Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Tammy Marinuzzi: Ceramic Jars

"Hooter #1"

Hooter #1 side view

Hooter #1, ceramic jar with head for a lid

"Hooter #2"

"Blue Guy"

"I Love You Boy?"


"I Love You Gal"

Tammy Marinuzzi is a super talented ceramic artist from Panama City, FL. Her hand-built whimsical and quirky ceramic pieces are made out of terra-cotta and hand painted with bright stains and glazes. Tammy's primary source of inspiration comes from watching people, she observes and reads their body language and facial expressions which are reflected in her pieces. She makes functional ceramics that are ideal for everyday use such as ceramic jars, cups, teapots, plates.  Her work has a human like quality that expresses and exposes human imperfections like greed, lust, jealousy, fear, love, and joy. 

Artist's statement: "The work brings self-awareness directly to the table. It is made to mimic the interactions of everyday life and to encourage self-examination. They can be read as heavy both in weight and emotion, a metaphor for human interaction: "One can fill a cup or render it empty." To see more of her more and to learn about her you can go here.

Free Printable Halloween Owl

You can get this adorable halloween owl to make treat bag tags and to decorate cards. The printable file will have owls in three different sizes - one large, two medium sized and five small cut outs to meet all kind of needs. To read the instructions to download and print please go to this link. While on the link, also check out other wonderful printables such as bat, skull, skeleton etc. Enjoy!

Easy Owl Leaf Art

This is an easy as well as a fun tutorial that teaches you how to make a feathered owl with leaves. All you need to do is grab some leaves (which you could do while taking a walk in your neighborhood on a fine afternoon), construction paper, glue and scissors. This is a very simple craft project for kids of all ages to try that does not need much help. You can make multiple owls to decorate around the house and bring a little fall colors into your home. 

For the entire tutorial with complete instructions, you can go here. You can find other fall inspired craft projects and diys that I shared previously on the blog by going to this link.

Monday, September 29, 2014

Bird Sculptures Made From PVC

Nelson and Lorna Forest from North Central Florida is a super talented duo who have been creating these lovely bird sculptures from PVC pipe for over 12 years! Yes, you read that right. These birds are made using PVC pipe.

Why they chose PVC to make the bird sculptures?
"We found making sculptures with PVC pipe allows us to give our sculptures a 3 dimensional aspect. We also found that the PVC also mimics the movements of the real bird as it will sway in the wind. We strive to make our sculpture as real and life like as the bird we portray."

The process begins with a drawing which is then formed into a 3D sculpture with the help of simple tools like jigsaw, sandpaper and different heat sources to achieve different poses. The birds have a very light and delicate quality that if you see them without the knowledge of the material used, you can't guess they are to be formed with a mundane material such as PVC. To see more of their birds, visit their website.

Ceramic Dish Sets for Kids

Make your little one's meal time fun with this sweet collection of ceramic dish sets by Alex Marshall Studios. The set of three hand-made ceramic pieces includes a plate, bowl and a mug that can be personalized with your child's name. The set comes in bright eye-catching colors and several animal designs such as owl, elephant. whale, rabbit, monkey, duck and more!

More products and designs from the ceramic collection can be found here