Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Achemist Burning Bowl

ALCHEMIST BURNING BOWL

Front View

Sold. Thank you Holly!

The Alchemist is the first burning bowl of the season and fits in well with my Alchemist series. I looked up the definition of alchemy and found it to mean that it can be either a medieval chemical science whereby metals were turned into gold, or a discovery of a universal cure for disease and elixir for prolonging life. So an alchemist would be a person who studies to achieve this goal.

Close-up

My burning bowls were created to allow the owner a chance to have a burning bowl ceremony which can be personal, or shared with others. Can believing that by burning a paper where ones flaws and bad habits are written really work? This custom appears in many forms. An example would be that the Chinese are known for taking problems into a boat and sending out to sea, thus releasing them to the waters. I have used stained glass in the bowl that has been fired at a high temperature on my kiln, allowing your 'problems' to burn properly. You can use it for incense or a candle when not in ceremony. You may not be able to turn metal into gold but you might be able to clear the slate for a more worry free existence in this life.

Back View

I'm proud that I have kept my price the same for my burning bowls since the first one (all different of course) many years ago. Just $68. She is 4" wide x 5" deep and 9" high including the crystal. I used sparkling crystals and a wing embellishment. I hand sculpted her out of stoneware clay. You can e-mail me if you'd like to purchase. I take Paypal and personal checks. Thank you so much for taking the time to view and read.

Cheryl
Stained Glass Basin

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Tuesday, February 2, 2016

ALCHEMIST TEA VESSEL

ALCHEMIST TEA VESSEL

Alchemist Tea Vessel

Sold. Thank you Lisa!!

The 'Alchemist' is the name I have given to the first of my new series for 2016. Here you see my new tea vessel. Her eyes tell all. She is mysterious, mesmerizing and spellbinding. I can visualize a personal tea ceremony or one as described below.

Old Lock Used As Part of Lid

Enchantment found it’s way to the table where the Goddess Ceremonial Tea Vessel was placed. Three friends were drawn to help initiate a healing. The pungent herbal aroma from the mysterious vessel containing the special roots and herbs chosen fresh from the garden permeated the air. The elixir was steeped to perfection and the cups were filed. Each Goddess inhaled the scent of the tisanes which opened their sensory perception as they gazed at the fascinating original clay Goddess face that was sculpted into the vessel. All were oblivious to their surroundings and time was lost to antiquity as they partook of this special potion, all the while awaiting for the magic to unfold.

Back of Vessel

My tea vessels are each an original. I hand sculpt them using stoneware clay. The Goddess faces are sculpted in the bas-relief method. I used a lead free glaze on each vessel. The Alchemist is approx 10” wide by 5” deep by 7 high including the lid top. I used an old door lock with an ancient brass key for the lid. The glaze is a rich copper/teal/turquoise. It's hard to describe the color but the picture is accurate. . About 4 cups of tea can be brewed and I made the spout drip proof. I have priced her at $125. A lot of work was involved and I think whoever owns her will consider her a treasure. If you are interested in purchasing, I take peronal checks or Paypal. Just e-mail me and we can go from there.

To brew tea:

The best way to brew tea for vessel is to place cold water in another microwavable container. Heat water and then pour into vessel in which either tea bags or a tea strainer or tea ball has been placed. Place lid back on and allow to steep for 5 minutes or so. Serve. (Be sure to hold the lid as you pour the tea.)

Care of Tea Vessel:

Because of the various embellishments placed into the vessel, it is best not to place in dishwasher or microwave but instead use the tea vessel to steep and serve. I have used lead free glaze on the interior of each pot so that it is safe to drink the tea and after finishing, running hot water inside the pot releasing any tea having lodged there is all that is needed to keep sanitary.

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Tuesday, January 12, 2016

GRAND SALE!!

GRAND SALE !!!!!!

"Grandmother Tree"

Sold. Thank you Yavia!

Each January when I make my New Years “Revolutions” I create a special column for all the new items I want to create with my sculpture for the coming year. There is always a new series in the works. This year is no different. I have many exciting ideas for several new series for 2016. In order for me to start fresh, I always feel as though I should sell what remained from the previous year. (or a lot of it anyway) Does that make sense? I think many artists think this way. It is sort of a clearing of the brain to allow for future 'brainstorms' so to speak.

Most of the art pieces I am listing have absolutely nothing wrong with them. Perhaps they did not get shown all year or were somehow overlooked. Orphans in a sense. I am giving a description of each item and price I had listed for with the new on sale price. If you see something you would like to have, please e-mail me and let me know. If for some reason the link for my e-mail does not work, here is the exact e-mail. cherdolby@cox.net These are very, very good prices. Most come with one of my stories I write for them. Hope you enjoy viewing. I take checks or Paypal. Thank you so very much!

Grandmother Tree is approx 17" high x 7" wide x9" deep. I hand sculpted her from stoneware clay which was kiln fired and then added all of the driftwood and moss embellishments.

She is a spectacular bargain since I had her priced originally at $225 and now offer her to you for $145. She would make a lovely accent piece in a bay window, on a screened porch, altar, etc.

Chinese Herbalist Tea Vessel

Sold. Thank you Lisa!

7" wide x8" high x 4" deep. This teapot features a luscious chocolate glaze and one of my original faces created from stoneware clay. Would make a lovely gift for anyone versed in the art of tea ceremonies. Holds about 1 1/2 cups of tea. She was $89. but since I've had it for awhile I have decided to let go for $55. Teapots are the hardest thing I do with my sculpture. There is so much detail! This one is lovely.

Earthwalker bas-relief vessel.

A Srong original bas-relief face is featured on the top of this box. Size is 10 1/2" wide x 6" deep x 4" high. She can be used to store all sorts of things or propped upright and used as a sculpture. I have finished the inside with a brocade fabric and the outside front features an ingrained wooden relief. Price was $110. but I will sell for $69. A bargain!

Oceana Planter

Sold. Thank you Leisa!

Most of my smaller planters sell each summer season but Oceana for some reason unbeknown to me, is still available. She was priced at $78. but on sale now for $45. She holds a good size herb or trailing plant. Drainage hole is in bottom. Artificial plant not included. She is approx 5" wide x 5" deep x 12" high.

2 Art Dolls

Every once in awhile I like to experiment with small art dolls. These two seated dolls are cute and add a bit of whimsy to wherever you place them. They are approx7" high x 7" wide by 8" deep. The first one (with purple hair) is Polly. She has elf ears and bendable cloth body. The second one is Olga (orange hair) She reminds me of a doll I received as a child. This doll was from Poland and I remember loving to toss her around. So I made Olga toss proof-just in case. Dolls similar have sold for $85- $100, but I will sell each of them for $40 or both for $70. They are so cute.

Polly

Olga

Music was my Refuge

Sold. Thank you Lisa!

I created a collage around a Maya Angenu quote. I used musical notes then painted one of my faces-this one is hauntingly mysterious- and crackled the entire thing. She is 8" wide x 10" high and has a 1 1/2" width for easier hanging. I used a good grade cradle birch wood base for her. I actually love this one and was tempted not to sell her but I am anyway. Must move on. She was $89 and on sale now for $55.

Angel of Sacrifice

She is part of my angel series. For some reason the larger angels sell a lot more slowly than the smaller ones. Probably because of price but I'm not sure. I changed this one around a few times-changed color of hair etc- so hopefully someone will want to enjoy her in their home with her new hair do. I used the method I learned while studying in Italy for the halo and Renaissance Oil method for face and painted her on a secure board with a hanger for hanging in the back. She is 13" wide x 18" high and about 1" deep. The series runs close to $200 for this size but I have her for sale for $90.

Within the Within.

After I fired the face for "Within the Within" I noticed that one eye was...well..missing? I decided to camouflage by pulling hair (horsehair) over it. Then I started reading a series of books about a Native American elder who had one eye (Spirit Song by Mary Rain Tree) I decided that she was really came out the way she was supposed to so I renamed her "Grandmother No-Eyes." Her stoneware clay face is adorned with grey horsehair, turquoise and a rich black and cream brocade. She is quite large-14" wide x 36" high and 6" deep-approx. I have priced her from $200 down to $100. I think you will enjoy this piece. You can also see her on the right hand side of my blog with a link for other bloggers to add to their blogs.

Goddess Ceremonial Altar` "Stardust Woman"

I just finished this piece not too long ago and posted her on my blog. She was priced at $110 but I had no takers. She is 4" wide x 4" deep x 11 1/2" high. She can be used in ceremony as an altar or for candle or incense. I'm pricing her at $65. Really a good price, especially for all the work involved!

Blooming Spirit

Sold. Thank you Trish!

She is 11" wide x 14" high and 1 1/2" deep. I created this mixed media painting on a birch board with deep cradle sides for easier hanging. I used oils, encaustic wax and dried flowers from my garden. I've had her hanging in my own home for several years and now is the time for me to share her. She was $135-(I think) and I am offering her for $85.

Morning Song

Sold. Thank you Barb!

This is a beautiful, very textured piece. I sculpted one of my original stoneware faces for her and adorned her with horsehair, mudcloth from Africa and a beautiful stone head piece. She is approx 12" wide x 22" high and about 2" deep. She is very rich and earthy. I had $185-then dropped to $145 and now will sell her for $89! Someone will be very happy with her.

Doran Planter

Sold. Thank you Yavia!

It's unusual for me to have a planter for 2 seasons! Everyone seems to buy around her and I'm waiting for someone to love her and give her a good home. She is all stoneware clay and can be kept outside during the summer. She is approx 6" x 6" x 12" high and was $89. I am selling her for $55.

"Lace Reader"

I read a book about lace readers that intrigued me. There are actually woman who read fortunes by looking at lace. The book is called Lace Reader by Brunonia Barry. It was a fascinating read and I felt I just had to paint her. She is approx 15" wide x 18" high and 1 1/2" deep for easier hanging. I painted her using acrylics onto a wood framed canvas. She is mysterious and her story is spellbinding. I priced her $300. because she took so long to do but now have decided to let her go for $155. Her coloring goes well with most decor.

Native American switch plate cover

Sold. Thank you Kayla!

I've had this switchplate cover forever. Everyone lifts it up and says how much they love it but I guess they don't want to pay the price. She was $58 and then I dropped the price to $45. Still no takers. So now-just $25. It will allow me to go on and make more of my covers knowing this one has a good home.

Penelope Pin Cushion

Pure and simple, this was a pattern but I changed it around to make it my own. She is so fun to have near your sewing machine. I used bone hands and one of my original faces plus ineresting cloth and saying on her back side. I sold similar ones for $42. but will sell her for $22. She's wild with her red and purple hair. Dimensions are approx 9"x9"

Quote on Back of Penelope

Nampeyo

I named this piece after one of my Hopi teachers. She features one of my clay faces, horsehair and a woven backing. She was $78-now $45. I've pretty much discontinued this style and she is the last of this series.

Oceana

She is from my Oceana series. I created this mixed media painting on a solid birch board and used encaustic wax and oils She is 11" wide x 15" high. She has a serene look and will bring peace to any room she is placed. She was $165-Now $90.

Philosophy Art Doll-Change is Growth

I've been creating these little art dolls for several years now. They can be hung on the wall or at a window or anywhere else you'd like to add a bit of whimsy and fun to your life. (You can't help but smile whenever you walk by them) They make a wonderful little gift for someone who needs some cheering. I'll be making more soon but she is the only one available right now. She is 9" high and about 6" wide (depending on how you place her moveable arms and legs) They sell for $28. but I'm letting this one go for $15.

Oceana Mirror

Sold. Thank you Shirley!

Last Oceana piece to list. She is 7" wide x 10" high. Makes a nice accent piece for bathroom or anywhere. She was $78-Now $50.

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Monday, December 21, 2015

Homemade Kahlua Finale!

HOMEMADE KAHLUA FINALE!

All bottled and ready for giving

A few months ago I posted the recipe for my homemade kahlua. It had to ferment for about two months and I wasn't sure it would be ready for Christmas. After sampling, I have to tell you, it is not only ready but divine! It is a recipe my mother-in-law gave me in 1968. I don't know why it took me so long to make but I'm glad I finally gave it a go. If you would like the recipe, click here for the link.

Festive and Fun

Merry Christmas everyone!

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Friday, November 13, 2015

STUFFED CABBAGE ROLLS

PIGS IN THE BLANKET

Pigs in the Blanket

When I spotted a huge cabbage Saturday at our Farmer's Market here is Roanoke, Virginia, I knew I had to have it to recreate my mother's recipe for “Pigs in the Blanket.” The cabbage came from Floyd, Virginia, where they are known for their immense vegetables, especially their cabbage.

There are many different names for this remarkable dish. It is called Stuffed Cabbage Rolls, by the Yugoslavians, Golabki by the Polish and many nationalities call it Stuffed Cabbage. I always heard it referred to as Pigs in the Blanket, which is a far cry from the southern version of hot dogs wrapped in a bun.

Can You Believe the Size of This Cabbage!

Recipes for this dish can be found in Germany and France and all around the Baltic. They vary in the amounts and types of meat used and some versions do not add saurkaraut. My mother never wrote her recipe down. I often watched her make it as a child and then started my own version when I took up housekeeping. I combine my mother’s recipe, which was given to her by Pauline Gulakowski, with my own particular twist.

Yum. It Tastes Very Similar to My Mother's "Pig in the Blanket"

Here is my recipe.

1- large head of green cabbage, cored and steamed in hot water till soft

Sauce:

¼ cup butter
1 T. sour cream
1 C. heavy cream
1 C. chopped yellow onions
1 t. garlic
1 T. apple cider vinegar
1 T. sugar
1-28 oz. can chopped tomatoes (or crushed) and juices
1 large can tomato soup
2 teaspoons paprika
1 LB sauerkraut

Filling:

2 large yellow onions, chopped fine
2 clove garlic, chopped
1 lb gr beef
1 lb gr pork
2 cups cooked long grain white rice
2 eggs
1 t. gr pepper or more to taste
1 t. salt or more to taste
4 t. butter
A good shake of my Magic Garlic Sprinkles (optional)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place head of cabbage in a large pot and fill with water, bring to boil then remove from heat, separate the leaves and remove the hard leaves. Lay on work surface, with rib side down.

Make sauce:

Melt butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Add onions and cook for 3 minutes. Add garlic, tomatoes, cream, sour cream , vinegar, tomatoes and tomato soup and paprika.

Fill each of the cabbage rolls with a handful of the filling. Wrap the cabbage around the filling and shape into a neat bundle. Do this with remaining cabbages.

Make filling:

Combine all filling ingredients in a large bowl and mix with your hands.

Place a layer of all the sauerkraut on the bottom of a large baking dish. Layer the sauce over, saving half for the top. Lay the cabbages into the dish and cover with remaining sauce. Cover with aluminum foil. Bake for about 2 ½ hours or longer if needed.

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Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Cheesecake Filled Baked Apples

Cheesecake Filled Apples

CHEESECAKE FILLED BAKED APPLES

I'm constantly experimenting with new recipes. Here is a delicious apple dessert recipe that you may want to try for your fall baking. I found it on Pinterest but cannot locate the address to give credit. What is fun about this dessert is that the serving bowl (the apple) is already included. I do recommend a plate to place it on though because of the gooey caramel topping.

Ingredients:

6 apples
8 ounces cream cheese, softened
¼ cup sugar
1 t vanilla
1 egg
1 t cinnamon
caramel sauce
pecans
Method:

l. Chop the tops of the apples off and scoop out the insides. Discard the core and seeds.
2. In a medium bowl, cream together the cream cheese and sugar til smooth. Mix in vanilla, egg and cinnamon til smooth. Fill each of the apples 2/3 full with the cheesecake mixture.
3. Place filled apples on a baking sheet and make sure they are not touching. Bake at 350 for 25 minutes until cheesecake filling is set. Transfer to a plate and pace in fridge til completely cooled.
4. Serve apples at room temp or chilled Top with caramel sauce and pecans.
The apples are rather firm. I may experiment next time by prebaking the apple shells until they soften a bit more. Also, I will add bits of the apple leftover from inside and add to the cheesecake filling mixture.

Serves 6.

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Friday, October 30, 2015

SHE WHO KNOWS HER OWN SACRED SOUND

SHE WHO KNOWS HER OWN SACRED SOUND

Full View of Goddess Necklace

I think we all have a sound..a note that resonates within our being. For some, it is a loud vibration but for others, it is a soft hum that interweaves with our consciousness as we go about our lives. That sound of the soul allows us to carry on, even though times are tough. It pulls us through our hardships and keeps us on an even keel. Listen. Listen carefully and celebrate your own sacred song.

Close-up of Pendant

I have sculpted one of my original stoneware clay faces for the center of this Goddess Necklace. She features an antique pendant, even missing one bead but I think it adds to the character. and plenty of turquoise and jangles to help remind you of your song. The base is 2 ½ “ wide by 3 1/2” high and the chain is approx 13 ½ “ from the top of the head to the neck.

You can dress her up or down. She is at home with blue jeans as well as a black evening dress. Hope you like her. She is priced at $85. To purchase, you can e-mail me and we can go from there. I take checks or Paypal.

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