Fat Cats

        Who knew fat cats would be so fun to make. I even want to make them fatter 

What do you think …                In or Out

Imaginaries

I’ve  been busy in my clay studio making Imaginaries. They are little fine porcelain creatures that come right out from my imagination straight into being

Some are always ready to catch a ball or
ready to run and greet you at the door after your long day
img_0514Some are peaceful
img_0493(that little guy in the background is one of those always ready to chase a bird or is he just watching some one climbing a tree?)
img_0506They are little Connectors.
Each one has a story to tell. I quietly listen and search as they take shape and form through my fingers and understandings. They don’t leave my hands until I feel a connection with them, until I have found their story. This interaction assures the possibility of someone else making a connection and hearing a story too, of their own making.
That’s the plan anyway.

It might even be a small story like this one ~
“and … I’m just wondering if you you might perchance have a yummy delicious little sweet for me in your pocket? I do so love persimmons.”  
See what I mean? They are always chatting me up.

Three Stops for Enchantment

So, I am driving along looking for a 2 hour free parking spot down town. This requires a lot of quick focus if you are alone. But something caught my eye.
Do I continue on with my parking drama? or do I stop for a better look?
I stop
IMG_0148because I need a closer look at this.
IMG_0147Clearly it is a fairy house, you can see her resting over to the left near her fire truck and her silver car. See her pink wings? Such a tidy little home she has.
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So, I am walking along my sometimes usual path to shop for supper when I notice this ~
IMG_0149I’ve seen this tree trunk many many times, but this time I saw it … upside down
IMG_0149-and I could see exactly what was missing
IMG_0176*  *  *
So, I am walking along a city block looking at all the amazing magnolia blossoms that are  getting really serious about the coming Spring
and I wonder
IMG_0179will this bird be back?

Bits & Bites

Every had a scattered week? Well that was me this week, lots going on. And it is wet here in Vancouver. We don’t have to shovel but the endless grey takes it’s own toll.
IMG_9974Maybe some one just HAD it with their kids playing inside for days on end … I hate to think
… this was by the trash bin in the alley
IMG_9973as I mentioned, it’s been raining ….. lots

spotted by Bettina Matzkuhn on her bike ride home

spotted by Bettina Matzkuhn on her bike ride home

but work I must, I am going to make some more of these guys, They will focus me
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Pineapple Express

This is what Vancouver looks like in the rain…
Pots of flowering umbrellas by the doorway of every shop
IMG_9887Leaves and houses go all Bright & Shiny
and all the colours go deeper, clearer

IMG_9890 IMG_9891then, Suddenly, it can go all foggy and blurry

IMG_9892and of course there are Puddles …
you can feel like a grown up and avoid them
or not

It goes like this ~

First there’s a mound of well kneaded clay.

2015/01/img_9745.jpgand some tools. Then a little form begins to emerge. Who is there?

2015/01/img_9746.jpgfour legs and a body is a start.

2015/01/img_9747.jpgTwisted horns are requested.

2015/01/img_9748.jpgEars and a Tail … I’m being bossed around.

2015/01/img_9749.jpga quick look out at the blue foggy late afternoon sky

2015/01/img_9752-0.jpgThis one is so proud of its horns it prances about …. but wait …. something isn’t quite right. What is it this time? A what? Really?!

2015/01/img_9754-0.jpgA beard ~ I never would have guessed

2015/01/img_9755-0.jpgVery Dapper!

A Collection of Silly

These caught my eye out there in the real world

IMG_9314funny place to put the serving spoon eh!?

IMG_9315this frosting job looks like a cartoon character.

IMG_9341I did a double take on this one

IMG_9340Would you go here?!?

IMG_9272look closer …

IMG_9273I see, screaming green apple

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IMG_9344 waiting at a bus stop, I felt like I missed my ride!

Five Confessions

IMG_0269I am glad I do not live in Buffalo NY … but I think it would be Amazing!

IMG_8360These signs make me want to hop across the street like a cartoon in this frozen position

IMG_9123This looked like a dead man to me when I first saw it

IMG_9125Moments like these give me the shivers

IMG_7304I am grossed out and amused at the very same time

a little moment

It all happened so fast

The sun was in the right place, it was the right season, it was a clear morning

and an open curtain,  it was the right placement of the bowl …

IMG_8399IMG_8398IMG_8400IMG_8401IMG_8402IMG_8403IMG_8404and I was lucky enough to witness this little light show

IMG_8405~ the end ~

a Sunday Bike Ride

First I saw a coyote as I headed down to the water

IMG_8198It was a breezy sunny day ~ so clear

IMG_8199Vancouver has gone gaga for Bike lanes

I appreciate them now …..

IMG_8200Everyone was out with their favourite mode of travel

IMG_8202People from all over the world full ~ so festive & colourfulIMG_8208The bike path cuts right by people eating fish and chips IMG_8210I made my deliveries, more Owls

IMG_8213and had to feast my eyes in my favourite shop

I can’t keep awayIMG_8217~ and this is for Lu ~

IMG_8218After such a long ride, I treated myself to a yummy coffee ice cream and watched the boats come and go. A sea gull came swooping down and stole someone’s sandwich right out of her hand near by, I know what that feels like!IMG_8220Fresh peaches ready to go to market

IMG_8223and so much wild Salmon this yearIMG_8224I passed the huge driftwood sculptures on my way home

This old twisted log has many memories, I see a whale’s eye … it looks sad

IMG_8231After a long Sunday swim and stretch, he’ll be ready for work on Monday.

He will have this to remember all week

imageedit_26_3771137159Half way up the long hillIMG_8243I’m almost Home

a little owl talk

I tried to join in the conversation.

IMG_8137… excuse me please, I just want to…..

IMG_8136if I could just say a word ….

IMG_8135I was just thinking that ….

IMG_8138maybe if ….

IMG_8134Oh well … they don’t need another voice

summer eve city walk

manhole16we walked along green grass on this lovely balmy evening

and came to a long strip of shops and … manholes!

Like I’ve never seen before ~

manhole20One after another

manhole17each one beautiful in it’s own way

manhole15How could I have never noticed before!?

manhole14too many to post tonight

so

come back next Monday for more!

and there IS more!

ps ~ does anyone know why All manholes are always round?

I see 5

The saddest first.

This stopped me in my tracks as I was walking over to a weekend farmer’s market.

IMG_7952a thousand fallen cranesIMG_7955IMG_7960a tree eye ~ lizard and elephant like ~ Looking right at me

IMG_7957morning dew

IMG_7956a great idea ~ lace graffiti

IMG_7961and who can’t fall in love with this sad spider

[chalk on concrete wall at the Trout Lake community centre]

 

Body Language

I was showing a friend a new piece, a Life Boat. She asked me if those were people …..

LifeBoat body Language detail-2I thought she asked because she didn’t have her glasses on. But she said that

one never knows with me …

IMG_6560They could be animals or creatures

fair enough

LifeBoat body Language detail-1It got me thinking though. Yes their faces are undefined.

I do that for a reason.

I am talking in Body Language

Nine Little Stories

Little Story One

IMG_5991Why do we keep pulling up these masterpieces?

Little Story Two

pink blooming Acacia P1050834 P1050824 P1050823This is a Mimosa Tree. So sensitive that when you touch its leaves, they fold inward …

until they get to know your touch.

Is there anything more beautiful?

Little Story Three

IMG_7622This little painted bird is painted on an carefully chosen antique dictionary page

by Veronica Roth

Look closely, you can see the text through it’s heart.

Little Story Four

IMG_6876My friend who took in a rescue dog from Mexico a few years ago and Loves all animals, bought 3 of my porcelain Elephants. The little one in the middle is a rescue elephant, it can hardly stand up by itself. I can not sell it or gift it because of this. It needs to lean on another elephant for support. It went to her home, a good home and is happy and well cared for there as you can clearly see. This family of 4 was meant to be ~

Little Story Five

IMG_7620There was a strange halo around the sun yesterday

I felt like I was in a science fiction novel

Little Story Six

IMG_7597This was at my door the other morning

I would like a calling card like that ~

Little Story Seven

IMG_7623I used to get in trouble over and over and over again for drawing on my wall paper.

I would have liked to live where she lives.

Little and Last Story Nine

IMG_5993Don’t we All need hope?

StoryBook

This piece is off to a new home!

P1120448_2It is called StoryBook or Story Teller

It had been part of a show I had at Placewares in Gualala, California, right on the west coast. [the ‘Gu’ in Gualala is pronounced like “Wa’ not ‘Gu’ like in guacamole] My dear friends and owners of the most Amazing Shop/Gallery Placewares are two of the most creative people I know. They Inspire me.

P1000608_3Long time designers (DR in Cambridge, Mass in ’70’s etc) and innovators, inventors, artists, taste makers and partners, Maynard and Lu have kindly carried and shown my work. Check out their about page and follow some of their links, I assure you, you will be Most interested in these 2! Maynard makes these wonderful visually clever, complex and warm hearted “Looking Boxes“.

DSCN0003_2StoryBook has been reluctant to leave their shop, and you can understand why, it is such a creative playful, interesting place to be!

StoryBook is part of an on going series I have been working on called Elegant Turns. This piece is made up of 5 movable sections, each part has 3 different images so when you turn them (and yes, you can) you get different combinations that make up one image*. I never had one set story in mind when I made this piece but stories kept coming up, flooding me with imagery and that guided this piece.

Now StoryBook is off to make new ever changing stories. But the stories it collected during it’s stay at Placewares will part of it be forever.

* Elegant Corpse:
It is simply one drawing, usually of a person or animal, drawn by 3 different people. Onto a piece of paper folded three times, each person draws a head on the first 1/3 of the paper and folds it back and under leaving marks where the torso should begin on the second fold. This done, each person then passes their hidden ‘heads’ to their neighbor.  Then everyone draws the torso leaving marks for the legs in the last 1/3 of the paper. This is then it is passed around again and everyone draws the legs and feet. What results is a usually very amusing and somewhat curious character containing the talents of three different wits.  I have transformed this 2 Dimensional matrix into a 3 Dimensional form which enable the combinations to increase geometrically.

Wisdom Tooth ~ Sweet Tooth

now these are weird …

not for the faint of heart  or squeemish…

these are Creepy Cool so hang on to your hats

Here we go

2a bowl full of teeth!

now don’t fret because I made them myself

from porcelain clay, I’m a potter, remember?

6They are knitting stitch markers, you can use them to mark where you are in your knitting pattern, they make knitting easy and enjoyable because they tell you when you need to change your pattern, they are kind of like being on cruise control … in knitting

5I was just looking to make something a little EDGY

and these are …

4look closely, there is a gold cap on one of them

7one could even use them as a Brooch, which someone I know does

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3I’m selling these in my Etsy shop (my shameless plug) and they come in this cool tin box

Wisdom Tooth is the one with the gold Tooth

Sweet Tooth are, well, 6 sweet teeth!

~ Sometimes you gotta just stir things up a bit ~

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Caught in the Act!

I went down stairs to my studio to close it up for the night when I spotted a little scurrying movement in my periphery vision, I couldn’t be sure so I stopped and waited and listened …. Sure enough! There they were, 1, 2. 3 … Four of them!

and one of them looking especially guilty ~

1IMG_57833look at them! they could care less that I am there watching them

2awell, they are kind of cute ….

IMG_5786but Really! …. Mice are Mice!

so naughty

Inspiration

I collected a few images from the web that inspired me. I don’t know how they will work their way into my ideas and creations but they spoke to me so I collected them. We see so much these days, we are inundated with imagery and it is our “Normal” now. I can hardly imagine what it might have been like not too long ago where folks didn’t see much in the way of new imagery past their little town. Maybe they saw things in a deeper way since our minds seem to want to be refreshed with something new to look at. Maybe they saw more nuance in nature and the ordinary, or not …

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TOPSHOTS French director and choregraph

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Unusual means of Transportation

Here is Absolute Veritable PROOF that we do indeed have witches right here in River City! Look very carefully and you will see what I mean. Is that a good parking job? or a careless blunder?

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and Talk about Parking Jobs!

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a little idea

I knit

and I make shawl pins made out of porcelain and copper. So I am part of an ENORMOUS Knitting community … and ….my goodness,

if every knitter got the same bee under under their bonnet, we could move the earth!

There is a  great website where we all meet called Ravelry. Knitters from around the globe post their projects and join groups, share ideas and information, it’s really quite amazing. Over the years I have listed 21 projects, I just uploaded a few more today. It’s easy to procrastinate, and I’ll get to that. The idea is to photograph one’s project as it progresses and it helps to have a few images of the finished piece so other knitters can see what a particular pattern might look in a different yarn etc…. But I don’t like photographing myself in these knitted wear, so I crop the

photos of me them off at the neck, which I don’t really like either ….. what to do?? … What to do????

Well today I came up with a solution that pleases me greatly!

~ May I present Matilda ~

Honey Cowl+owlTPJenny-2I made this mask as a stage piece in my stage/costume designing days for the

Robert Minden Ensemble