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Claude Conover’s Ceramics.

Posted by on Jan 8, 2015 in Adults, Artists, Blog, Ceramic, Etc. | 0 comments

* Born in Pittsburgh and educated at the Cleveland Institute of Art, Claude Conover (1907–1994), worked as a commercial designer for over 30 years before turning full-time to ceramics, the techniques of which he taught himself. Over his lifetime, his work was shown in almost 50 exhibitions in museums across the country and his pieces are found in numerous public, private and corporate collections. Today these ceramics command high prices in the market place. Here is a great about the artist if you want to learn more about him. I am in love with his work. I can spend a log time looking at the surface of these pieces. They...

Beautiful Book Covers.

Posted by on Jan 7, 2015 in Blog, Books, Design | 9 comments

* I found these book covers over here at Sotheby’s and I fell in love with them. My idea is to create a decorative book for my coffee table so I needed some inspiration. Now I have plenty of it! Happy Monday and Happy New Year! Images ©...

Artists & Makers. The Magazine for the New Artisan Economy.

Posted by on Jan 6, 2015 in Adults, Artists, Blog, News | 2 comments

* Interweave launches Artists & Makers! The magazine for the new artisan economy. A couple of week ago I had the pleasure to read Artists & Makers, and I loved it. Artists & Makers is a new publication offering a lively, smart, and contemporary take on the business side of art and making. Created for hobbyists and professionals, the magazine gives you clear, up-to-date information on selling, social media, finance, and studio design, and inspires you with upbeat profiles of top artists, designers, and makers. Below is the cover of their very first issue. In this debut Winter 2015 issue, you will find encouragement and inspiration in in-depth features on established artists and makers. They share their successes, challenges, and best...

A Year for Growth.

Posted by on Jan 5, 2015 in Blog, Children, Etc., Inspiration & Thoughts | 26 comments

* When I was in 4th grade, my favorite teacher did a class project where each student had to take care of a little bean seed until it became a plant. I placed my bean in a small glass container with some cotton and a bit of water. Each day from Monday to Friday we had to inspect the seed to see the progress. I was so fascinated by the transformation of that little seed that I still remember everything about the experience. I started jumping up and down when the first green leaves showed up. To me, that was a real miracle. Image © The Imagination Tree ↓ Many years have...

Plaster Casts by Rachel Dein.

Posted by on Dec 22, 2014 in Adults, Artists, Blog, Nature, Sculpture | 1 comment

* Rachel Dein is a super creative artist based in the UK. Her method of plaster casting captures everyday objects in a unique and delicate way. She makes impressions in wet clay, and then pours plaster directly over it. The clay captures the most intricate details, subtly coloring the plaster as it sets. Each clay mould can only be used once, making every piece unique. Casts are then finished and refined by hand, some casts are then painted. You can visit Dein’s website to see more of her work. Some of these beautiful tiles are available here. Images © Rachel...

Beautiful Embroidered Pillows.

Posted by on Dec 19, 2014 in Artists, Blog, Embroidery | 2 comments

* If you’re on the search for hand embroidered throw pillows, I found a great source on Etsy: Islimi. I ordered one for our new farmhouse and I can’t wait to see it in person! If you also need pillow inserts, here is a place to go. Happy Friday! Images ©...

Our Farmhouse. Work in Progress.

Posted by on Dec 18, 2014 in Blog, Home, News | 8 comments

* Dear friends and family, Here is a short post to give you some updates about our maple syrup farmhouse. We started the construction of my provisional studio on the second floor and things are going as planned. Our contractor (Hugh) and his crew, are working really hard. Besides building the studio, we’re also removing a small window from the master bedroom so we can replace it by a large panoramic one. There is a beautiful view from that side of the house that we want to enjoy from that window. Building that new room on the second floor is changing the whole look of the house. Originally, it...

Winter Song. Beautiful Fabric Collection by Alex Morgan.

Posted by on Dec 17, 2014 in Adults, Artists, Blog, Fiber, Graphic Design | 2 comments

* I wanted to design some fabric in blue/gray tones for a couple of projects that I want to do for my new kitchen, but then I decided that it was more special to use a fabric designed by another artist. So I did some research over here and I found Alex Morgan‘s Winter Song collection. It was love at first sigh! I ordered 2 yards of the designs with the animals. They will be perfect for what I have in mind. Isn’t this collection beautiful? Don’t miss her throw pillows over here. I will share my projects with you in the future. Images © Alex Morgan ↓ Morgan is a graphic artist...

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