I've mentioned that I've been spending days this winter in the art studio. Since the studio is so small and has lots of windows, it warms up quickly and is even more cozy than the house. I've been working on new tile designs and for quite some time I've wanted to experiment with larger tile murals. I still don't know how it will fire and glaze, but I'm looking forward to seeing the results.... as long as they are good. It's possible that I'm sometimes slightly impatient when it comes to trial and error. I prefer trial and accuracy but that's just probably because I'm lazy and don't want to have to do things over.
As spring approaches I began thinking that it might be nice to have ceramic garden markers to label seedlings. It's a good way to use excess clay that has been cut away from the mural. I cut a random organic shape, hand carve a plant name and voila! Garden marker.
Hopefully I'll have enough art to sell at our local festival in June. I have yet to try out my wares at a festival and am eager to see if I'll hold my own among fine artists and craftspeople.