Altering a thrown vessel


An awesome video on Throwing / Making / Altering a Square Vessel with Hsin-Chuen Lin

Wait until you see how much clay was hand trimmed off (at the very end of the video).


Day 42: Today I am grateful…

Today I am grateful for learning from this youtube video, featuring my Mom,  that she bought one of her sewing machines the year I was born. Thank you, thank you, thank you. Similarly, the year my second child was born I got my first sewing machine.

This is what my Mom’s “treasure” looked like and what I and my three sisters (and maybe brothers?) learned to sew on.

306K Singer Sewing Machine

I joke that I grew up with Martha Stewart. Mom earned a degree in home economics with a minor in nutrition.  These served her well! She managed to raise six children on a budget which allowed my father to retire at the young age of 57 and then they traveled the world.


These are some of the many outfits Mom made with that sewing machine. That is cute me in the middle, with my first Barbie who would soon have her hair chopped short thanks to my brother Bill’s influence.

When I was a bit older, I remember one year, right before Christmas, Mom brought me into her bedroom. Where she had her sewing machine set up. She blind folded me. Then undressed me and dressed me again. All with the blindfold on. She would not even let me touch the material, as she did her fitting. When she was done working that day I went into her room and looked everywhere, even in the trash, for a scrap of material, or a piece of thread, but sadly there were no hints of what she was making me. She was good at hiding her evidence. It wasn’t until years later that her cedar chest hiding place was revealed to me.

Cat Tessellation

For Design Principles class, Maggie taught us how to make Tessellations using Illustrator. After a little lot of practice with the pathfinder and shape builder tools, I am a pro at turning a square into two cats. I probably should make a video for myself. We all know if we don’t use it, we lose it.

Below, is a video I watched that taught me how to transform the patterns Illustrator offers. I was able to scale and rotate them at will. Now I just need to figure out how to adjust the colors. I was searching for the hue adjustment that I would use in Photoshop. Probably hidden in there somewhere. Maybe I should watch the video to the end?


Mandalas created using Illustrator

MargerysMandalaPinkThis week in Design Principles

We are creating a personal mandala. I found this wonderful video which helped me learn how to create a grid and use a clipping mask. It is so awesome I just draw in one piece of the pie and Illustrator automatically clips and copies to the other pieces of my pie.


My dream

How to draw a Mandala in Adobe Illustrator

Here is a link to dagubi’s website

Flourish Mandala custom vector brushes

where you may purchase (if you have a paypal account) the custom brushes he created which help him achieve some of the effects his mandalas contain.