Tuesday, July 22, 2014

EASY WAY TO DRY HERBS

EASY WAY TO DRY HERBS
FEATURING NEW GODDESS TEA VESSEL

Goddess Tea Vessel

The easiest way I know of to dry herbs quickly is to gather and place in brown paper bag. Be sure to label it. Close and let dry in your car for about a day. End result is that your herbs are crisp dry and your car smells heavenly.

I've prepared a little video where you can watch the process. You can also review an earlier post on the subject of herbs.

Video

Close-Up

My latest Healing Woman Goddess Tea Vessel is 8” wide by 5” deep by 5” high.I use only lead free glazes and she features one of my hand sculpted bas-relief faces. She is $78. and can be purchased from me directly by contacting me at my e-mail address. I prefer to use Paypal but I also take checks.

Thank you so much for viewing.

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Tuesday, July 8, 2014

NAMPEYO NATIVE AMERICAN PLANTER

NAMPEYO NATIVE AMERICAN PLANTER

Nestled in the Lobelia and Nasturtium plants

Nampeyo is the name of the Native American Hopi woman who taught me how to create polychrome pottery. I fell in love with the people-the Hopi tribe- who gathered at Isomata in the San Jucinto mountains of California. They traveled from the first mesa in Arizona. It was not only the teaching of making the sacred pots that endeared me to them, but the fact that I was able to listen to the stories the elders told while we waited for the for the sheep dung kiln, that we had built, to burn down and reveal our work. I wrote a story about Bonnie Nampeyo and created a special post about her and our class which you will find here.

Nestled in the Chives

In honor of Nampeyo, I have created this small planter which is 5"wide x8 1/2" high x 4"deep. I used stoneware clay which was fired to a high temperature so that she can remain outside all summer. I used some turquoise for embellishment. She is just $38. To purchase, please e-mail me and we can go from there. I prefer Paypal or a personal check.

Close-Up

NAMPEYO

In the village of Pollaca, Nampeyo hand sculpts the clay that she gathered from the ancient archeological site of Sikyatki. With Yucca brush in steady hand, she paints the same designs that were handed down from one generation of women to the next.

She works from sunrise til sunset so that she will have enough pots ready for the dung sheep firing that is the traditional kiln used by her people. Her life is not easy but she would have it no other way..for her’s is the life of the Hopi Indian.

Cheryl Dolby

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Tuesday, July 1, 2014

GARLIC CHEESE ROUND AND VIDEO

GARLIC CHEESE ROUND
AND
VIDEO

Garlic Keeper and Scapes

How exciting it was to harvest my first crop of garlic! The yield was not as plentiful as I had hoped for but definitely enough for me and mine to share for several months.

I have available 2 more of my garlic keepers. You can contact me via e-mail if you are interested in purchasing. They are $28. each. I prefer to use Paypal or I take checks. I prepared a little video below of me making the garlic round and sculpting the bas-relief face that adorns the top of each garlic keeper. They are all individually sculpted originals made with stoneware clay and non toxic glazes. Each are 5"high x 3 1/2" wide and deep.

Textured Blue Garlic Keeper

Sold. Thank you Angie!

Another Picture of Blue Garlic Keeper

Purple Garlic Keeper

Another Picture of Purple Garlic Keeper

I made this wonderful Garlic Cheese Round recipe with the scapes and fresh garlic. Hope you like it.

Garlic Cheese Round

2 8-oz. package cream cheese-softened
2 t. dried whole basil
2 t. caraway seeds
2 t. chopped fresh chives
2. t. dillseeds
1 whole garlic bulb, crushed
Sprinkled Lemon Pepper seasoning
A garlic scape if you are lucky enough to have one
Chop garlic in food processor. Add cream cheese and then all the other herbs except the lemon pepper seasoning. Mix till blended. Place in serving bowl and sprinkle with the lemon pepper. Keeps in the refrigerator for many days.

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Tuesday, June 24, 2014

RENAISSANCE WOMAN AND QUEEN ANN'S LACE CRACKLED PLANTERS

RENASSIANCE WOMAN
AND
QUEEN ANN'S LACE CRACKLE PLANTERS

Full Picture of Renaissance Woman

Sold. Thank you Elsie!

I've been experimenting recently with crackle glaze for some of my sculptures. I could visualize my planters all crackled and looking as though they were dredged from antiquity. (I mistakenly said eternity on the video but I guess either could be right) For Renaissance Woman, the larger of the planters, I used "Fools Gold" which reputedly brings money to the holder. Hopefully it will bring fortune to whoever purchases her. I also used an intricately carved wooden piece for forehead, crystals and an antique sphere for the crown. She is 8”w by x6”D and approx 15” high. I have priced her at $110. I'm including the story I wrote for her below.

Close-Up of Face

The smaller of the two planters I have named Queen Ann's Lace. Along with the crackled glaze over stoneware clay with 2 firings, she includes an old bronze colored beaded headpiece. I also found a lovely golden angelic face with purple dew drop for the center.She is 5”w by x 4”d by 11”high and priced at $78. Her story is also shown below.

You can purchase either planter from me directly by contacting my e-mail. I accept paypal and checks.

Usually my planters can be kept outside all winter because they have been fired to a high temp but in the case of the crackle planters, since I've used delicate embellishments like the beadwork, it is best to display inside. I just couldn't resist using that beautiful beadwork on her though.

Close-Up Detail of Embellishments

Full Picture of Queen Ann's Lace

Close-Up of Face and Embellishments

Close-Up of Crackle

RENAISSANCE WOMAN

She wore a cloak sewn by nature and she was driven by an unquenchable thirst for unity. She was a renaissance woman..with an eye to the future and a tear for the past.

QUEEN ANN'S LACE

She is inspired by angels. They whisper to her of another day. A day when she had roses for tea for a long days reverie. Crystal and lace, heirloom flacons and a porcelin smile. Her pale beauty shows an ambience of that of a romantic visionary, of one who is celebrating purity on the highest level.in a way only she chooses to remember.

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Tuesday, June 17, 2014

GODDESS BURNING BOWL-VESTA

GODDESS BURNING BOWL

VESTA

Full View

Sold. Thank you Angie!

I have named my home Woodloft because I believe anything worth owning is worth naming. The video below was taken in one of my many gardens (I'm obsessed with flowers and water ponds) which I call the labyrinth garden. I hope you enjoy viewing.

I named my burning bowl Vesta which in Roman it means 'guardian of the sacred flames.She has a stern, austere look-as though she holds fast and can conquer any situation in life. She is 4 1/2” w x 4 1/2” deep and 9” high. I created her with stoneware clay which I kiln fired along with the stained glass basin she features. I also used abalone shell and turquoise as embellishments. She is priced at $68. If you would like to purchase Vesta, please just click my e-mail. We can go from there. I prefer Paypal or checks.

Back

The burning bowl is traditionally used as a means to rid oneself of bad habits or annoyances by writing them down on a piece of paper and burning them. Community church has a ceremony held once a year in which a very large burning bowl is used for the entire congregation. I came up with the smaller more personal bowl some time ago. When you are not using your sculpture for doing away with problems, the stained glass basin can be used for incense or the burning of a small candle.

Close-Up

Stained Glass Basin

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Tuesday, June 10, 2014

PASTA ANDIAMO!

I just found a new, fun way to make pasta. Hope you enjoy the video and thanks for watching.

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Tuesday, June 3, 2014

GARLIC!

GARLIC!

4 Goddess Garlic Keepers

Last fall, I decided to try my hand at growing garlic. I grew it once before but was disappointed when my harvest was comprised of the most miniscule cloves of garlic I had ever seen! This time, since the deer, ground hogs, rabbits and other animals seem to eat every vegetable I plant, I decided to plant my garlic in my vegetable garden. After doing a web search and it seems that most animals will stay away from the scent of garlic. I decided to order the most exotic garlic starters I could find. I have Spanish Roja garlic, Italian Lococonia, Maisky , Elephant, Chinese Pink even garlic from Transylvania! (I'll be naming that one-”Dracula's Nemesis.”

Garlic Garden

I used only the best fertilizer-Black Gold- and other organic fertilized soil. Planting took place in October and I was up and down, just like my garlic scapes all winter with worry. The scapes on garlic are only supposed to come up one time in the spring. Because of an extraordinary winter, with temperatures alternating from very warm days of 70 and dropping to the teens, my scapes made an appearance about 5 times. Nowhere have I read about this happening to garlic before.

Scapes

So now, the garlic scapes have been up once again for a few months and supposedly I will be able to harvest in late June, when the stalks start to turn brown. I am so excited about it. If any of my readers have advice for me concerning my garlic, please let me know. I can use all the help I can get.

Garlic Queen Journal

In the meantime, I plan, if I have a large enough harvest, to display and sell my garlic along with my artwork at our Farmer's Market this summer. A friend suggested that I create garlic keepers to sell along with the garlic. After experimentation, I am pleased to offer my original Goddess Garlic Keepers for sale. They are priced at just $28. and are approximately 31/2"x 5"x 31/2" and the purple one is a bit smaller. They all feature one of my bas-relief faces on the cork lid along with some beautiful glazes.

Garlic Keeper Number 1 -Rustic Apricot

Number 1 Sold-Thank you Beth!

If you'd like to purchase one of my new series, please e-mail me with the number/color you'd like. I like to use Paypal or checks.

With Lid

I'll name my garlic “Draculas' Nemesis” Pavaroti's Italian, Spanish Flamenco and the rest will be aptly named for the country as well. I think I'll call myself “The Garlic Queen.”

Garlic Keeper Number 2- Purple Plum Shino

Sold. Thank you Gloria!

With Lid

Garlic Keeper Number 3-Textured Brown

Sold. Thank you Gloria

With Lid

Garlic Keeper Number 4-Light Yellow

With Lid

Thanks for viewing. I'd appreciate any tips you can give.

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Tuesday, May 27, 2014

FLOWER POWER

Your's Truly Set Up at the Roanoke City Market

For those of you who are new to my blog, every so often I feature a picture or two of my art car-B-Dazle. She has 23,000 beads, bangles and bows and took me 6 years to complete. We had our first weekend of “Festival in the Park” over Memorial Day and naturally, I just had to purchase lots of flowers from the farmers.

B-Dazle-1990 Nisson. She is 24 Years Old. Next Year She'll Be An Antique (Just Like Me!)

For today's offering, I am featuring “Brownyn," which is Welsh for dark and Pure. She is 6"wide x 11"x high 5"deep and I used stoneware clay which has been fired to a high temperature so that she can stay outside all summer without any problem. I added a beautiful crystal and other embellishments to her. She is $68.00. You can e- mail me if you are interested in purchasing her and we can go from there. I accept checks and Paypal.

Full View

Close-Up

Thanks so much for visiting today and a special thank you to Joe Light and Rick Stump for taking and sending me the pictures.

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Thursday, May 22, 2014

BLOOMING SPIRIT-CRACKLE GLAZE

BLOOMING SPIRIT

CRACKLE GLAZE

Side View

Sold. Thank you Patty!

This seems to be a year of experimentation for me. I've had a love for old world crackle surfaces ever since traveling to Europe. The facades on buildings, cathedrals and duomos bring to mind stories of long ago mysterious civilizations.

Beige Crackle Glaze

I've had pretty good luck in crackling paintings and other artwork but I've never tried to get that effect with pottery glazes. A few weeks ago, I found a crackle glaze that promised to deliver and I became really excited to give it a go. Sure enough..it worked! Blooming Spirit was born.

Green Crackle Glaze on Leaves

She has deep crackled glaze covering her body and leaves surrounding her. She is double kiln fired and has a look of longing as she views her new world. She is 16" high by 8" Depth by 8" Width and I have priced her at $245. She is small enough that she should ship well in comparison to some of my larger standing sculptures. You can see more images on Etsy and purchase there or from me directly by clicking my e-mail. We can go from there. I accept Paypal or personal checks.

Back View

I am looking forward to the next piece I will create with the crackle glaze. I am going to make a planter that has a time worn appearance. She will look as though she was dredged from antiguity and somehow arrived in our timespace. Watch for her soon.

“BLOOMING SPIRIT”

Her home was far away and she longed for the roots that had for so long held her life together. Friends, family and familiar surroundings. Time passed as she quietly endured her sorrow. Finally, she rejoiced, for her Higher Self, who knew far more than she, revealed a great truth. “Change is Growth, you must bloom where you are planted.”
~Cheryl Dolby~

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Tuesday, May 6, 2014

LI SHIZHEN CHINESE HERBALIST TEA VESSEL

LI SHIZHEN

CHINESE HERBALIST TEA VESSEL

Li Shizhen Chinese Tea Vessels

Ever wonder how artists come up with a new series? My friends and customers always ask me how I continue to imagine new ideas for my work. I'm sure it's different for all artists, but for me, it usually has to do with someone I've met or something I've seen. For my new Ancient Chinese Herbalists Tea Vessel series, it started with a visit from an extraordinary man who visited the Farmer's market where I show my work each week. He was dressed in casual loose clothing but his hat was definitely authentic Chinese. It looked to be leather with ties coming down on each side surrounding his beard which ended with a pointy tip, just like the revered Chinese Herbalists you have read about.

Vessel Number 1 Front

He had been on my mind for a few days and then Angie, one of my special customers, asked me if I could make a masculine tea vessel for a male friend of hers. Click. The light bulb went on and flashes of venerable Chinese herbalists filled my mind. I could immediately see them as bas-reliefs on my tea vessels.

Vessel number 1 Lid-Character on Lid Means Mindfulness in Chinese

I decided to honour Li Shizhen as the first herbalist in the series and I made two different types of vessels so that I could offer Angie the first choice. After years of research, in which he studied and classified over 800 different herbs, Li wrote his most famous work which was the Compendium of Materia Medica. He is thought of as the most superior naturalist of China. He also is noted as finding the cure for a rare disease called “children's worm addiction.” For those of you who have an interest, It might be worth the effort to google more information about his amazing life.

Vessel Number 1 Back

I created Li Shizhen tea vessel number 1 by using stoneware clay which was high fired using a lead proof glaze which is a textured chocolate. He is 6 1/2” wide x 6” high and 4” deep and holds approx 2 cups of tea. Vessel number 2 is the one that Angie chose and is 6” wide x 5 ½ “ high and 4” deep and also holds approx 2 cups of tea. I looked up the characters for mindfulness and tea and etched them onto the lid, handle and back. The glaze is a mustard glaze with brown overlays. Vessel number 1 is priced at $76. Just e-mail me if you would like to purchase vessel number one and we can go from there. I take paypal or checks. Thanks so much!

Vessel Number 2 Front

To brew tea:

The best way to brew tea for vessel is to place cold water in another microwavable container. Heat water and then pour into vessel in which either tea bags or a tea strainer or tea ball has been placed. Place lid back on and allow to steep for 5 minutes or so. Serve.

Vessel Number 2 Lid-Character on Lid Means Mindfullness

Care of Tea Vessel:

Because of the various embellishments placed into the vessel, it is best not to place in dishwasher or microwave but instead use the tea vessel to steep and serve. I have used lead free glaze on the interior of each pot so that it is safe to drink the tea and after finishing, running hot water inside the pot releasing any tea having lodged there is all that is needed to keep sanitary.

Thanks everyone for viewing and especially you Angie for igniting the spark.

Vessel Number 2 Back

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