Monday, November 16, 2009

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Update on Sadie

I got some nice news yesterday. Sadie was given the Award of Excellence. This piece will travel the state of Nebraska during the next year and will be on exhibition is several galleries across the state.

Two years ago I also recieved the Award of Excellence for a piece that I did called the Peddelers. Here is a picture of that piece.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Face Jug #1

It has been 3 1/2 years since my studio had the fire. With the help of my sister, Nancy, my son, Talakai, my husband, Carl, and some friends I am finally beginning to sift through the debris that was once my studio. I have been doing what little art that I have done in my living room. And it is now time to move through this.

We have removed the burn debris from the room where the fire started. So… new insulation, new electrical, new dry wall, new light fixtures, new window frames, new windows, a new potters wheel, and new kiln, freshly painted walls, freshly painted cabinets. The ceiling is blue; the wall that leads upstairs is yellow. The rest of the walls are white for now, but I promise they will be artsy fartsy soon.
Last Sat, Talakai and I went to the New Earth Galley in Fairbury, NE and worked with Bill. He taught us the basics of throwing on a potters wheel. So here is my first face jug.
I am concerned that we through this jug on Sat and I did not cover it. Then on Sun evening I sculpted this face. There are small cracks on the edges where I added the clay for the face. And a few in the eye area. Yeah, I know, with all the lines and wrinkles, it might hard to see them. But they are there.
I used porcelain clay for the eyeballs and the teeth. I used a red colored clay for the gums and tongue. I used a red slip to color the lips and the corners of the eyes.
I did wet, and score the area I was adding the clay too.

I relize this is my first one. But I would like to not make the same mistakes with the next one if at all possible. I know it is not "pretty". My stuff is not usually considered "pretty". And I have a feeling that the next one will be even less "pretty".
This jug is 6 1/2 tall and about 5" wide. It is not yet fired.


This is Sadie. She is figure that I sent to the ANAC conference this year. She has a gourd body with polymer clay head and hands. Her legs are Aves Apoxie Sculpt.
This is her back.

This is from the side (well...duh!).

She is holding a pod head in her right hand. You might ask... "What is a pod head?" Well I collect milkweed pods that grow along the roadsides in the late summer. I then fill them and sculpt a face in them. Then I embellish them. I probably have made 300 of these little pod heads. They are very addicting.

This is just a front view. She is free standing. And, of course, she is a container. Her body is hinged in the back so that she can be opened up to reveal a secret hidding place.

Monday, May 11, 2009


This is Maiya. She is the first the my new series I call..."The Spiritual Revealers” from “The Village of Gourdeous People”. I have donated here to the Jeffersonson County Art Guild in Fairbury, NE to be raffled off.
The flyer I created for them reads as follows:
The Jefferson County Art Guild is proud to offer “Maiya” an original one-of-a-kind hand sculpted figure to be raffled on Sunday June 7th at the art show held during “The Wild West Days” located at the old gym at 703 K Street, Fairbury, NE.
Tickets are $1.00 per ticket or $5.00 for 6 tickets.
Tickets can be purchased from any Jefferson County Art Guild member until the time of the drawing or by calling Lucky at 402 324-4188 or Joyce Prince at 402 729-5755.

Please contact Lucky Stradley by email ( to purchase tickets by paypal.
You do not need to be present to win. If the figure needs to be shipped to the winning ticket holder, the winning ticket holder is responsible for the cost of the shipping. All proceeds will go to the advancement of art in Jefferson County.
Maiya’s message: The truth should never be kept hidden… forever. It is often said… “The truth shall set you free”. It is also said…”Do no harm”. It is not whether or not it is the truth, but it is more often whether or not revealing the truth will do harm. The prajna is the wisdom to know the difference. So remember… “It is not what you say; it is how you say it; and when.”

This figure is a very detailed work of art and has countless hours of fine workmanship.
This figure is 12” tall including the base. The figure rests firmly on the base that is 7" diameter.
It is a mixed media sculpt consisting of Quality Polymer Clay, Apoxie Sculpt, a gourd, and many embellishments.
NO molds were used!
There is an armature through the arms and hands.
This figure is entirely hand painted .
The costuming is all designed and hand made by Lucky.
The body of the figure is open to reveal a compartment.