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"I am the master of my fate, I am the captain of my soul." by William E. Henley

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

the beauty of being self taught

I started glazing my little creatures. 

Pale ivory with little specks 
like a tiny bird's eggshell.

Aqua and blue from the deepest of oceans.

Pink and dark rose from the inside of an 
empty seashell drifted ashore.

Gray like the smooth, round beach pebbles slowly 
shaped in the waves of the ocean.

I painted on my colors with tiny brushes.
Some layered on top of each other while 
others were left alone.

I am free to explore this in my own way. 
At my own terms.
Not held back by convention 
or thoughts of what doesn't 
work or what you cannot do.

The beauty of teaching oneself a new craft


urchins, corals and barnacles



ocean pod

an army of sea creatures

Right now they are in the kiln


Thousands degrees to transform the
pastels to something else.
To what, I do not know yet.
I have to wait patiently until tonight.

love ~tess


  1. Lovely Tess!! I bought some 'cabs' a while back that remind me of these - they are SOOO cool! :)

  2. I love this process of yours - it looks wonderful - cannot wait to see what comes out of the kiln - magic! xo

  3. awesome-ness but I expect nothing less from you :)


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