Friday, December 9, 2016

2017 is Coming!

And with it an expansion of my artistic vision, if that doesn't sound too pretentious. I've been setting goals for the upcoming year, and barring a repeat of 2016's year of challenge after challenge, I can do it! 
 I've outgrown my space, you see. To alleviate that issue, I've been purging things inside the house and am moving on to doing the same in the studio in the coming weeks.

One of my goals is to purchase some good-quality, sturdy cabinets for storage for both the garage and the studio. They're not cheap, but the will last nearly forever! And that will tidy up the studio quite a bit, free up some space and organize things more efficiently.

I plan to sell my smaller kiln for a second, larger electric kiln, which will require another visit from my favorite electrician, Kevin. 

Sometime in the future, ideally within the next couple of years, I plan to purchase a gas kiln. Of course, I need to check with the city first, and see what the building codes are going to be, and see if I can even have one here at home.

And I would dearly love to build a permanent Raku kiln, although having something built permanently in the back yard may be an understandable aesthetic issue for Mr. ShellHawk. Staring at a bunch of fire bricks covered with a tarp all year may not be what he (or I) consider to be the vision of a tidy and relaxing back yard!

Ultimately, my true vision is to make the everyday things we use -- cups, teapots, bowls, etc. -- things of beauty. Things which people look forward to using and show proudly to their friends and family. I plan to create sculpture which people will love to see in their homes every day.

I've mentioned before about my Patreon site, which is essentially a twist on the usual crowd-funding sites and is built specifically to support artists through ongoing patronage by their fans. I launched it a while back, but then life attacked me and I was unable to keep it up. 

Well, I've re-launched, and I would love it if you, my readers and fans would head over there and look over how to become a Patron of my art. I've even included a permanent link in my upper right side bar.

I've got it set up so that nearly each level of monthly Patronage receives special benefits from me! Even $1 a month will help, and you can cancel your patronage at any time. 

Whatever you decide you can do, know that it will contribute to my goals and visions of being able to continue to create great art every year, and beat back the boring, uninspired things we use every day. 

Each day should be filled with beauty, don't you think?

ShellHawk's Creations Patreon site is here.

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Behind the Scenes

Taking photos of my work. One of those things that takes time,  but is worth it.
I love how the glazes turned out on this bowl.

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

I Just Might Need This...

Seriously. It's a Sentinel Sphere ornament. From Phantasm.

How can you not want this cheery little orb for your Christmas tree---boy!

Get it here.

Monday, December 5, 2016

This Week's Goals

This week is all about clearing space and reorganizing. I've been in the process of doing a "purge" around the house, getting rid of old clothes and old things I don't use any more, just because things are getting cluttered and I have this irrational dream of actually using my garage to park my car! 

Crazy talk, I know!

Plus my studio still looks like a bomb went off in it and all of that needs to get cleaned up and organized again. I have a massive chunk of ceramics magazines I'm going to be going through and donating to the local college or high school, too, I think!
In the process of purging, I've decided to cut prices on my t-shirts for the holiday season, so if you liked them before but couldn't come up with the cash, now's a good time to pick up a couple for yourself or as a nice stocking stuffer for a friend.
I mentioned last week that I'll be putting up the Halloween stock I never got around to posting this season. I took a bunch of pics yesterday of the goblets and coffee mugs I made for West Coast Haunters, but which never got sold because the hotel lost the box until a few weeks ago.
I'll be getting a few more pics of this guy, who is my first Raku jack-o'-lantern in lavender!

I had the goal of doing this last week, but our darling Coda blew out her other knee (the first one went in March), and since she has to be in her crate to allow it to heal for a bit before we get her in for surgery, I have to stick close to her when I'm home or she gets restless and starts looking for me. Mr. ShellHawk was out of town for most of last week, so I was kind of stuck sitting in the same room with her until he got back from his trip.
If you wish to take advantage of my current cleaning rampage (and help me raise some money for poor Coda's surgery, which ain't going to be cheap) in my ShellHawk's Creations Etsy store, you can type in "BLOG2016" at checkout for a 15% discount on a minimum purchase of $25.00. The coupon code will be valid until December 31st. Ornaments and things like that make for great hostess gifts and Secret Santa gifts, and they're well-made and priced to sell.

Please feel free to share this blog post around to folks who are Halloween enthusiasts, ceramics enthusiasts, etc. so they can take advantage of the coupon code, too.

Speaking of dogs, both of our pups made it into the Potters Council's "Pets in the Studio" 2017 wall calendar! Hooray! They're both so adorable, and funny enough, they are Mr. and Mrs. October! The person who was in charge of putting the calendar together said that she thought they were perfect to be side by side in the same month.

Well, on to another week!

Thursday, December 1, 2016

It's Been Awhile!

Sorry I've been absent for so long! It's just been weird, and busy, and Mr. ShellHawk and I went out of town for Thanksgiving, and...

Well, you know. Life happened!

And when we came back from vacation (literally at 1:00 AM), we discovered our sweet dog, Coda, had blown out her knee. And then, a couple of days later, her hip started making alarming clicking noises. She has her vet appointment tomorrow, but it looks like we're in for another very expensive surgery for her.

So, I'm hoping that perhaps you'll consider heading over to my shop to pick something up for yourself or someone you love for Christmas or whichever gift-exchanging holiday you celebrate!
I have things available for nice, but inexpensive hostess gifts or Secret Santa gifts, plus a few things just for you. So head on over to browse ShellHawk's Creations Etsy store and get yourself something nice for the Holidays! 

Please feel free to spread the word and link to my store or this blog post. I'm putting more things in the store every day, and you'll be helping to build the world's best bionic dog! ;)

Thanks, and happy shopping!

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

A White House Halloween

The last Halloween for America's most powerful power couple...
 The theme was all about fantasy. The decorations were black and white.
 I've always loved how President Obama was such a mush with kids!
Click here for video.
Click here for more photos.

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Halloween 2016

We pretty much got rained out last night, but there were still some families who came out with their kids and enjoyed the holiday in spite of the rain. 

I was a bit bummed at the beginning of the evening, since it started with a fog machine feeder hose breaking when I pulled the cap off to fill the machine with fog fluid. I had my second one, so that worked out OK, but then, just when I got the projection effects set up (I had delayed because of the threat of rain, then decided to go ahead, anyway), it started to rain. So my singing pumpkins were just blank, inflatable pumpkin backs, instead of singing pumpkins. :o/ 
These pictures are from a week or two ago, when I was setting up. 
My neighbor, Spider Rider, had given me his old graveyard keeper, so at least there was a "new" prop for people to see. And of course, there were my old standby tombstones.
 I'm hoping that I can get around to doing a few more for next year, to mix it up!
I'm looking forward to seeing everyone else's haunts and displays this year.

Meanwhile, it's November 1st.  The day after.

Monday, October 31, 2016

Happy Hallowe'en!

A few images from Halloweens past, plus an idea for a project for next year...
It was bucketing rain here yesterday, promise of rain tonight, so fingers crossed it all just blows by or holds off until late!
Have a wonderful Hallowe'en y'all! Happy New Year!

Saturday, October 29, 2016

Basil Rathbone, Vincent Price and Edgar Allan Poe

It's been a bit over 165 years since one of America's great writers passed, but we still talk about him. We still quote him. We are still fascinated by the darkness he explored and brought to light in haunting poems and unsettling stories.

Edgar Allan Poe. 

His work goes beautifully with this time of the year. This time, when the year is slowly dying and we hear the bones clacking in the windswept trees and the leaves scuttling down the street.

And we can hear those works read by greats like Vincent Price and Basil Rathbone!

Click here to start listening on Spotify.

Friday, October 28, 2016

Hallowe'en: Keep it in the Family

A yearly shoot, with husband and daughter as the eerie subjects.
A wonderful way to document the passing of years.
You can read the Upworthy article about this unique photo shoot here.
 See more of the annual Hallowe'en photo shoot here.

Other photos by the very talented mom, Julie Paveto, here.

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