Saturday, February 28, 2009

Tawanda Faye's birthday cake

If you remember from last year, my daughter kindly provides me with a detailed sketch outlining the shape, color scheme, and flavors for her birthday cake each year. This year the theme is hearts (layer shapes), colors are white, pink and red, the ten layers include chocolate cake, coffee ice cream, vanilla soy ice cream, and homemade chocolate frozen yogurt.
The problem with ice cream cakes is that they spout leaks if you are not quick enough with the pastry bag while decorating the outside. In this case, I just stuck it back in the freezer for awhile and covered the coffee ice cream drip with white frosting later.
Cake recipe here.
Most incredible chocolate frozen yogurt recipe ever here.

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

my studio is intolerably cold

So I moved my workspace into the house for the sedentary parts of the process; painting, decorating, drawing, etc. Oh yeah, and wood-burning; eek!
The light is great, it is WARM, I can keep tabs on the bread rising, soup stirring, and other domestic parts of my day really easily, and did I mention that it is WARM?
Why didn't I think of this before?

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Monday, February 23, 2009


This is the valentine Mr. Cranky made for me this year. I have been messing around with wood-burning and the totem in the back is a test piece I made. Remember wood-burning kits from when you were a kid? I didn't like it that much then, but I'm loving it now. Finally, I have an interface with Mr. Cranky's wood obsession. More to come on this subject...
Here is the one I made for him. You haven't met these characters yet; the little mole is named Bothell and the raccoon is Clementine, but everyone calls her Clem. They are the perfect couple and that's why I made a valentine of them.
This is my valentine from Mr. Cranky from last year. It's made of clay that has been stained with iron oxide. It's about 3" tall.

This is the back side, the curve makes it more stable as a free-standing sculpture and animates it a bit.

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Tales; Ranger's Fear

Everyone in Tales has a major fear. Ranger's is barbed wire.

Excused Absence~
I've been in the hospital with my daughter for the past week. She's on the mend and I am back to work in the studio. I have lots of things to put on the blog, so I'm excited.

Friday, February 13, 2009

Tales; it's Malone's B-day

Malone gets in touch with his inner child on his birthday.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Tales; Little mends a broken heart

Rivers know this: there is no hurry. We shall get there some day.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Tales; Lucy is flattened

Lucy is knocked down by an unexpected arctic blast.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Tales; Bear is so cold

Bear steps onto an ice floe and begins to drift out to sea.
The cold is embedded within him.

Saturday, February 7, 2009

finished tags

Remember these? They are fun~I want to make more; these are 6" x 3", but I may make some little ones.
Mr. Cranky wants to nail these up on trees to surprise people in the woods. I like that idea, but I would want more nails holes so they would stay put.

Thursday, February 5, 2009

new work; blue and white tile

Lucy and Yeti have a baby boy. they name him Arturo. He's an adorable little otter.Yeti and Lucy have a baby girl. They name her Little. She is a pudgy wee bear. Lucy is a single mom. Arturo is six and Little is two. It's hard sometimes.
Bear and Little bought new bike helmets. Little has crashed with alarming frequency, so the helmet is always on now. She is considering sleeping in it..
Bear wins a race. He rides so fast, he has to wear goggles to keep the bugs out of his eyes.
Creepy Joe comes on the Bear on his first day of work. Joe is one of the chefs, but Bear refuses to be intimidated.Ranger whispers to Gwendolyn Fig. She is puzzled by the conversation. Ranger speaks so fast and has an enormous vocabulary; the way he strings words together is both stunningly creative and enormously confusing.

Tuesday, February 3, 2009


This was the only thing that broke in the firing I unloaded today.
If you read yesterday's post you will know how sad this is and how my kiln mocks me at times.

Monday, February 2, 2009

Tales; all alone

Bear carries a heavy burden into the wilderness in winter.
Little howls.