Stamp 2-9-15

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.

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 fernes or grass waving in the wind.

this frost almost looks like ferns or grass waving in the wind.

I used sketch # 14 to create the stamp.

I used sketch # 14 to create the stamp.

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Slow Down!!

As we were kids time passed slowly at least it seemed to.  As adults all it does is speed up!  My theory on this is that as adults we have already seen it and don’t need to take the time to notice it again.  As kids it was all brand new and interesting, we would stop to smell the flowers and wonder at the grasshopper, now we have smelled that flower and know how the grasshopper moves and don’t need to do it again…..  Time passes faster and faster and never seems to slow down.  This year I am attempting to slow it down.  This year each week I am going to design a new stamp or pattern.  I will also make a special vase that is unique, just for the pattern.  At the end of each month I will have 4 new vases and 4 new patterns.  Each vase will be stamped with the week and year and the stamp(s) that have been used to create it will not be used again.

My idea is that at the end of the year I will have 52 new vases with unique patterns that will be available for purchase.  The pattern will be sold with the vase and the person who then owns the pattern can have additional pieces made with it, otherwise it will not be used again.

I am looking forward to this challenge!  No matter what a new pattern will be developed each week.  As I make the patterns I will update the blog with photos as well as the finished pieces as they are done.  I am looking forward to where this will take me in terms of form as well as stretching the boundaries of my designs.   They will be available for sale starting in January 2016!  As the year unfolds people are welcome to reserve them ahead of time.