2014 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog. 



Rather than subject you to the full report, which can’t possibly be interesting to anyone other than me, I can say I was surprised by this stat:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 1,500 times in 2014. If it were a cable car, it would take about 25 trips to carry that many people.

So that’s kind of cool! I just wanted to say THANK YOU if you were one of those viewers.

I don’t post much, but I have renovated my website a bit, and I hope you nose around some evening … when you’re sitting alone as the light is fading, surfing the internet aimlessly, wondering what’s new out there in the world. Not that you would surf aimlessly (wink, wink). But just in case, perhaps you’ll make it your aim one day to look around here, and to sign up to follow my blog so you’ll be one of the first to see pics of upcoming projects (which include a bathroom cabinet, some pieces for an outdoor garden wall, and an artist-in-residency project at a local Montessori school).

Meanwhile, enjoy life as the days lengthen (yea!), and tap into your own creativity – whatever the form may be.


Etsy shop open – December 2014

Nine square

Nine square

Happy Holidays everyone,

This year I am not doing any Christmas shows, although after attending Christmas in the Country on Bainbridge Island a couple days ago, I was (kind of) wishing I was sitting side by side with some of the very fine artists and craftspeople I met.

However, I do have an Etsy shop in case you are still in gift-shopping mode. More items will be added this week.

Take care,



Art, science, and literature

I haven’t posted in a long while, but creativity is starting to flow again. You may know that I’m a generalist: I’m endlessly curious, read widely, seek connections and patterns, and am drawn to the places where different ideas, disciplines, and supposed opposites meet. I love both simplicity and complexity, and playing with how a simple phrase or color can spur a whole new creation.

Both of these “white” works were created for exhibitions celebrating the theme of white. Angle of Repose is so named in honor the concept itself and Wallace Stegner’s novel (if the term remains a mystery – do some sleuthing, and definitely read the novel). I also simply love how those words sound together.

Ode to the Coccolith was born after drilling down into the origins of the color white. Coccoliths are individual plates of calcium carbonate and are the main constituent of chalk deposits, such as those found at the Cliffs of Dover.

What seemingly mundane reality can lead you to a new discovery today?

Ode to the Coccolith


Just a friendly reminder that the two Debs (me and Debra Lee) will be hosting a table at Gifted, an art show this Sunday from 11-6 at the Feedback Lounge, 6451 California Ave. SW, in West Seattle. We have a wide variety of works available, including earrings, votive candle holders, and samples of custom house numbers.

We’d love to see you.

Alma's house number 1 White small votives Browns 3

Gifted … is in your future

Yes, a play on tenses.

I will be hosting a table at this holiday art show, with my friend Debra Lee, on Sunday, December 8, from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. This is at the Feedback Lounge, 6451 California Avenue SW, in West Seattle. Lots of affordable, small works available, including these little driftwood sculptures — a collaboration among the wind, tides, and myself.

inside_front simple_vertical Vertical_cracked chunky_end

Two new works

Ojo Caliente logo

Ojo Caliente logo

The logo-like work is….a logo! It’s of Ojo Caliente, one of my favorite places — a hot springs and spa in New Mexico. I think the colored thinset, stone, and smalti capture the colors and textures of this magical place really well.

Ode to the Coccolith

Ode to the Coccolith

Ode to the Coccolith pays homage to the confluence of science and art. I refer you to Wikipedia to get the real story on coccoliths, but suffice to say they are composed of calcite and are the main component of chalk deposits in and near the ocean. I was researching “white” to inform my creation of a monochromatic work — and true to my voracious reading and research brain, my search took me deeper and deeper until I became fascinated with the coccolith. Oh, the piece itself is composed on a hand-made substrate, including carving angled and offset pieces of styrofoam for the body of the coccolith.