We have slowly been replacing windows on our 100 year old home. I saved these two from the scrap pile as I needed a display for my ever growing collection of pendants. I removed the glass, sanded the sides and covered them in 3 coats of chalkboard paint (I had it leftover.) I had my handy Andy cut new wood panels, which I covered in cork and linen and fastened them together with hinges. Total cost $6. Here’s to living simply and being more resourceful. I really like the chalkboard sides… they are going to be fun!
Also I will be participating in a fundraiser at http://www.displayyourheart.com to raise money for tornado victims right here in the US. There are over 140 different crafters participating, I love when art is used for good. It begins Friday June 17 – 29, check out the blog for more details. I’ve been reading The tipping point by Malcom Gladwell, we have a little chance everyday to make a difference. All those little things lead to a dramatic shift.
I had a great day in my studio today! I was so excited to get back to work after Christmas but for some reason dragged my feet, from jumping in. I am really trying to push my comfort zone and work some new forms. Each time something emerges it just makes me want to spend more time in the mud.
new forms: ceramic juicer
I am trilled about this one… we use a ton of lemon in our cooking but it would be great for any kind of citrus. When the clay hardens a bit, I will add a handle opposite the spout, trim the bottom and carve into the juicer dome. This was my first try, so I am excited it turned out so great. I think I will try a few more this weekend.
new pendants: faux-bois/ petrified wood
I made my own little faux-bois tool today using a plastic tube and a glue gun. It turned out to be just the right depth to press into clay. These little pendants are 1.5 inches in diameter and I am excited about the bib/collar necklace to the right. I can’t wait to see how these transform with glaze.
This fall, I have really been inspired to make jewelry out of clay. Specifically stamped words inspired by scripture. Pages from my lectures the last few weeks are filled with doodles, phrases and sketches all up the sides and at the top. I can’t tell you how much I have enjoyed making these and how excited I am every time a new bach comes out of the kiln. This winter I will begin selling these in the trading post at SpringHill and they are available in my shop. I so hope they all find good homes, I am growing quite attached to them, but the purpose is to share. I love the subtle phrases, that are so full of meaning and hope.