Art Elements Blog Theme of the Month: Fairies

Welcome to my post for this month’s Art Elements Blog Monthly Theme: Fairies. Thank you Caroline for picking such a wonderful topic!

I have always been a believer in Fairies and the magic that other realms hold. I have memories of speaking to the little people that lived in the speakers playing the music I heard and playing for hours outside imagining that there were little creatures in nature. In my mind I was able to shrink down to their size and fully immerse myself into their world.

I wanted to make some toadstools out of wool, and I finally sat down to give it a go. I love using these ceramic vessels I made a while back as their holder.

Below are some photos from Longwood Gardens in August showing some of the places I think Fairies must visit…

And more toadstools – this time with my stoneware ceramic clay. I think I may be more interested in the habitat surrounding the little people.

When I first started making clay beads I had carves some designs from scenes from my imagination.

I thought they would make interesting focal beads and earring pairs.

Again – always something about their environment – I would love to just help explore and create in there.

And some fun earrings with these carvings of a mysterious wood in mid-winter.

Thanks for stopping by to see some of my new work.

Please take some time to visit the other participants for this month’s blog hop:

Guest Artists
Vic
Divya
Alysen 
Kathy 
Tammy 
Hope 
Alison 
Cat 
Sarah 
 
Art Elements Team
 
Jenny  
Marsha (you are here)

Art Elements Monthly Theme: Swirl

 

Welcome to my blog post for the Reveal of the Art Elements Theme Challenge: Swirl

I know that I am going to be beyond excited to see all of the talented artists work as this theme is something that is pretty wide  open to interpretation for inspiration. My life every day seems like a swirl – always moving.

Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, PA Illuminated Fountain Show. The week after Bead Fest Philly, Jenny Davies-Reazor, Lesley Watt and I went up to see the night time show. Flowers there earlier in the week also provided lots of inspiration!

The force of the water through the moving fountain heads and at night set to music and lights are a Swirling delight to behold.

A lot of my hand carved texture plates are very swirl inspired. I wanted to use my Now That’s A Jig to play around with the idea of wire making swirls and then using them for earrings (some will be great for holiday ornamentation). I wore these all day and my ears did not feel worn out with weight. They were quite movable while wearing them, and did not get stuck on anything – so they passed my wearability test.

Swirly Beads fresh out of the kiln – future project ideas brewing!

My life continues to SWIRL – nothing like hosting a blog hop theme reveal and having a one day Facebook show going on. I’m going to be computing all day! Marsha Neal Studio in the Handmade Component Bazaar Facebook Group from 10am Thursday 8/30/18 to 10am Friday 8/31/18 EST. If you bid on anything in my show on Thursday/Friday or make a purchase from my Etsy shop, mention Art Elements Swirl and I’ll take 10% off your invoice. US orders over $25 will get free USPS First Class Mail shipping through 8/31/18.

Thanks for taking the time to stop by and see my Swirl Inspirations. Here is a list of the other bloggers participating in the Art Elements Monthly Theme Challenge:

Guest Artists:

Alison

Anita

Cat 

Caroline

Jill

Kathy

Karin

Kimberly

Mischelle

Raven

Sarajo

Tammy

Art Elements Team: 

Cathy

Caroline

Claire

Jen

Jenny & Lesley 

Laney

Marsha (you are here)

Susan

One lucky Guest Artist Blogger is going to be picked to receive this group of items fresh out of my kiln:

I will announce the winner by updating the Art Elements Swirl Reveal post. If you want a chance at winning the monthly artists giveaway, get your blog up and running and keep an eye out for the monthly themes on the Art Elements Blog (announced early in the month, reveal at the end of the month).

2018 Facebook Group Shows

You can find lots of items in my Marsha Neal Studio Etsy shop all the time.

Online Facebook Group show links:

Handmade Component Bazaar

One Sweet Bead Market

Ceramic Art Bead Market

Art Elements Monthly Theme: Seed Pods

Thank you for stopping by my blog to see my inspirations for this month’s Art Elements Monthly Theme: Seed Pods.

I was working in my studio a week and a half ago and though that I better start on my pieces for this seed pod theme. After cruising my pinterest boards I started using some muscle memory to create shapes (see the curved cone shape pieces in the bottom right of the photo). These pieces evolved and changed and then it struck me that these donut pieces sitting on my bead table could make a really cool “top” to a hollow pod shape.

Ceramic Studio Work Making Vessels Inspired by Seed Pod Forms

Working with porcelain and stoneware clay in a sculptural manner, things tend to get a bit heavy (I should whip up some paper clay like Caroline and try making more of these). I typically work through ideas to make pieces thinner as I go, pushing boundaries of the clay ripping, then as I learn, older forms get wetted down and recycled back into usable clay. Ideas move around my head as my hands start at making something of high quality to thoughts of “what will these be used for?’.

Ideas sometimes get going so fast it is like a tornado of happiness in my brain (I recognize this is the “addictive” chemicals kicking in and at this point: People are going to want one for their house – for their little nook and cranny place. Maybe I can put a small hole in it and it could hold an air plant. What about a cool macrame holder… Yeah!). Oh boy. Slow down brain…

Porcelain pieces out of the kiln.

So I knew I wanted the inside of the vessels to have this turquoise look. Like a little secret special bit of water (ever seen Romancing the Stone from the 1980’s? I think I always wanted to drive my little Pepe to that secret place and find an emerald too!).

And the other forms with the spiraling tendrils and pod heads – oxides with translucent colored Amaco Celadon glazes layered – my favorites! I will probably make some sort of wire form to suspend these by. Maybe one day I can work some fiber into something that surrounds them in a way that looks like the decay of the flower petals.

Before (left) and After (right) the Cone 5 Glaze firing. Cone 5 is around 2232 degrees F.

Above is a little insight into my glaze kiln firings. I like to suspend as much as I can to get the glaze to cover most of the piece. Just one of the things I prefer do to in my work.

Seed Pod Collections, Ceramic Vessels to hold the dried seed pods (Pot Head Vessel by Diane Hawkey).

And here is a bit of my actual seed pod collection. I made these seed pod collector vessels for bit of time. They are perfect for putting your dried pods and flowers on display and out of the way from getting crushed. My friend Diane Hawkey makes the coolest One of a Kind “Pot Head” figures – my lady pot head loves hanging out with the seed pods…

Through social media you can see more work and share your Seed Pod themed inspiration by using the hashtags: #AEThemeChallenge #AESeedPod #ArtElements #Art__Elements

Thanks for stopping by my blog for this months Seed Pod post. Here is a list of the other blogs where artists are going to share their creations..

Guest Artists:

Tammy

Raven

Alysen

Anita

Cat 

Kimberly

Rozantia

Sarajo 

Divya

Caroline

Catherine

Kathy

Jill

Art Elements Team: 

Claire

Caroline

Lesley

Niky

Laney

Susan

Marsha (You are HERE)

Jenny

Cathy

Jen

And make sure to stop by the Art Elements blog to see about the August “Swirl” theme!

Check out my Pinterest “Seed Pods and Such” Inspiration Board:

Art Elements Monthly Theme: Tidal Pool

The theme for May 2018 Art Elements Blog is Tidal Pool.

I have always wanted to see tidal pools, but have never had the opportunity (yet).

So with my ceramic pieces, I approach the inspiration with color and textures.

Marsha Neal Studio Ceramic Beads. Tidal Pool Glaze on Left. Ocean Textured pieces on Right.

Collections of objects from the ocean spanning from the 1980’s.

Through my younger years I collected and purchased items (sea shell shops* at the beach here in Delaware and in Florida on vacations). After college, when I began carving texture plates to use for my reverse printed textural pieces, I decided to make some pressed object texture plates as well. When I press these items into soft clay, I usually use a sponge to press the items in as many are fragile and have sharp edges.

*As an adult my mind struggles between the arguments about taking items from the ocean for human use and overexploitation of these marine resources and the though about how like insects, many of these life forms have hundreds of offspring, so hopefully a few can make it to reproductive age. But with what destruction we humans are doing here on earth, how can those few even get to that point. My heart is torn. I still love the ocean and the life there.

Bisque Fired Ceramic Clay Ocean Texture Plate

I have always loved marine creatures. The octopus swims the line of creepy and magical. Here is one I created with wool by needle felting over a pipe cleaner armature.

My First Needle Felted Octopus (based on the Blue Ringed Octopus).

And like anything else I make, my brain goes into what I call production mode: how to make these better, faster, and with a high quality and still enjoy the process. The three smaller ones below are not yet finished.

Various Sized and Stages of Needle Felted Octopus

Thanks for stopping by my blog for this Art Elements Themed Blog Hop for Tidal Pool. Please make sure to check out the other artists work:

Guests
AE Team Members:
Jenny Davies-Reazor
Marsha (you are here)
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