Tag Archives: ceramic

Give a Hoot


I saw these little ceramic owls in the discard pile at the local bead shoppe (aren’t all bead stores a shoppe?) and knew they deserved better.  They were just laying there, asking for some passer-by to please give a hoot about them.  That was me.  Hoot!  Hoot!

They were so full of color and personality they didn’t need much to make them soar.

I pulled the primary colors of the spiral focal from the owls – bright red, mauve and baby blue.  The rest of the necklace is a lovely dove grey which compliments the brightness of the owls.  I’m not enough of a bird watcher to know if owls and doves coexist in the wild, but in beading they certainly do.




IMG_3477A glitzy green sea turtle, sure to find a sandy beach for repose.

The ceramic focal is strung with striated brass spacers, apple jade,  topaz crackle glass and various small druks.

I think she’s ready for a day at the beach!  I wonder, would the “Turtle Power” in this necklace help a person learn to surf?  Or snorkel?  Or scuba?  Anything is possible, I suppose.IMG_3475

Honu, by the way, is Hawaiian for turtle, specifically green sea turtles, I think.

Wild Horses


IMG_3453Spring in the Sierra’s usually leads to talk of wild horses.  What to do about them?  Where should they be allowed?  The local paper carries reports covering many sides of the argument: Bureau of Land Management, ranchers, farmers, wildlife enthusiasts, animal welfare activists.

A Wild Horse necklace in their honor.

The pendant is another ceramic focal from Tucson.  Bronze pearls and crystals make the piece a bit dressy, though still compatible with your favorite pair of boots. Cowgirl Up!IMG_3456

Celtic Fish


IMG_3458Another in the “I’ve had this for ages” category.  This time it’s the little fish pendant.

It is ceramic, and was acquired at the Tucson Gem & Mineral Show (going on now!) several years back.

Since I don’t tend to do projects which involve basic stringing it aged in the bead stash for a while.

Of late, life has gotten  more complicated, which has decreased the creative mojo for doing intricate, involved things.  Intricate has been replaced with simple for the moment.   Simple is good.  I like simple.

A sweet ceramic pendant set off by bronze pearls, black druks, brass spacers (the little bicone stripey beads) and linen colored cat’s eye beads.  The necklace is short, maybe 16 inches.  Extra jump rings are added for adjustment.



Maori Urn

Doesn’t this container look like it’s covered in Maori tattoos?  All glazed and fierce!  A don’t-mess-with-me kind of vessel, which is now Viktor’s urn. We put his ashes inside last night.

It’s a tradition here at Casa Thunderpaws.  Whenever one of the Tribe members passes over the bridge, we get their ashes and keep them in something special.  This is Viktor Frankenkatzen’s special place.  To some, it may seem morbid, bit I feel it honors his fighting spirit.