day to day in the studio

Hello and welcome!

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Looking Back

Looking back on the past year I see a lot to be grateful for. Looking forward to the new year ahead and wishing you all a creative and peaceful year.

Looking Back, black bird in magnolia, 22", Cathy Kiffney

Monday, December 30, 2013

Brighly Contented

Until I get my new computer up and running I am continuing to visit these old works. A commissioned piece for a garden, Brightly Contented. 2006?

Ceramic Garden Plaque, Cathy Kiffney
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Saturday, December 28, 2013

More from the vault

kitchen back splash, Cathy Kiffney
More from the archives. I think this was my first special order all done over the internet, I think it was in 2007.  A couple in Chicago contacted me to make these for their kitchen back splash.

Friday, December 27, 2013

From the Time Capsule

Meaning, the old desktop with Windows XP.  My fairly new studio computer had a melt down, with all my images and data. Of course I did not have it backed up. The computer wizard guy says he can get my data and put it on a new computer for me. In the mean time I've found images from way back. Here are a few.

Wall Vase, Cathy Kiffney
Wall Vase, Cathy Kiffney

Wall Vase, Cathy Kiffney
Wall Vase, Cathy Kiffney

Wall Vase, Cathy Kiffney
Wall Vase, Cathy Kiffney

Wall Vase, Cathy Kiffney

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Boxing Rabbits

I know, Boxing Day has nothing to do with the sport of boxing but I could not resist. Happy Boxing Day!

oil stick drawing, Cathy Kiffney

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

A Christmas Wish

Peace and perhaps a bit of happiness to one and all! Merry Christmas.

Jumping Rabbit and Hummingbirds, Cathy Kiffney

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Foxy, night walk

New tile in my Etsy shop!  From one of my original ceramic paintings, printed on 6x6" clay tile.

Foxy, Night Walk, clay tile, Cathy Kiffney
By the Light of the Silvery Moon, clay tile, Cathy Kiffney Studio

 

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

New metal works!

Cathy Kiffney Studio


Excited about these new works of my ceramics onto metal! Take a peek in my Etsy shop 

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Friday, November 15, 2013

Butterfly and Rabbit Urns

These were a special request, funerary urns. Someone who has been following my work on Facebook had the idea and contacted me. Her mother was an avid gardener and potter and loved spending time out in nature, so the request for a rabbit and butterfly. The two urns are because this is to be share between two relatives. Here are some pictures of the process of making them.

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hand-built ceramic urn. Cathy Kiffney Studio

hand-built ceramic urn. Cathy Kiffney Studio
hand-built ceramic urn. Cathy Kiffney Studio
hand-built ceramic urn. Cathy Kiffney Studio
hand-built ceramic urn. Cathy Kiffney Studio



Monday, November 4, 2013

Recharge: : to regain energy or spirit


Free recharge, courtesy of mother nature after an intense weekend. Shows always take a lot out of me. Beautiful fall and a nice walk by the Eno River restores the balance.

Next weekend we do it all over again!

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Happy Owl-O-Ween!

Owl / Red Egg, 8x10" metal print. Cathy Kiffney Studio

























This is one of my new pieces on metal that I will have at the open studio show this weekend. 

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Monday, October 21, 2013

Hospital commission complete

Here is the whole flock for the Mayo Clinic. They will hang in the new Jacobson Building pediatric family waiting area in Rochester, MN.
 I have been working with an art advisory for the past six years who has placed my work in various projects for different hospitals. All done over the internet! I enjoy these projects and hope that my work is enjoyed by people during some difficult times. 
Hard to tell from the pictures but there are three sizes, the largest 15x20" down to the smallest, 9x12". Check out  the process of the project--- I posted awhile back when I started the project, you can see the start of making them, and then again when I started painting them. Now pack and ship, yay!


Cathy Kiffney Studio

 Cathy Kiffney Studio
 Cathy Kiffney Studio

Cathy Kiffney Studio

 Cathy Kiffney Studio

 Cathy Kiffney Studio

 Cathy Kiffney Studio

 Cathy Kiffney Studio


 Cathy Kiffney Studio
 Cathy Kiffney Studio

 Cathy Kiffney Studio

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Finished the Mayo Clinic commission-- a flock of birds

Big relief! I started to unload the kiln that is filled with the Mayo Clinic commission. Everything looks great, no cracks and the glazed developed beautifully. Image these all hanging together on a large lobby wall, a flock of birds!

Mayo Clinic commission, Cathy Kiffney












Thursday, October 10, 2013

Mr. Blue Eyes of your dreams

Mr. Blue Eyes, 4x4 tile, cathy kiffney
In an attempt to chase away the rainy day blues-- A GIVEAWAY!
Mr. Blue Eyes...the red fox! To be counted go to my facebook page and say hi to Blue Eyes!
Giveaway will end when I see the sun!

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

My outdoor studio

Enjoying the season when it is still warm but no humidity, the best time of the year here in NC! Comet is never far away, waiting for his walk.

Cathy Kiffney Studio, working outdoor.
Someone sent me this today,

“This is what you shall do; Love the earth and sun and the animals, despise riches, give alms to every one that asks, stand up for the stupid and crazy, devote your income and labor to others, hate tyrants, argue not concerning God, have patience and indulgence toward the people, take off your hat to nothing known or unknown or to any man or number of men, go freely with powerful uneducated persons and with the young and with the mothers of families, read these leaves in the open air every season of every year of your life, re-examine all you have been told at school or church or in any book, dismiss whatever insults your own soul, and your very flesh shall be a great poem and have the richest fluency not only in its words but in the silent lines of its lips and face and between the lashes of your eyes and in every motion and joint of your body.”
-Walt Whitman

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Continuing with the hospital commission

These are the largest of the group. You can see by the nearby pencil how large they are.
The underglaze painting with a bit of carving. Later, after the bisque firing they will be layered with various glazes.

Cathy Kiffney Ceramics
large wall bird, Cathy Kiffney
Cathy Kiffney Ceramics
large wall bird, Cathy Kiffney
Cathy Kiffney Ceramics
large wall bird, Cathy Kiffney

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