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Wednesday, July 31, 2013

What's new at In the Shade of the Sycamore Tree?


What's new in the Studio this week?

In celebration of the bounty of COLORS that I 'found' on my recent trip to New Mexico, you will receive 15% off any Item you find when searching "BLUE" or PURPLE or VIOLET" in my shops search box. Use coupon code "ROYGBIVBLUPURP15" to receive your discount at

  Blue/Purple sale expires August 15, 2013. 
 


Apparently today was  
Happy Uncommon Instrument Awareness Day! 
I am honored that Suzy Myers  of 'Daily Holiday Blog" chose my Chameleon Ocarina as one of the instruments chosen for her celebration
                 www.dailyholidayblog.com/2013/07/uncommon-instrument-awareness-day-celeb...

THIS WEEKS CREATIONS
I put finishing touches on a batch of Fairy Houses
and will be posting them on ETSY this week.

I finished forming a batch of Fairy House Ornaments, Fairy Garden Accessories and Leaf Embellished Sponge Holders which are now drying...a firing will be soon!
~see photos on my FB page~
And... my favorite activity this week!
I was lucky to score some MICACEOUS CLAY from a local potter 
who originally obtained it from New Mexico - I am now trying my hands at a micaceous bean pot, some clay fetishes and some beads & pendants.

Still more coming about my visit to SANTA FE & TAOS

CHECK BACK SOON!

Many of my creations are available at  http://www.intheshadeofthesycamoretree.com 
Visit and click on 'SHOP' to view my online shop on ETSY.

Monday, July 29, 2013

All That Glitters : Gifts from the Earth

Current Coupon Code!

In celebration of the bounty of COLORS that I 'found' on my recent trip to New Mexico, you will receive 15% off any Item you find when searching "YELLOW" or GREEN" in my shops search box. Use coupon code "ROYGBIVYELGRN15" to receive your discount at
A new color sale each week. Yellow/Green sale expires July 31, 2013
 

You can also follow me on:

http://pinterest.com/cyvonneh2/boards/ 

   https://twitter.com/cyvonneh 

 

The Colors & Culture 

of Santa Fe & Taos, New Mexico

Inspired by my recent trip, I have curated a 2nd Treasury on Etsy : 

All That Glitters : Gifts from the Earth

 https://www.etsy.com/treasury/NzYzNTEwOXwyNzIyMjM1MzEx/all-that-glitters?ref=pr_treasury

 More about Santa Fe & Taos - coming soon!

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Ancient Wisdom : A Treasury Collection of Native American Crafts on ETSY

Current Coupon Code!

In celebration of the bounty of COLORS that I 'found' on my recent trip to New Mexico, you will receive 15% off any Item you find when searching "YELLOW" or GREEN" in my shops search box. Use coupon code "ROYGBIVYELGRN15" to receive your discount at
A new color sale each week. Yellow/Green sale expires July 31, 2013

The Colors & Culture 

of Santa Fe & Taos, New Mexico 

 

You can also follow me on:

http://pinterest.com/cyvonneh2/boards/ 

   https://twitter.com/cyvonneh


Inspired by my recent trip, I have created a treasury on Etsy : 

Ancient Wisdom, a collection of Native American Crafts
https://www.etsy.com/treasury/NzYzNTEwOXwyNzI0NzUzNTg4/ancient-wisdom?utm_source=OpenGraph&utm_medium=PageTools&utm_campaign=Share&fb_action_ids=561047187287349&fb_action_types=og.likes&fb_ref=like_button&fb_source=other_multiline&action_object_map={%22561047187287349%22%3A1398866693666041}&action_type_map={%22561047187287349%22%3A%22og.likes%22}&action_ref_map={%22561047187287349%22%3A%22like_button%22}

 

More about Santa Fe & Taos - coming soon!

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Firing Micaceous Pottery with Dawning Pollen Shorty

Current Coupon Code!

In celebration of the bounty of COLORS that I 'found' on my recent trip to New Mexico, you will receive 15% off any Item you find when searching "YELLOW" or GREEN" in my shops search box. Use coupon code "ROYGBIVYELGRN15" to receive your discount at
A new color sale each week. Yellow/Green sale expires July 31, 2013

The Colors & Culture 

of Santa Fe & Taos, New Mexico 

A week of Educational and Artistic Fun with CRIZMAC -

 A Celebration of Pueblo Indian Art & Culture

We went to the home of Dawning Pollen Shorty's parents, located close to the Taos Pueblo, to fire our micaceous clay creations. Her parents, Bernadette Track and Robert Shorty, along with her aunt Soge, grandmother Jeri, and some cousins were all there when we arrived. Were were greeted with genuine warmth  and excitement by Pollen.

...and then we fired our pottery!
In native tradition we used Cedar Wood for firing our creations

We waited for the cedar to burn into embers as our clay creations warmed by the fire
Our creations were added to the embers and more cedar was added surrounding them, in a tipi shape. We fired 3 batches throughout the day. 
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The last batch included my pinch pots & small fetishes, Linda's animalito, and Bernadette's bowl & ladle.
Bernadette brought some horsehair to the fire to provide further decoration to her simple but elegant bowl & ladle.

...more about our wonderful day with Pollen 

and her family in my next post

www.intheshadeofthesycamoretree.com 

 https://www.etsy.com/shop/cyvonneh

Monday, July 22, 2013

New Coupon Code!

In celebration of the bounty of COLORS that I 'found' on my recent trip to New Mexico, you will receive 15% off any Item you find when searching "YELLOW" or GREEN" in my shops search box. Use coupon code "ROYGBIVYELGRN15" to receive your discount at
A new color sale each week. Yellow/Green sale expires July 31, 2013
 

The Colors & Culture of Santa Fe & Taos, New Mexico 

A week of Educational and Artistic Fun with CRIZMAC - Celebrating of Pueblo Indian Art and Culture

THE FUN CONTINUES!

  FIRING DAY  with Dawning Pollen Shorty 


 ~MORE PHOTOS COMING TOMORROW~ 


Friday, July 19, 2013

New Coupon Code!

In celebration of the bounty of COLORS that I 'found' on my recent trip to New Mexico, you will receive 15% off any Item you find when searching "red" or "orange" in my shops search box. Use coupon code "ROYGBIVREDORANGE15" to receive your discount at
A new color sale each week. Red/Orange sale expires July 22, 2013
 

The Colors & Culture of Santa Fe & Taos, New Mexico 

A week of Educational and Artistic Fun with CRIZMAC

 Celebrating of Pueblo Indian Art and Culture

*Our first workshop day with Dawning Pollen Shorty

 Dawning Pollen Shorty shares her decorative techniques for creating her 'Maidens'.  Her micaceous clay creations are created in honor of  her Native American heritage. A native of Taos Pueblo, Dawning Pollen uses  traditional techniques to create contemporary sculptures. She collects her own raw material from the land at Taos Pueblo, to make the clay.  She uses natural pigments to paint her creations and uses cedar wood for traditional outdoor firing.  

A bone tool used by Pollen and many generations of her family of potters

Cooking pots made with 'micaceous clay' are known for their strength and durability. Many collectors do not put them to use...but they are made to use. Pollen's mother, Bernadette cooked traditional pinto beans for our group in one of her own handmade pots (new ones pictured above with Pollen's beautiful Maidens), complete with 'fire cloud' markings from the original firing and many years of cooking for her family. The pots can be used on the stove top and in a campfire. Pottery creations from this clay have a golden shimmer and was reportedly mistaken by the Spanish conquistadors as 'gold', which may have led to the stories of the 'cities of gold'.





Pollen demonstrates how
to wedge clay for a small object in the palm of your hand

 

 

Pollen shows how to create the basic shape needed to create a Bear 'fetish'


A few of my creations from my 'Clay Play Day' with Pollen. A few animal fetish's, a tiny fairy house, a bird effigy bowl and a few smaller 'leaf' creations created with impressions of leaves gathered at banks of the Santa Fe river (FYI - the 'river' was bone dry!) The 'butterflies' were made by impressing the leaves of a plant where I found only one leaf shaped like a butterfly.

 

The creations of 17 fun & talented ART teachers from all over the United States at the end of our  'Clay Play Day' with Pollen

 

 


 

   MORE of the Colors & Culture of

 Santa Fe & Taos, New Mexico

COMING SOON  

 

To learn more about the work of Dawning Pollen Shorty 

visit:

http://www.starr-interiors.com/celebrating-the-old-and-the-new-dawning-pollen-shortys-exhibit-in-e-i-couses-old-studio/

http://taos.org/women/community-profiles?/item/220/Taos-Pueblo-Potters 

 http://bryansgallery.com/clay-figures/348-dps03-dawning-pollen-shorty.html

 

CRIZMAC

http://www.crizmac.com/

Our tour was lead by Stevie Mack & Nancy Walkup

I highly recommend!

 

  More about Micaceous Clay

http://www.pueblopotteryme.com/micaceousarticle.htm

 

  My Creations:

 https://www.etsy.com/shop/cyvonneh


I love to play with many different materials and experiment with new techniques.

Currently, my favorite materials to work with are clay, glass, and metal.

Many of my creations are available at  http://www.intheshadeofthesycamoretree.com 

Visit and click on 'SHOP' to view my online shop on ETSY.

Monday, July 15, 2013

New Coupon Code!

In celebration of the bounty of COLORS that I 'found' on my recent trip to New Mexico, you will receive 15% off any Item you find when searching "red" or "orange" in my shops search box. Use coupon code "ROYGBIVREDORANGE15" to receive your discount. A new color sale each week. Red/Orange sale expires July 22, 2013. 

The Colors of Santa Fe, New Mexico

 

MORE PHOTOS TO COME!

Look for Southwestern Inspirations : 

Glass Jewelry and more Fairy Magic ...the end of July

 https://www.etsy.com/shop/cyvonneh

I love to play with many different materials and experiment with new techniques.
Currently, my favorite materials to work with are clay, glass, and metal.
Many of my creations are available at  http://www.intheshadeofthesycamoretree.com 
                             Visit and click on 'SHOP' to view my online shop on ETSY.

Sunday, July 14, 2013

~Look for a NEW coupon code - July 16~

I have been 'out and about' gathering new 'colors' and inspiration for new projects. 

The Colors of Santa Fe, New Mexico

July 2, 2013

 Sunset over what I think is Georgia O'Keeffe's 

"Cerro Pedernal" mountain


I stepped off the airplane at Santa Fe airport.

This arch welcomed me!

 

MORE PHOTOS TO COME!

Look for Southwestern Inspirations : 

Glass Jewelry and more Fairy Magic ...the end of July

 https://www.etsy.com/shop/cyvonneh

I love to play with many different materials and experiment with new techniques.
Currently, my favorite materials to work with are clay, glass, and metal.
Many of my creations are available at  http://www.intheshadeofthesycamoretree.com 
                             Visit and click on 'SHOP' to view my online shop on ETSY.

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Look for a NEW coupon code - July 16

I have been  'out and about' gathering new 'colors' and inspiration for new projects. 

 I traveled with an amazing group of art teachers this week...Crizmac arranged everything. I highly recommend! We experienced a beautiful culture as we explored the Cultures and Arts of the Pueblo Indians of New Mexico with Crizmac - www.crizmac.com

PHOTOS SOON!

Look for Southwestern Inspirations : 

Glass Jewelry and more Fairy Magic ...the end of July

 https://www.etsy.com/shop/cyvonneh

I love to play with many different materials and experiment with new techniques.
Currently, my favorite materials to work with are clay, glass, and metal.
Many of my creations are available at  http://www.intheshadeofthesycamoretree.com 
                                                                     Visit and click on 'SHOP' to view my online shop on ETSY.