Tuesday, January 16, 2018

A Bit of Wearable Art

I had this beautiful piece of wood that just wasn't suitable for sculpting and was just to nice to cast aside, so I let it sit awhile on my desk, admiring it's knots and curves until I figured out what to do.
I turned it into a necklace, a wearable sculpture so to speak. 
I polished the branch with bees wax, attaching one of my little faces made from polymer clay with wire. The feathers are from my vast collection I  have been given over the years, the chain is recycled, attached with wire wrapped around the branch. 
All very simply done, no bells or whistles, a lovely balance between materials. Maybe I will wear it to my next exhibition! I tried to take a selfie of myself wearing it, but it is terrible, at least you can see wear it sits on the body.
I do not think I will go down the jewellery route, just something to play with, have also been working on a broach I need to finish. Nice to do something different.
*A note: The seed for this piece was planted from a necklace that my Step-mother gave me that belonged to her Father. I adore it and is one of my favourite pieces of jewellery. Its made up of chunky clay beads strung on leather, the centre piece is a face with another face morphing into the bottom of it. Very Surreal, very beautiful, and very comfortable.

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Sketching Thoughts on Plates

I have been wanting to push my text work to a new level for some time now, but have been unsure how to do it. Wether this is the way to go or not I am not sure. I think it is just another surface to work on. I pick the plates up in the charity shops for peanuts, this one is plain but some I have acquired are very feminine with painted flowers; I look forward to using them.
I have used an inkjet waterslide ceramic transfer and a ceramic maker to create the image. The waterslide image of the sea was originally supposed to be used for something else which failed so instead of waisting it, I quickly put it on the plate.
It is a simple piece, no bells or whistles, no glamour. Just some thoughts written down on a plate to accompany an image that needed a purpose.
(There are typos on the plate, good ol' dyslexia saying hi!)

Wednesday, January 3, 2018


pit-fired ceramic, plated sinew, bees wax
"The Daimon is the power of Nature," 

Detail view from above

Face detail

Face detail
Sinew Plait Detail

"If my Devils are to leave me, I am afraid my angels will take flight as well."

1.-Myths Dreams and Religion, Chapter: Psychotherapy and the Daemonic


Catharsis, (working title)
Pit Fired ceramic, found photo in tin frame, wire.

'Wood Witch'

'Wood Witch,'
pit-fired ceramic, apple wood, wire, bees wax, paint

Back (apple branches have their tips dipped in silver paint)

Back detail

Close-up of face, eyes are painted 

Monday, October 16, 2017

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

New Sculptor- 'Untitled,' (Flower Lady)

'Untitled,' 2017, 6 x 2.5 inches (approx.)
Mixed-media on wood
 For the past week or so I have been working on this little piece. I was house/pet sitting for an artist friend who is an avid beach comber, so I nicked (with permission) some of her beach wood finds.
This original piece of drift wood, which is just cheap compressed wood, had the remains of lovely blue paint on the surface. I was hoping to have this coming through the photograph but unfortunately it didn't work very well; you can see some of the blue tone ghosting through the white petals of the flowers if you look closely. There are layers of photos and mode-podge to try and build up the image so it is visible, some of it was sanded down again. I am sure there is a better more effective technique of transferring photos to wood, but I have yet to come across it. A woman in the gallery today thought the surface was made of stone because of the texture and shine off the piece. It is very satisfying to see the effect the work has on people, they have been drawn to the work in the most positive way.
There was already a slight hollow in the wood which I carved out and placed one of my little pit-fired ceramic faces. I then wrapped it in wire hiding any gaps and giving it a more spiritual element. The little face has a damaged eye, I like this, it reminds me of the little petals of a flower that have been ripped and eaten away in patches by the caterpillars, snails and other bug life that lives amongst the plants.
This is a hanging piece.