|Art pieces that I did. Not sure that I am all that in love with these, but they are better than what was there before!|
I am no stranger to creating art. Most of my efforts were with clay. As a little girl, my art teacher always had us create ceramic creatures and for all the years of my elementary career I created a cat. I think my mom still has most of them. One day I will ask for them, but for now I know my mom has them on her kitchen window sill. Art is definitely in the eye of the beholder. I also dabbled in oils and acrylics, and my mom has one of my pieces hanging over her sofa. It is of a barn in the fall, sitting beside a lake that is reflecting the trees and sky. When I look at it, I see flaws, but I think it is because during that time I was focused on painting reality instead of my impressions.
I am looking forward to placing my ceramic pieces in my study. I have a vase, a pitcher, another vase that I used golf balls to make texture, a covered candy dish and a third vase. All were salt treated and fired in a kiln I built myself while living in Kirksville. Several of us stoked the kiln over night. I haven't done much with ceramics since. I don't have access to a kiln or a potter's wheel, although Bob and I were vacationing somewhere where I got to get behind the wheel and I was able to bring up the clay and fashion a pitcher. It was the first time Bob had seen me behind a potters wheel. I remember him being impressed! I am looking forward to seeing them displayed again.
|Candy dish that holds thumb tacks in my office. Salt glaze, blue slip flower|
|Project pitcher, braided handle, salt glaze, used my fingernails for texture and my wedding ring for texture on the bottom|
|My favorite piece, two glazes, used a golf ball on the inside to get the bumps.|
|Yellow glaze, with a mineral glaze on the bowl. Poured ceramic into a mold.|