Ghost

First batch of ceramic magnolia skeleton leaf ornaments came out of the kiln this morning.  Second photo shows the bisque-fired ornaments with underglaze applied and wiped off, awaiting glazing.  Ornaments were made using the skeleton leaves shown in the previous post.

Last fall I collected a shopping bag full of magnolia leaves from trees in the neighbourhood.  I submerged them in a bucket of water and left them to sit over the winter so the flesh would slowly decompose from the network of veins, or leaf skeleton.  Every now and then I’d catch a whiff of “barnyard” and remember that it was just my leaves composting in a bucket!  Yesterday I rinsed the leaves in a bucket of fresh water and gently dislodged any remaining leaf flesh from the skeletons.  I now have a new crop of magnolia leaf skeletons to impress into clay or to use on collagraph print plates.

Selection of 4 vertical tiles with collagraph plate impressions. Each tile is approximately 1” x 4”.

Selection of 4 vertical tiles with collagraph plate impressions. Each tile is approximately 1” x 4”.

New lidded box in my “Grown and Flown” series featuring a robin’s nest with and without eggs, and mama (papa?) robin feeding her (his?) young and finally resting in a ginkgo tree. Images are based on photographs I took a few years ago as I documented the robins nesting on our front porch. The bottom of the box has a linocut stamp of a ginkgo leaf. You can see this box and more at the Oakville Art in the Park on Monday August 4th. I will be sharing a booth with my sister, Rose Pearson.

In the process of selecting and arranging 216 of my 1” tiles to complete this 24” x 24” mirror frame. Should be finished and ready to hang at the Art in the Park in Oakville on August 4th.

New lidded vessel made using a collagraph plate to create the impression on the clay surface.  Visit me at the NGA Artist Market in Newmarket Riverwalk Commons (next to the Farmers’ Market) on Saturday July 19 (8am - 1pm) to see this piece and more!

New lidded vessel made using a collagraph plate to create the impression on the clay surface.  Visit me at the NGA Artist Market in Newmarket Riverwalk Commons (next to the Farmers’ Market) on Saturday July 19 (8am - 1pm) to see this piece and more!

Have just received word that at least one of my collagraph mini print submissions has been juried into the BIMPE VIII show, opening at the Federation Gallery in Vancouver, BC on September 12, 2014.  The show then travels to Granville Island, Kelowna and Edmonton, AB. 

I will be participating on both dates of the Newmarket Artist Market.  Come out and visit me and my fellow artists and artisans.

I will be participating on both dates of the Newmarket Artist Market.  Come out and visit me and my fellow artists and artisans.

Received word that I have been accepted into the Christmas 2014 OOAK show for the 6-day portion, December 2 to 7.  I’m excited … and nervous! 

Received word that I have been accepted into the Christmas 2014 OOAK show for the 6-day portion, December 2 to 7.  I’m excited … and nervous! 

Michelle van Nie and I had a beautiful sunny day for Beeton’s Honey and Garden Festival. Michelle had her encaustic paintings and plexiglass etchings on display. I had ceramics, collagraph prints and mosaics. The festival was abuzz with visitors but unfortunately it was not an art-buying crowd.