We went to Boalsburg PA for the Memorial day festival on May 25th! I baked 3 different pies, Peach Ginger, Traditional Apple and a French Apple Custard. Together the Wheeler/Schissel clan entered 13 different pies. After the judging the pies are sliced and then sold for $2.00 a slice, so if you want to try your pie you better line up! For more information on the contest and celebration go here http://memorialdayinboalsburg.org/schedule.php
All our pies lined up starting with my French Apple Custard pie!
A table full of pies! Oh My!
Not only is there a pie baking contest but there is also a craft fair full of country crafts, caned goods and more refined art. I came across this potter:
Avant Garden Pottery – Pottery for Home & Garden made by Jeff Stambaugh
Jeff had the coolest ikebana flower arranging vases I have seen in a while. I really liked that the little spikes matched the color of the pottery. Nice touch. His pieces really displayed the flowers and the pottery- it is a nice balance. He has no website but his contact information is firstname.lastname@example.org
I walked out to the studio this evening to work on my stamp for the week and noticed this frost pattern on the front porch. I took several pictures of it but could not capture the essence I was looking for but did enjoy the spiral pattern. When I was doing the drawing I wanted one that was slightly larger on one end so that when I stamp into the clay and flip the stamp over it will create a spiral pattern down the piece as I stamp around. We will find out if it worked when its bisque fired and I can try it out!
I started out looking at frost on the studio porch. But couldn’t quite capture the essence of what I was looking at.
this frost almost looks like ferns or grass waving in the wind.
I used sketch # 14 to create the stamp.
So I started out these sketches with my middle and last initial. L for Linore and S for Schissel. Then I started day dreaming about curves and breaking it down a little further to individual parts of the letters and came up with this leaf pattern.
Initials that dissolve into imagination…
I settled on sketch #23
The beginning. I have cut out the outline of the leaves
I cut away the excess clay.
and cleaned it up, taking out the inside of the leaves and giving the outside edges a clean crisp line.
The finished stamp. 2-7-15
I spent some time looking through some old graphic design books, did some sketches from them and ended up with this:
The beginning sketches
Selecting the sketch. I chose #5
Without further adieu. The finished stamp!