Work and Play

Hey all...it feels like a long time since i've been here, but it's only been just over a week......busy busy...and not all with creative fun work stuff....but what i have to show you is part of the good fun stuff.....

this oyster catcher platter was done by request.....someone loved another one of my abstract mosiac bowls and asked me to make her one, but in a square mold, and at the last minute she asked me to add in an oyster catcher....i ended up making 2 versions...this is the one she didn't choose.....the other has more yellow, and i forgot to get a pic of it before it left my studio......anyway, i really like this look and i intend to do some more in this style, different sizes and shapes, maybe a fish instead of an oyster catcher...or maybe a buffalo.....who knows??

and then, for play time one night i spontaneously started applying paint with a pot scraper onto a big piece of paper.....and this is what emerged....i love all the crazy colours, and of course i LOVE the buffalo....to me they represent strength and bravery......there is lots here to explore...i also did some horse imagery as well.....more on that later.....also thinking about making some glass totem poles.....with things that are meaningful to me on the totem....so it could contain many different creatures.....i won't think too much, only how to support the glass...the creation of the totem itself will no doubt be very free form....maybe i'll even have some for the studio tour...only 2 1/2 weeks till then!!!!!!!!!!!!! yikes!!

Oyster Catchers are Groovy Quirky Birds...

i love oyster catchers....they are one of my fave birds.... along with chickens and crows, as you know by now......i like how they strut along the shoreline....only a certain tide height will do, ya know....and they peck here and there on the beach....and they have a bit of an "ants in the pants" thing going on.....i love it when they are backlit and the sun shines through their bright orange beeks....looks kinda like glass!! just glowing.......

 i've been creating oyster catchers in glass for a few years....bowls, windows, platters.....and just the other day i made some small oyster catcher garden stakes....they are suuuper funky....i totally smile when i look at them....and they will look soooo sassy in a garden....against the green of a coastal winter yard, or the brilliant colours of a summer garden....anything goes with these gals....

 they look especially good in a small gathering, the way you often see them on the shoreline....alone works too though, cause you always see at least one off by herself, away from the crowd!!! we all need alone time after all.....