Thursday, September 17, 2009

Friends Village day 9

We have been working on paper pots for a few weeks. I am amazed at how different each pot turned out! Everyone really enjoyed the process.I will really miss working with my students. I will definitely keep contact with all the wonderful people at Friends Village.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Prints from Friends Residency

Here are some of the prints we made using soft linoleum as well as prints made with jello.

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Friends Village Residency

I am working with a group of elders at Friends Village in Woodstown NJ. So far we have done watercolor paintings, and linoleum prints. Everyone has their own way of working and it is exciting to see them so engaged in their work. Their completed work is beautiful!

Thursday, July 30, 2009


I had the opportunity to take a papermaking class with a great paper maker Winnie Radolan at her beautiful South Jersey studio Tidewater. We worked on creating paper pots. The transition from working in clay to paper was both intuitive and sensual. I hope to take the experience to the Appel Farm residency I am currently working on at Friends Village in Woodstown NJ. The next several weeks I will be working with a wonderful group of elders. I hope to post some photos soon.

Thursday, June 11, 2009



I finally finished it! The rain delays held off for a few days and between the raindrops I was able to finish grouting and photographing. I spent my 51st birthday working alone on the labyrinth, loving every quiet moment. I cherished the walk I took through the circuit, looking at each and every beautiful hand-painted stepping stone tile. I am happy to be finished, but will miss all the wonderful students and staff who worked with me, braving the elements and the bugs, to bring this labyrinth to being.


Wednesday, May 27, 2009



Today we had our "closing event". The labyrinth is almost finished. I feel like Galloway Township is my "home away from home". I really enjoyed working with both the kids and the staff. The labyrinth will be a place for students to go when they need a little quiet time on the playground. Everyone is so proud of their work! My hope is that all students who participated will explain the work we did, and the process and the meaning of the project to all the students in the school. Hopefully the story of its creation will be passed down from class to incoming class. Thank you so much to the students, and to Mrs. D, Ms. Jes, Ms. Katie, Ms. Kim and especially Cathy Hilferty for all the work you did to help make this project successful!

Walk the path to the heart center. Remember your animal and plant friends. Remember our time together.


Saturday, May 23, 2009

Making Progress with a little help from my friends


Slowly progress is being made. My friend and fellow Philadelphia College of Art alum Ellen Pantano spent the day helping me to glue tiles. I hope to begin grouting next week. I am still short of tile and need to keep making those tiles!


Thursday, May 7, 2009

More photo's of residency day 21

Michele Russo from Young Audiences visited on the beautiful sunny day we installed the frame for the labyrinth. She took these photo's of Warren Bradway and I, with some students,who are assisting with the construction and tiling. The labyrinth deck is made of nine pieces of 4X4 foot exterior plywood and hardi backer board. Each piece was separately screwed into the frame. Students are tiling over the seams so that the finished piece will appear to be one continous surface.

Monday, May 4, 2009

Friends Mural


I finally finished the Friends Mural. It's attached to the wall in front of the Friends School of Mullica Hill. It's made of ceramic tile letters on a stained glass background. This is my first outside mural. Thanks to Warren Bradway for his excellent engineering services.

The mural is visible from High Street in Mullica Hill.


Residency Day 23


Students work on painting the black border tiles. We try to paint the glaze as even and neatly as possible.

We continued gluing the tile to the labyrinth. The weather is not very cooperative. It has been very rainy and cool. We need a few sunny days to complete the gluing and then the grouting will begin!


Sunday, April 19, 2009

Day 20: The Frame Is Built

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Today visiting artist/building engineer Warren Bradway came and made the frame for the labyrinth. Happy to say that the frame fit perfectly in the designated space. We also had artist/intern Ellen Tiberino and Michele Russo from Young Audiences help with the gluing. We accomplished a great deal but still much is left to do!

Residency Day 18


Today we started gluing tile to one of the boards. It is still to cold to work outside, so I brought one of the panels in so we could start to glue. Messy fun!

Saturday, April 4, 2009

We move outside


Today we moved outside to lay out the labyrinth. We also practiced the labyrinth diagram with chalk on the blacktop. We still have much work to do and are hoping for good weather so we can work outside for the next couple of weeks.



Thursday, March 26, 2009

Progress , So Far


Here are some of the finished "finger" labyrinths. We also worked on tile , practicing the labyrinth drawing using acrylic paint. We continue to paint the "stepping stone" tiles, and start production the the border tile. We will need 96 six inch black tile to frame the labyrinth! Next week we will push to finish painting all the stepping stones. We are planning a "paint-a-thon".


Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Model for labyrinth sold at auction


A model variation of the labyrinth was auctioned off at the annual South Jersey Land and Water Trust art auction and dinner. The highest bidder was Mrs Ann O. Poole, who is president of the NJ Environmental Lobby. The proceeds from the sale benefit the Trust, and I am really happy that our labyrinth model will have a home in the NJ Pinelands!

March 11 and 12


We continue to underglaze paint the stepping stone tiles. We also work on making the "finger" labyrinths.Students learn how to apply the clear glaze to their tiles.

Monday, March 2, 2009

painting the tiles

Students are underglaze painting the stepping stone tiles.The tiles will have to be clear glazed and then fired again. We will need about 130 stepping stone tiles for the labyrinth.

Thursday, February 19, 2009

The Map


Students explore the full scale "map" of the labyrinth

relief tile


Here are some of the tiles students made with guest artist Joe Brenman. In the next few weeks we will be painting and glazing these as well as the stepping stones we made last week. Everyone really got into working in "3D".

Guest artist

Today guest artist Joe Brenman visited and taught how to make 3 dimensional tiles. Students worked from drawings in their sketchbooks to bring to life the animals and plants they have worked on over the past several weeks. Everyone really had a great time with "Mr. Joe."