I have seen garden totems in some of my friend's yards and wondered, "Could I make one??" Well, it turns out I can! Each piece is made separately with a hole on the top and the bottom. I chose to portray items you would see in a garden. Then it's just a matter of stacking them on top of each other with a wood or metal dowel. What's fun is that you can rearrange the order any time you want!
This particular piece was bought by a collector of mine from the McGroarty Arts Botanicals Ceramics Show in May.
I'm already starting on a 2nd one. I'll keep you posted!
Looking for a vase to display your short stemmed flowers, such as camellias, orchids or plumerias? This low vase design works beautifully! The flowers rest on the edges while the stems drink water from the low container in a lazy "S" form. Looks wonderful as a table centerpiece! Find more colors on my "Vases" page.
I've had a number of people ask me recently if I make pots for plants. Well, it just so happens that I had a large succulent on my patio that was putting out numerous babies.What a great opportunity to make some pots for these little guys! As you can see in the photo above, I've been very busy. Each pot is made with different textures and colors. All are for sale to local buyers by either delivery or pick up. Check out my "Planters" page for details.
One of the last meals I had in a restaurant before the pandemic closed everything down, was at a fabulous place in San Francisco called Ozumo.
The food was "to die for"! So fresh and delicately flavored. But in addition to that, I noticed the plates and trays that the food was served on. Very simple, understated and organic in design. It allowed the food to be the art and acted only as a foundation. Here is my rendition of such a tray. You can find it under Trays on my website.
During this crazy time that we are living in, I was searching for something to add to my ceramic palette that would offer me a soothing experience. I found that carefully carving these intricate mandala patterns on my 12 sided plates were just the thing! I've found so many different and wonderful mandala patterns that I will be busy for aLONG time!
I've also discovered a wonderful new lavender glaze that reminds me of one of my favorite springtime trees.... the jacaranda! You will be seeing this glaze in many more of my pieces!
As I was cleaning out my clay cupboard about 3 months ago, I rediscovered a couple of fish tray forms that I had squirreled away and then promptly forgot about. I decided to make a series of different colored fish platters. They are great fun to make, as I can experiment with all sorts of different combinations of glazes!
I have been using one myself to serve baked salmon on. I've also used it to artfully arranged a veggie tray and cheese platter and always get compliments from my guests. You can find more of these fishies on my Trays page!
Do you need help arranging your flowers? This vase does just that! Simply put stems in the holes and flowers will stay where you put them.
This vase is a pleasing light turquoise color with a bamboo texture. You can see more details on my "Vase" page.
Here's something a bit different! I'm trying out different shapes for my vases and came up with this wrap around design with a twist. Instead of completing the wrap, I have folded back the edge, which gives the look of an open collar. I've also cut out designs around the rim to give it a see through look. This is glazed with 2 colors, one on top of the other. As they interact in the firing, they produce the wonderful rich colors and movement.
I was looking for something different to do with my bowl form...... I mean, a bowl is kind of a basic shape... more or less round or oval, shallow or deep. Then I came up with the idea of attaching small balls of clay to the seams and calling them buttons! It's surprising how such a small addition can give some "pop" to the regular bowl shape. So lately I've been happily adding buttons to all my bowls. Some are "innies" where I stamp a small round indent into the clay. Others are "outies" where I add the aforementioned ball of clay. Either way, they look pretty cute!
The Pantone Color of the Year for 2019 is.... Living Coral!
So I have created a number of my gratitude boxes using a similar glaze in coral.
These gratitude boxes are from 4" - 6" high and are perfect gifts for those close to you. I have many other colors on my "Boxes" page. Check them out!
Mims Ellis, Miriam Ellis, handbuilding potter