Okay, I am on a mission to finish a project and KEEP IT!  Easy you say, ah hah, much easier said than done LOL for me anyway.  I don’t usually repeat too many projects because the puzzle is usually solved after I finish, so I move on to something new.  It really has nothing to do with boredom, see I knew that’s what you were thinkin’.  I guess I am a “Been there, done that” kinda girl in regards to my creative endeavors.  The fun is in the new creative adventure, see where an idea will take me, and to solve all the problems that (most definitely) will arise when I least expect it.

In the past I have made a few mosaic projects.  I think I told you that they started out cookie cutterish.  I really wanted to improve on the execution of my clay cutting and painting technique.  I have always been in awe of those artist who can recreate flowers that look soooooooo realllllllll!  If only!  I keep trying, I will never aspire to those works of art.  But, as my Pop reminded me in the past, everyone “sees” differently.  Beauty and form are so varied by the eye of the beholder.  The media I choose to paint with is also less forgiving, once it is fired onto the clay there is no correcting.

My blank slate is a bench Steven made for me over the summer.

rawbenchIt now has been painted, leaving the center void of paint for the mosaic tiling to fill in.

basecoatedbenchNow the real work begins, to cut all the clay designs out and get painting!  Stay tuned, Cyn


About designbycyn

Sonoma County, California ceramic enthusiasts Cyn and Steven Gradek have worked in the clay medium since 1996. They had a retail store where they held classes and provided the essentials for fellow ceramic enthusiasts. The business evolved into producing for other retail outlets and artist. Which quickly grew and they closed the retail storefront and concentrated on the wholesale business. With their 3 children raised and on their own, they had time to pursue their own creativity. Cyn learned how to embroider from her Grandma Cirner at a young age. After that she found sewing, cross stitching, crocheting, well you get the jist, LOL. She hasn't met a craft that she hasn't liked. Blogging was suggested by her youngest daughter, Colleen. At first it was a battle to get her to try it, but eventually Cyn started to enjoy the exercise. The blog on Cyn's website was limiting, so Colleen got her started with Wordpress. Hope you enjoy her Adventures with Creativity!
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