Taking The Edge Off.

Front side of 2020! Many of us are just trying to cope with what is being thrown at us day by day. There seems to be shocking news everyday.  3 weeks ago it was like “Ground Hog Day” everyday. Then to the “Truman Show” and currently we are in “Twilight Zone”! We are in the thick of it and trying to get to the other side. The other side of the Corona, the other side of civil unrest, many stressors being thrown at us. It’s wise to turn the news off and focus on what brings joy. Of coarse be…

The Tale of Three Benches

During this down time I have been able to get a lot done, as we all have.  But all this free time to ourselves is beginning to grow old and monotonous. I don’t want to go down the corona/ economy/ get back to work road.  I just want to let you all know I am eager to share all the new work I have been creating.  This stay – at – home season has allowed me to create some more elaborate work and that is always exciting to me. So the “Tale of Three Benches” is about these amazing mosaic…

Angels in July

I am offering another Small Sculpture Clay class series.  This time we will tackle the human form of an Angel.

Some people might look at my work and see spiritual components.  It’s true, my work is inspirational….

Small Sculpture Tile Class

New Class Schedule for April and May. I am offering  2 – 4 week series in Small Sculpture Tiles and Shadow Boxes. Focus will be on technique, color and design. Students will learn to work with raw clay and learn how to use glazes. The tiles you make can be used as an ornament or a special piece in a mosaic. Classes will be held at Blue Raven Art School, 701 E Prince Rd. Wednesday evening from 5:30-7:30 First series will be April 10 thru May 1 Second series will be May 8 thru May 29 Cost for each series is…

In the Midst of Monsoons

Well, we are finally having gorgeous down pours on a daily basis here in Tucson.  I’m loving it.  But man, did we suffer through some hell -type temps to get to this point. My tomatoes are loving the rain too.  However, the cantaloupe is a wash.  Not one fruit.  And I have decided it’s not the heat that affected them.  Melons love heat!  I believe it’s the lack of bees for pollination.  The past three years I have noticed less and less bees.  And I am sad about that.  So I got to thinking about raising bees in my back…

Mosaic Mural; Corrales, New Mexico Style

  A finished mosaic back splash is a perfect touch to a custom home, Corrales, New Mexico style.  Incorporating handmade tiles of barrel cactus, flowering Yucca, flowering agave, and flowering aloe, along with a Jack Rabbit, butterflies, purple cactus, a family of quail,gecko, hummingbirds, and the sun peaking through the clouds. The project took two days to install.  The owners were so gracious to me as well as their 6 well behaved cats.  Since I never got around to Go Pro-ing the installation,  here are some still shots of the process.               My travels…

My New Mexico Trip

My trip  to Corrales, New Mexico is fast approaching. I have been hired to install a tile mural in a residence.  The tile is pretty much completed…fired and laid out. Even though it’s a fairly small size mural, only 48″ x 24″ tall, the challenge is getting it to fit in an intermittent concave niche, sight unseen.  That means allowing for slight design changes.  I am positive it will all work out beautifully. This is the basic tile layout with an aloe garden and hummers, flowering fence post cactus and blooming yuccas and blackbirds.  This is all handmade tile, glazed…

Lead by the Spirit

Many things inspire me, all day long. Here are a few Shadow Box  sculptures that were inspired by gardening, bird watching and nature with a bit of  whimsy. Hummer with Wild Flower Ceramic Shadow Box                          

Sincerest Form of Flattery

          There have been times in my career that I have been very protective of my designs.  I have had experience designing very marketable products that made my small art business grow and the work I designed was sought after. At the time, it was exciting, exilerating and a feather in my cap.  But I remember being overly concerned about someone or some company coming along and knocking off the designs I created.  That was 25 years ago, so I was still learning and still maturing. Now, yes, it is business smart to protect and copyright…

Planning Your Summer Staycations

Another couple weeks and school will be let out for the summer.  The weather is heating up (in Tucson) and ya’ll are preparing to make a list of places you want to go and things you want to do for fun.  Yes, fun!  It’s supposed to be fun in the summer.   May I make a suggestion?  How about take an art class.  Get the family together and have a family art reunion, where everyone gets to make something.  If you have never done such a thing, you could call it the 1st Annual Family Art Reunion!  Do you have…