Friday, January 30, 2009

new works

i'm really excited about something new i've been working on/experimenting with. i've been creating mini wall sculptures, i like to call wall pillows. here's a few hot out of the kiln...they'll be available in my etsy shop today.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

etsy front page

i've found myself on the front page of etsy a few times this month... today it was my love dove featured...whoohoo :)

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

a sneak peek...

here's a peek at the new felt "poppy garden" i'm working on. it will be another series of 9 felt gardens. i'll be sure to post the finished garden when it's done...

Monday, January 26, 2009

coming soon...

from an extension of my pod obsession came these mushrooms. i've been sculpting different mushroom types. the morel mushrooms are my favorites. i have a fun idea up my sleeve for these fungi...hopefully the plan all comes together for first fridays...

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

pod obsession part 2

yesterday was a good day. i sculpted some more pods and found a super great book from the 70's that has all black and white photos of pods and nature forms. some are photographed under a microscope so you can see intimate detail. i'm going to try and photo the pages of the book, if they turn out i'll share. for now, here's some more pod love from etsy.

  1. "lotus pod vase" by paulova
  2. "purple pods" by secret snowbird

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

pod obsession

those of you who've know me for awhile know that i've had an obsession with seed pods and trees and these two natural elements inspire quite a bit of my work. i'm in the middle of sculpting a set of pods and i found these "pod items" on etsy and just love, love, love, them all.

  1. "small split pod" by whitney smith
  2. "cactus blossoms" by jessica gonacha
  3. "micro urchin" by element clay studio

Friday, January 16, 2009

a very special thanks...

to suzanne at S.HOP talk blog for including my "i love you" magnets in her fabulous tokens of affection post! be sure the check out her wonderful blog here.

have a lovely weekend!

Thursday, January 15, 2009

some more...

here's a few more "tokens of affection" i've added to my etsy shop. click here to see...
well, i'm off to the first day of my new winter adult cermics class at the museum! i'm excited to meet my new students and teach them how to "sling some mud" ;)

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

check out hoakon/helga...

Andi is the Canadian design mind behind Hoakon/Helga and this fabulous repurposed leather clutch that i'm IN LOVE WITH! She takes old leather and objects that pretty much no one wants anymore and turns them in to great bags!!! She's getting ready to stock up her store with new bags within the next few days! so be sure to check and see what fabulous refurbished and repurposed goodies she's got in her etsy shop!

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

lots of lovin'

i'm busy, busy, busy, making more love magnets. these are the 4 available colors i have now, but will soon have bright orange and green to go along with these 4. all 4 of these sets are available on my etsy shop.

Monday, January 12, 2009

new love items...

these are some of my new valentine items i put for sale on etsy this past weekend. you can browse these love tokens and more on at my etsy shop here.

check me out on poppytalkhandmade

if you haven't visitied the poppytalk handmade market, you're missing out! the "Love Transforms" market started today. this market is full of valentine, love, and wedding items.
you can check out my poppytalk handmade booth here and be sure to check out the other super talented artists participating, and let "love transform you!"

Thursday, January 8, 2009

a recent installment

"california poppies"

Just before Christmas I had a man come to my studio asking to buy the 9 piece set of my "Petite Felt Gardens". He said he had a "Frank Lloyd Wright modelled home and the pieces would look great in his house", the plan was to surprise his wife with them as a Christmas present. He also commissioned me to make an additional felt garden containing California Poppies. He asked me to go to his house and decide where the artwork should be hung. While they were away travelling a neighbor let me in and Teresa and I hung the pieces. I was a bit nervous about putting 9 holes in the wall, but was so happy with how the installment looked in their home once i got it up. It was a nice touch mixed in with their beautiful modern furniture and the mid-century modern feel of their gorgeous house. The man asked me to take a picture of the installment and email it to him and on he printed off the picture and gave the picture to his wife for Christmas to let her know when she got home it was waiting for her.....*sigh*..... Isn't this whole arrangement so thoughtful of him?

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

yummy favorites...

I received two liza reitz cloche hats for Christmas...i'm in love with them both and can never decide which to wear!!!! I love liza rietz line of clothing...check her out if you haven't yet.

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

the Eclectic Curio Coffeehouse-a funky place to sip and shop

I've blogged about my mom and her funky vintage/retro shop on etsy call the Eclectic Curio...well...she's sorta expanded! Over Thanksgiving I was home and I helped her get ready for her newest endeavor, the Eclectic Curio Coffeehouse and retro shop. She opened up the beginning of December. While I was home I got to see her fabulously funky new shop and even help her work it a bit. "The Eclectic Curio...a funky place to sip and shop" reads as you walk in the door. My brother helps her manage the place and they both work a lot of hours. I am so proud of my mama and brother and all the work they've done. Her place is so adorable and has super retro and vintage finds. She serves a full espresso bar, pastries, brownies, specialty candies, ice cream and so much more. You can also purchase lily pottery jewelry there ;) Check out the EC blog and etsy shop and if you're ever in Cincinnati Ohio, you gotta check out the Eclectic Curio!

Monday, January 5, 2009

new items in my etsy shop

here are a few of the new items i just posted in my etsy shop. you can check them out and other new items in my shop here.

classes at the G'ville Art Museum

My next class I'll be teaching at the Greenville Art Museum starts up January 15th. Today you can start registering. I had many of you ask about my next class, so below is the info on my winter classes. you can check out more info and see how to register at the Greenville County Art Museum website here.

Clay in the Kitchen - Lily Stratton

Thursday, 8 sessions January 15–March 5, 10 am–1 pm, GCMA Ceramics Studio, $159 Thursday, 8 sessions January 15–March 5, 6–9 pm, GCMA Ceramics Studio, $159

Explore and create basic forms and functions of ceramic ware for eating, cooking, and general use in the kitchen. Students will work from historic shapes as well as everyday forms found in contemporary kitchens. Participants will be encouraged to make everything from bundt cake pans to citrus reamers, and of course, some favorites such as nesting bowls, teapots, and dinner plates. This is a great class for those interested in continuing their experience as hand builders and throwers but it will also be ideal for those who have always wanted to try. Instructor Lily Stratton has her BA in 3-Dimensional Studio Art from Bob Jones University and exhibits in her West Greenville ceramics studio. Materials list mailed with confirmation. Lab fee: $39 payable at first class.

Friday, January 2, 2009

First Fridays time...

Lily Pottery is open tonight 6-9 for First Fridays. Come check out Flatiron Studios for fresh new art! Come "revamp" your own home for the new year with some original one-of-a-kind local art.
We'll be open tomorrow Saturday 10-3 as well. Here's some pics of some newer "stitch vases" in my studio.
See you this weekend...

Starting the New Year off right!

the new loveseat

Happy New Year!!!! I do hope all of you had a wonderful holiday season and are ready to take on this new year with a fresh charged up mind and spirit! I know I am! I am so excited for this new year, 2009!

I have been busy doing the "new year revamp" giving my house a fresh clean start as well :) I found this amazing beige 2 seater sofa which is in excellent condition in Cincinnati while I was home...there's crazy story behind it but bottom line i got this little beauty for $26 bucks!!! It looks so fabulous in my living room. I also took the navy sofa I had in my studio and brought it home to put in my living room with it. I'm really happy with the "new look".

(You'll have to excuse the two furry beauty queens that are posing in my pictures. they both were sleeping when i started then both sauntered in and posed for my photos...)