Saturday, February 27, 2016


"Abundance"  17.6 " tall.  Polymer clay, apoxie sculpt, antique lace and netting, sea shells, rhinestones.

                                                                 19 little baby bunnies

                                                          So much fun to create..... :)  Available now on my Etsy

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

A Rabbit emerges....

When I was around 12 years old,  my dad brought home to me a 4 ft tall flocked, styrofoam rabbit....dressed in crinoline full skirts, with a huge parasol.  It was wonderful and charming and whimsical.  When I first started doing art work, Rabbits were what I created.
Rabbit Princes, in all shapes and sizes....1, 2, 4, 5 ft tall.
 The above rabbit was a soft sculpture...painted and costumed.
 A four ft tall Rabbit Prince....with lots of antique fabrics and nature's bounty.
 A Rabbit embellished with mosaic shards and sea shells....
 I called this piece.."Wonderland Lies Within".  It was created using a gourd, cut so that you could lift the torso off, and find Alice standing within.

So I work to find my rhythm and momentum again, another rabbit is showing up.
The  name that comes to me for this piece is "Abundance".   :)

Sculpted from polymer clay and apoxie sculpt, I used a conch shell for her body, and a smaller conch shell to hold the abundance of babies on her back.  I covered her with French printed papers, and added a crackle glaze.   Today....hmmm...embellishment begins. :)

Thursday, February 18, 2016


Aloha is the word for "hello" and for "goodbye".   We are saying goodbye to Hawaii, for now.
And heading back to the green hills of Sebastopol.  From one paradise to another.  Hello!
We live on a 7 acre property in Northern California, that we share with two of our three daughters and their families.  5 of our 7 grand daughters live here, with lots of energy. 
There are 3 houses on this property....a big one, a medium one, and a little cottage where we live.
 It's just about 650 sq ft, nestled among the giant redwood trees.  I love coming home to Sebastopol.
Even though it's only mid February, spring is singing her song! 
The yellow acacia trees are brilliant in their bloom....the daffodils are everywhere, along with the wild mustard and yellow sour grass blossoms. 
Bright yellow against the apple green grass.
The flowering plum blossoms are heart stopping!  When my children were small, we would make a game of calling and counting what they called the popcorn trees...pinks and whites everywhere, along with the beautiful pink flowering magnolia blossoms.
This morning, on our deck, their blossoms fell like snow flakes......Beauty abounds!

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Kai Mana Orb "Within"
Kai Mana Orbs are created from coconut shells & shards that I find on the beach in Hawaii. The shapes are wonderfully random and very inspiring. After cleaning and drying them, I take them into the studio and embellish with found objects, sea shells, crystals and beads.
I call them Kai Mana Orbs because the name for the sea in Hawaiian is "Kai"....the word for power is "Mana". "Orb" is defined as a noun, as a celestial body... and as a verb, to encircle or enclose. These coconut shards are powerful in the vibrations of nature that they hold and that they contain. The power of the Palm Tree, strong against the trade winds, as it bends and never breaks. The power of the Sea....with thunderous winter waves, gentle summer seas....the Kai Mana Orbs carry this power...a celestial orb on the earth's shore. If you have a moment, read more about this Mana Orb in my Etsy shop.

Available for purchase in my Etsy Shop......Along with sweet aloha.

Monday, February 1, 2016

Mana Orb

I love creating Mana Orbs.  Walking along the beach, there are broken coconut shells to be picked up...each one a wonderful and intriguing shape.  Each one comes out so different.  I call them Mana Orbs because Mana means "power" in Hawaiian....and I know these shells hold the power of the sea...the power of inspiration....and the power of creation.   I'll put this one on Etsy

Aloha  :)

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Kawela Bay time

We've been here about 10 days now and we pinch ourselves every we return to Kawela Bay.  We've lived here almost 20 years  and it never stops filling our senses and our spirits.
Now is the time when the yellow flowering trees burst into bloom.  Aren't they amazing!  Hawaii has the most beautiful flowering trees.  Purple ones, red ones, yellow ones, pink and orange...big beautiful blossoms.
I've got a good handle on the work I had to do to get everything back in order since we had been gone now it's studio time!
This studio space is so wonderful!  It's up on a second story, with two large double sliding doors that look out over Kawela Bay.  The light is happy and bright and there's something about being up high that feels expansive to me.   So I've cleaned I'm ready to begin.  On what, I do not know. :)

Saturday, January 23, 2016

My Etsy Shop

I'm not quite sure how to do Etsy...I opened a shop years ago, but I've never really listed anything until today.  I'm not sure how people find my pieces....hmmmm.   This will be a learning experience.
Here is the link:

I've finished my Angel busts that are mounted on 7"x7" boards, to be hung on a wall.  Each is hand sculpted and painted and adorned with embellishments.
I also have listed my little Bone Fae, Minksey.  Her torso is created with a mink skull, which makes the perfect little dress form. 

This piece is the Autumn Angel.  Hand sculpted in polymer clay, she is embellished with antique and vintage pieces. Her bodice is created with snake skin that has been painted and sealed.  In her hand she holds a tiny metal bird.  The tassel is Victorian velvet. 

The photo above is the Starry Night Angel.  A one of a kind sculpture, mounted on the 7" x 7" board, it hangs on a wall. Embellished with fine antique netting that is adorned with tiny silver sequins. Here head dress is embellished with metal pieces and rhinestones.  A vintage crystal drop completes this piece.

The third Angel is the "Nautilus Siren".  A one of a kind sculpture, adorned with sea shells, vintage and antique trim, sculpted coming out of a nautilus shell and mounted on a 7 x 7" plaque.

The back of each of the three of these Angels is covered with a vintage piece of sheet music with a hanger attached.  You can get a feel for the size of each piece by noticing that it fits in my out-stretched hand.


Please contact me if you are interested in any of these pieces.  You can see them in my etsy shop.
Thanks for stopping by!
Marilyn :)