Thursday, December 9, 2010


More photos from the Community Day at the Helen DeVos Children's Hospital.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Grow Garden Grow is UP!

This past weekend I attended the Community Day at the new Helen DeVos Children's Hospital. And WOW! It is really amazing. Really AMAZING!

It is a state of the art medical facility just for kids. Plus really great artwork on all 13 floors. Unfortunately, we did not get to see all 13 floors, since some were closed. And one that was closed was the 6th floor. That is where "Grow Garden Grow" now lives. I got special permission and an escort to the closed 6th floor. And so I was able to take a few photos to share.

Here is photo #1 with more to follow!

Friday, November 19, 2010

Cool Photos of Cara stuff!

These photos were taken by Diane Zoellmer of some of my creations.

Notice their awesomeness.

Notice that they are well lit and in focus.


Helen DeVos Children's Hospital Open House!

All of those you who helped work on "Grow Garden Grow" for the new Helen DeVos Children's Hospital (or if you made some awesome paper castings!), come join me for the open house on Dec 4. You have to call to make a reservation, so send me an email and I will forward you the info. I am planning on getting there at 8 a.m. if you want to see the artwork together!

And Happy Thanksgiving!

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Art in the Box

No news on when Grow Garden Grow will be installed or when the open house at the Hospital will be, but as so as I know, I will keep you posted!

In other news, Chester and I will be at ART in the Box is Saturday from 10-3. Come see us and our wares! Here is a link that might work to get you more info about the show.....Plus there is a photo of my earrings on the link.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Grow Garden Grow

More photos (the color is off and there is a shadow at the top from my workbench, but that is what I get for trying to take photos from weird angles!)

The panels will get installed in the hospital soon and then in December (not sure of the date or time) there is supposed to be an open house at the hospital. Kids who helped make art for the hospital can see all 13 floors of artwork including the "Grow Garden Grow" tile mural!

GROW GARDEN GROW IS FINISHED (and ready to install!)

After working with many children (around 400+), completing many glaze tests and firings, setting, grouting and cleaning the tiles, I am happy to announce that "Grow Garden Grow" is completed! Chester and I crated it and delivered the 3 panels on Monday. Now the LaFontsee Gallery will install it in the Helen DeVos Children's Hospital. I hear it is going on floor 6.....

So without further delay, here are some photos! (the shadow at the top of the panels is from my work bench, they will look a lot different mounted to the wall instead of on the floor!)

view from the door of the studio -three panels on the floor

Some cool ant drawings for the ant colony.

More photos soon!

Friday, June 25, 2010

Grow Garden Grow

New Project! If you have kids that want to be part of a big tile mural for the new Helen DeVos Children's Hospital in downtown Grand Rapids, here is their chance! I am working with kids of all ages to make this 9'x5' tile mural (with the space between the panels, it is 11'x5'). High school and middle school kids gave me their opinions on what kinds of things should be in the garden, elementary school kids did some drawings of the veggies and plants, I came up with the finial design, and now we are making tile!

Kids get to make patterns and textures on the wet clay tiles and then I will assemble the tiles into the mural. It is kind of like a giant puzzle that we are making the pieces for.

So far the kids I have worked with have got to make their own stamp to press into the clay and then they have used natural objects to finish off their designs. Then they got to use their stamp to make a card or bracelet to take with them.

More updates to follow.... And if I get my act together, photos!

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Reality Does Not Suck (All the time)

Oh, how the blog suffers when the real world happens!

Dear World, I promise I will update this blog with PHOTOS of current projects next week!

Thursday, April 1, 2010

An Answer to Cold Feet

(the building in question)

Thanks to genetics, I have frozen feet in the winter. This is true especially when I work in my building and stand on the concrete floor. So I decided to make an insulated sub floor over my concrete floor.... Just in time for summer. I won't know how well it works for another 6 months, but here is how I making it.

Layer 1: Vapor Barrier: 6 mil plastic to keep moisture from seeping up through the concrete into the new sub floor (left over from other projects)

Layer 2: 2"x2" frame work with wood strips 16" on center. I nailed it together with 2.5" nails. 1.5" extruded foam insulation cut to fit the gaps between the wood (about 14.5" wide) R value of 7.5 (about $16 per sheet)

Layer 3: 3/4" tongue and groove plywood flooring screwed down to the 2"x2" frame

Paint: oil based printer (still drying...) and then Dutch Boy brick red porch floor paint. It will take two coats of the floor paint, but it is going to look good! And better than plain concrete.

I am over 1/2 way down now and will get photos posted when everything is back in place. Since in order to work on a floor, nothing can be on the floor.

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Thinkin' and Wishin' and Hopin' and Prayin' for Spring!

Yes, that is right. I am ready for spring. For all of you who like to ski and ice skate in the great Michigan outdoors, I am not on your side. Here are some of my springy jewelry that is getting me in the mood to see green or something other than white.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

New Art (Finally!)

Porcelain Pillows... Anyone want a nap?

And in other exciting news, I purchased a new digital camera (going from 2 mega pixels to 10!) So now maybe future photos will be better. Although the operator is still the same, so maybe not.