Category Archives: Figurines

Baby Cylinder Person at The Clay Studio Small Favors 2020 Exhibit

Hello everyone, I have one of my small cylinder figurines in an exhibit – Small Favors at The Clay Studio in Philadelphia, PA. It’s one of these…

I’m very excited about this recognition, because it is the first time one of my clay pieces has been juried into an exhibit.

Take a look. You’ll enjoy yourself. The idea behind this exhibit is SMALL – each piece had to be able to fit into a 4″ cube. The main site to the exhibit is here, and you can access the whole array of items (they are for sale, too, and you can buy directly from the website and they will ship it to you). This year, to celebrate 15 years for this theme, they feature not only clay but also other media.

My piece is toward the end of the array. It takes some time to load, so I’ve given you the link to my page here so you can see which little guy is featured.

March 6-April 26 at The Clay Studio,  137-139 N. Second Street, Philadelphia, PA.

Tower of Heads

I made this sculpture in August, 2019. It’s done in low-fire white clay fired at cone 06 and colored with Velvet underglazes and is about 14″ tall.

Here it is after the bisque firing.

And here it is, finished. Let’s twirl it.

And here are the four sides lined up together.

And some detail views.


Little Houses in Terracotta Land

Here are some little clay houses I made in August, 2019. They are just little houses. Not boxes, not condiment containers, just little clay houses. That is all I wanted to make, some little houses!

Terracotta clay, Velvet underglazes and clear glaze, fired at cone 05. About 4″ tall.

Here are two views of the first two. They are decorated on all four sides but I only took photos of two sides.

And the second two.


Holiday Pop-Up Shop At the Abington Art Center

I am participating in this annual event once again with some of my clay work. My husband and I attended the opening last Friday night.

By the way, this is the same art center where I am teaching a mixed media class that I’ve mentioned here and there.

We saw  quite a few people we knew there. Shout out to Andy, Eric and Sarah, Matt (my jewelry class teacher from the summer class I took), and Robyn, plus Rosalie, Jenny, and Beth from the art center management.

Here are some shots from the opening. It’s held in one of the exhibit rooms at the center. Here is an overview of the space:

Here is some mosaic work of one of my mixed media students. Like all the members of my class, she is accomplished in more than one medium. She attended the event and I was able to marvel over her work in person.

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And here is my work. I think they have displayed it really nicely.

Here is the info on the show. If you are in the area, stop in and take a look!


Half-Circle Animals #2 – White Clay

I just showed you some of these animals a couple of days ago:

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After  this group, I made a much bigger animal in white low-fire clay. Actually, I made two. The first one taught me something – a larger animal’s body needed some help during the creation process in order to maintain its shape.

Let me explain a little. I cut the circle with an 8″ diameter, cut it in half, and let it set up some so that it was stiff enough to stand up but not too dry to meld the pieces together.

Then I cut a strip for the back. Since the animal was larger, this strip needed to be wider, so that the animal would not be too tall and narrow and tipsy. In my first try, the wider clay strip sagged in the middle and deformed the circular shape. I went so far as to bisque fire the creature, but I could not get happy with the shape. This animal had to go into the trash.

Note: I kept its head, glazed it, and left it as an art-drop off in the park. Never waste anything, I say…

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I realized I needed a support for the back piece in order to make the sides and the back work together. I got a styrofoam circle and cut it in half (poorly, but it all worked out with some adjustment…)

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I was able to lay the clay strip over the form and have it stiffen into a shape that would fit with the two half-circles so that I could put them all together with losing the shape I wanted.

Fantastic! Here is the animal after the bisque (first) firing:

I then colored the animal with Velvet underglazes, as you have seen with tiles and other figurines:

I’ve got plenty more photos. Let’s take a look:


And some more:


and a close-up of a patterned area:

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and here the animal says thank you for your attention to me!

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This animal was made in August 2019,low-fire white clay, Velvet underglazes, fired at cone 06.

Half-Circle Animals #1 – Terracotta

Recently I made some animal figurines incorporating the circle shape.

To make them, I cut a circle shape in the clay and then cut that in half. I then joined the half-circles along the curved edge, added a bottom, legs, and a head. Next thing you know, clay animals. They look like this:

The largest animal’s body is made from about a six inch diameter circle. The clay is quite stiff and held up well to the process. I decided not to put my usual colorful decoration on these creatures as I liked the simplicity of their black and orange scheme.

Made in July 2019, terracotta clay, fired at cone 06, colored with Velvet underglazes. Here are some more photos showing leg styles – I made some with tubular legs and others are formed from slabs.

Everyone says hello!

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Medium Cylinder People – Low-Fire White Clay

Some more medium cylinder people from June 2019. They are made with low-fire white clay fired at cone 06 and colored with Velvet underglazes.

A close-up portrait:

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and a couple of back views.

Medium Cylinder People – Terra Cotta

Here are some medium cylinder people – about 5″ tall or so. I made them in June 2019.

Terracotta clay, fired at cone 06, colored with Velvet underglazes.

Art Show Wrap-Up, Pennridge Gallery of the Arts

Every so often I think you might like to see some scenes of the art fairs in which I participate. This previous Sunday, September 15, we were at an event in Sellersville, PA, about 40 minutes from our house.

It’s a street fair that lines Main Street in this town, and it’s very festive and full of lots of things to see and do. I want to mention how well-organized it is, too – from a vendor’s standpoint, it’s an extremely easy show to do. I especially appreciate the high school students who volunteer (and there are a lot of them), helping with unloading the car and other tasks. It’s really nice.

Anyway, the day was a perfect early fall day.

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We got things set up and took it from there.

Guess what. My tall lady figurine, one that you might remember from a recent post, won 3rd prize in my category.

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I think she and I were both very happy. (Thanks to my friend John G for these following photos.)

Lots of friends stopped by the booth during the day – thank you to John G, Bill F, Chris and Mark, and Missy M.

What else happened? Well, all day we kept hearing a bell-ringing sound, the kind you associate with the fair activity where you hit the platform and spring a weight up to ring a bell. Yes, we heard many rings and lots of cheering.

Late in in the day I went down the row to see what was going on. Sure enough, just as we thought, but – the set-up was sized for six-year-olds. The fire department sponsored the activity and the fireman on duty said there was no age limit to participants. I stepped right up to the challenge, hoping not to embarrass myself since two quite young boys in line in front of me handily rang the bell multiple times

Luckily I could handle the job. As my reward, like all the kids, I got to try on the fireman’s helmet. My husband took this picture.

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All right, I think this day was a success all around! And a lot of fun.