Monday, January 23, 2012




Empress Cassandra Goddess Planter

It’s springtime at my studio at Woodloft. (my home) I have to think one season ahead since it takes so long for my Goddess Planters to dry and then be fired in my kiln. I’m well on my way with many for my customers to choose from when they have their first showing in April.


As I sculpted each of Empress Cassandra’s features, she became more and more alive. I felt like she was watching my every move after her eyes were finished. She followed me around the studio, nodding yes or no as I chose the embellishments I would add. The name, Cassandra means “queen of the Olypian gods.” We will be making planters in my upcoming Faces class. Students will work at achieving this kind of realism in their planters, although we will be creating them on a much smaller scale.

Side View

Notice the gorgeous greenery that Cassandra displays? It’s plastic! Anyone who knows me, knows I don’t use plastic anything. Not cups, dishes, silverware and especially not plastic plants. One of my customer’s told me that she puts the expensive silk plants in the planters she has bought from me and she says they are stunning in her home. I thought I’d give it a go since the herbs that I normally place in the pots are hard for me to haul back and forth to the market, where I show. I’m now sold on this idea. Of course, I do intermingle the real ones among my planters in my home.

View From Front

Let me know if you are interested in one of my classes. The second class, Sculpting the Figure in Clay has only 1 space left but the Faces class has 3 openings. It will be a wonderful way to spend an all inclusive vacation with nothing to worry about but sculpting, swimming and dining since absolutely everything is included.

Can You Tell Which Planters Hold Real Greenery?

View From Back

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  1. Absolutely beautiful. These are larger than I thought.

  2. I love the touch of greenery in your art work Cheryl! It perfectly blends well with the brown color, it provides a real earthly and refreshing feel!

  3. Cassandra is GORGEOUS- I love her wise eyes, I want to know what she's thinking! The plants are a nice touch, even if they ARE plastic (are the real ones the closest and furthest in the image?) and I bet they are SO much lighter and "mess-free" to carry back and forth to market!

  4. Trish Jan 23, 2012 8:50 AM
    Spectacular!! OMG, Cassandra is alive and watching. She picked wonderful jewelry to wear.

  5. Beautiful and love her adornments!

  6. ,I love her, her expression is so wise so 'thinking'.
    Hugs Baukje

  7. Gorgeous! It's nice to see a reminder of spring!

  8. Oooh if I didn't live in the UK I would be permanently at your classes you wouldn't be able to keep me loving your beautiful creations. x

  9. Always such beauty to be seen when I come here--I admire your creative spirit...

  10. Fabulous work. Love your creation specially her facial expression.
    Hugs Anja

  11. Cheryl truly fabulous,I love her..xoxx

  12. I love the quiet strength of each of these faces Cheryl. A magical addition to a garden or anywhere. They breathe life! Have been away for a while ( trying to get life into balance) and am enjoying now catching up on all that is new.
    Take care,


  13. Cheryl, I wondered what had happened to you. Glad to know it was a trip. Hope it was fun.

    I wanted to let you know, since you were not familiar with it, BLOGGER saves all your photos to folders from your blog. You can find them by visiting the big "B" in the upper left hand (which takes you to your home page). Next, scroll down to the bottom of your home page, then click on Picasa Web Albums. You will find all your photos on there. Picasa is Blogger's way of keeping everything you put on your blog and making sure everyone in the world has access to it!

  14. Another stunner Cheryl, I love her golden hue!
    What a great idea to use artificial plants!
    My guess would be the real ones are the verigated ivy and the arrowhead plant.
    so glad to hear your classes are filling up so fast!
    Hugs Lynn


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