unicorn cup – fin 9.7.2017

I wrote about the work-in-progress (wip) unicorn cups in this post. And at long last, they’re fin (the French and Spanish word for “end”, which I’ve seen used so often in foreign films, and I always like to use that term if I have the opportunity;) Here are pics of the finished pieces. These were…

late-summer garden 8.24.2017

The late-summer light brings on a change in feeling/emotion for me. Rather nostalgic, and in a good way. I always considered autumn my favorite time of year here in what we call the “midwest” of the United States. Perhaps it’s because this year’s weather has been unusually cool– or perhaps it’s the angle of the…

plant marker organization 8.10.2017

Last month I went on the annual local garden walk put on by one of Madison, Wisconsin’s gems, Olbrich Botanical Gardens. At one of the gardens, the gardener had all of his plant markers piled on his backyard table in about 8 different piles. As I looked closer, I saw that each pile was held together…

unicorn cup – wip 8.3.2017

My latest work in progress, or WIP, is a two-handled unicorn cup. I threw the cup on the potters wheel, and attached rolled-out coils of clay for the handles. Once the clay was hardened up enough to carve – but not too dry – I started the unicorn decoration. I’ll post photos of the final…

one last santa fe post 7.20.2017

Just a few more things about Santa Fe. (I LOVED it there!) The Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian in Santa Fe is a great place to visit. Here are a couple of my favorite pieces there. I love the colors and the abstract designs. And here’s a picture of me standing next to a super…

santa fe: flora 7.13.2017

While in Santa Fe a couple weeks ago, my friends and I enjoyed several hikes, along with delightedly ogling an entirely different landscape and flora than here in the midwest. Madison sits at 741 feet above sea level; Santa Fe is at 7,198 feet. Madison averages 34.5 inches of annual precipitation; Santa Fe gets a…

santa fe: ceramic galleries 7.6.2017

I recently returned from  a week in and around Santa Fe, New Mexico, traveling with three friends who, like me, have a love for art and nature. Where I live, in Madison, Wisconsin, it’s hot and humid right now, so the dry heat of the southwest was a welcome relief! It’s a beautiful part of…