Friday, July 28, 2017

green goodness ....

my favorite glaze ten years ago was transparent green .... my pottery studio, spruill, quit having it, because it was so drippy and ruining kiln shelves ..... i mentioned it to my teacher, carol ... and lo and behold she had some ... and i got to use it .... and i was NOT disappointed ... it turned out just as beautifully as i remembered ... 
 and i made these two lovely square plates .... of green goodness ... and boldly declared that i was entering my green phase ...
and then i glazed two more ... and they turned out terrible. just terrible. haha. and my green phase abruptly ended. darn.

Thursday, July 27, 2017

i have a guacamole farm going on my window sill .... i frequently do this .... and then kill them ... and give up ... and then start over .... so this is a newish avocado endeavor .... 
 i made those little pots specifically for avocados .... and in the avocado less times, i use them for other things ... they are super duper handy ... and i like the size/shape/color/texture .... so i made some more:
 and here they are, out of the kiln .... ready for their own pits .... doubling my guacamole crop in no time ..... but doubling zero is ... um ... zero ....
so maybe i should say i'm growing the pits for the health benefits of having house plants ... rather than for my unlikely chance of growing actual avocados..... but ever the optimist, i'm calling it my guacamole farm.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

i like to ride my bicycle (imagine me singing that)

you never know when someone is going to ask you to draw a bike ... so i've been practicing .... i imagine i'll do a bike canvas soon/eventually ... in the meanwhile i'm practicing getting them just so .... little.e.beck.artist saw what i was doing and tried as well .... and her handle bars were better than mine ... so i'll keep practicing.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

assemblage ....

when blog posts are few and far between, you just add the most recent art pics .... so here ... this is what i'm working on:
 i was in my studio a few weeks ago to "clean" ... ahem ... cleaning is not my strength .... getting side tracked is .... so as i cleaned up, i dreamed up a new series from all the crazy fun stuff i have in my studio... rather than clean, glue it down....
 so my studio is far from clean ... but soon i'll be able to redo the art wall in my kitchen with five new, big, bold lovely assemblages ....
red, orange, yellow, green, blue. my favorite colors.

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?