In 1991 Eve Behar took her first ceramics class and, like a lot of people who work in clay, got hooked. She continued to take classes in college and then at adult education centers while starting a career in television production. Ceramics as a hobby proved not to be enough for Eve, so in 1995 she took a break from working and went to Florence for a year to study at the Studio Art Center International.
In eager anticipation of the big day, children love opening these mini versions of Father Christmas’s sack. Find an old frame, stretch some twine across it and peg out the little sacks for all to see. make one large bag to keep the sacks in so that they can be safely stowed away for future festivities, while the frame can be used as a noticeboard for the rest of the year.
The ceramic art of Stephen Bowers, with its complex surfaces and the capriccios being acted out upon them, issues an irresistible invitation to look closer. Whether a cockatoo-festooned palaceware vase from the 1980s or a mid-1990s tea set involving the artist’s understanding and control of technical possibilities such as multiple firing, underglaze paint colours and intricate line illustration, the result is a seductive richness: porcelain made plasma screen.
Celebrating a birth of a baby is a perfect excuse to get crafting and there’s something particularly satisfying about making a special gift for the new arrival, especially if it is something that can be kept and displayed for years to come. You can really go wrong with a pretty decorative picture frame – it is perfect for the new baby, but really suitable for any little girl.
Perhaps, there is no place in the earth with such high density of artisans and craftsmen as in Bali. You name it and you can find it here – woodcarving, stone carving, silver and gold smiths, basket weavers, terracotta and ceramics, full range of handicrafts – the list goes on forever. Here is a short list of some of the best things or products available and you can go to find them.
Christine Alvarado is an artist and doll maker originally from the Monterey Peninsula and she currently resides in Bend, Oregon with her husband and son. Her background is in fine art, sculpture, printmaking, etc.. She earned an AA in Graphic Design at Monterey Peninsula College and her BA in Art at San Jose State University’s School of Art & Design.
Way back when we could make friendship bracelets with our eyes closed. Here is a reminder for the older generations and something very new for today’s teenagers. The friendship bracelets are amazing fun to make and it is a great gift to your BFF or siblings.
Here is an interesting project on how to make a decorative patchwork noticeboard for your kitchen or study, or children’s room. You can try to make the kind of patchwork that you would like to own on a number of occasions. But not the simple machined squares; you can go for other shapes, too. Also, you can cheat. Paper can be just effective as chintz or flannel scraps. Try to make it – it’s a real fun!
Growing up in Japan, Shoko Teruyama remembers tradition being part of daily life. Temples and shrines were everywhere, even inside her home. She was drawn to these sacred spaces and ceremonial objects because they were decorated with texture and pattern contrasted by areas of calm and stillness.
Handmade housewarming gifts that are really useful are always well received.These lovely lamps and colourful shades can be created to match existing colour schemes or as stand-alone pieces. Lamps, odd shades and the fabric to cover them can all be picked up for very little at markets and thrift shops. Make sure that the electrics and fittings are of the modern type and take them to a lighting shop to be checked if you are in any doubt.