Just a reminder

We are doing it again this weekend!

2nd weekend is coming up! My studio will be open again this weekend, I hope you can come! I have plenty of brochures.

The Orange County Artists Guild Open Studio Tour is continuing this weekend, November 14 & 15.

Hours are 10am-5pm on Saturday and Noon-5pm on Sunday.

The tour is free and open to the public. More information about the tour

here

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my invitation

Frisky Rabbit

Rabbit and Tulips, 12" diam. Cathy Kiffney
There is just a hint of fall in the air, cool and crisp this morning.
I've been having trouble with my clay body and those pieces I started about a month ago had some techical problems. :(
The doily pieces came out of the kiln with a few surprises. CRACKS! Thankfully three from the series worked, here is one of them.

Texture impressions in clay

Using textures to press into clay is one of the extremely fun things to do with clay and a technique I return to over and over. I use my own hand-made stamps, antique wood-block stamps and found objects and you can even purchase texture mats and rollers just for this--the possibilities are endless.  The effects are instant and addictive, the challenge is do something with it to make it your own.

I came across a huge sale of doilies and could not resist.

old doilies to use for clay texture. www.cathykiffney.com

Cathy Kiffney
 Pressed the doilies into the clay and painted colored slips on top.
process, Cathy Kiffney Studio
 I took the slip soaked doily and flipped it over onto the next slab of clay to press that color into the clay. Then painted it with a contrasting colored slip.
process, Cathy Kiffney Studio
I  jumped in to the process and did the most obvious-- not the most original treatment but oh, so much fun!-- And I needed a brake from challenges.

But then I was at a loss as to what to do with the beautiful textures. I decided to get back to basics and began carving into the texture my old friends, the owls.

Process, Cathy Kiffney


For variety sake I used an addition technique by adding a sculpted rabbit and flowers. For the Fox piece I used a combination of carving and sculpted additions.

Jumping rabbit and tulips
process, Cathy Kiffney Studio
Mr. Fox and falling leaves
process, Cathy Kiffney Studio
 ...and of course, the birds....

ceramic wall hanging birds, Cathy Kiffney

ceramic wall hanging birds, Cathy Kiffney

wall birds, Cathy Kiffney