Friday, April 20, 2018

I am going MUGSY! The process of learning ceramics by Kolene Spicher

My first Mug and Platter 

The Birds Find Their Home by the Sea 
Mermaid Holding a Sweet Bird by the Sea 

Ceramics by Kolene Spicher 

I have been learning how to do ceramics in my free time, lol.  I have no free time.  My days are always planned with good things.  Each day I try to do something the VERY BEST THAT I CAN.  It doesn't have to be perfect, but it needs to be my best.  

Ceramics have been a type of healing for me.  It is too deep to explain and I'd bore you.  So lets look at some pictures.  

This is not really what I thought this would look like.  The green burned brown and sort of looks like my grass in the summer after 6 weeks of no rain.  I didn't use enough paint...sigh.  The black lines are inconsistent.  I did not realize that when they say three coats, they really mean three.  Who would have thought.  So make a note, next mug, three coats of color.  Oh and don't use that green.  Or that blue...What, you don't know what blue you used, do you?  Know your colors.  Make a note.  So you are starting to see, this isn't an easy process.  But I love this mug and I think what makes it endearing are the imperfections that this new potter is learning to overcome.  I like the hand made look, but there needs to be a line that I don't cross.  I don't know the line. :( 

I like the way the leaf turned out and also the drippy blue.  The handle on the left says, "The Birds!"  The other side says, "Find their home!" Finally, barely there, is the writing By the Sea in the muddy grass. 

Let's talk about the lady in the picture.  She's sort of bumpy...literally and in all the wrong places, but you know what?  I love her.  I love this mug, and imperfect as it is, I have found that it is very fun to drink out of.  

I'd say that this was me, but it isn't.  But I do love it and want to keep it! 
See the handle?  This says, "Find their Home."  This is referring to birds.  Nevermind that my finger doesn't even fit in that hole.  LOL. 

You can't see it in the picture, but there is a bump to the right of this poor woman's breast.  I don't mind it, but I am pointing it out because it's there, and when you drink out of it, you are reminded that a woman made this mug.  LOL. 

This is very Bohemian!
Oh how I love that blue inside the cup and also on the water.  If only I had put more brush strokes.  

This might actually be my favorite part.  This sweet Robin truly found a home by the sea and in this cup.  I am going to do a painting around this mug.  I am working on another cup that has this theme painted on it to go with the  new painting.  Whoever gets the painting, gets the mug!  I will plan on taking this stuff to #wiltonhistoricalsociety show that takes place in November.  

I am going to make a hand built stand for this. 
Finally, let's talk about the platter.  I love so much of it.  I don't love the shine.  I am going to make another one out of Porcelain.  Yesterday, I made two hand-built porcelain mugs.  I worked on them some this morning and I love how they are getting.  One of them will be  for my Birds find their Home by the Sea mug.  

Now you know why I am going "Mugsy." #Mugsy is about pottery (for me).  It's about all the steps and lessons and about loving what you are, whatever that might be.  :) 


Monday, April 2, 2018

Bird Mermaid Platter by Kolene Spicher

Showing off her bird-catching skills 
A Kolene Spicher Mermaid Pottery Piece 

Hand Building Pottery 

I have made some progress with my platter since I last posted.  The colors on this piece are beginning to POP as the clay is drying out in preparation to Bisque Firing.  

The edge of this piece was designed to look like coral.  I think it has this look, too, but I don't know for certain what this will look like once it is Bisque Fired. 

I decided to add the curtain because it gives it a good pop of color.  The water is textured and many shades of BLUE will stick out once fired. 

I am really loving this whole process.  I am going to be making many more of this sort of thing.  As I learn more about the clay, I am leaning more toward the hand-building process.  I am also learning to throw on the wheel, too.  


Apple Mug

Eat Apples Daily 
A functional and decorative mug
by Kolene Spicher 

Can you help me find my missing apples? 

The bottom was heavy...sigh, I am a beginner!  
This little mug isn't so little.  It's heavy too, but it is so cute.  I am thinking that it will turn out A-ok once it's fired.  Will survive the fire?  I believe! 

Is it me or does she look like she is wearing a beehive?  I think we will call her Beehive lady! 

The colors are rich on this, and not garish!  I will post more once it's fired! 
Here are my missing apples!  
Like all my art, this too is meant to be interactive.  I want people to look at this stuff and be curious, what's the message?? 
The vote is out on the inside being blue...I might just hate it.  We shall see.  


Wednesday, March 28, 2018

New Pottery Pieces, painting sheep, trees, and a mermaid

Learning another trade 

I have been interested in learning pottery for a very long time.  I think this is a natural segway for me from what I am already doing daily.  I will need to develop 
my skills, but I am on my way!  

I must have been spending too much time with my dogs, because this poor sheep sort of looks like one, lol.  
These are mugs that were hand built and not made 
on a wheel.  

The bottoms were carved and so was the daisy on the handle.  The trees were carved into the clay.  

I made four Black Sheep mugs!  This one is my favorite, I think. (above)

While this isn't the clearest or highest quality photo, you get the idea.  I love the trees and grass, etc.  The black sheep also has some carving highlights.  

The handle on this sort of rests under your pointer finger.  

Finally, I will post a picture of the beginning stages of a mermaid platter!  This piece is about 10" high and 8" wide.  It is slightly concave.   I think I will frame it somehow, maybe, whenever it is finished.  I will post more detailed pictures after these pieces make it thru the fire.  

This mermaid is still fresh wet clay! It will be painted to look like all of my other mermaids.  

Thanks for looking.  Message me with questions.  Like my Kolenespicher fb page!  Follow me on Instagram.  


Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Chef Illustrations by Pennsylvania Artist Kolene Spicher

From Poissonnier, Pastry and Dessert, and

Line Cook,  to the Saucier!

Types of Chefs 

I love to cook and I love a good chef.  Who doesn't.  One of my favorite past times ( I am reluctant to say is eating out).  I consider food a presentation an art when it's done correctly.  I love this little guy with his red checkered apron.  He just might be the Chef de Cuisine!  I love all cooking shows from Giada to Rachel Ray to Martha Stewart to Guy F.  I love them all.  What fun.  (IF I didn't mention your favorite show, it's because I am having a brain fade incident, but I watch them all!)

What's your fav pizza? 

I don't know what a pizza chef is called.  Before today, I would probably have said that he was in the Line Cook Category, but you know I am not so sure.  It takes some skill to throw a pizza.   I looked it up on Google and they call him a Pizzalolos or pizzaioli.  So there you have it!  Pizza, pizza! 

I think people are really interested in cupcakes.  Kids especially love to make them and so do adults, really.  I enjoy a good cupcake and so I thought, I must do a cupcake chef.  The icing is my fav part.  Make it ganache, please.  And chocolate.  
The Patissier! 
Even though the background is dark, these project light.  They just do.  They look lovely in my light white kitchen.  (See Below). 

The Saucier! 
These guys have an important job in the kitchen.  Sauces really are at the heart of cooking and understanding how to put them together, let me tell you, isn't the easiest of things to do.  You have to have a critical understanding of how one food affects another.  You have to understand proportions and how they affect overall flavor.  And don't forget that harmless spice that you think just a little will do...well, if it taste like licorice, DON'T use it.  LOL.  One time, I added too much Tarragon or Anise or fennel (can't remember) and oh boy.  Soup went into trash.  No one would eat it.  See, I don't have that critical understanding... sigh.  

Fruit pies, desserts, custards--THE DESSERT CHEF. 
I THINK a pastry chef and a dessert chef are different things.  I specifically love pastries but know that I am not a natural at making pie dough.  I love puff pastry, and I love filo, yet, I can not make either.  These guys have some talent! 

Lastly, I have the fish fry!  The poissonnier!  Oh how I love fish.  Check her out!  She's not quite finished. I believe that I will do one more beside these five, a meat cook chef or a Rotisseur! 

The Poissonneir (not to be confused with the poisoner) LOL 

Thanks for looking and now I am hungry! 

Take care. 


Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Let's Celebrate - a snow scene by Pennsylvania Artist Kolene Spicher

Let's Celebrate 

Over the River and Thru the woods 

I know its winter outside, but would someone please tell the weatherman to act right.  It's like 70 and its February.  I went ahead and painted a winter scene (I started it a few weeks ago), but
it's just plain balmy out.  It doesn't feel right. 

This was an order.  
If you are interested in owning a snow scene from me, just message me!  It's that easy. 

Look at that man warming his hands, I hope he doesn't fall into the fire! 
The frame is so very cool.  It came from the Amish.  Here this 80 year old man named Rufus seems to enjoy cutting barns down and recycling the wood.  He even signs some of his frames.  This frame came with a back that had a name written in ballpoint ink, maybe it's the barn this wood came from. 

Is this Grandma? 
I am trying to keep things light, happy, and bright.  This is a winter scene that is about celebrating.  Maybe I feel like being happy because I had some surgery in December and it went well and is all behind me.  I started this right after coming home from the hospital.  What fun. not. but I am thankful.

I don't know if that is grandma, but that is ME down there holding the pumpkin. 
This painting is sort of Grandma Moses like.  There's that word again...grandma. As you can see, I am into polka dots at the moment.  

This gives you an idea of the scale.  Do you like that Cabinet?  That was my dear sweet mother's! 

Thanks for looking today. 


If you are interested in seeing more, go to this link! 

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

A series of Whales by Pennsylvania artist Kolene Spicher

Whales, Whales, Whales 

and More Whales! 

This is a series of whales that were painted for a customer in the mid west.  Depending on what she chooses, there may be some of these available by the end of this week (Jan 16, 2017).  Message me if you have any questions.  

14" x 16" No. 1-585LG
This is a watercolor on paper using highly pigmented paints, the painting is an one-of-a-kind original and the antique frame has a wonderful patina and lemon gold finish. This one is a little more unusual because I don't often come across this type of fun oval frame with the right amount of 'chippy.'

7 1/2"x 8 1/2   No. 2-165-LG
Loving all the little sailboats floating around in front of my little whale.  This frame is antique and little but it is nearly perfect in it's finish.  I love it.  Watercolor on paper! Look at his grin!

5"x6" No 3-135-LG
This is a new frame! Moby Dick!  

5 1/2" x 4" No. 4-137-LG 
I love the color tones on this one.  The frame is antique and Italian! 

4"x4" No. 5-130-LG
The depth of the sides on this make the painting look like it's in a shadowbox.  The turquoise in the water is the perfect shade to compliment the yellow gold tones in this little square frame.

17 1/2 " x 10 1/2" No. 6-485-LG 
Moby Dick...AGAIN.  This little guy isn't as little as the rest.  Measuring in close to 18" wide, this piece makes a nice statement.  It has Clean lines, a lemon gold frame, is a watercolor on paper, and  has lots of action and movement in the water!

Thanks for looking and enjoy this winter day!