Saturday, August 23, 2014

The last few pieces completed

I have completed the last few pieces for Southern Women Potters.  Opening Reception to be held Friday, August 29, 6-8 PM  Hamilton Williams Gallery in downtown Morganton- 403 East Union St. 
Tree bark Sconce

Chip and Dip

Tea in the Woods by Candle light
This tree man on the trail to Elk Knob outside of  Boone impressed me so much, I had to render him as a candelabra!

Tree man Candelabra.

Stump Clump Mugs on tray

Monday, June 23, 2014

Work for "Southern Women Potters" Exhibition at Hamilton Williams Gallery in Morganton

Beech Canisters

Beech Cashpo

Beech Cream and Sugar- Multi media piece with a polymer clay "antler" handle wrapped with copper wire.

Beech Coffee Mug and Warmer

Triple Tree Stump Canister Set with owl

Squirrely Chip and Dip- This poor piece bit the dust at the Photographers and will be replaced with a Chipmunk Chip and  Dip!

Lizard on Tree Gallon Pitchere

Nosey Squirrels Twin Cups

Antler Handle Quart Pitcher

Tree Teapot with warmer
I will be showing in an exhibition at Hamilton Williams Gallery in Morganton called "Southern Women Potters" during August with these pieces plus a couple more.  I'm really excited to be showing a collection of one of a kinds like this.  It's been a challenge to do them as well as keep up with the regular wholesale orders I do.  Photography by Jason Dowdle.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

The Latest Tree Pieces

This desk set was a commission for my Life Coach from her current graduates. It is personalized with carvings of their names and the year in the beech tree trunks.  It is my first try using white clay and beech bark and I am really happy with the results.

I've been thinking about a tree teapot since the beginning of this idea for tree bark pots.  I was given the idea of flower pot and tea light heaters by a friend of mine and thought it would be a wonderful idea to include a warmer under the tea pot and even a mug, (my coffee is always getting cold!)  Squirrels have become a theme and they get better every time.  I have also added antler to the lid for a handle.  To protect the warmer from hot spot thermal shock from the tea light flame I created a small shield made from aluminum flashing to go inside each warmer.

This commissioned piece is a coffee pot and sugar bowl with warmer.  The original order was didn't include the warmer, but not being a coffee brewer, I felt it would be more functional as a carafe if there was a warmer under it.  A snake has draped himself over the spout /limb to help hold on the lid when pouring.

Finally for new pieces, here is my mug and warmer.  No more cold coffee for us sippers.