Wednesday, April 6, 2011



I have named this exotic planter "Minerva" She is the Goddess of Wisdom, Medicine and Crafts

Finally! I have finished my Goddess clay face planters and have them ready to display and sell at our local farmer's market. Sales are usually very good for the planters but this year our market is under construction and I’m not sure if we will get our usual crowds. The renovation has been planned in segments. First, our market square building will be completely revamped. This building held some really quaint shops and restaurants but the building itself is ancient and in need of some major changes. Next, our Center in the Square Museum will be renovated to include a butterfly garden, an aquarium and a roof top restaurant.

Here are some of the planters all ready for their showing this weekend

One thing about life that we can be sure of is change. Even though most of us cling to keeping things constant, change can be a good thing. It has been a struggle down on the market for all of us. Many have lost their businesses because of the construction. I will loose the gallery that I adore since it will now become divided into upscale high end shops, and I will have to either find a new gallery or hope for some big market or Etsy sales when I remove all that I have displayed there. You’ll probably be seeing a lot of my gallery work on my blog very soon.

More glitzy planters ready for the market

Back to the planters. I didn’t mean to divert because I really am excited that I have the planters ready for Saturday. This winter, (I always sculpt the planters over the winter) I threw my heart and soul into these planters. They are very different. I probably should have waited to take pictures of them in my booth where they would be in full daylight, but I was so anxious to show them that I took all shots from my studio. You will notice that some of the planters are similar to the ones I will be teaching my students to sculpt this summer in my class. If you are interested in participating, please check out my sculpture school at the top of my right hand side bar. It will be an all–inclusive, meaning I have hired a chef to cook for us and I’m including all meals and beverages (including wine of course) and room accommodations, side trips and other instructors who will visit. Of course, I will be there 24/7 teaching. I have a swimming pool for evening swims. I’m accepting 5 students and have 3 already…so there are just two spaces left. Hope you will join us on August 8th-15th.

This planter is similar to the one we will make in my sculpture class

Back to the planters…there I go again. Anyway, I sculpted my planters using stoneware clay, fired them in the kiln at a high temperature and then adorned them with all sorts of embellishments I had in my studio.

Native American planter I have titled "Nampeyo"

I’m off and running now since one of my good customers is coming over today to get the first choice of planters for the year. Dreama says she likes the ones with the pot at the top of the head. I have several of those for her to choose from. I wonder which one she will take home to live with her.

Very rustic planter that looks as though she has been dredged from the earth. I've named her "Maeve" This is a Celtic name meaning mythical queen

Wiccan earth planter titled "Azura" meaning Sky Jewel

"Algoma" A native American name meaning Valley of the Flowers

"Tania" a fairy name meaning Fairy Queen

I added a bit of silver and gold to this one

Earth Angel

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  1. Cheryl your planters are absolutely AMAZING - wish I lived near you so I could buy some!

  2. Oh SO beautiful- I am in awe of the way you manage to saturate each of these with so much soul- just incredible! I don't envy your client the time she will have trying to decide......I'm not sure I could pick one- they are all so wonderful!

  3. Hello Cheryl! They are all beautiful! Just by describing how much time it took you to form these pieces already make me admire you. This is really what you call art from the heart. Your works became more beautiful in my eyes because I can imagine how much patience, time and perseverance you incurred to finish them.

    I remember reading your previous posts where you mentioned that you were also into teaching. I also look up to people who teach. Teachers are heaven sent. Not all people are willing to share their talents and efforts to other people.

    I agree with your opinion on change. I have my own share of experiences with "changes" that brought both frustrations and happiness in life.

    I wish that more people will appreciate your works and more clients will be interested in owning them. Your works are pieces of inspirations!

  4. They are all magnificent and I think I would have difficulty selecting just one. I guess I'm a little sorry about the changes at the Market since I have so many memories of it when I was a child and now I try to get there at least once a year. One of my uncles was a photographer and had his work in a gallery there. I'm wishing you the best of luck and success!

  5. Your planters are exquisite Cheryl - and I love all the names you have for them also. Good luck with your sales - although I can't believe you'll need any. Wouldn't they look great in any of the places you mention - butterfly garden, aquarium or roof top garden! I know where one would look best though - in my garden - LOL (if only, well, I can dream). Good luck xx

  6. I will buy them all!! I wish I could go! So talent , and of course the Goddess teamed is what makes them unique !!!

  7. these are lovely. I too am too far away to consider a class..although it sounds divine!!! I hope for great success for you on Saturday.

  8. Chery, I am in AWE!!!! Jaw dropping, mind blowing "awe"!!! Your planters are beyond gorgeous. How upsetting that your favorite gallery will be gone because of gentrification. Just remember that when one door closes, another is bound to open. With fabulous work like this, you're sure to find another gallery . . . or better yet . . . . someone will come to you with an opportunity!!! Hugs, Terri xoxo

  9. This is amazing that you sculpt all these planters....they are very unique...a real statement for any garden

  10. Cheryl your planters are really so beautiful. Your soul into each one and lucky the person who is able to acquire one. Great work. You should be very proud of your work. Thanks for sharing, love them all.

  11. I am sorry but am repeating what everyone else has said about your beautiful planters. I would buy them just for the faces alone, looking at them on here has already knotted up my stomach. So spiritual. Annette x

  12. Cheryl, once again you have out done yourself! I do hope that I will be able to make it to the Market on Saturday to see all of these wonderful planters. How do you do it? Like everyone else, I want them all. Each one I looked at I said to myself: OH, I want you. Time after time as I scrolled down from the very first exotic one to the very last earth angel!!!But then I realized how selfish I was being to take them all and not let anyone else have one. Trish

  13. Hello Cheryl,
    I love your planters, as well. They are awesome -such detail and spirit.


  14. WOW I'm speechless! What a fantastic collection of plant sculptures. You are so talented, the faces have allways an incredible unique specially facial expression, really fantastic. Can you feel my enthusiasm?
    Wish you creative happy days,
    hugs Anja

  15. Oh these are truly eye-catching and beautiful for the garden. What enchantment and wonderful dimension and ornament these will bring to any garden. Fantastic Cheryl- these will be flying out the door!

  16. I'm overwhelmed by these beautiful sculptures and planters. I can tell you have been working hard in the studio. Your talent shows in each and every one of these gorgeous pieces.

    I'm sorry to read you will soon be losing your favorite gallery. It hopefully means something better is on the horizon, though.

  17. These are beautiful, Cheryl! I always love seeing these in the spring!

  18. Cheryl--I am at a complete loss for words--no words can describe these creations. I would love to see them in person at the market--just beautiful!! I am so anxious to get out and do outside activities--it feels like we've been cheated this year--we didn't even get a few of those warm teaser days that you get in early Spring----soon, though, soon.

  19. What a magnificent collection! Your plant sculptures are superb, Cheryl! You rock!

    Happy Spring!

  20. Oh, these brought tears to my eyes... such amazing energy in them, the kind, knowing faces.... I'm in love. How lucky are the people that are going to have them in their gardens...

  21. These are all just beautiful! Wish I was closer I would be at the market for sure!!
    Good luck, but I don't think you need it :)

    Hugs to you

  22. Cheryl your planters would turn any garden into paradise. They are GORGEOUS!!!! and My you have been a busy gal these days!
    I'm sorry to hear about the local gallery closing seems its happening all over these days. I'm sure you will find a suitable place to sell your art, better yet, can you put in a gallery in your new guest quarters. Open a few days a week or by appointment? Just a thought.
    hugs Lynn

  23. These are so lovely - I can't imagine that you won't sell the whole lot! How could people resist? This represents a great deal of work, I know. If I lived closer I would be down there this weekend!

  24. They are really amazing. I adore the one on the third picture with the plant on her head . Your work is so exclusive..

  25. Gorgeous!Sending hugs and smiles and wishes for a wonderful weekend!Katherine

  26. Wonderful work! You have the perfect name "Healing Woman". I feel really good just looking at these. They must do wonders in a garden. :)

  27. Cheryl thanks for your sweet comment on my canvas, your planters are gorgeous I've always been fascinated by the strong expression your face has, and I really like that you give them a name.

  28. One day, when I move and have a garden I don't have to walk to I am going to have one of your planters shipped over here! Just t fabulous.
    Sorry to hear of all the disruption I hope it will be worth it when they complete the works! x

  29. How fantastic and beautiful your planters are! I am in awe of your artistic talent. This is such a terrific blog! I'm happy that I found it~~~


  30. Holy smokes, Cheryl! Truely amazing and magical!! Azura is my favorite...I can't get over the hands and detailed.
    It is sad about your Gallery, but also exciting to wonder what the Universe has planned for you next! Thanks for your visit, you always give me a smile :)

  31. These are quite lovely-you have chosen the perfect green plants to emphasize their beauty.

  32. Oh my goodness, Cheryl ... these planters are STUNNING! I adore each one, but "Maeve" speaks to me. A few of these scattered around the gardens would be so very mystical. A bit like earth spirits ... so that when one strolled through the colorful, wooded grounds subtle signs of Mother Earth's sisters would be nestled about.

    I wish you much success over the weekend. You might be surprised ... people tend to ignore rubble and ruin to get to the treasure! :)) Wishing you a blissful week, dear friend.

  33. you are amazing with your exquisite creations, a joy to behold!!

  34. Cheryl, these planters are SO wonderful... how I'd love to have a couple of them gracing my front patio. Tania is my favorite... her head dress and necklace are amazing.

    I hope you had a successful weekend at the farmers' market, and also hope you took a picture or two of your booth and will post for us to see.

    I so wish I could come and spend what sounds like a magical week with you next August... I can't imagine a more perfect week!

  35. I just came over from Patti's blog and what a nice surprise to visit your wonderful talent. These are just beautiful. I will take a peek and I would love one, if it is within my budget.

  36. Lovely planters and the plants must love them too, they are growing so beautifully :)
    Happy T day.

  37. These are absolutely jaw dropping to me! Gorgeous and so much interpretation in each expression! WOW!

  38. Oh my gosh, I am in such awe right now............these are absolutely exquisite!! I simply adore them all(O: Well done, amazing work!

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