On Deciding What to Make

February 27, 2011

Before I get down to the real subject here, let me mention that I just finished my teapot– here’s a little video. Now. Since my most recent post, Musings on Working Hard, I’ve gotten some very great comments—it is very gratifying to know people read and respond to my writing and my artwork. So, thanks! […]

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Musings on Working Hard

February 20, 2011

I am finally spending a lot of time in my studio, and it’s been amazingly hard to get there. As you may know if you’ve read my previous posts, my life has been pretty disrupted for the last year or so. My husband and I are separated. I’ve moved from the inner burbs of Chicago […]

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Images from my Titanium Lecture

February 3, 2011

I added a page about titanium coloration a while back. Just now, I loaded a Facebook album with most of the images I use when I give a talk about my work in general, and titanium coloration in particular. There are a lot of images of finished work, and several shots of the process. The […]

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Procrastination or Inspiration?

January 23, 2011

I’ve been working with renewed vigor on my art, lately, since I finally have a bit of time that isn’t all chopped up by the odds and ends of daily life. That’s good news, right? I’ve been looking forward to this for a very long time. The thing is, what I’m doing is not what […]

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Theme Song for My Times—and Maybe Yours

October 7, 2010

Fixing the Holes… I tend to feel, no matter what I’m doing, that there is something different I ought to be doing. I’ve been talking to people, and as with a couple of things I’ve mentioned in earlier posts, I find that I am not alone in this. This is seldom helpful, except maybe if […]

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What all Good Art has in Common

September 27, 2010

• An idea you may like, or you may reject First, let me say, I know this is going out on a limb, even concluding that there is something all good art has in common, let alone that I know what that is. So let’s start from the understanding that I am proposing this notion […]

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The Four F’s… OK, Three F’s and a C

September 17, 2010

When things go wrong at the bench, it is almost always one or more of the four f’s: flame, flux, fit, and, um, fastidiousness. OK, cleanliness, but that doesn’t start with f, and four f’s sounds a lot better than 3 f’s and a c. • Flame means the amount of heat. Most people are […]

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If Pigs Had Wings…

August 30, 2010

… they’d fly to the moon, or so the saying goes. Why would a pig even want to fly to the moon? Well, you don’t know til you try it. The winged pig is my emblem, these days. I have a beaded one hanging from the rearview mirror of my car, and a pair of […]

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Don’t Be Like the Hummingbird

August 14, 2010

I’ve just moved to a house in the woods, and I finally have a yard, windows, natural light, and a view, after nearly 30 years in what was supposed to be a 5-year interim house that was so dark inside, you had to turn on a light to read, even on the brightest afternoon of […]

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Tips and Tricks for Life

August 8, 2010

I learned two really important things at the PMC conference, and neither of them was about PMC. I attended this year’s conference in West Lafayette, Indiana, and gave two presentations on metalsmithing for metal clay, including both soldering techniques, and ways to avoid needing to solder. But more about that later. The presentations I attended […]

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