Friday, January 30, 2009

Remember when...

Remember a few posts ago when I told you I had a thing for old bottles? Well I came across this while checking our a treasury put together by Judy Ruth. She was kind enough to include me and I'm so happy she did because she got some killer taste! I might have to do some shopping off of this one:) Anyway, these bottles look real but they are made from prints and wood cuts. You can find them from porkchopsshow on etsy. Happy weekend and be sure to check out my new weekly post on the Charm City Craft Mafia Blog every Monday. See you there!

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Printed Plate.

Jumping Deer Plate
Originally uploaded by pinkkiss
This is a new design I've been cooking up in my studio. The plate is a handthrown slab formed in a slump mold and left to dry. When it's set I clean up the edges and make it nice and smooth to touch. I also paint the first layer of white slip over it, much like the layer of gesso in a painting. I got that comparison from Steven Colby and I think it totally fits. Once the plate is dry I screenprint text from old trashy romance novels all over it to give the impression of collage. I paint over the text with layers of underglaze and stenciled images. The finishing touch is a vintage image, made into a stamp which is printed on using underglaze as the ink. The plate is then fired to bisque and a clear, lead free/ food safe glaze which I make in my studio is applied. The plate goes into the kiln one final time to fire the glaze and make it nice and shiny. This plate will be availble through Red Tree Baltimore pretty soon. Hope you enjoy!

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Save Handmade

I know I already posted today...can you handle 2 in one day?! In honor of all my friends who make fabulous things for the little people in our lives (I don't have any but when I do I will be purchasing handmade so it better still be around) here is a post in support. The adorable model in the photo is the little pepita modeling her mom's sweet creation, handmade in Baltimore from Sweet Pepita.

As parents and concerned citizens I’m sure most of us at one time or another have been confronted with the question of lead poisoning. But have you asked yourself what your government is doing to protect your children from lead contained in toys? The answer? They're banning toys, taking books from schools and libraries, hurting low income families, killing entrepreneurial spirit and risking putting the economy in an even greater depression than we've seen in decades. I'd like to introduce you to their solution: the CPSIA.

Do you know about the CPSIA? No? Then I ask you to take a few minutes to find out about it.

The CPSIA stands for Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act, a new set of laws that will come into effect on 10 February, 2009 and will impact many, many people in a negative way. Make no mistake, this is very real. View it for yourself. If Forbes, the American Library Association and numerous other media are paying attention, perhaps you should too.

How will these new laws affect you? Well, here are a few examples:

To the Parents of Young Students:
Due to the new law, expect to see the cost of school supplies sky rocket. While those paper clips weren't originally intended for your student to use, they will need to be tested now that your 11-year-old needs them for his school project. This law applies to any and all school supplies (textbooks, pencils, crayons, paper, etc.) being used by children under 12.

To the Avid Reader:
Due to the new law, all children's books will be pulled from library and school shelves, as there is no exemption for them. That’s okay though, there's always television. Our children don’t need to learn the love of reading after all.
Article from the American Library Association

To the Lover of All Things Handmade:
Due to the new law, you will now be given a cotton ball and an instruction manual so you can make it yourself since that blanket you originally had your eye on for $50 will now cost you around $1,000 after it's passed testing. It won't even be the one-of-a-kind blanket you were hoping for. Items are destroyed in the testing process making one-of-a-kind items virtually impossible. So that gorgeous hand-knit hat you bought your child this past winter won’t be available next winter.

To the Environmentalist:
Due to the new law, all items in non-compliance will now be dumped into our already overflowing landfills. Imagine not just products from the small business owners, but the Big Box Stores as well. You can't sell it so you must toss it. Or be potentially sued for selling it. You can't even give them away. If you are caught, it is still a violation.

To the Second-Hand Shopper:
Due to the new law, you will now need to spend $20 for that brand new pair of jeans for your 2-year old, rather than shop at the Goodwill for second hand. Many resale shops are eliminating children's items all together to avoid future lawsuits.

To the Entrepreneur:
Due to this new law, you will be forced to adhere to strict testing of your unique products or discontinue to make and/or sell them. Small businesses will be likely to be unable to afford the cost of testing and be forced to close up shop. Due to the current economic state, you'll have to hope for the best when it comes to finding a new job in Corporate America.

To the Antique Toy Collector:
Due to the new law, you'd better start buying now because it's all going to private collection and will no longer be available to purchase. “Because the new rules apply retroactively, toys and clothes already on the shelf will have to be thrown out if they aren't certified as safe.”

To the American Economy:
Already struggling under an economy that hasn’t been this weak in decades, the American economy will be hit harder with the inevitable loss of jobs and revenues from suppliers, small businesses and consumers. The required testing is far too costly and restrictive for small businesses or individuals to undertake.

To the Worldwide Economy:
Due to this new law, many foreign manufacturers have already pulled out of the US market. You can imagine the impact of this on their businesses.

If you think this is exaggerating, here is a recent article from Forbes

And for those of you prepared to be stupefied and boggled, The New Law

Did you know? If this upsets or alarms you, please react.


Today is another snow day. The ground outside is wet and icy with just a thin coating of white snow. I wish it was a pretty snow but I won't complain about a day off. This print by groundwork caught my eye this morning, it carries the same feeling of today. Quiet and still with bare trees and empty ground. Apparently it just caught someone else's eye because as I'm writing this it just sold!

Tuesday, January 27, 2009


I am such a sucker for things that are old and worn, they tell such history. Therefore I really love this print because it combines old and worn with kitchen utensils! That is my all time favorite combination. I think I first saw this print via designsponge but it's by artist Kari Herer on etsy. When I was little my mom loved (still does really) to go to the antique stores and shop around. I would always make a beeline for the little glass bottles that looked like someone dug them up from the backyard or little glass medicine bottles. I loved the old fashioned long glass drink stirrers. I would take them home and treasure them, all lined up on a shelf or hidden away in a box under the bed. I still have an obsession with all things vintage kitchen. Even our kitchen table is an old Formica set with these great asparagus green chairs.

Monday, January 26, 2009

Why are ornaments just for Winter?

I don't think that ornaments should be just for the holidays. They are a great little way to spruce up a corner of your pad or lonely doorknob in your kitchen. Plus, they are affordable, which we are all concerned with right now! So in celebration of spring (it's coming right??!!) I made these little Dove and Fox ornaments. I think they would be a sweet way to bring a taste of spring into the house right about now when we could all use some warm thoughts....did you all hear that it's supposed to snow tomorrow!

Sunday, January 25, 2009

I'm ready for warmth

Bermda Vacation
Originally uploaded by pinkkiss
Today the sun is shining in through the windows and I just finished eating a cucumber and smoked salmon sandwich for breakfast, it tasted fresh and salty like summertime at the beach. I'm sipping my coffee and pretending that this scene is what I will walk into as I step outside...instead of the bitter cold air that is sure to hit my face as soon as I open the front door. Sigh, I am ready for the warmer months. My tolerance for winter is getting less and less with ever passing year. Can you be too young to retire to Florida? Like... before 30?
This picture was taken in Bermuda during Christmas of last year. I hope wherever you are reading this from has sunshine and warmth but if not you too can pretend with me:)