Benching ahead…..

Waiting for clay to dry is like watching grass grow, very slow with very little sign of change.  Wintertime is even slower, so I will spare you the boring details of cutting out the clay.  It is very similar to playing with playdoh, roll with rolling pin and cut with a knife.  The pieces are dry and have been fired, now ready to paint.

As I am an avid gardener and this is supposed to be for me, obviously I chose a floral theme.  Honestly, I have always been able to paint daisies and they actually look like daisies!  So, of course that was the first flower of choice.


They look a little pathetic right now, rough and plain.  With a little bit of TLC they will become beautiful daisies to start off my garden bench.  Pencil is one of my best friends in ceramics, it fires out so I can make as many marks as I need to get the design drawn on where I need it.   Daisies are pretty straight forward, yellow centers and white petals.  A little bit of gray shading and detailing and they really are an easy flower to start with.

daisiesfinishedThere we go, it is moving forward.  The challenge starts here, right now, as I have to paint the pansies next.  So scarey!  I can do this, really I can, well I keep telling myself I can. LOL.  Procrastination, a word that to me has always meant -putting off a task that I am afraid won’t turn out the way I want it to- .  I bet there are plenty of you who suffer from it also.  Well, if they don’t turn out, I can always try again, besides I really am excited to see how they turn out.  Pansies, here I come………………….. 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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