Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Tweet of Twithulu

How obscure can you get? Get it here.

O.K., now I really am going on vacation.
Christmas Ape and T Rex Sue, at the Chicago Field Museum
After all these giveaways and show prep and prepping for both school and teaching, I are worn out! So, Mr. ShellHawk, Ape and I are heading out for some adventures. My Etsy shop is in vacation mode, but if you check out my photos on ShellHawk's Nest on Facebook, you can see pumpkins both large and small for future purchase...

See you soon!

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Chicago Graveyard

My darling Mr. ShellHawk (whose only flaw is that he doesn't build props and think about Halloween 24/7/365) demonstrated his tolerance for my quirks yet again by stopping at a graveyard around the corner from our Chicago hotel so I could take some pics of the cooler monuments. I really love that man and so don't take him for granted because of thinks like this!

Monday, July 26, 2010

The Winnah!

The winner of the Online Poster Printing, super-duper poster is: Ghoul Friday!

The answer was Sam Quint, in Jaws.

GF-I'll email you with the appropriate info. Congrats!

Poster Giveaway

So this could turn out to be a super-fast giveaway, depending on you!
My sponsors over at Online Poster Printing, who, unsurprisingly, let you print posters online, are letting me do a poster giveaway. The prize is an 18"x24" poster print of your choice of image! Their poster prints could allow you to get that picture of you with Tom Savini blown up to the epic proportion it deserves!

One rule: you must be 18 years of age or older to enter. How to win: be the first to answer this two-part question accurately, and the free poster printing is yours:

Who said, "Here's to swimmin' with bowlegged women," and in what movie?

Giveaway ends on July 31, which should be plenty of time for you to remember the line from Amity Island. Hint, hint.

Good luck, kids! 

Summer Pumpkin Giveaway-The Winners!

Well, the day has come at long last! It's time to announce the winners of the Summer Pumpkin Giveaway!

Congratulations to Sam, who won Evil, pictured above. Congratulations also go out to Magickal Seasons and Halloween Nut, who both won a mini-pumpkin of my choice.

Yay for you all! Please send me your addresses ASAP, as I will be disappearing for yet another trip starting Thursday morning and won't be around to ship your goodies.

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Time is Running Out!

The Summer Pumpkin Giveaway is almost over, so if you want to win one, please be sure to enter now! Click the highlighted words for info!

Pumpkin Hell

Friday, July 23, 2010

Faces for Show

I've been playing with making some new faces and making a few of my pots more "pumpkin-y." I've also been trying out new glazes, and one client wanted a radically different, non-pumpkin glaze.

I have so much to get done before the Fine Arts Festival, it's crazy! But I think these guys are a good start.

Thursday, July 22, 2010


Wednesday, July 21, 2010

CalHaunts Nor Cal Rock Star: Mr. Chicken

You really need to move to Northern California, because we have (almost!) all the best haunters here.

O.k., maybe not, but we surely do have a bunch of crazy-talented folks in the CalHaunts Norcal Chapter Haunt Club. Brent Ross of DC Cemetery, Perfessor Evil of Haunt Project, and a bunch of others, including one of my haunt heroes, Mr. Chicken.

Other folks have posted about him before-most recently, The Frog Queen. I had it in mind to post about him, but with one thing and another, hadn't gotten around to it until now-mostly because of the Frog Queen's good example and because I got to meet him at last Saturday's CalHaunts meeting. He's a genuinely nice person and, like most haunters, is very free with his haunt knowledge.

Anyhow, for those of you not aware of him, he is one of those guys who not only knows his animatronics, but has the artistic talent needed to make his props look realistic. He does molding and casting, too. He did a great how-to for his Madame Leota prop.

I am fantastically jealous of this guy!
Click on the image to see his haunt.

Giveaway update

I noticed that I have a few new anonymous followers and wanted to let them know my Summer Pumpkin Giveaway is going on right now! Click the highlighted words for details!

If you Anonymous followers would like to enter, please leave a comment on the original post so I can enter you in the upcoming drawing!

Also, I did a dumb thing and didn't realize I would be in Chicago this Friday, so giveaway winners will be announced on Monday!

Good luck!

Tuesday, July 20, 2010


This last one would go along well with The Ghost Ship (3:50 or thereabouts).

Via Razor Creative Blog: A Celebration of Great Ideas. More pumpkin pics when you click on the link.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

In La-La Land

From left to right- my dad, my grandmother, my grandfather. Taken in Venice, Italy, around 1940-ish, I think.

I'm in L.A. for a few days, celebrating my Grandmother's 101st birthday with the grand old dame. I'll be back soon with a few stories, I'm sure!

Meanwhile, a belated thank-you to those of you who have decided to put my banner on your sites (and not incidentally, have also continued to post such nice things about my work!). I want you to know how very much I appreciate your support.

*sniff* I'm so verklempt!

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Banner Update

Congrats to Pam, Erick, and the Frog Queen for being the first three to respond to my banner post.

Please email me your addresses and I'll get them out to you this weekend!

Monday, July 12, 2010

My Banner + Your Site =

A very cool addition to your page!

But seriously, if you like the things I make and you'd like to help spread the word, please feel free to snag this 468 x 60 banner, link the image with my Etsy store address (, and post it to your blog page where it will fit. The first three people to post it will receive a mini-pumpkin of my choice. Just leave a comment letting me know you put the banner on your site as a semi-permanent fixture!

Thanks! Blatant self-promotion moment now over!

It's Coming!

A quick trip to Michael's revealed a trend towards a certain favorite time of year...

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Did I Mention I'm Doing a Giveaway?

Just to encourage you to officially get off your duffs and join the growing crowd of folks taking part in this giveaway, I have posted my new mini-pumpkins, one or several of which will be added to the giveaway. Though you can't see it in the pic, their smiles glow in the dark. See the giveaway details here.

I don't think I'll be doing another giveaway of my handmade stuff this year, so if you want to win something, now's your chance! If you just can't wait to own one of my hand-thrown jacko pots, head over to ShellHawk's Creations to see the new guys I've put up there.

Package From Canadia

Yes, I know it's Canada. But, if people from Mexico are Mexicans, and people from America are Americans, than how come people from Canada aren't Canadans? If they're Canadian, they're from Canadia! Am I the only person who sees the logic in this?

Well, anyway, I got a package from whatchacallit yesterday, sent by none other than the illustrious Ghoul Friday! I'm very excited and happy to have a new piece of Halloween art to proudly display, especially since it's one of the delightfully creepy Plague Doctor series Ghoul Friday has been making.
Yup, The Bluebird of Unhappiness has come to perch above my fireplace until such time as I get my home office finished. Please don't ask when that will be. It's a sore subject around here...
Doesn't he look great?

Ghoul Friday has just opened her shop, though it still is in the process of being made fully functional. Trot on over there and see what kind of trouble you can get into!

Friday, July 9, 2010

It's a Girl!

The careful watching of this year's pumpkin crop continues, and the girls have started to show up on my Wyatt's Wonder!

I moved a potted Purple Coneflower next to the pumpkins to attract the bees for pollination. I'm a little concerned about the yellow color on the above plant's fruit, but with any luck, it'll ripen normally.

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Black Books

Amazing human and closet humorist, The Frog Queen, had me sit down in between running around and being incredibly social and terribly popular (ha!) at the WCHC and watch the first few episodes of the BBC series, Black Books. Though I was exhausted from the long hours, I really enjoyed it and made a mental note to watch the episodes again, when I wasn't falling asleep. I'm glad I did, and am grateful to the Frog Queen for turning me on to this great series.

Created by, and starring, Dylan Moran (You'll remember him from Shaun of the Dead), Black Books is the story of slob and book purveyor, Bernard Black. Black doesn't like people, keeping up with his accounts, or much of anything besides smoking and drinking, and is generally pretty cranky. Joined by accountant Manny (Bill Bailey) and next-door-shop-owner Fran (Tamsin Grieg), Black fumbles his way through numerous situations with classic British hilarity.

My favorite episode so far begins here: , on Manny's first day. If you need a short break from prop building and a crappy economy, this is a good start!

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Custom Faces

Just got a bisque firing finished and opened the kiln this morning. Unfortunately, I had my first home kiln explosion the other morning, within an hour of starting my kiln. I ended the cycle as soon as I heard it (I happened to be talking to a neighbor by the garage when I heard it), so that it wouldn't continue to explode and damage the other pieces in the kiln. My own fault, really. I had a feeling I should have let the two pieces that blew up dry out for another couple of days, but I thought I could get away with it. Lesson learned!

Fortunately, the three comission pieces I had in there did just fine. The client sent me the designs and let me know he just wanted them to look similar, but I think I got them almost precisely duplicated.
Since I'm starting to throw larger pieces and was on a roll for the three above, I decided to try a new face on a larger pot:
I'm looking forward to seeing how he'll turn out after glazing!

Oh, and remember: I have a giveaway going on right now, so don't forget to check the original post for how to enter!

I have also added a few more pumpkins to the shop, as I have nearly sold out of the ones I have on hand. Feel free to browse!

Artist William Basso

When I perform my Obligatory Family Visits to Los Angeles, there are certain rituals I observe. I go to my favorite pub. I visit with certain friends. I visit a few favorite stores. I stopped by Halloween Town and spent at least an hour wandering through and getting my fix. While the management style of the store is restrictive to the point of being annoying (No reading books allowed. Limit browsing to five minutes.), there are some great items to be found, and a permanent art gallery made to look like an old Victorian parlor, a la The Haunted Mansion. I took some time to go through the gallery and discovered there was a show dedicated to the art of the Haunted Mansion, which featured works by Eric Pigors, Queenie, Bob Lizzarraga, and others. The work I really enjoyed (and not just the Haunted Mansion art) was done by W.A. Basso, so much so that I purchased two numbered prints: Twilight, above, and October Shadows, below.
October Shadows
Those who are unfamiliar with Basso's name are aware of his art, whether they realize it or not. He has contributed to such films as Edward Scissorhands, Terminator 2, Batman Returns, and Interview With a Vampire. I just love his attention to detail and the dreamlike, surreal quality of his pieces. He inspires me!
Pumpkin Patch Goblin

Check out his information over at his site:

Images are used by permission of the artist and are subject to Copyright. Don't be naughty.