Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Mutter Museum Custom Tile

One of my favorite parts of having an Etsy shop is getting requests for custom work. The next few blog posts will be focusing on a few of the great requests I've received so far this year.
I began making these small skeleton tiles after I found a box filled with some of my "ancient" moulds from years ago. That was before Etsy - actually, even before the internet, if you can imagine that! When I found this skeleton stamp I immediately grabbed some clay and pressed it into the mould, and decided it needed an added decorative border. They've become a very popular item in my Etsy shop, and now they've become a very popular item at the Mutter Museum in Philadelphia, PA.

I've been given the freedom to choose design and glaze color details. The third re-order will be shipping tomorrow, and I'm already designing a new batch for the next re-order. This is a very fun custom request and I hope they keep it coming!

The results of more custom requests coming soon.

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Sunday, May 9, 2010

Thanks for the Treasury Love!

I love to keep track of the Etsy treasuries I'm in because they're so beautifully put together. So, here are some of the lovely treasuries that I was part of in April.

4/2/10....Kiwi Lime Pie by ME2Designs

4/8/10 - Celtic roots by ilikelichen

4/16/10 - It's all about MOM!!! by thelogchateau
4/23/10 - Waves of Joy by StudioElan

4/26/10 - DSG Surprise by flandersfield
Just a few of my favorite treasuries for April! Thanks so much to the curators!

Saturday, May 1, 2010

Museum of the Earth

For the second weekend in a row my husband Don and I have made the trip from Rock City Falls, NY, to Ithaca to visit our son at Cornell. Last week we stopped in Syracuse on the way home and spent a few hours being inspired at the Everson Museum of Art. Today we headed up one of the many hills in Ithaca to visit the Museum of the Earth. WOW! I really love paleontology - and for those of you who follow this blog, or are a fan of my facebook fan page, you'll know that I just finished a custom tile order that included carvings of NYS fossils....so this visit was really full of fossil eye candy for me!

From cephalopods to trilobites, ammonoids to eurypterids, the Museum of the Earth holds several million specimens, including those of the Devonian of New York State.

Fossils have such rich and varied textures, they are a natural inspiration for someone like me who just loves to carve. And I could really see that these natural forms are inspirations for many of the collected works of the outstanding ceramic artists at the Everson Museum of Art. Two wonderful and inspirational museum trips in two weeks....lucky me!!

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