Wednesday, August 31, 2016


mr.e.beck.artist and i have been married 26 years this month. as i often do, i painted him a picture .... which, i guess, is my version of a love letter.
i love him so i paint for him.
he loves me so he doesn't mind that shopping for a gift just isn't my thing.

that's a 12 by 12 wooden box ... not my usual canvas .... gotta try new things, huh?

Sunday, August 28, 2016

a long over due pottery post

i've been doing loads of pottery and not much painting ... and no blogging!!
so here is some pottery that i've done lately!

this piece is about 8 inches square and was using a newish glaze for me ... i did it with designer liners which are small squirt bottles with thin tips for writing and fine work ... i love them!

these two pieces below, a big bowl and a plate, are turquoise under glaze applied thickly and then wiped away on the high spots .... then celadon glaze ... with is a super glossy good green.... 

i gave these ornies to a pal for her birthday .... it's not christmas .. but i like the idea of having them around all the time.... and orange is my favorite.

these below are a couple of grad gifts i made.

i work as an art teacher at a catholic school .... and at the end of my happy first year, i gave these to the people i worked with most and best.

this is a platter that i LOVE ... it is super flat bottomed and had nice chunky sides .... i don't much like dainty pottery even though the finer it is, the better the craftsmanship ... this one is just how i like them ... 

this one below has sort of become my specialty ... bright underglazes, black underglaze wash, lots of texture .... the most work of any of the pieces i do, but my favorites because of the many good colors.

here's another multi colored fave.

lately, i usually do white clay because my underglazes show up so well on it ... but this is gray speck ... the clay looks gray when you start ... and goes specked .... i did a mexico point wash off and then clear glaze.... 

and i started doing wheel again after a 16 year break (that's how long ago i got pregnant with my 15 year old) .... haha.... i took off for a pregnancy and ended up skipping for her entire childhood ... but i went back to the wheel with that child .... and her big sister ... so that was extra fun ... perhaps i'll put so wheel thrown pieces on soon .... if i become a blogger again.... 

Saturday, January 2, 2016

happy new year.

happy new year!!
here's my book count for years past:
2015 … 86 books read! 
2014… 87
2012 …  103
2011… 100
..... this all started because my 2011 new years resolution was 100 books read.... and i did it ... i kept the reading tracking habit from that ... 

this year's 2016 resolution is 100 days of yoga this year .... and on jan. 2nd i'm all the way to 2. so on track for sure.

i also plan on increasing art output ... besides the pottery that never slowed down ... 

do you make resolutions?

Friday, May 29, 2015

get it done.

i think about it. i don't just do it. sometimes i do. but not enough. it's hard to not be tied to the outcome. lots of the time you want it to be awesome without taking the steps it takes to be awesome. and i think we could be talking about all sorts of things. not just art.

Thursday, May 28, 2015

glazing technique.

i have a new glazing technique that i mentioned a few posts ago .... 
my pieces end up being fired four times instead of the usual two.
 i tried it on some wobbly vases ... and now on a big platter......
 i think it is glorious and well worth the effort......
(that cracker is for size reference ... it was handier than a quarter or penny_

we'll see how glorious i think it is .... you'll know by whether i do lots more like this ... or not many ... it's harder/longer/more work than what i usually do ..... do i love it enough for that not to wear me out? we'll see. what do you think? worth the extra effort?

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

three ladies

the lady in the blue hair was a gift for christmas.

the orange hair lady has awesome glasses and expressive eyes.

the yellow haired lady has luscious orange lips.

the orange and yellow haired lady were birthday gifts from my awesome family.

they are all by an artist in kentucy that comes to atlanta and does arts festivals.
we've seen him quite a few times.

his name is brad devlin. i hope i get more brad devlin art sometime. i love it.

his art is bold and colorful and quirky. kind of like my house.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015


no one in my house much likes cake. i am a pie person. imagine my delight when i got a key lime pie for my birthday ... yes!

Monday, May 25, 2015


i had a birthday in early may. when we went to yo yo ma's for hibachi birthday dinner, this was my fortune cookie. i loved it.

actually. i just lied to you. that was not my fortune cookie's fortune. i didn't like mine. so i traded it. "dibs on your fortune" works when it is your birthday. i traded for boy.beck.artist's ... no good ... then i traded for girl.beck.artist's .. not great ... then i traded for little.e.beck.artist's ... not right .... and then i finally put dibs on mr.e.beck.artist's ... and this was his .... you will travel to exotic places. perfect. i want that one. he willingly gave it up. luckily, we'll do all our exotic traveling together!

what do you do when you don't like your fortune cookie fortune? act more mature than i do, perhaps?

Sunday, May 24, 2015

glazed and confused

my pottery style is rarely busy or fussy or difficult .... it is usually about a happy process and an easy glazing technique. but not so much lately. for these pieces they were super fussy, busy to make ... and then i fired them four times (that's twice too many) .... once to become bisque ... once to fire the solid underglazes... once to fire a black underglaze wash ... and once more for a final clear glaze. oh my. i love the way the colors came out ... now to sort out what else i want to make and use my glazing process.

Saturday, May 23, 2015

leaves. walking.

i am a fitbit addict. i'm not sure i've ever discussed that on this blog. my fitbit and exercise and walking are currently more pervasive in my life than making art.... but just bigger than *making* art. i still think about art as much as usual. especially on walks.

i walk down a windy road every day at least once. lately, since the weather had been lovely, i've been doing it every morning and every evening. EVERY time i notice this plant. the leaves are giant.... don't know what it is. don't know if someone thinks of it as a weed ... it's in an untended spot ... growing wild and free ....

 so i always think about plucking a few leaves and doing rubbings of them ... or pushing them into some clay ... i love them and want to remember them. so i took a picture. though, hopefully, one day on the way to pottery, i hope to remember them and pluck some on my way .... a leaf bowl would help me remember how much i love seeing these giant leaves every day.
do you see ordinary things every day and still notice them? there's lots of stuff i don't notice. but these leaves are standouts. there are as eye popping to me as the foxes i sometimes see.
what do you see?

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

good day

i got a very cool white board for my birthday. for now it is in my kitchen giving gentle reminders/support/advice to the family. i love it. the equivalent of a new toy for me.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

pottery. blue green.

 i super love this pottery piece. love. it was fired three times. once bisque. once with a magical wash of turquoise underglaze. and then the finale with mexican point green. that turquoise underglaze peeking through is just fab to me. i love it. this is my favorite piece i've made in a long time. yay.
and as of this post .... it has been gifted away to a girlfriend and a church lady gift swap. fun!