Friday, February 22, 2008

Its Snowing Outside!

I fell asleep around 6pm yesterday as I tried to read my new Darger book - The Henry Darger Collection (purchased from The American Fok Art Museum in NYC). I am intrigued by his "person" and his "work" which is not necessarily the case for me when it comes to art. Sometimes I don't really care who created what as long as I like "it" or "it" speaks to me in that way only I know, which sounds a little odd, but it is true of how I feel about some artwork, not all, but some. I do not feel this way about HD. Perhaps it is because I/We were not meant to view his work or at least I think I/We were not meant to view his work. Like reading someone's diary..but then again, there's Anne Frank so out the window goes that theory. ( I do apologize mentioning those particular 2 people in the same sentence) ( I feel a run-on sentence coming)
So after my long nap, which is where this started.. I was wide-eyed and awake until about 3am.. watching the snow fall and watching some hideous reality show on TV that I could not seem to shut off no matter how dreadful it was -- Um, nope not gonna tell you which one it was.. it could come back to haunt me and I am dying to know what is going to happen next week. :)

Anyway, this morning I was watching the snow fall and in a snow covered tree accross the street sat the most beautiful Cardinal I have seen all year. Maybe it was the contrast that made him so beautiful.. I ran to get my camera but the "bull in a china shop" I am, the little guy heard me open the door and hid right in the middle of the tree. So Sorry little Cardinal for interupting your quiet time.

I am using this snow day to prepare for Berks Bead Bazaar in Berks County, PA. March 1 & 2, 2008 and to start working on Some Pieces for my Solo show, entitled Versatility in Ceramics - One Artists View at the New City Library in New City, NY April 1-30 (I believe) I am still working on what date my reception will be. I guess I'd better hurry! I will showcase some works in progress over the next few weeks. For a slideshow of some of my new pieces please check out my flickr site for recently uploaded photo's:

If you are interested in any of the pieces or would like to know more about them and how to place an order please email me at

Have a great one!


PS. My Friend Carol from Sand Fibers added me to her list of of "You make my Day Award" recipients. She wrote:

3. Lisa Peters of Lisa Peters Art who makes my day by forcing me to get out of my comfort zone, with whose work I have been deeply enamored for over two years and whose cyber friendship I learn to value more with each correspondence. Working with Lisa's creations makes me a better artist.

I would like to thank her for writing such a lovely comment on her post and adding me to her list of Making Her Day.
She also makes my day everytime she shows me a new pendant or cuff or beautiful peyote stitch pieces that includes my beads. It not only inspires me to make new pieces but she also taught me how to make pieces "easier" for my customers to use, therefore making them easier to incorporate into their projects. Most of all, it means so much to me when I least expect it, I will check my "new comments" option on my flickr page and there is a lovely comment from Carol or when I check my email and find one waiting that says " hey, great job you are mentioned in another etsy treasury, or even better on the front page! Carol was the first person, years ago, to tell me I was on the front page of etsy and was the first person this past month to tell me the same. That is especially cool!
So People who Make My Day ( I know it is supposed to be bloggers..but I am changing it a bit to cyber friends)
Would be
  • Carol of Sand Fibers!

  • Linda Themer of Textured Turtle who is there for me day after day after day!

  • and my wonderful family at Beads of Clay, Fired Clay Artists and Yes, Marsha Ceramic Bead Artists too!

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

What a Relief, Over the FLU!

Well I am finally over the FLU! (fingers crossed)

I believe someone "gave" it to me on the flight to Tucson, AZ (to check out To Bead True Blue and the Gem, Fossil and Mineral Show) on Feb 5th - and I started getting sick on Thursday the 7th, by the time my flight arrived home on Friday morning.. I was a mess. I was in bed for a good 5 days before I could even think about moving about. Then it was more or less wake up, watch TV (I never, ever watch TV) go back to sleep, maybe shower (ick) maybe change my ugly PJ's.. and I cannot honestly say I was really feeling better until this weekend. Saturday I decided it was time for me to Raku something, even though I had a little cough, Sunday more cough and more, Monday I fired a few loads in between thunderstorms., but feeling much better! I have more to fire on Tuesday.. and I am really loving what has been coming out! Some of these pieces I am just not going to part with., not even for Bead Dreams.

Here are some photo's of the firing and I will blog about Tucson a little later on in the week!

Now this first photo is of me., gotta love the HAT! Sometimes the way I look when I fire all that is missing is a brown paper bag with some liquor in it. I am wearing Disney PJ bottoms and slippers..Thank Goodness I clean up good! Can you imagine, Raku firing, 1900 degree's, with Pj's and slippers with a sweatshirt? I don't know what's more dangerous the firing or the fashion faux pas. Needless to say my husband helped me with one load and his work out pants melted to his thighs (he is fine) -- I am really pushing my luck!

Okay next is a photo of my squelching water.. Notice the large piece of ice in it. Yes, that is how cold it is., I had to stick my fingers in that because I was too cold/lazy to run inside and fill it with more Hot water.

I stuck my camera over the top of the kiln. Almost burned it.

My husband had these welding gloves since he was 18 years old., so roughly 26 years. I ruined them in about 1 year. I do have new ones, but these were the best...he is so mad. :)

I usually do a sawdust/newspaper mixture but my sawdust is wet..not sure why because it is covered., maybe it froze and then thawed or something? So I am using plain newspaper, which is fine but I prefer it the other way.

It is so pretty to fire at night, but in the next photo.. you can see the crack in the fiber shell on my Raku Kiln.. so I am losing heat, which means wasting fuel, which means losing money.

A quick snapshot of some of the pieces, still dirty.

Stay Tuned!