Wednesday, June 29, 2022

OMG, They're SOOO CUTE!

I did a low-fire glaze firing the other day and have been too busy here to post these guys but aren't they the most creepy/adorable things you've ever seen?! 



I had such fun with their gestures and expressions, and I really can't wait to make more!

I've been puttering with different kinds of goody bags for the little pumpkin people, as well. Below are the before and after pics of this little charmer as a completely creepy-cute trick-or-treater!


Remember, if you're buying tickets for Midsummer Scream so you can acquire one of these beauties, use code SHEMSS22 for a little discount!

Friday, June 3, 2022

Corporate Pride!

Happy Pride month, everyone!


Wednesday, June 1, 2022

Bad Necromance

Click on the pic to rock out to some of those sick (Lovecraft) beats! 

Tuesday, May 31, 2022

Atmosphere for Sale

 


It feels like every single one of these pictures has a creepy backstory, possibly narrated by Tom Waits.

Octobershouse, photography by Bean, available at her Etsy Store.

I'm heading over there right now to get myself one of those delicious Polaroids!

Wednesday, May 25, 2022

Remember the Glorious 25th of May!

To all those who fought the Battle of Treacle Mine Road, we salute you on this 25th of May!


If you have no idea what I'm talking about, you have a wonderful read in front of you!




 

Saturday, May 21, 2022

WIP - Pumpkin People!

I'm still chugging along on making fun stuff for Midsummer Scream. As I've mentioned before, the ideas for pieces are flowing so much faster than I have time to execute them, so I have to stop myself from exploring a bunch of different directions at once and make a decision to make blocks of them, instead.

This week is a return to my pumpkin people. 



I finished one yesterday, the rest await their hands and treat bags/sacks when I get to it this morning.

And yes, the above will ultimately be treat bags.



This little guy has just charmed the daylights out of me. I feel like he's saying, "Yes, I'm creepy, but it's just the way I was made! I'm actually very sweet!" Sort of like a creepy Jessica Rabbit.


I'll be making more of these guys coming soon! I'm already looking ahead to the glazing/decorating phase!

Sunday, May 15, 2022

Blessed Be

Blessed Be By Zoë van Dijik.

"100% of the proceeds of this print will be donated to both Planned Parenthood and the ACLU. If you are a nonprofit organization wishing to use this image in any way, please contact me and I am happy to grant you free usage rights and will furnish you with a high res file."

 Zoë's Instagram here

Saturday, May 14, 2022

It's a Process

Just a big ol' photo dump! You guys know the drill by now! 




OK, small explanation here. These guys are all for the Raku firings I do. They get a special type of glaze.


Homemade Raku kiln, below.





The guys above before the excess carbon was scrubbed off after I pulled them out of the post-firing reduction.


These cuties are scrubbed and ready to go! I may end up doing a "mug shot" shoot this weekend.

I actually had to stop before all the firings were done on Sunday, due to simple exhaustion. Multiple Raku firings in one day really take it out of me. But the results are delightful!


Friday, May 13, 2022

Alien Art

 Alien(1979). Art by Christopher Shy.

Tuesday, May 3, 2022

For the Pratchett Fans


 Igor is one are some of my favorite characters! All the Igorinas, too...

 

Friday, April 29, 2022

WIPS and Other Needful News

Gawd, I love making jacks!

It's a terrible addiction, really. I'm sure there are folks out there who have been following my blog for a while and are wondering when, exactly, I'll move on to something different. While that's a valid question, my answer is, at this time, "Yeah. No. Probably not going to happen."

I do love sculpture. I have roughly a million ideas for different fine art sculptures and various forms of functional pottery and oh! SO MANY, MANY THINGS! But those jacks, with their smiles and their snarls and grimaces and frowns and most of all, the knowledge that a candle put in their hollow bodies will make those faces come alive... They entrance me. They captivate me. They call to me and beg to be made, to be given life. To be given to others who see their faces and are instantly hooked. 

I don't know what it is about the addition of that live flame makes me so happy, so engaged, while I'm carving the faces they tell me they want to wear. I look at each jack-o'-lantern as I would a fall pumpkin, turning it round and round to find the right spot for the face. A place where the stem I made sits just so and becomes an extension of his visage, adds a kind of animation and expression to the face, itself. 

Maybe it makes our jack look wistful, or comical. But I think ahead to the finished little guy, all glazed and fired and sanded and ready to go to his new home, and I take that one extra moment to think of the light he'll have inside and how he'll look when he's all lit up. I have to imagine how that light will look coming out of mismatched eyes and a huge mouth. Or the flickering from a tiny mouth with enormous and watchful eyes.


And the ones I've included here, fresh from being carved, but still with their original clay color, will be fired and then I'll Raku fire them for their glaze firing, because I love what the crackle does to their surfaces, carbon lightning stabbing through white or aqua or red glazes. They're even more special!

In other news, the Etsy strike has come and gone without any kind of acknowledgement from the company, which is what I anticipated. A friend of mine commented that Etsy has become "Wish" for hipsters, and I have to say, I can see their point.

That and the numbers have made me decide to leave the platform after twelve years. It's just not sustainable for me, and it's time for me to have my own website. So I'm building it through Square, since Square is already my point of sale and they have basic website-building tools. It's been an expensive year for me, si unfortunately, I can't afford to pay someone to do it for me, but I feel like I can cobble something functional together and pay someone at a later date to upgrade or overhaul as necessary.

I'll let you know when the launch will be!

And lastly, Midsummer Scream is on its way at the end of July in Long Beach, California! Remember to buy your tickets in advance and use my code at checkout for a discount!


Can't wait for you to see the jacks, all finished and ready for you! 

Saturday, April 9, 2022

News from the Nest!

It's been a little bit, hasn't it? Have you been missing my gripping and enticing prose? No? I'm crushed, but I will sally forth with the latest updates.

First, I was lucky with my latest firing, as you can see above. I went off the reservation and did a bisque firing and a low-fire glaze firing, in the same firing! All mixed together, willy-nilly! 


And it turned out so well!

You may reasonably ask why it might be such a big deal to mix glaze and bisque. Honestly? I never looked it up! I just never saw it done when I was in school and thought that maybe it had to do with the chemicals released by the heat of the firing. But then I saw someone mix glaze and bisque when glaze and bisque firing were at the same temperature without major issues, so I thought, why not?

Some clays and glaze don't reach maturity until they're fired at higher temperatures. Low fire clays mature between 1945°F and 1971°F. When you fire low fire glazes, they flux at about the same temps, give or take. If you get into super-duper low fire like lusters or china paints, you're looking at around 1283°F, give or take. But this firing had both clays and glazes at the same temp, so no biggie! I love how the glaze pieces turned out, especially the Day of the Dead jacks!


In other news, I had a successful stoneware firing, which results will be in my shop shortly tonight at 6:00 PM PST! I got some more of those Supernatural-inspired cups, mugs, and tankards put together, because:

  1. I am obsessed, still
  2. I love the peace that carving clay gives me
  3. I love making things for fans of SPN, because I know they appreciate my handmade work
  4. Did I mention I'm obsessed with Supernatural?
  5. I love carving "Hey, Assbutt!" because it makes me giggle like a thirteen-year-old kid


But there's other, not so happy, news. Etsy is being a collective, corporate, dickbag, with imminent changes to come on April 11th and how it will affect my shop.

Despite soaring revenues Etsy has made lately -transaction fees are going UP 30%. That makes this April 11 fee hike an increase of 85% within five years. (I literally got $8 for a $50 cup, recently. I'm sure you can see why this isn't a sustainable business model.)

On top of the transaction fees I must pay a flat listing fee, payment processing fees, and other service fees, including a 12 percent advertising commission each time a customer comes to my shop and makes a purchase from an ad placed by Etsy — a program anyone making more than $10,000 a year is required to join.
This means after April 11th I'll be adjusting my prices accordingly. I'll also be searching for a different online outlet for my work, one which is more sustainable for me and makes my work more affordable for my customers.

If you have something in your cart- or was thinking of buying, from my shop or anyone else's...I would do it now. Thank you, as always, for your support.