Thursday, August 26, 2010

Diva # 6

Diva number 6, "The Octomom Diva" is here. My Diva series is not planned, they are born. Each Diva comes out exactly as she wants to be, I'm merely the facilitator. She looked like the Octomom to me. Does she to you?
The only exception to this, so far, is Diva number 7, coming very soon...
Observation: Many of my friends get beautiful patinas out of the kiln. I have tried coconut carbon and coal based carbon. One of my first two divas (fired together) got a reasonable patina. Since then, my patinas have been underwhelming, regardless of which carbon I use.
Alas! I must resort to torch patinas!

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Fall Art Spree

I know--I haven't kept up with my bloggin'! Come see my new work at the Illinois Artisans Fall Fashion Art Spree on September 16 & 17 at the Thompson Center in Chicago. I will be intorducing a few new divas--including my "Queen of the Nile" Diva. Her photo will follow in a few days. Hope to see you there!

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

My Latest Diva!

My 4th? Diva is finally--almost here. (She hasn't been prettied up yet!) Introducing Warrior Diva--she came out looking more like an ancient Greek warrior. Oh well...some men like a handsome woman! She's my first attempt at a dimensional diva. She has a few cracks at the neckline. I may leave them to add to the antiquities effect.

Observation: The beautiful colors that you sometimes get on bronze clay direct from the kiln is more apparent on the back. Next batch of bronze goes into the kiln backside up.

My unending thanks to Lis-el Crowley for her patience and helping nature.

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Meet My New Business Partner!

Introducing Princess Poochie, my new top model and business partner. She's looking forward to meeting you at the Illinois Artisans Art Spree at the Thompson Center in Chicago on May 6 & 7. She's shown modelling "Princess Poochie's Partytime Necklace" and "Hamburger Eliza Doolittle's Partytime Necklace". Anybody there who mentions this post will receive a free gift!

Thursday, March 25, 2010


My necklace, which I posted a picture of on March 13, now has a name: Angularity and will be on exhibit at College of DuPage's Gahlberg Gallery from April 15 to May 15.

The exhibit opens on April 15, with a reception from 4 to 6 PM. Hope to see you there!

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Been awhile...

I's been awhile since my last post. I'll try to do better from now on. I haven't been doing much with metal clay--bronze or other, but have been busy with metalsmithing, studying under the phenomenal Suzan Rezac, view her gorgeous work at

I've been sidetracked, but have not given up, nor will I, on my bronze clay adventure--or my divas! What do you think of my "Secret Ingredient" necklace? I can't tell you what the secret ingredient is!

Oh, yes!! More news! Please save the dates for my first Art Sprees with Illinois Artisans at the Thompson Center in Chicago, on May 6 & 7 and September 16 & 17, 2010.

Hope to see you there.