint and the pain I went through to put this to canvas.
  I started the under painting 2 years ago and was unable to finish it.  Now..  here it is..

   A 24"x30" painting of a study I did 4 years ago. 
(better picture soon)

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Throwing Laguna Frost Clay

I mentioned earlier about taking John Britt's glaze workshop.  During the class he mentioned that Laguna Frost can only be thrown about 6" high and that a pot thrown higher had to be heavy.  To which I responded with a comment that its not so..  Sorry John, but I learned on Frost and since I was self taught I didn't have anyone to tell me that I couldn't throw it high and thin walled.  I just kept at it till I got a knack for it.
  Below are a few of the smaller Frost pots I threw this week.  I always weigh out the clay so I know how far I can push the envelope size wise.  The two vases on the left are made from 20 ounces of clay and they did not receive any trimming.  They are 9"-10" tall.  The key lime green pot was 22 ounces of clay and it has a trimmed foot.
  I've had other potters ask me how I get the larger thin pots to stand up and not deform in the kiln.  The answer is geometry and understanding the stresses a piece goes under in the kiln.  The thicker rim allows the piece to maintain its shape while the shape of the pot itself lends it to keep its shape.
  All three pots are really light and balanced. 

Glazes and Kiln Opening

   Its been a busy season here in Florida so not much time to post photos or chat about pots and paintings.
  But....  Today I finally got a chance to take a breather and thought I would share a few of the pieces when I opened the kiln this afternoon.  Lots of fish and berry bowls this time around with a few new colors.  The glaze I developed for Highwater P5 has been working well on the Frost porcelain clay, which made me extremely happy.   Glazing is not my favorite pass time and I get a bit grumpy if things don't turn out the way the should.  Okay..  The way I think they should.  ;)

Took a glaze workshop with John Britt in St. Pete not to long ago.  I didn't get questions that I had answered, not that he couldn't answer them.  Its just the questions were a bit more advanced within the scope of the course.  I gathered this because the first question I asked he replied to the class.. "What she is saying in english.... "  I gathered form his comment that most of the others taking the workshop were beginners with no real understanding of glaze work.  So no questions asked unless it was basic to clarifying or solidifying a concept where I was a bit fuzzy in understanding. 
 I took a few good tips and some insights home with me.  So I felt it was money well spent.

Here is the opening... 

Friday, August 26, 2016

Pots for the Great Trail Festival

Some Pots That Will Be At the Great Trail Festival in Malvern Ohio

 Was thinking when I went to the YSU Festival of the Arts, that I had plenty of pots and paintings, since I had double of what I had the year before.  I was slammed and pretty much sold out of paintings and pots.  So..  Potting my little heart out to get ready for the Great Trail Festival with no time to update blog or website.  While I'm not caught up but I think I have a handle on it, I think.

At any rate these pots are a product of much testing and glaze development.  I'm quite pleased with the outcome.  Makes all the testing worth while.

I'll be demonstrating on the potters wheel, as usual.  Come check it out if you get the chance!

The website for the festival is
 For the dates and times.

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Bad Glaze.. Play nice!

This glaze has been pitching me fits.  The new clay didn't like it at all and I had to test and reformulate about five times before the two played nice together.  

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Still Potting and Painting!

Stoneware Mug 6"

12" Vase with sculpted Sea Horse
Well yes.. I'm guilty of not posting for a bit.  But for good reasons.   We are getting a new addition on the house so everything that was stored in the old building is in the lanai and the spare bedroom. So painting has been put on hold.  The pottery can be done outside but who ever ordered the 50 deg. weather please stop it.  Too cold to play in wet clay, though I have had enough bisque to kiln fire some glaze ware.  Here are the resulting pieces.
  Contractor said he would be starting in about two weeks..  Can't wait to get life back to normal!

8"x6"x4"  Altered Vase, Sculpted

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Quality Time in the Wild.. For lack of a better title at this time.

Quality Time in the Wild
30x24 Oil on Linen Hardboard

I'm calling this one finished.  The painting has been on and off the easel for about 5 months.  Had a lot of difficulty with the size, as its a very large piece for me, since figureing out how to paint a large shape and make it painterly can be a challenge.   You can make it so busy that it competes with the focal point and throws the whole painting off.  There are probably two other paintings under this one.  Now off to find a frame.
Speaking of frames..  I'm going to go to gallery wrapped canvases for my bigger paintings.  The expense for the frames is brutal!  

Vanderbilt Beach Palms -Plein Air

Vanderbilt Palms
8x10 Oil on Hardboard
Plein Air   SOLD

Vanderbilt Beach is a great place to find a lot of different subjects for plein air painting.  I had a great spot for painting, under a teki  hut.  Which gave me great lighting for the few hours I worked on this.
Trying hard to get out more and paint.  Have a few paintings in the finishing stages right now.  One may even be finished tonight.  Stay tuned.  :-D

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Plein Air at Shangri-La Springs

Pottery in Oil
8X10 on linen hardboard
Its been a good long while since I did any Plein Air painting.  It really did feel good to get out and paint.

There group of painters from the Estero Fl. area that get together on Wednesday to paint outdoors and I was happy to join in the fun.  We painted for about 2 1/2 hours at  Shangri-La Springs, Bonita Fl.  This painting is done in oil and is a 8X10.  Sometimes the simplest subjects make the best paintings don't they?  I know I needed a simple painting to start off with. 

Sunday, July 12, 2015

YSU Festival of the Arts, Youngstown Oh.

Have to give a shout of thanks to all my customers who helped make the show a success.  I always feel so honored that my art graces their walls and homes.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Sunflowers to Bluebirds

5x7 Oil
The Bluebirds are  back!  So I took a few hours from painting sunflowers to painting Bluebirds.

Their such wonderfully colored birds with a kind eye and I do love to paint them.

Sunflowers, Sunflowers, and more Sunflowers

 Sunflowers are the subject for "A Painting A Day" Facebook page that a friend started.  So here are a couple of quick studies.  Most took only a 1/2 hour or so..
The two lighter paintings which gambit to a lighter sepia tonal color scheme are the result of cleaning up the palette.   Always a good exercise to use a limited palette but I think what was left on the palette was just a bit to sparse in terms of darks.  But they still look pretty.  :)
5x7 Oil
8x10 oil

11x14 Oil
11x14 Oil

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Violet and Yarn

Violet and Yarn
8x10 Linen Hardboard
#4 done for the Painting Challenge.  SInce I came in a bit late thats all I'm going to get done for the Still Life Challenge.  Today starts the Landscape Challenge.

BTW..   Yarn as a subject matter for painting will really have to be a stellar addition to the painting to make me want to paint yarn ever again..  ;)

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Copper and Fruit #3 in the Still Life Challenge

Copper and Fruit
Oil on 8x10 Canvas

  Here is #3 from the challenge.

  Took about 6 hours to complete the painting and its one of the most involved pieces I have ever done. First because of the amount of subjects. Secondly due to the limited palette I used. (T. white, Alz. Crimson, Ult. Blue, Cad. Yellow Lt. and Burnt Umber.) . Thirdly, since the fruit was fake it was much harder to paint.

   If the painting looks a bit flat its because there are no highlights at present.  I will add them later when the paint is dry to the touch.

Thanks Robbie for the CUTE FRUIT and neat copper bowl.  ;)

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Vase #2 in the Still Life Challenge

12x9 Oil on Linen Hardboard
Number 2 in the challenge. Have three more to get done tomorrow and I'll be caught up.

I've started using a new style of painting.. I have made my own slo-dry medium and have more time to paint wet-in-wet.  I think I do like it better than the liquin.  Its something I have been planning and drafting in my head while I do my pottery.

This challenge came along at a good time.  Helped me get off my butt and get some paint on the canvas.

Tea Cup

Tea Cup
5x7 Oil on Linen Hardboard
Lately I have not been up to the challenge of painting.  To much other arty projects going on.  Mainly pottery.
But when Val started I daily painting challenge page on face book I realized I really wanted to start painting again.

This challenge is a 10 day still life.. Day one for me but I think its day 6 for others.  Always a bit late.  ;)
Took about an hour.. course my tea was a tad cool.  But was fun to just push some paint!

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Pots fresh out of the kiln!

 Just a few of the pots that came out of the kiln this past week.  I did a few over that I was not happy with how the glaze turned out.  I'm satisfied with the way they turned out this time about.

Did some sculptured fish vases too..  They sure take lots of time to make but the end effect is well worth it.

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

The Cape Coral "Wild About Wildlife"

 I was honored to have my painting "Bluebird" awarded 1st place at the Cape Coral Art League.  The show was titled "Wild About Wildlife."  Couldn't pass the show up because how often do you see a show that the theme revolves about animals?
  There were many lovely paintings.. as you can see by the one below mine in the picture.  Thanks again to the Cape Coral Art League for putting on a great show!

Berry Bowls, Pitchers, and Sugar Bowls.

Berry Bowls

Small Pitchers and Sugar Bowls
These are a few of the pieces that came out of the kiln Monday.  Of course I'm a bit excited that only 3 pieces did not quite turn out the way I wanted.  But you will have that.   Oh.. and all the lids popped off!!!!  Wow... Last year it seemed like every lid had to be chiseled off.

I will be posting a few more in a few days.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Koi Fish

Porcelain Sculpture

These fish sculptures are such fun to do.  Everyone is different as the expressions change with each one.  
Since I just pulled these out of the kiln on Wednesday night after church.  I didn't get photos because I was so tired. By the time I remembered that I didn't have any pics these 4 were the only ones left.  

I lined the fish up like they were swimming amongst the tea cups.  They looked so cute even the guys had smiles on their faces as they went by the booth.  I always strive to get an emphatic connection from the viewer with my paintings, sculpture should be no different.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Koi- An Altered Vase

Altered Wheel thrown pot
4"high x 9"long

An altered stoneware pot, first thrown on the wheel, then pinched, prodded and cut to form a fish.

  The stoneware I use is very very dark, almost chocolate in color.  This effects the glaze color a bit.  So it will be interesting to see just how much brighter the orange and whites will be.

Little Piggy Banks Ready For Market

Stoneware and Porcelain
Altered pot technique
  When I paint I have the finished painting in my mind and follow it to the end.  But with altering pots it doesn't quite work that way.  When you bang it on the table, pinch, pull or cut it up the end result never quite matches the mental image in my head.  (I think that is why I'm so captivated with the pottery.)
  In saying that, these little piggies have been pitching me fits since September. The results really didn't match how I wanted them to look.  But the outcome is no less appealing to the eye and touch.  As a friend said.. "Oh, how CUTE! They are just adorable!"  And I have to agree.  :)

Sunday, October 19, 2014


Oil on Linen Hardboard

When I started the art journey I always wanted to paint a wolf or two.  So I had collected a few reference photos and had them in my "When I am a better painter box."  The rule being that when I pick a photo from this box it has to be painted.  Thing was that this time I had a fearfully large 16x20 canvas to put it on in front of me.
So while I finished this with some trepidation I'm almost happy with it!
Because its so much larger than the little 5x7's and 8x10's that seem to pop of the paintbrush so easily.  I'm a bit nervous about putting down brush strokes.  A small brush can explain the dramatic little details on smaller canvas, but those shapes and strokes get lost in the bigger paintings.  I'm sure there is a way to 'explain' the stroke the way I want in these larger formats.  Just have to keep at it.  Practice...

Tuesday, September 23, 2014


8x10 Oil on hardboard
Finally got the painting to where I was satisfied with it.  The part of the painting that pitched me fits was a 1x1 inch square area.  It only took 4 months for me to get it how I wanted it.  ::Sigh::

But it is done!  ;)

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Great Trail Festival

Been busy potting the last month.  Here are a few examples at what I'll be taking to the
Malvern Great Trail Festival   
Aug. 23-24 and
Aug.30-31 & Sept. 1

Lots of reds with lovely blues this year to go along with my colors from last year.  Just can help adding more colors.  Its the artist in me that makes me do it.  ;)

Hope to see you at the show!  Click on the link for directions and other info!