Refining Designs and Making Round Beads

Last month before the world ended – I’m joking here but it feels like it, some days, with the complete disruption from the pandemic – I revamped a cane design I had in my shop. I had made what I called zinnias, previously. They were perfectly good canes but they

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I Made Sparrows

I’ve been making beads and claythings a long time. I have plenty of good inspiration, some pretty original and successful designs… but sometimes the customers have great ideas. An administrator for a medical program saw some of my bird beads and asked if she could have sparrows. I have some

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Building New Work

I joke to the parents of the kids I teach that drawing is the gateway drug for art. I’m probably at least partly right though. I make dimensional objects but I almost always start out with sketches or doodles of what I have in mind and then progress through prototypes

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The Shop: New Canes

Box of Cane Samples When I explain how I do my clay work I hit that bit of technical explanation that is canes. The concept is both wonderfully simple but also potentially mind meltingly complex. And making canes can be a lot of tedious work. I make a lot of

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