New graphic work from this past weekend

Sometimes I do graphic design.  So far most of it has been for volunteer work. It was fun because this weekend I had two requests- different but the same- something that could be used on a tee shirt.

This one was for a Bat Mitzvahred-heart-small

note the initials – I hope you don’t see them instantly.  There are so many ugly tee shirts out there- so many Bar Mitzvah tee shirts that are sent to Salvation Army. I wanted this to be one where people wear it more than once. I wanted to design something aesthetically pleasing.

I also designed a poster/postcard/tee shirt for a small Art Fair – it’s not quite done and you can see it is a close cousin to the surface decoration I’m doing right now but I think it’s an attention grabbing graphic and again, aesthetically pleasing. There’s so much ugly crap out in the world. I sure as heck don’t want to add to it.Art Fair poster


I also did one other graphic for a Fundraiser that I (with a LOT of help) created for our school. I mean, I created the fundraiser- I also created the graphic but without any help – except of course for my technical right hand man, my husband. Being a techno-doofus, I rely heavily on his amazing skills in photoshop and other graphics programs. Interestingly, I created all these graphics out of cut paper.

Here is the one I designed for our fundraiser- now in it’s 5th year.

sm-300-fiesta-logoIt made a wonderful poster and tee shirt!  I guess I feel safe with cut paper- I know it’s going to look clean and work well in an ink-on-cloth situation.


I love cut paper.  I have a “hobby” of making paper snowflakes.  I have made hundreds over the years and they are deeply intricate. snowflakes


well, there  you have the gamut- I went from graphic design to a window full of snowflakes. I get a lot of pleasure from cut paper.

new work out of the kiln

It’s always exciting and really  kind of miraculous when work comes out of the kiln. It goes in, utterly fragile

unfired greenware plate

and emerges stone-like, ready to serve for the next few thousand years.

I’m quite happy with this new group of bowls (note- it seems my photo is distorted- I’m working on fixing that)


9-new-bowlsI’m using a slightly different technique for these “production” pieces in that I am roughly painting the branch  and then just refining it with sgraffito.

What I’ve done in the past- and actually  it gives me more freedom- is to cover the entire surface with black slip and then draw the branch out free hand. Then I carve away anything that isn’t the image.

 This is somewhat quicker and also gives  a more painterly quality to the black. You can see the brush stroke and direction.

I’m also including color for the first time! This truly echoes what I see in the winter. A bare black branch with a few bright red berries made all the more vivid by being set against the white backdrop of snow. It is the same for cardinals- in the wintry absence of color, red  catches the eye.

I also got some vases out- these are a good size. About 8-9″ tall.

A note on where inspiration comes from. I was riding a school bus full of noisy children- a field trip chaperone – and we were going down Lake Shore Drive when I thought, for the briefest moment, that I saw a rabbit on the very lowest  branch of a tree silhouetted against the lake. Of course there was no tree-climbing rabbit, but it was such a lovely image in my mind that I decided to put in on a pot.3-vasesIt is the left -most pot.