Tuesday, August 29, 2017

With a Little Help From My Friends

This last year I have allowed production and other external forces to impinge on my creativity. Not that necessity can not drive creativity. I have learned a lot from being pushed to produce things for the market, but that can be a trap.
Sometimes you need a little help from your friends to get you back on a better creative track. Thank you friends for giving me the push I needed to stand back and look at my work, to be inspired by your art and to be encouraged, supported and grounded. Now to grab onto that energy and fly.

Friday, June 30, 2017

Daisy Pot

This pot is about 4 inches across and 2.5 inches tall.
This little pot/box was made the other day to replace a couple that sold. I feel a little guilty this time of year making anything that isn't selling out on my table. I know that is totaly silly but the summer is the time that most of the craft people on Granville make most of their income for the year. So business rules. It also leaves very little time for anything l like blogging so I dashed this off so at least there will be one post in June.

 I have an hour walk to Granville island in the morning and I think of so many things that I would like to write a blog about, but by the time I get home in the evening the animal needs take over and it is supper, prep for tomorrow  and watch Netflix for a bit before going crashing. 

Monday, May 15, 2017

Ginko Leaf

My beautiful helper models my Ginko Set.
I my back yard there is ginko tree. It is fully green now and glistens in the all to persistent rain. In the autumn the leaves will turn a glorious yellow and in one day they will rain down with a persistence unequaled buy other trees. It is no wonder that I am inspired to use the ginko leaf motif in some of my jewelry. 

The Ginko leaf pattern in this set starts with my Dragon Parts stamp. When I design my stamps I think about what the parts will look like in isolation. By choosing carefully the person using the stamp can get dozens of designs from one large stamp. I like incorporating the bits into one picture so that the user of  the stamp is given the creative choice of where a design begins and ends.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

14 - Pot Blue and White - Gone to Pot

14 - Pot Blue and White Again
Some my intention was to post a pot a week but in reality I find that I bare that enough time to get half of my production done. It is not the things are flying of the shelf just that there is always that thing that you don't have that a customer asks for. Like the red Queen on Alice in Wonderland, I am always running to stay in the same place. So pots will happen when they happen and I will keep count, and who knows by December 31 I might just have a couple more completed.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Just a Little Bugged

My notes let me know that is has been almost a year since I made my annual lady bug cane. This year my drawing and notes really helped.
When it is this long between make a design chances are I will forget what would have been a good tweak and what would be a good idea to avoid. I find that using small pieces of paper works the best for me. It fits right under clay when I build the cane using the design I worked out. For anything that is bilaterally symmetrical making one half and cutting it to make the full image works best to me.

So now I can tuck that helpful scrap away til next year. It might not be pretty but I works.

Monday, April 17, 2017

My Cup of Tea

Inserted picture - camellia sinensis theaceae
One month plus seven days ago the ground was covered with snow. Now it is red with camellia petals. It is almost magical to see the tropical looking camellia blooming when the weather is still cold and blustery. I have even seen them with show on them. And here is the real kicker - that camellia that you may have in your garden is a tea plant. Yes, the same or a cousin of the tea that is brewed in pots and treated with reverence by the English and the Chinese. I love magical plants and this one has been added to my list.   

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

The Friends of Winter Past

Thanks to my  young friend modeling one of my latest pieces.
I will be returning from a visit to California in a few days but I trust I will not be returning to winter in Vancouver. The plum trees will still be blooming, the pines and the bamboo never leave. Those three; plum, pine and bamboo are traditionally known in the east as the friends of winter, signifying; beauty,endurance and strength.

For this necklace I have handmade texture sheets to show the fiends of winter for the three feature beads, the two outer beads are chrysanthemums, another traditions plant in Oriental art.This necklace contains no metal so it is a great option for people with a sensitivity to metal.

I am looking forward to returning to Granville Island Public Market in the middle of this month.