Friday, August 19, 2011

Another cedar cigar box with a sliding top. After a base layer of white clay, I added a second layer of textured sheets which I cut into strips varying and rotating their application. Obviously the strips also create more interest as well.
When done, I glazed with raw sienna, then burnt umber. While I was not striving for a faux finish per se, the end result has the look and feel of bone or old ivory.
After that I added a natural agate, which is really quite pretty, striated in shades of cream through umber & black and which will show up better in future photographs.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Playing with Cats . . .

While waiting for my most recent cedar cigar box to cure for a total of almost three hours, I decided to play with cats.
I've only done one piece featuring a cat, but know that sooner or later I must find a way to add more of them to my clay work.
I think I will my hand at making some molds and see where, if anywhere that takes us (the cats and I) No matter what happens, or doesn't, this is fun!

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Rosy "Ivory" Bangle

Photographing items is often amazingly revealing. I had thought this piece was complete yesterday, after color washing and buffing, but when photographed this morning, I found it just wasn't quite "right", so back to some 320+600 sanding and a lot of buffing on my jeans while I watched part of a really bad movie and did some extra loving on Miles our neurotic but beloved Siamese.
So, now it is finished, looks good on, and is ready to join the coordinated necklace, once I get the toggle finished. (Forgot to colorwash the two beads yesterday when doing the bangle).

Blue "Ivory" Bangle ... Complete!

I was very nervous about starting the color wash on this bangle as I liked it so much as it was. Wouldn't have done it except for a bit of aging had I not wanted a piece to coordinate with the necklace I made this for.
Happily it turned out fact I love it.
This bangle has opened my eyes/mind to all sorts of possibilities -- cannot wait to continue on.

Friday, August 12, 2011

Two Antique "ivory" Bangles in Progress


I must say I really like the bangles just as they are (with some finishing yet to be done). However, they will be color washed to coordinate with the two necklaces nearly finished. Like many artists, I tend to work sequentially, so no doubt "unwashed" pieces are in my near future.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Two Antique "ivory" Necklaces

These two necklaces are nearly done; final assembly will be done on the four I have completed for the Fat Cat Gallery in Oakridge, NC one day next week.

I'm really pleased with the way they have turned out, and will now get to work on the coordinated bangle bracelets.