Monday, April 27, 2015

Adventure down the road less traveled

I have had the pleasure over the years of creating special pieces of both art and pottery for various customers. Creating custom artwork can be really fun, challenging and rewarding.  I like taking on custom work, because it often takes me out of my comfort zone or challenges me to do things that I didn't know I could do or to find a new way of looking at something.

 I remember doing special projects for people as far back as high school and feeling so proud that someone would not only trust me with their vision for the thing that they wanted to be created, but that they would give me money to do it.

Most of my artistic life has been spent as a painter using oils and more recently acrylics. Three years ago I became a potter which has been a never ending journey into various techniques for making and glazing. In addition to these areas of experience, I have often been called up to expand my repertoire and create pieces in media that I have little experience with which is especially fun.

My "People on the Couch" series of paintings is always a unique adventure as I create them from a customers candid snapshots  of themselves and/or loved ones on the couch.

I love this painting from a 1960's family snapshot

This one was created without any people in it from a series of snapshots of family pets and favorite items for a special  Graduation couch picture.

See more couch paintings here

A wooden blue hen painted as a fundraiser for the Newark Arts Alliance in Newark, De.

A large hand thrown bowl glazed with my well known colorful cows

A whimsical cat painting featuring a "cat in the beanstalk"

A really neat project. A lineage of piano teachers from Beethoven to my clients husband painted to look like parchment.

A custom  yarn bowl for an Irish shop in Delaware

A little acrylic guitar  and keyboard painting for a teen
Donut shaped Salt and peppers

A door sign for a bake shop

a spoon rest

A whole set of large, colorful cappuccino mugs
      Have an idea for custom art that you would like to see brought to fruition? Feel free to contact me!

Monday, April 20, 2015

Monday, April 13, 2015

Here Piggy Piggy!

 Here's how I make my adorable hand made pig bowls

All pottery designs copyright Karen O'Lone-Hahn 2015 registered with the US copyright office

Friday, April 10, 2015

Cat Treat Jars on the Wheel-Ceramics Cat presents...

I like to post videos of making different things on the potters wheel and this two part video series shows how I make my cat treat jars that everyone is raving about!  I call them cat treat jars but they can be used for anything since they are completely food safe.

 In fact the first one that I made was a custom order for someone who wanted a grey tabby creamer.

That is when I came up with the design.

Now I  have gone cat crazy, creating a whole line of tabby cat and black cat ceramic items. In addition to the jars, the collection includes a large wall hanging, salt and pepper shakers, a skinny cat sculpture and a really adorable bowl suitable for soup, candy, kibble or even a plant! The possibilities are open! Check out my website for availability and subscribe to my newsletter and this blog for updates.

****all of my designs collections are copyrighted and registered with the US copyright office reg. #23171342015phl***