Friday, January 5, 2018

The Year of the Dog

In the Chinese New Year zodiac - 2018 is The Year of the Dog. The image I made on the right is actually a raku fox, made by my husband, Jim. The fox seems more like a combination dog and cat. We've seen them in and around our land here in Yellow Springs. They're very shy and so beautiful. I will get a picture of one (or more) of Jim's raku dogs on here soon. Enjoy!

My Animal Attraction Revisited

Really long time no see now, but I guess I've just been busy - with life. Family health problems have come and gone (not mine) but now we're all very healthy and happy and keeping busy - doing the things we love. And one of the things I love is caring for animals. I have had lots of pets over the years but now I'm really missing our beautiful Himalayan cat named Lucy (see my painting of her below). She left us last year at the age of 14 1/2 - after a very healthy and happy life. Besides caring for my share of cats, dogs, fish, turtles and toads, etc. - I have also done a bit of pet, plant and house sitting over the years, and I'm getting back into it again. Your place or mine. I will love and care for the non-human members of your family - if he/she is friendly. Sorry, but I won't risk tending to biters or scratchers. I can groom them, walk them, and I have even done a bit of dog training in the past; no guarantees. I am also great with plants, having tended my own and worked in several green houses and garden centers for many years. I can also take in mail and newspapers, and watch your house in visits or stay-overs if you prefer. I like to travel but I'm retired now, so my time is fairly free. So if you have questions or comments - feel free to contact me here or via my email: I can send you my current rates and answer any questions you can think of. My preference, at this time, is for jobs within a 20-25 mile radius of Yellow Springs, OH, where I live. (Maybe I should have started with that). Nearby jobs (1-5 miles) include mileage; after that - we'll talk. Thanks!

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Coming soon....

Jim and I are getting back into a creative mode these days and, besides the raku wall animals we've always carried (see below, and we'll have a new line coming to you soon. So I hope all you animal lovers and friends of animal lovers will find your way to our little sites. And, if you already have - stay tuned!!!

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Long time no see...

I know it's been awhile since I've entered anything here, but I've been quite busy with my newest venture - Springs Gallery (link on this site). It's a retail gallery in Yellow Springs, Ohio. But I haven't forgotten about the animals: I have an idea which I'll talk about soon, once I've worked on it some more, to bring animals to the forefront where they belong. So stay tuned....In the meantime, here's a little 6" x 8" oil painting I made recently of my quirky Himalayan cat - Lucy. Her full name (she's actually registered, just for fun) is "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds." I have this painting, and others, available for sale on one of my other sites: (link on this site), or you can email me and I'll send you a paypal button. Enjoy!

Monday, January 25, 2010

The Year of the Tiger

In the Chinese astrological calendar - 2010 is the Year of the Tiger. The tiger is an animal known for its strength, fierceness and beauty. I am proud to have been born in a Tiger year!

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Animals 'R' Us!

Here is a little list of some of animal art and services we are (or soon will be) offering. It will, no doubt, grow and change - so please stay tuned. Feel free to contact us at or via the web site (link on the right). And if you know any human animals who may be interested in what we're up to -drop them an email by clicking on the envelope below. Thanks for stopping by!

Art Cards
Raku ceramic wall art

Pet Photographic Portraits
Pet Sitting (in and around Dayton/Yellow Springs, OH)

Raku Zoo

As you can see by my earlier posts (below, of course), many of the animals we have created are raku-fired, ceramic wall art. Here is some info. on the raku process, along with some pictures showing Jim in action.

The ancient art of raku dates back to 16th century Japan. Originally from the Chinese, the character for raku means: "contentment, enjoyment, pleasure, and best in all the world." The first raku pottery pieces were created by an immigrant potter who was chosen by an influential Japanese tea master to produce wares of refined simplicity for the sacred Zen Buddhist tea ceremony.
Raku has been westernized over the years, but it is still, basically, the process of firing clay in an outdoor kiln to a temperature of around 1800 degrees Fahrenheit. The clay piece is then removed from the kiln with tongs and placed into a can of combustible material, such as straw. After the piece flames up, the can is covered tightly with the lid, thus depriving it of oxygen; this is called post-firing reduction. The flames seek oxygen from the clay, so they leave their colors and markings on the piece in random patterns. The colors on the finished piece reflect the interaction between the flames and the precious metals--copper and silver--in the glazes. Each raku piece is therefore unique; it is impossible for any two pieces to be the same. Raku is fragile and should be handled like glass.