We’ve Been Making Japanese Dolls

We’ve Been Making Japanese Dolls

These are kokeshi, a Japanese folk doll that uses scrap wood turnings to make simple dolls that don’t have separate arms and legs, they’re a simple body and head. In the photo above are some samples that my kids and I made and one that a student gave me...
You Can Reconnect to Your Creativity

You Can Reconnect to Your Creativity

Feeling stuck? Haven’t done anything creative in a while? I’ve been there. After 20 years of metalsmithing, I got bored and stuck. I started painting out of the blue. It was the start of a new direction artistically that has really paid off. I’ve taught jewelry...
Assemblage Sculpture Class – Sample Art in Mint Tins

Assemblage Sculpture Class – Sample Art in Mint Tins

I’m making some samples for upcoming classes that I’ll be teaching in assemblage sculpture. Working with a mint tin is a wonderful creative constraint and a great place to start, so that will be one of our first projects. What’s the weather like in...