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The Ladies of Bonny Doon

Here’s a little behind the scenes look at my latest custom order.  I am honored to have been asked to make ornament keepsakes for The Ladies of Bonny Doon Club to celebrate the club’s 75th Anniversary! They were to be a surprise for the members, so I couldn’t post about this project until they’ve celebrated this milestone.  Their luncheon was yesterday, so now, I can share this with you.

Custom porcelain Quail ornament
Custom porcelain ornament celebrating the 75th Anniversary of The Ladies of Bonny Doon Club

It wasn’t always smooth sailing.  As usual, I needed to make several stamps to get the graphics just right.  My husband, Mike is a photographer and graphic designer and creates the images that I need to make the stamps.  He is a very patient man!  I think we must have made a half a dozen stamps before being satisfied with how the final try worked with the clay.

I was happy with a smaller stamp after a couple of tries, cut some samples and realized that the three inch shape was going to be too small.  The ladies asked for a three inch round ornament, but with the approximate 12% shrinkage after firing, the pieces would be too small.  Bummer!

Sooo,  I decided to use a larger cutter and shaped about 70 pieces. (I always need to make more than needed in case of warping or cracking in the drying or firing processes) Then cleaned and bisque fired them.  They would glaze fire to be 3 inches in diameter.  Perfect!

Then….I wasn’t happy with the image size in the larger shape.  I’m pretty sure I called, “Hey Sweetie…” and talked to Mike about my thoughts.  He read my mind (as usual) and started on the new stamp graphics.  Did I tell you what a lucky woman I am?  The final stamp was a success and I proceeded to cut out another 70 pieces textured with the much improved stamp.  Whew!!

Porcelain ornament shapes
Cut and drying, ready for cleaning and bisque firing

Bisque firing was a success and on to glazing.  I won’t show you the idea failures, but I’m happy with the result of quite a few trials and errors!  Then on to glazing the rest of the batch.

50 custom Quail ornaments
50 porcelain quail ornaments for The Ladies of Bonny Doon Club

I attached tiny Swarovski crystals to add a twinkle to the eye of each Quail.  All that was left to do was hang on ribbons and place them with tissue in gift boxes, ready for the big day!

I hope the ladies had a lovely day, celebrating their milestone anniversary!

The Ladies of Bonny Doon Club is a social club that supports various organizations and charities in my neck of the woods of the Santa Cruz Mountains of California.

  • Bonny Doon Fire Department with a Bake Sale at each Event
  • Salvation Army with canned goods
  • Hospice
  • Camp Harmon
  • Valley Churches (Layette Project)
  • Bonny Doon School (Garden Tour Project)
  • Community Projects

Please feel free to contact me if I can help you celebrate one of life’s special events, or milestones with a custom porcelain keepsake!     ~Carol

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A Little More Show Biz

While I’m catching up on a little television news, I’ll share a couple more “As Seen on TV” moments.  If you stay with me to the end of this post, you’ll find the strangest one!

In late spring 2015, I was watching a new episode of the TV show Bones (Season 10, episode 21 “The Life in the Light”, airdate 6/4/15).  Much to my surprise, actress Emily Deschanel, as Dr. Temperence Brennan was wearing my Misty Blue Porcelain and Freshwater Pearl Earrings! Through The Artisan Group, I had the opportunity to submit my earrings for consideration by the costume designer for the show. I must admit, and my husband would verify, that I was pretty excited at seeing the scenes showing them! I was jumping around like a crazy woman, shouting, “She’s wearing my earrings, she’s wearing my earrings!”. She wore them in a couple of scenes and I was very grateful, considering the theme of this show, that they weren’t worn by a gory corpse!

I also love how she tilted her head in one scene and wore her hair tied back in the other to really show off the earrings. Thank you Emily!

Last summer, I had a similar opportunity though The Artisan Group, this time sending a pair of earrings to the stylist for the show BrainDead. My Pewter Glazed Porcelain Triangles with Freshwater Pearl Earrings were worn by actress Nilaja Sun as character Brenna Burke in the premier episode of the show. I wasn’t caught as much by surprise this time.  I got a “heads-up” when I noticed them in a preview for the show. Still, very happy to see my pieces on screen again!

So, there seems to be a bit of a trend here. My earrings have been seen on three television shows.  With the names Hart of Dixie, Bones and BrainDead, I guess l should be on the lookout for shows with body parts in the title! Haha!

Well, I’m taking a little hiatus from The Artisan Group. While it’s been an interesting and good business experience working with this great group of artists, it’s been a bit of a distraction from some other things needing more of my attention right now. A big thank you to TAG for the opportunities!

Oh, I almost forgot the strangest “As Seen on TV” moment of all!

We were watching an episode of the NBC show Aquarius and noticed a piece of furniture featured in the set of the television version of Charles Manson’s property.  Yeah, I know it’s a very dark and violent show, but we were watching. I was very surprised to see “my” chair and ottoman outside with Manson follower characters sitting on it.  It was almost identical to my Mom’s chair that she had recovered in the late 60’s, ottoman and all!

Aquarius chair

Proof to be seen in this photo of our granddaughter hanging out in our passed down chair. Really weird, right?

Ta-ta for now…