new work This is the first time I’ve made a base using a mosaic technique.  I enjoyed this process and will do it again very soon.  It look intimidating but it’s fairly easy.  If anybody wants to know what products I used or anything else about it—-just ask.

This is one of the first pieces I made after arrival to San Antonio from North Carolina.  It's a giant tear with more tears with more tears. He's wearing a cowboy hat and a huge belt buckle with 'Texas' engraved upon it. All while being  poised on top of the Alamo. Surrounded by cacti, a boot, a bleached bull skull, and Davy Crockett's hat.  This cry baby is wearing snails for shoes and he holds an empty beer bottle.  I really am enjoying Texas.  I think moving for anybody can be tricky.  Especially when you are leaving behind a job that you love along with your friends and family. There's such an element of excitement too.  I've come to the conclusion it takes at least a year to adjust to a new city.  This sculpture epitomizes how I felt after arrival here...it was just something I had to go through.

This is one of the first pieces I made after arrival to San Antonio from North Carolina. It’s a giant tear with more tears with more tears. He’s wearing a cowboy hat and a huge belt buckle with ‘Texas’ engraved upon it. All while being poised on top of the Alamo. Surrounded by cacti, a boot, a bleached bull skull, and Davy Crockett’s hat. This cry baby is wearing snails for shoes and he holds an empty beer bottle. I really am enjoying Texas. I think moving for anybody can be tricky. Especially when you are leaving behind a job that you love along with your friends and family. There’s such an element of excitement too. I’ve come to the conclusion it takes at least a year to adjust to a new city. This sculpture epitomizes how I felt after arrival here…it was just something I had to go through.

current state of the Studio

it has been a couple weeks since I last used my screen printing kit. I am going to make a couple of tshirts and maybe a bag or two. They will be available on etsy soon. It has been several weeks since I last posted anything. my goal was to have a new post every couple days. Not quite sure what my problem is. I even signed up on wordpress to get weekly reminders that it is time to make a post—-jeez—-how am I ever gonna take over the world at this rate. I need to be less shy and more of a cape wearing, chin up, shoulders back kinda lady. I wish I was more of a voyeur with heaps of self confidence. I’m working on it—too bad I can’t build dignity out of clay.

current state of the Studio

Unfired Clay plate with screen

I don’t understand why I haven’t ever gotten into this process before. I am not that excited when it comes to mass producing a product. That is why I prefer to use hand built methods over the wheel or mould. (I love wheel and mould work though…thinking about joining ‘the other side’) I love to draw individual themes and make each ceramic work really different. The temptation has been overwhelming however. I bought a DIY screen printing kit and decided to add some t-shirts to my etsy account—-and while I’m at it, I might as well make some transfers with underglaze and newsprint. This process is incredibly easy and I am digging the outcome. If anyone has questions about the products I used and the methods I would be more than happy to answer them.

Unfired Clay plate with screen

The Chubster

this is quite a large piece (lots of antennae), standing 21.5 inches in height and 12. 5 inches wide. I used a terracotta clay body with glaze and under glaze, then paper mache, acrylic paint, and pencil for the final layers. It is coated with a clear varnish to protect all the detail work.

The Chubster

detail of lower portion of 'Chubster'

this photo shows the smiley flowers at the bottom of the piece along with some of the items Chubster clings to like his/her/its life depended upon them…(and it does). The six items it possession are as follow: a cowboy boot, a bunny’s head, a severed leg, a smiley hand picked flower, a honey bear bottle, and an ice cream cone (actually it’s gelato not ice cream). Ask him/her/it to share and he/she/it will laugh at you. You see Chubster is a bit greedy—it takes a lot for his little wings to carry his oversized body from point A to point B. I received a microscope for my birthday several years ago—ever since my work hasn’t been the same. An unknown universe revealed itself to me. Most of my specimens consisted of bugs—there was so much information in this tiny space it was overwhelming.

detail of lower portion of ‘Chubster’