Blog posts


January 2019 - Shelf Pole
November 2018 - Painted Gourd
October 2018 - Matryoshka Doll Wall Hanging
September 2018 - Garden Pole
August 2018 - Mosaic Garden Sphere
June 2018 - Rock Houses
January 2018 - Art Can Happen Anywhere
November 2017 - Negative Space Painting
August 2017 - Altered Books
May 2017 - Annoying Cat
March 2017 - Costumes and Props
February 2017 - T-shirt Mania
January 2017 - 52 Week Illustration Challenge
December 2016 - Wonder Woman Fleece Hat
September 2016 - Lonely Chair Stop Motion
August 2016 - Sponging Rocks
May 2016 - Creating art with kids
April 2016 - Pew pew pew
March 2016 - Garage Band
Febraury 2016 - Stikbots Videos
January 2016 - Cross stitching zombies
December 2015 - Monster Mobile
November 2015 - The Reversible Seal Hat
October 2015 - Hallowe'en Maker Month
May 2015 - Avatar, Harry Potter and Shopkins


January 2019 : Mini Shelf Pole


Welcome to 2019! Although I am happy winter has finally presented us with a dumping of snow (there is no bad weather just poor clothing choices) I am missing the longer days of spring. Darkness at 4:30 can be pretty gloomy day in and day out. After creating my large garden pole back in the the summer I thought how fun would it be to create one in ceramic like the ones I have seen others posting online that look fantastic in the garden. Sadly I do not have access to a kiln. I do however have access to a toaster over.

Voila, my mini shelf totems.

Using polymer clay I created lots of small shapes using bright colours to help cheer up my dark winter house. Once baked I used a metal wire from an old coat hangar and mounted it on a small piece of wood branch from my garden. I had a lot of fun making the shapes and got to experiment without getting too stressed out trying to be clever or creative.

Since the shapes are simply thread on a wire piece I can removed them and change the order any time I want making the piece look different each time. I recommend you try this one. I plan on teaching it in my next family art class at the gallery.


Of course during my photoshoot my cat Thunder had to check it out. He is always on my art table, sleeping, trying to dump my water containers, pawing at my paint palette and getting his nose into everything.