Monday, September 17, 2018

Working Hard.....

I have been working hard.
I haven't had much luck with my Poppy bowls.
This is my 3rd bowl all my others
cracked.  I don't know why...exactly
Too many things can cause it.
I plan to take part in this artist market in Nov.
Above is a very detailed bird bath
 I just completed.  I am just praying
that it doesn't crack.
You never know until you try,
so I will see what happens. 
This is a large Santa plaque that
will be mounted on a wood tray.
Coneflower bowl
Santa walking through the snow.
This is a winter Blue Jay
A male and Female Cardinal
Of course I had to make a winter rabbit!

Friday, September 7, 2018

Bunny Love

I can remember specifically when my love
for bunnies started.  I was a young
 girl in Zwiebrucken Germany.  I used to visit
the pet store downtown because I loved animals.
I remember they had a big play area full of
little rabbits.  I was just drawn to them more
than any other animal.  I decided then and there
I would have a pet rabbit.  My Dad was in the Military
so we moved a lot.  Which meant extra expenses to ship
our animals with us when we moved. 
Even so  I got my first rabbit at 14.
Chippy! I got him from a neighbor
in Fort Stewart GA. for my birthday.
He had them in his back yard in
 a hutch in the God awful heat.
Lucky for Chippy he always lived inside.
My dad built him a big cage.
Back then house rabbit info didn't exists. 
Yet Chippy went potty in a bowl in his cage.
That dear brave rabbit traveled with
my family to Frankfurt Germany in
the cargo hold of the plane. Can you
imagine how scared he must have been?
I don't know how he survive but he did.
We traveled everywhere with him.
He would ride in my bike basket
and I would dress him up for Halloween..
He'd camp with us in our big
van.  He traveled back to the
US with us when my Dad
was stationed here in MI and he moved
out with me to my first apartment at 18.
Sadly Chippy only lived to be 5.
He got cancer because he wasn't neutered.
It just wasn't done back then.
Yet who knew one little $5 rabbit would
inspire so much in my life!  I still have
pet rabbits and as you can see rabbits
are often a theme in my art. 
All rabbits have their own
 personalities.  Likes and dislikes

They let you know what they want.
without making noise.
Here the big buns were letting me know
I was late with their dinner and they
didn't appreciate it.
They can be inquisitive
or Lazy!
They get along with other pets.
They can be house trained and live
in your household just like a cat or dog
once you have bunny proofed electrical
cords or things you don't want chewed.
They are affectionate and l want
to interact with you and need
attention.  The more time you put
into them the more you get back.
I am so grateful that my husband
supports all my loves.
They all love him!  Can you tell?
I love my crazy fluffy household!

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

New Pottery...

 This is a large bowl
 Like I said earlier.  I wanted this one in soft colors.
I'm happy with how it came out. 
 This one is a smaller leaf designed to be
a bee or butterfly water bowl.
You would fill it with marbles or pebbles
and some water.  I am going to wire it so it can
hung in the garden.  I'll show a picture
of that when I get it all put together. 
I love this glaze though.  I think it
is one of my favorites!
Overall I did like how the color combinations came
out on this one with one exception... 
 Not exactly sure why the glaze moved away in this spot
but I will re-apply it and fire it again.
It's always a surprise to see
what happened in the kiln.
 Something new I tried as
I am a big fan of bracelets.
I always wear a bunch. 
I think it's cute...
 What do you think?
Any suggestions on ideas
I could imprint in the cuff
instead of a dragon fly?

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Nature Inspires Me !

I love nature and living things and they
seem to always be the subject matter in my
art. This picture inspired
 the bird bath I made below.

You will notice a few Monarchs
in my pieces lately because
I have been raising
 and releasing them.

Every small effort you do
 can help make a difference...

These two somehow got out of their
aquarium-  and surprised me when
they emerged!

This summer my butterfly garden has been
a big success.  I have seen more butterflies than
I have in previous years.

I am happy to see so many dragon flies,
 humming birds and other
wild birds that all seem to hang out in our little yard.

I love how the coloring came out in this big leaf bowl.
I am thinking this would be a very pretty bird bath
that could be put on a wire stand or set on the ground in
a flower bed so other small animals like
bunnies could stop and get a drink!

Who doesn't want a pretty bowl? 
How can you be in a bad mood after
eating out of a cheery flower bowl.
All my glazes are food safe.

I created a few new things to make jewelry out of.
I am excited to see how they work out.

Stars imprinted with tree branches. I Have
a few ideas for these to try out.

Friday, August 10, 2018

If you think you want a parrot...

Here are some things you should know.  I have
had my Murphy since she was weened
about 14yrs. Parrots are amazing highly intelligent
pets that entice many people to buy them.
People love the thought of having
a pet that can talk to them.
I love my Murphy girl dearly but I
knew what I was getting into before
I got her. I had a Blue
Front Amazon- Gidget before her that
sadly died from a deformed
liver.  I knew the moody
temperament of an Amazon and that
they are not for a inexperience bird owner.
They require a lot of attention and care
if they are going to have a good life.
Not all parrots are going to talk.  Murphy
talked all the time and then
stopped and now only says what she needs
to, to get what she wants.
This is NOT a pet that can sit in a cage
for you to look at, to admire the pretty
 colors of their feathers.
They need to be part of the family
and want to interact with
you.  You are their flock.
They will demand it by screaming
which often leads people to stick
them in a different room which is
exactly why they were screaming in
the first place! Thankfully mine don't scream
but when you hear "Mama" a thousand
times because she wants out you have  to
let her out! They require
many toys to busy themselves
when you are not home.
They will chew up the toys
so you will need to buy more, or
make them yourself.
They have to be sturdy and nontoxic.
Parrots NEED a variety
of food.  Just seeds is NOT going to
cut it!  You need
to feed them a variety of food
all the time for a life span that
can go up to 75 years!
Even if you do all these things and provide
everything your Parrot needs... you need
to realize they are an extremely
hormonal animal that cannot be
spayed or neutered.  Some are more
so than others and are considered
"hot or Hormonal" during
breeding season.  They want to
breed and cannot help their raging hormones.
Murphy has been really hormonal lately.
She has bitten both of my ears.
Oh the pain and clamping power of that beak!
Which brings me to another point- if
you have small children don't get a parrot.
They can bite and they need attention.
With kids of your own you won't have the
time for them so just don't do it.  I hate to
see discarded birds with all sorts of
feather plucking disorders !
It's just so sad!
There is no set reason as to why
or what sets her off.
She goes into an overly
excited mode.
She's bitten me and my husband.
She attacked my foot last weekend.
She is not allowed on the floor
but she climbed down off her perch
and got overly excited.
In an effort to get Murphy
under control we have changed things up.
I have moved her cage to a new location.
Swapped her and Petey's cages.
Not sure Petey likes it.
but that's my only option at the moment.
Also my Vet recommended birds have full
spectrum lighting but Murphy's
not getting her light right now.
It stimulates  Summer lighting
and makes her want to breed.
So we will save that for winter
when it's really dark. 
See Petey has her light on in
the picture above.
I also changed out Murphy's
toys giving her new
things to play with.
So far so good with the changes
I also will not let her on my shoulder
as birds think they are
dominate in their flock hierarchy when
they sit taller than you.
All that said....I obviously love my
Murphy and that is why I go through all this
trouble to care for her.  I am grateful
I have her.  I just think people should
know the reality of parrot ownership
before they jump in to owning one.