You may recall that Steve and I took pottery classes before we had a baby. I love the pottery that we made and use it often in our daily life. When we took the classes we talked about getting a wheel and a kiln. But it never happened. So, recently, I decided to give air-dry clay a try. I did a lot of research and decided to go with Crayola-brand air-dry clay (there are others). Here are some things to know about air-dry clay: Air-dry clays harden within a few days and do not need to be fired in a... Read more →

On this episode of The Adventures in Arting Podcast, Mom and I chat with Edva Sims about her pottery business, finding your personal style, and the belief that things made by hand are important. Give it a listen: If you do not see the podcast player above, please click on this link. On the off chance that you've never listened to a podcast or don't get why anybody would want to, here are some facts: (1) Podcasts are convenient. It's a recording that is available to you whenever and wherever you'd like to listen. You can pause, stop, start, fast... Read more →

As promised, here is the jewelry I made with my Aves Apoxie Sculpt experiments: I made three necklaces: And when I accidentally ended up with extra clay, I made this crazy ring: I used to make a ton of jewelry. In fact, I was a beader long before I was a scrapbooker or painter. Before I started blogging, I was solely a jewelry person. Over the years I have dabbled in bead weaving, lampworking, bead crochet, wire work, stringing, polymer clay, silversmithing, and lots more! The first major convention I ever attended was the Bead and Button Show in Milwaukee.... Read more →

Trying Out Aves Apoxie Sculpt

The good folks at Aves have sponsored Make It Artsy for several seasons. So many fabulous guests have come on the show and shown off amazing projects made with Apoxie Sculpt. Here are two of my favorites: After coming home from the most recent season of filming Make It Artsy, I knew that I just *had* to try it for myself. I filmed myself trying it out for the first time and making 3 pendants and a ring. You can watch the video to see how it went (BTW: The folks at Aves did not ask me to make a... Read more →

For the past few weeks, Steve and I have been taking a wheel throwing class at the Mosesian Center for the Arts. It has been a wonderful and terrible experience. This is our teacher, Maeve: And this is the pottery studio: We got super lucky and no other students signed up. So, Steve and I have had a private class all to ourselves! I am the worst potter. Not that it's a competition, but I'm clearly in last place. I've been impressed with Steve -- who is not an artist and has never done wheel throwing before. He has taken... Read more →