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Christmas Ornaments

I’ve already had people asking about my hand burned Christmas ornaments. I really have to start working on these earlier next year. I haven’t been able to list many online because I can’t keep them in stock locally. The good news is that I just received a large supply of wood slices to keep up with the demand. this year the types of wood include birch, maple, cedar, apple, linden, and a few more that I don’t have definite identification of. I’m also looking in to adding key chains to what I sell. 

Here are a couple of pictures of some of my ornaments (and a spoon) in progress.

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Update 11/1/2012

Fall is my busy time of year. All of my big craft shows are in the fall. It leaves me with little time for anything else and as such I have neglected my blog. Never fear, I am still here and still plugging away at my art.

I finished my giant bowl just in time for the Artist Supporting ARC show last week. I think it turned out pretty well.

copyright 2012 Christina Kester

I’m currently working on upping my holiday ornament stock for upcoming shows. I have the SUNY Plattsburgh Craft show this weekend. It is one of the bigger shows in the area and was a good venue for me last year.  Here are some recent magnets, ornaments and a square bowl in progress.

 

In my spare time, I have also been working on my digital painting skills.  One of my goals for improvement earlier this year was to work on more dynamic figures and backgrounds. The following two sketches are a start to that.  For the first, I referenced stock photos by Chonastock on Deviant art for the pose. The second sketch was inspired by Brom.

copyright 2012 Christina Kester

 

copyright 2012 Christina Kester

 

On the workbench

The farmers market is turning out to be a decent venue for my wares. So far my coasters are turning out to be fairly popular. Having said that, I am going to try to take my coasters in a slightly different direction by combining wood and cork. The coasters will come in sets of 6 with a matching box to keep them in.

Also, the fall craft shows and the holidays are right around the corner so I am working hard to up my inventory. I have more ornaments, magnets, pendants, bowls, frames, and spoons in stock and ready for burning.

 

 

The Making of a Bowl

I often get asked how long it takes me to finish a piece. It really depends on the design and the method I am using, but pyrography is a time-consuming craft. It takes a steady hand and a lot of patience. With a normal day job and a young child, it takes longer.

Take this bowl for example

I have been working on it, when my schedule allows, since the end of last year. It is a large bowl, 15 inches. It took me probably 2 hours just to draw the inside of the bowl and 1.5 hours to draw the design on the outside of the bowl. After drawing in pencil, I go over my lines with my pyrography tool. for most lines I use a writing tip.

This goes quicker than the original drawing, but it still takes a while. All together it was probably 1-2 hours. Next, I make adjustments to the lines, making some thicker than others. Then comes the really time-consuming part. Shading. It involves burning layer by layer. To avoid burning to deep or getting an undesired darkness, I keep the temp fairly low and just build up the burn.

I have put in another 6 hours of shading and I am nearly done with all of the inside designs. I still have the knotwork on the outside to shade, so there is probably another 6-8 hours of work left to do.  But because my larger pieces are slower sales, I have to find time between working on magnets, tiles, and pendants.  Here’s my current progress –

Holidays and Works in Progress

The holiday season is here. I have two more shows, but I still have some time for holiday commissions. Time is running out. If you are interested in a custom piece and want it in time for Christmas, please let me know before December 5th.  Commissions are limited to items I currently have in stock. I have 6 and 7 inch bowls, frames, coasters, spoons, and a few boxes.

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And here is a peak at some of my new work that will be at the Saratoga Springs Holiday Craft Fair this Saturday –

Wood Pendant Preview

A friend cut down a small oak and gave me some of the wood. I am planning to do a whole bunch of pendants and maybe rune stones with the wood.  Here’s a preview of the first two –

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I am still deciding how I want to finish them and how I want to handle the cord (bead or no bead). I may be drilling a larger hole so I can hang them differently. I’m looking to sell these around the $7 to $15 range (depending on the design).

Yay for Studio Space

I’ve moved across the country. It was a stressful, but fun adventure. But because it was such a huge undertaking, my presence on the internet has been scarce.  I am finally to the point that I can post more regularly. I have been busy busy busy. I am still trying to find one of my art supplies boxes, but it hasn’t slowed me down too much.

Here’s a peek at what I am working on for pyrography.

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Dog Nouveau Steps

Here is a walk through of my current progress on the pet portrait I am working on.I will be adding more as I continue working.

Edit 4/18/2011 – Here is the final walkthrough.

Copyright Christina Kester 2011

Dog Nouveau and Smoke Bowl

Dog Nouveau

One of my current commissions is a pet portrait of  two adorable Boston Terriers. And since my client is open to it, I’m going to share my steps in completing the painting.

Here is the sketch I will be working from

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From this point, I will be transferring the drawing to the canvas. There are a few things I want to address while doing this, so it wont be exactly like this sketch. For example, I want to make sure I get the dogs’ likenesses down a little better. I also want to make the circle between the dogs a little bigger and add a border of sorts on the top and bottom of the painting.

Smoke Bowl

Here is an in progress shot of my latest bowl.

copyright Christina Kester 2011

This is a companion bowl to my Cloud bowl

copyright Christina Kester 2011

Commissions and Other News

I am closed for commissions currently, but I am accepting commissions for late May and June. If you are interested, please send me an email fireoakstudio@gmail.com.

I’m still gathering photos of my older work that I will be selling at discounted prices to help fund my move. I anticipate that they will be up by mid next week. I’m also having a sale at my Art Fire store, so please stop by and take a look.


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Works in Progress

I have a lot on my plate art-wise right now. I’m working on two bowls, some ACEO paintings, my letters, and some spoons. I should have one bowl finished this weekend, so there will be pictures soon. The ACEOs may be finished soon too. Although I might rework them. I have family visiting right now, so I do not have a lot of time for updates, but I will try to get some pictures up soon. I also have an article on art resources for the beginner in the works.

I’ll try and snap a couple of pictures of some of the in progress stuff this weekend. Until next time… 🙂