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Lacy Days of Spring

I’ve always cherished the crocheted lace doilies that my mom and great aunts had made. They graced most of the wood furniture in our house when I was growing up.  I use them sometimes, but mostly just take them out for a look-see every once in a while.

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Some of my favorite doilies bring back fond memories.

They all have a little different feel.  Some are silky soft and flowy (my favorites).  Others have been stiffened by starch that has stood the test of time!

Not too long ago, when I was taking a peek at my doily stash, I decided to make a quick press mold to use in my porcelain play.  Once I began, I was a bit obsessed and cut a lot of jewelry shapes.

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Freshly cut and stamped porcelain clay.

I love the way the freshly cut clay looked.  The intricate textures of the fine crochet was clearly visible.  It made me miss my mom a bit more, thinking about her making each stitch.

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Loving the stitch detail!
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Bisque fired and ready for glazing!

I was so excited about my new project that I glazed everything in a handful of glazes.

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Some finished lacy jewelry pieces

Although I’m pretty happy with the result, I’m missing a lot of the texture of the unglazed pieces.

So, knowing that I’d be cutting out more shapes, probably lots more, I sorted the doilies and pulled out a few of my favorites and made more molds.

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New press molds made from a few of my favorite doilies.

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And the fun continues!

~Carol

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Wrapping It Up

20140131-212247.jpgIt’s hard to believe that we are already a full month into the new year and I haven’t even wrapped up 2013 yet!

My last post was in the fall when I had just begun designing my annual Christmas ornament. Here’s a peek at some pieces “under construction”.

I enjoyed making these ornaments every step of the way, really liking a porcelain clay that was new to me. This new clay is very smooth and nice to work with. It fires to a really white, translucent finish. I love that when it’s held in front of a light or in the sunshine, it seems to glow! 20140131-212340.jpg

I’m happy that many of my ornaments have found their way to the homes of friends, family and wonderful customers who have added them to their Christmas ornament collections! I am honored and grateful for the opportunity to be a part of many families’ traditions.

2014 is already full of new projects and opportunities! I’m in full swing again in the workshop and look forward to what’s in the works!

It may be a bit late, but I wish you a Very Happy New Year!

Carol

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2013 Ornament Design in Progress!

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I know that Christmas comes around the same time every year, but it seems that each year, my handcrafted porcelain ornaments hit the shows and shops “hot off the press”!
Or more accurately, out of the kiln!

I have a design idea that I’m quite happy with right now.  There are several pieces ready to be bisque fired so that I can test a few glaze combinations and choose the one that will best tell my story for the year.  You probably won’t know what has inspired me, but this year’s will represent a couple of heartfelt events.  Just my little secret within the design.

2013 is year 22 for my dated, Boulder Creek ornaments!  Boulder Creek is our small town, tucked into the Santa Cruz Mountains. It’s about an hour and a half drive south from San Francisco.  Since 1991, I’ve added nearby towns and personalized ornaments for friends and family.

When I meet my customers, I’m surprised that many collect my ornaments!  It’s always fun to hear that they have favorites and tell me how they are displayed or sent far away to family and friends.  It’s such an honor to be part of a family’s holiday tradition!  Very humbling.