Sunday, April 22, 2012

Ceramic Button: Dragonfly

Ceramic Button: Porcelain, mixed media
Originally uploaded by la_v_i_k_a

Translucent porcelain, mixed media.

I thought it would be around longer, but it was barely listed before someone claimed it!

A design I created for other work, then turned into a stamp for ceramic. Metallic gold to copper with subtle, iridescent blue to violet wings.

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Ceramic Buttons: Tenmoku Glaze

Ceramic Buttons: Tenmoku Glaze
Originally uploaded by la_v_i_k_a

So, last night's firing ran late. It included quite a bit of anticipation, after the last load, which had some unanticipated results.

I have not yet opened the lower shelves to see how the reds performed (they and the pinks had a cool tinge last time, very unattractive!).

However, I'm very pleased with the tenmoku items you see here, especially this one:

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Holiday Gifts (kinda)

As a mom and an artist, I'm pulled in so many different directions, I don't always get a long stretch of time to muddle or to spruce up webpages...or studio space...or bookshelves... (you get it). As a result, holidays--especially the ones where The Teenager gets on a train and goes to visit her sister 150 miles away--are invariably days of intense work for me. I stay up too late, eat too irregularly, but I get a lot done.

In 2005, I threw up a quick tutorial on how to make sterling earwires, using a pair of pliers and an ink pen. It turns out that page alone probably gets more visitors than any other, on any of my websites. I've been meaning to clean it up for a long was done "down and dirty," with a view toward usefulness, definitely not beauty!

I cleaned it up a bit, today, and thought I'd share it...with the price of sterling these days, you really should DIY

Earwire Tutorial