Time flies…

OMG! It’s been almost a year since our last blog post… The EC artists have been busy, and yes, having fun! Here’s what’s new… When you want some EC art, but 18″x24″ is just a tad too much… We’re upping our game… The EC will now be offering matted prints of artworks by selected EC artists,…

2014 Holiday Ornaments

Here they are:  the 2014 Enrichment Center ornament… LETTERS. This year, the EC artists’ ornaments offer a new way to personalize your holiday (or any-day) gift giving and decorating. Our 2014 ornaments go everywhere! On inside trees and outside trees, garland, gifts, and stockings… boxes, bags, hooks and bottles… chains, pins, collars, and key fobs….

Art for the Heart: Pick-up Schedule

Thanks to all who participated in our Art for the Heart fundraiser for community heart health.  We raised $1200 for the Mercy Foundation to use for the Cardiac Rehab Department.  The funds will help people with heart disease, who do not have a funding source to pay for their rehabilitation. The exhibit was up at…

Project: Art for the Heart

Phase 5:  Hearts on Fire… Into the Kiln 1830° is too hot to cook James and Shirley’s peanut butter cookies, but it is the perfect temperature for firing our glazed hearts. It takes an entire day of carefully orchestrated adjustments to bring the kiln up to that temperature.  By the end, a view through a…

Project: Art for the Heart

Phase 3:  “Glazing” is painting… Technically, you’re painting a coating of silica-based fluid (glaze), which, when fired in the kiln, will fuse to the surface of the clay heart… now you know why we just refer to it as glazing. When you spend as many hours as we do surrounded by art, making art, promoting…

Project: Art for the Heart

PHASE 2:  COLLABORATE! Putting the pieces together is difficult when your partnership doesn’t yet have partners.  We knew we wanted to work with Mercy Medical Center, but we didn’t have any contacts there.  Our good friends Monika Modest and Melissa Kelly-Ortega came to our rescue, providing awesome contacts.  Now we’re collaborating! We wanted to work…

Project: Art for the Heart

PHASE 1: Preparing Clay Hearts… Pounding, rolling, slabbing.  Cutting, smoothing, drying.  In late November 2012, the artists of the Enrichment Center began preparing clay hearts for a project to promote health and wellness in the New Year. Sadly, most of us have lost someone we care about to a heart-related illness.  The New Year is…

Sgraffito Tiles

Sgraffito is a clay decoration technique involving a combination of painting with colored slip and scratching the surface of the clay.  The EC Artists’ sgraffito work began with tiles, as part of a unit in slabbing clay.  The result was a large collection of sgraffito tiles which the artists agreed would be good as coasters…