Friday, December 19, 2014

Commemorative Vase Created for Swiss Bear

I was chosen to create a piece for Susan Moffat Thomas to commemorate her years as Executive Director of our Downtown Redevelopment Association. There has been many changes made to our downtown under the leadership of Susan.

I was given a list of the projects to be included.

I just happened to have hand built this large pot a couple months ago and it was waiting for the perfect scene to be painted on it! It was a good thing it was large because there were a lot of projects!

I did a couple sketches of how the vignettes would fit together.

Then I drew it out on the pot with a pencil - the pencil lines burn out in the kiln.

Projects included, Ship hauling Machine Artifact, Neuse River Bridge, Gull Harbor Walk, WayFinding System, Belks Building Rehab, Bear Plaza Bears, Union Point Park, Trent River Bridge, River Walk, Baxter Clock, F-11, Broad Street, and James Reed Lane.

Using underglazes I painted the scenes, applies a clear glaze over it and fired it again.

Danielle calls it a jardinière!    It's big enough that it can hold magazines, it can be a vase, or whatever!

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Amazing New Pieces from Camp Climax Pottery

Hand thrown and hand sculpted
from Dan and Laurie Hennig
at Carolina Creations
Visionary, idealistic and in love, Laurie Anderson and Dan Hennig were married while attending San Jose State University in California. It was 1968, and the smoke was still clearing in Berkeley as they took their B.A. degrees in Art and traveled abroad to explore the museums and art enclaves of Europe.  Adventure and opportunity led them to teaching positions in the Caribbean where for almost two  years the rhythm of life in the West Indies influenced their work and lives.

In 1972 they were lured back to California by the great resurgence of culture and the arts that had been taking place since the late 60's. Camp Climax Pottery was begun in a remodeled garage in the Santa Cruz Mountains. 

The decision to establish the studio at their home reflected their desire to integrate their lifestyle, allowing the environment of family and community to  effect the clay process. Their 20 plus year involvement with the Renaissance Pleasure Faire began at this time. Together they explored the playful mood of "the Faire" to develop their own wild style, incorporating wheel-thrown stoneware and porcelain, constructions and sculpture. Eventually their work and markets have expanded to include major craft shows and galleries throughout the United States and Europe. 

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Spring Home and Garden Tour 2015 Art FINISHED!!

Sometimes it takes me a while to figure out how to paint a particular scene, I looked at this house for a couple months, waiting for leaves to fall, shot it from 15 different viewpoints, arrgh, just wasn't right, until I got some foreground into the picture then thought THATS IT!!

Then, oils or watercolors?

My friend Brenda Behr says if its about the building do it in watercolors, if its about the light, work in oils.

Well I started one in watercolor, wasn't happy, started one in oil, wasn't happy, then back to watercolor adding the foreground and it flowed.

I'm really pleased with how it turned out.

Prints available at Carolina Creations.

Only 3 more commissions to do for other people for Christmas!

Then I can think about my own Christmas gifts for people. It's the proverbial story about the cobblers kids. Same with Christmas cards. I often sit down to write them on Christmas Day. It's usually the first day between Thanksgiving and Christmas that I can sit down and relax!

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Unity Banners

We are really pleased to be a part of the Unity Through the Arts Program with our artwork on 3 of the banners. Humbled by the purchase of the banner of our pottery by a couple that has been big supporters of Carolina Creations and of Michael and I personally for many years.

Can't wait to see them hanging!

Friday, December 05, 2014

A Going Away Gift

I was honored to be chosen by Craven Community College, the Chamber of Commerce, and the Craven Regional Airport,  to do a "going away" painting for a couple that has a tremendous impact on our community.  Jan Francoeur

Thursday, December 04, 2014

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Free of course!
Monday - Friday 10-8
Saturday 10-6
Sunday 11-5

through December 23
Christmas Eve hours  10-6

Closed Christmas Day

resume regular hours on December 26
Monday-Saturday 10-6
Sunday 11-3

New Years Day 10-4

Monday, December 01, 2014

Festival of Lights

Hanukkah is the Jewish holiday known as the Festival of Lights. This year Hanukkah will be observed beginning on December 16 for eight nights.

Jewish families will light their menorahs with the Shamash (the candle that sits above the others and is used to light the other candles each night), and one additional candle on December 16 then an additional candle will be added each evening until all eight candles and the Shanmash are burring on the eighth night.
Other traditions of Hanukkah are eating food fried in oil to celebrate the miracle of the oil found by the Maccabees. The amount of oil that was found should have only burned for one day, but it continued to burn for eight days. This miracle created the Festival of Lights. foods eaten during the Festival are Latkes (pancakes) and sufganiot (doughnuts). A game is played with a four-sided top called a dreidel to win small prizes.

Gifts are often given each night.

We wish all our Jewish friends a happy Hanukkah!

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving

We have much to be thankful for this year.

- All our wonderful customers at Carolina Creations.

- A wonderful staff.

- Loving family.

- Friends

- The hundreds of talented artists we've met and become friends with through the years.

- A beautiful Downtown that has blossomed.

- A successful business

- The medical community that has helped us both this year.

- A wonderful life that Carolina Creations has helped us to achieve.

To you all, have a Happy Thanksgiving!

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Learn about the benefits of beeswax and soy candles

The Buzz about Bees
Hanukkah Candles 47 for $22 Click here
Our beloved bees play an integral role in today’s commercial farming industry and are a “keystone species” with regard to both the food chain and ultimately to our survival. Honeybees are responsible for pollinating such popular crops as almonds, peaches, soybeans, apples, watermelons, cucumbers, and a plethora of other fruits and vegetables. In addition to the myriad benefits of pollination, honeybees also provide us with such products as beeswax, honey, and bee pollen, and the health of the ecosystem is intrinsically intertwined with these diminutive, incredible creatures. Here are just a few fun facts about the intriguing and irreplaceable honeybee:

Bees’ existence on earth predates that of humans.
Beeswax Bird Candles click to purchase
Field bees communicate the location of flowers to others by “dancing.” They signal to other bees about flowers’ distance and direction by walking in circles and by wagging their hindquarters.

The term “beeline” refers to the fact that once done collecting nectar, bees fly directly to the hive, using the fastest, straightest path possible.

A healthy queen can lay over a million eggs within her four-year life span.

Bees have thousands of barbed hairs on their bodies that collect pollen that is then dusted off into “pollen baskets” located on the outsides of their back legs. can see ultraviolet light, which allows them to sense which flowers are full of nectar. They also have three small eyes at the tops of their heads that act as light sensors, allowing them to see the sun even when it’s hidden behind clouds.

Nectar collected to make honey is stored in a “honey sac,” which is located along the bees’ digestive tracts in front of their midgets, where food digestion takes place. Nectar is stored in the sac until the bee returns to the hive and passes it off to a hive bee for processing.   (reprinted from BigDipper Candles.)

What about soy candles?

Soy wax candles are made from soy wax. Soy wax is a vegetable wax derived from soybean oil. After soybeans are harvested they are cleaned, dehulled, cracked, and rolled into flecks. Oil is then extracted from these flecks and hydrogenated. In the process, unsaturated fatty acids present in the oil are saturated, thereby dramatically altering the oil's melting point. It then solidifies at room temperature. 

History of Soy wax
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Interestingly, soy wax was invented by a group of college students in 1996 at Purdue University. The students had to develop a birthday candle using a renewable resource. They chose to use soybean oil. The students figured out how to solidify soy bean oil and won first place in a competition, sponsored by the Indiana Soybean Development Council and Purdue's Department of Agronomy.

The Purdue Invention of soy wax marked the beginning of the soy candle industry as a whole!

Benefits of soy wax

Soy wax is derived from a vegetables, (soy beans), while it's counter partner, paraffin wax is derived from petroleum (a refined a gasoline product). 

Soy wax is a natural, renewable resource.

Soy wax is biodegradable and cleans up with plain old soap and water.
Paddywax two wick travel candles
Soy wax has a lower melting point than paraffin wax and because of this, soy candles will burn slower or longer than paraffin candles.

Soy wax burns with zero petro soot, creating petro soot free candles.

We have a nice selection of both types of candles at Carolina Creations!

Click here to see our collection.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

November 2014 Newsletter from Carolina Creations