Magic Markings Art

By Cathie Carlson

Summertime Color

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The following pictures were taken during a trip to the Outer Banks of North Carolina.  The weathered beach homes and rambling line of sand fences are an iconic representation of many which line coastal towns along our shores.  A bit of color was added to each image to enhance the time worn structures and to help capture vivid memories of summertime's past.  Like these age honored symbols - don't you just wish summer would last forever?

Outer Banks Color
OBX Rental
Beach walkway

Splish Splash Summer Art Camp

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The first week of Summer Art Camps 2015 started off with a nice cooling SPLASH!

Preschool artists created portraits of themselves under water.

Cupcake Friday is always a camp highlight!

Cupcake Friday is always a camp highlight!

Cupcake Friday is always a camp highlight!

Unfortunately I was too busy working with the artists to take many photos, so cannot show images of the other projects we created.  But I think the happy cupcake faces show what a wonderful week we had creating summertime masterpieces.

Berry Colander

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Recently I've been working on individual size colanders handmade from soft clay.  The bowls can be personalized for gift giving - like the one pictured above which is a custom order for Mothers Day.

While very cute sitting on the counter, these little bowls make for a very useful kitchen accessory.  Perfect for washing a small serving of berries.  The berry bowls take about 2 weeks to create and can be found in my shop, Magic Markings Art

In the Studio

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Every now and then I go into the studio to create just for the joy of creating.  With no looming deadlines nor custom orders to be made; it's just me, a big block of clay and a music, podcast or NPR station playing in the background.

handmade clay spoons

During a recent clay play day I made spoon molds which were formed from clay then fired in my kiln.  The bisque fired forms are perfect for recreating the same shape multiple times.

handmade clay spoons

Once formed the clay spoons have to dry for a couple of days before they can be kiln fired.  Afterwards they will be painted with glaze and fired once again.  In the meantime one can find me in my studio catching up on orders or playing around with a few other new ideas.