Monday, May 18, 2015

Me and Bob

I've been a big Bob Dylan fan since I was 10 years old. Many of his songs have served as a narration for my life and I have always appreciated his poetry. Believe it or not, he is also well known for his wild sense of humor.

Here are some songs that sum up my life in the studio each day:

All I Really Want to Do- every day when I step into the studio all I really want to do is make art  :0)(Another side of Bob Dylan)

Simple Twist of Fate- those happy accidents when I think a painting is going awry and something wonderful happens through no doing of my own. (Blood on the Tracks)

Everything is Broken-those heartbreaking kiln openings where things did go awry (Oh Mercy) 

One More Cup of Coffee- oh yes coffee, more coffee, please (Desire)

Don't Think Twice It's Alright-  those days when I realize that I'm just thinking way too hard I need to just let it flow (The Freewheelin Bob Dylan)

I Threw It all Away- sometimes there's just no going back and it does just have to go in the trash (Hard Rain)

Cry a While- what I do after I threw it all away (Love and Theft)

Blowing in the Wind- those days when I go in the studio and my mind is blank for new ideas. The answer my friend, is blowing in the wind (The Freewheelin Bob Dylan)

It's All Good-because it is. (Together Through Life)

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

What inspires you?

What is it that inspires you? What is it that helps you get through the day or to do things better? Is there something that inspires you to create things? I'm often inspired by the seasons, by nature, by events and by words

I wax the bowl design

There are quotes from the Bible that help me do things that I didn't know I could do, like, "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me."  Philippians 4:13. 

Next I carve the words and design

Brush away the nubbies
One of my most favorite quotes which I became aware of in an artist coaching group that I was part of years ago, is one from Goethe. "Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it, boldness has genius power and magic in it". That really helped to power me through my unbelief in my own work.

Fill the grooves with black underglaze
Paint the entire bowl black to create antiquing effect

 A bowl is one of the simplest forms that you can make on the potters wheel and was probably one of the first forms devised by ancient peoples to contain their food.

Bowls serve all kinds of functions now, including food service of course, but they can also be used as a planter, to keep your knitting in, drop your car keys, hold your paper clips on your desk or any number uses.

Add layers of colored underglaze over black bottoms
I started thinking about bowls and how they are such a big part of our lives. Who doesn't have a bunch of bowls in their house? So my thought was, what if those bowls could go beyond serving food and holding other items, but could also serve up food for the mind?

Enter my "Bowls of Inspiration" that do double duty as beautiful serving bowls that inspire you with quotes or sayings designed to lift you up while you eat your cereal. Or imagine serving the jelly beans at a sales meeting out of an inspiring bowl with your favorite company quote perhaps from Zig Ziglar, serving as a subtle reminder to all in attendance.

My bowls would make a great wedding gift with a few words from 1 Corinthians on it, or  even a pair of them to start the couple off with special words to each other. For graduation, "Oh, the places you'll go.", (Dr. Suess)  For that sales meeting, "There are no traffic jams on the extra mile."(Zig Ziglar).

For the Irish shop that just ordered…"May the road rise to meet you."~ (Old Irish blessing) 
Anything goes..

I have several available with quotes of my choosing, but as you see, my bowls can be customized and make great gifts for any occasion. Feel free to contact me about ordering . For pricing and more info, click here.

Monday, May 4, 2015

Artist and Mom-Have It All or Give It Up?

 I've been so blessed to be a mother. My husband and I managed to raise an amazing young woman who we are so completely proud of. She will be 21 in a couple of weeks. 

She will turn 21 in the faraway land of India on a study abroad trip. She's remarkable to me, because at that age, you couldn't of got me on a plane to go anywhere, never mind halfway around the world, but then, she's always been the bravest person I know. 
Pregnant Artist 1994
Big Baby

When she was born, the idea of giving up being an artist was not something that ever crossed my mind. Over the years however, I have met lots of mothers who, upon seeing my art, told me that they had given up their art when they became a mother. 
The Land of Pez (Kayla as a Princess Pez)
That is something that I really don't understand how it is possible. For me, making art is like eating. I have to do it. I wouldn't know how to function any other way. Art has been a refuge and strength for me throughout my entire life. It is the most powerful way that I know to express myself and so to silence my artistic voice would be to silence my voice entirely. 

When my daughter was a baby I used to get up at 4:30 in the morning before she woke up and before I had to go to my teaching job to paint.
Flying through Life Together
 I guess that's how driven I was to do it. After I made the decision to leave teaching and stay home with her, I continued to work and pursue artistic opportunities in an effort to show her that you can be a loving and devoted mother and wife and that you can also remain a whole person with dreams and aspirations and accomplishments of your own. 
Little Artist Girl
Can We Play More? 
Granted, I had one child and the luxury of being able to stay at home with her.  
Mother and Child Sunflowers
                                                            Needless to say, she has been the inspiration for much of my art.

Mother and Child

Empty Nest
Proud Momma
I am not judging other Moms who made the choice to give it up, I'm only expressing what is true for me. If I had not been able to continue my art and be a Mom,  I'm not sure I would have been a very good mother because I think I would've been pretty miserable.

She is now a very talented artist and writer and musician in her own right.  At 20, she tells me that there will be no marriage and no children, but I'm hoping that that will change and that when she does slow down to raise her family, that what I have showed her about being a mom and an artist will carry into her life, so that she might live creatively and happily and fulfilled in all facets of her life.


Kayla's First Place winner in County Wide High School Art Show

Kayla's Riot Girl Series
Making Clay
Self Portrait