Sunday, June 29, 2008

Designing My Life and Labyrinths

Back in December I joined the Clutter Busting Coaching Circle with coach Vicky White. It has been a great experience and I've benefited enormously. Lots of support, wisdom, ideas from the other members. Integrity Days, Creativity Days, phone forums and more. It is one of the best things I've ever done for myself. For more info on Life Design Strategies:

In March I was thrilled to have a post about labyrinths on Vicky's blog. That's what sparked my interest in starting a blog. Here's the post: .

And here's the last post in Vicky's blog.
This past week we were challenged to do something we haven't done before. I decided it was high time to finally get this blog ready for the world. Now I'm off to do a few things I've never done before.

bright blessings,

Saturday, June 28, 2008

On a Lark

Last summer I submitted slides for Lark Books's 500 Plates and Chargers and Pile of Autumn Leaves was accepted.

These plates were made by draping slabs of stoneware clay over light fixtures which were used as molds. A little cornstarch helped release the clay from the glass. After bisque firing the plates where dipped in a high iron glaze. The leaf design was applied using liquid wax resist. When the wax was dry the plates were dipped into a rutile glaze and fired to cone 5 (1185 degrees Celsius) with a slow cool down.

It took an experienced art photographer quite a while to set up the shot of the pile in "Pile of Autumn Leaves". The bottom platter is about 20 inches long. I've included an image the single plate although it is not in the book. I was so pleased with the crystalization (love that rutile) on the edge of the single plate. For you potters, this is what can happen with a slow cool.

Here's a excerpt from Lark Book's website: 500 Plates & Chargers
Innovative Expressions of Function & Style:

"Plates and chargers can serve as more than just places to put your food: they can be glorious art to show off on a table, sideboard, or hutch. These 500 spectacular pieces chosen by esteemed juror Linda Arbuckle from the utilitarian yet beautifully glazed plate to dramatically decorated work, and they’re crafted from a remarkable variety of materials—including pristine porcelain and bold earthenware."

Lark Books publishes wonderful books. Check out their website for titles and how to submit. Lots of beauty, creativity and fun in a wide variety of media. 500 Plates and Chargers is in stores now or ask your independent bookseller or library to order it.

all good things,

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

learning with the labyrinth

Over the past months I've made a lot of labyrinths -- and a lot of them cracked or had other problems. This has been much more labour intensive than I imagined it would be. There were many technical challenges and I decided to leave it for now. All the labyrinths that survived intact have been spoken for. There a quite a few with small cracks that could be painted or covered with handmade paper. One or more could be yours for postage and handling.

This venture hasn't been a "success" but I did enjoy the adventure. I was looking forward to be of service and providing finger labyrinths. I really enjoyed the process and would like to do it all again, but without the setbacks. I will give it another go when the time is right.

There is a lot of info on the www on labyrinths. Here's a link to download a finger labyrinth:

Here are a couple of images of a labyrinth surrounded by "soul stones" and others standing vertically along with some teapots ready to be bisqued. They were fired to about 1000 degrees Celsius to ready them to be glazed and fired again.

all good things,

Saturday, June 7, 2008

Bogged Down Blog. Late Labyrinths

Here I go, I'll try posting and image and a short message. There are lots of things I'd like to post but so far I've been challenged but at least I've come this far.

Now to make figure out some of the other features.

This is an image of a finger labyrinth made of stoneware clay about nine inches in diameter. I've been making larger labyrinths and they are waiting to be fired. It's been a learning experience complete with technical twists and turns.

all good things,