Found this huge plastic jar of golf tee's at my favorite Thrift Store. At least that's what I think they are, because there was an old normal, wooden one among the plastic ones. At first I thought they were electrical wire nuts but I think they are tees. I also scored four, larger plastic dolls with great arms and hands to use on my Shrine-a-rella's. I like the shape of the hands because they don't look like small, Barbie hands, or like chubby baby hands. I usually do the deconstructing of any doll or toy AWAY and out of sight from my youngest son Gus. Way too traumatic... There are so many golf tee's I'm going to share my bounty with my Dad for his assemblage works. The tee's would look cool running spike-like around the edge of a Shrine-a-rella that's been languishing in my studio (along with two others) for a few months now. Some of the frame pieces that my Dad shipped up to me can also be used on my "patiently waiting," unfinished Shrine bases. Since I've been concentrating in all metal lately, my clay and assemblage work have had to take a back seat -which is really frustrating. I've grinched before about this, but switching back and forth between mediums has required an entire new production schedule, which I STILL don't have worked out. My hands (and kilns) have been CALLING out to the clay.
My goal was to have a bazillion incredible clay and steel pieces for the upcoming Show. I'll have a few pieces, along with some great Shrine-a-rella's, just not the quantity of clay pieces I was hoping for. More practice and PATIENCE is needed for the clay work. The Show is scheduled to open the First Friday in June. This will be my 6th(?) annual Summer Show at Half Moon. The crowds are usually huge and wonderful and we sell out as many pieces as I made. I'm usually so nervous the week leading up to the event, it's important I stay focused on work so I don't make myself sick! So many of my loyal customers will wait for a couple of hours to say hi or to meet me which is always flattering but overwhelming and leaves me completely humbled.
The "Mr. Mantis" sculpture got glasses yesterday. I thought it would help him to better see the pot of flowers he'll be holding! As for his finish, a light rain last week decided it's fate for me, which is now starting to be a nice rust patina. He looks fine, so I'll let the oxidation continue until the Show. The "Nested" topiary I welded this week got enamel paint details today on the six little baby birdies inside. The topiary is about 5 and a half feet tall and was designed for an outdoor garden area. The steel topiary design is perfect for supporting climbing flowers. Another "Nested" topiary I welded up has an empty nest that I'd like to put a hand sculpted, clay, bird in... as soon as I can get my hands out of welding gloves and back INTO CLAY!