What inspires you?

What is it that inspires you? What is it that helps you get through the day or to do things better? Is there something that inspires you to create things? I'm often inspired by the seasons, by nature, by events and by words

I wax the bowl design

There are quotes from the Bible that help me do things that I didn't know I could do, like, "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me."  Philippians 4:13. 

Next I carve the words and design

Brush away the nubbies
One of my most favorite quotes which I became aware of in an artist coaching group that I was part of years ago, is one from Goethe. "Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it, boldness has genius power and magic in it". That really helped to power me through my unbelief in my own work.

Fill the grooves with black underglaze
Paint the entire bowl black to create antiquing effect

 A bowl is one of the simplest forms that you can make on the potters wheel and was probably one of the first forms devised by ancient peoples to contain their food.

Bowls serve all kinds of functions now, including food service of course, but they can also be used as a planter, to keep your knitting in, drop your car keys, hold your paper clips on your desk or any number uses.

Add layers of colored underglaze over black bottoms
I started thinking about bowls and how they are such a big part of our lives. Who doesn't have a bunch of bowls in their house? So my thought was, what if those bowls could go beyond serving food and holding other items, but could also serve up food for the mind?

Enter my "Bowls of Inspiration" that do double duty as beautiful serving bowls that inspire you with quotes or sayings designed to lift you up while you eat your cereal. Or imagine serving the jelly beans at a sales meeting out of an inspiring bowl with your favorite company quote perhaps from Zig Ziglar, serving as a subtle reminder to all in attendance.

My bowls would make a great wedding gift with a few words from 1 Corinthians on it, or  even a pair of them to start the couple off with special words to each other. For graduation, "Oh, the places you'll go.", (Dr. Suess)  For that sales meeting, "There are no traffic jams on the extra mile."(Zig Ziglar).

For the Irish shop that just ordered…"May the road rise to meet you."~ (Old Irish blessing) 
Anything goes..

I have several available with quotes of my choosing, but as you see, my bowls can be customized and make great gifts for any occasion. Feel free to contact me about ordering . For pricing and more info, click here.