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    Bench - MADE Spring 2017June 24th, 2017
    Saturday Show at Bench: 1141 N 11th St Omaha
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What’s Going on in My Home Studio

Textured Spoon Rests

I continue to use texture found on vintage glassware pieces from my personal glassware collection to imprint my clay art pieces. These are new for 2017 and have been selling well. Three sizes of spoon rests – because all spoons are not the same size either! I just finished another awesome show with Handmade Omaha a couple weekends ago. That is such an awesome show because it is well organized, well publicized and well attended (by customers that truly appreciate handmade and support local artists, too!)

I signed up for three “Night Markets” at Midtown Crossing this coming season. Hours are 6pm-10 pm and I am curious to see what these are all about. The first one will be Friday, May 26th. I love the Midtown Crossing area and although I swore off of outdoor shows last June at Junkstock (due to the woman next to me collapsing in front of my booth from heat stroke)…  I’ve decided I am willing to try a few fun evening shows.

Coming up June 24th at 1141 N 11th St in Omaha is a show called Bench-MADE. I’ve been invited to participate in this one day show and I hear it is awesome! I’m building up inventory with some more new items. That is my studio update. I hope you have a great spring heading into summer. I can’t wait to get to these new shows!!
Deb

Mid America Center Arts & Crafts Council Bluffs Saturday & Sunday, March 12, 13

Handmade Clay Bowl Imprinted with Old Toy Block pattern "RABBIT"

Handmade Clay Bowl Imprinted with Old Toy Block pattern “RABBIT”


It’s here! My first show for 2016! I have some new items using vintage glassware and old wood toy block patterns that I have collected over the years. Come and see what it is all about at the Mid America Center in Council Bluffs. Free parking, 150+ Arts & Crafts Vendors. Admission: $5 (10 & under are free.)

Here is the Google Map Link for the Event: MID AMERICA CENTER, Council Bluffs
Hours: Saturday, March 12 -9am-5pm and Sunday, March 13 – 9am-4pm

Hope to see you there!

Pair of Dipping Dishes for Grating Garlic and Olive Oil

Olive oil is so good for you! This pair of dishes can be used for grating garlic on the textured bottom, adding olive oil and herbs if so desired. I have them for sale in my Amazon shop right now. They are the perfect size for your table. I also have singles listed in my shop, so take a look! Creative Clay Cafe Handmade at Amazon

PS: The raised textured areas were made by pressing in one of my custom clay stamps that I made from the pattern on the bottom of a vintage drinking glass.

Have a great week! It’s getting closer to spring every day!

Handmade at Amazon Shop


It’s so much fun coming up with seasonal items although I tend to gravitate toward making items you can use all year ’round simply for practical reasons.

I am so excited to have some items listed on my new Handmade at Amazon Shop. CLICK HERE TO VIEW MY SHOP—> NEW HANDMADE at AMAZON The items shown above are currently available for sale.

It has been a challenge getting things listed since the official launch of Handmade at Amazon last week. This is already a very busy time of year for artists getting ready for shows, but
I hope the efforts are worth it. I had a sale within 10 hours of the launch, but not much since. I am very hopeful that things pick up. My plan is to list a few items every day and build up the shop inventory.

Let me know what you think. Enjoy the fall season!! I just found out this week that I have been accepted to be a part of two fall shows that were my best ones last year. They are in late November and one is a week later the first weekend of December. Lots to do – good thing I love it!
Deb

Clay Word Plaque in its Bisque State

This plaque will be glazed after it dries and is fired to a bisque state

This plaque will be glazed after it dries and is fired to a bisque state


I had one of those “aha” moments this past week, so I now know I should break up my wordier phrases onto smaller ones to press into the clay. I carve the words in backwards and make my own inspiring plaques to stamp into a larger one.
Cannot wait to finish some of these and have them at the farmer’s markets. Transparent glaze colors really pop the words once they are finished.

Glazed Clay and Enameled Copper – in combination – Unique Handmade Jewelry


Clay components paired with enameled copper pieces make these earrings unique. I have matched the glazes with complimentary enamel colors to create one of a kind pairs of earrings. Today, I made a few pairs of mismatching pieces that will be glazed to match one another in color, but not in shape. The pairs in the photos will be at the Farmers Market in Florence next Sunday along with many of my finished clay pieces.
Come by and see art as well as produce 10-3 at Florence Mill in Omaha next Sunday August 9th.

Garlic & Oil Dipping Set


I am making some dipping dishes for olive oil & garlic. These work great with the raised areas in the bottom. Just rub a peeled clove of garlic on the bottom, then add olive oil (pepper, other spices and even some balsamic vinegar for a different taste.) Dip some fresh bread into the mixture. Very tasty!

I bought my oil & vinegar from a local shop in Omaha. We talked about their great oils and other products that I was purchasing as a wedding gift to be given with a set of my dipping dishes. The next week, I took in a couple of dish samples and an order for a couple dozen dishes for their store was the result. I love when that happens!

Here is the link to their Omaha store: OLD WORLD OIL & VINEGAR
Well worth the trip!