Paper and Ceramic


    Chatty loves paper! Tissue paper, wrapping paper, newspaper, scrapbook paper, origami paper- you name it – Chatty loves it. So much, in fact, that she took to making paper herself!

    These dried petals from Chatty’s last roses of the season (and The Wiz’s Valentine’s Day present), and the fresh thyme from the store that Chatty has been drying may not be much to look at right now:


    But, with luck, they will be incorporated into a new batch of paper and end up as satisfactory as the last batch of paper Chatty made:


    Chatty loves origami, just like Tink does, so Chatty made a hat:


                                     Little Miss Cleo
                                     Wants to know:
                                Does anyone agree that
                            Seashells make a dashing hat?

    Spurred on by this success, Chatty went on to make a boat:



                                        One might think
                                      Seashells would sink
                                        But look at these – 
                                      They float with ease!

    Chatty has a couple of unusual offerings for “ceramic”…unusual because Chatty’s mother POSED for both of these ceramic figures way back when, for her friend who designed the molds. These were the first firings from the first molds – a gift to my mother from the artist. They both sat around in cupboards for years, because Chatty’s mother was just SURE she would find a use for them one day, but it never happened. Later, they moved every time Chatty did, but just ended up in a new cupboard. 

    Then, last spring, Chatty finally took a course in flower arranging, and here is the result:


    The neckline of her gown was changed (to the best of Chatty’s knowledge, her mother never wore a gown with a plunging neckline!), but the hair is exactly as Chatty’s mother wore it in a picture Chatty still has:


    Even the flower in the back of her hair is accurate


    And she has Chatty’s mother’s green eyes…

    This next one was a “novelty” vase that was considered very daring back when it was molded (we’re talking the 1940’s here, folks!)

    Chatty’s mom didn’t even OWN a two-piece bathing suit, so the artist had to buy one…


    Pretty racy, huh?

    Well, that’s all for this week’s words! Anyone who wants to play along next Tuesday can go here  for instructions.


About merseamersea

setter of cryptic crosswords, designer of jewelry, paper and card maker, editor, quilter, embroiderer, cook, avid mystery reader and occasional writer. Find me on Facebook as Maggie-beth Rees Rasor.
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16 Responses to Paper and Ceramic

  1. Pat says:

    Cleo certainly looks fetching in her hat and the boat was wonderful–it floatsI love your Tues blog because of the word association.

  2. gary says:

    Chatty! You’re so nice! Thanks for the visit at potsblog and what you say. Next time you want snow,visit us, we are up to our ears in it most of the time in northern NY.The bikini vase is most inspiring.

  3. CCC says:

    Gary – don’t tempt me! I’ve been known to travel many many miles to get surrounded by snow! And yes, I love thinking that my mother was the very first in our family to wear a two-piece bathing suit – even though NEVER in PUBLIC – only as a ceramic torso!Most important, ANYONE who reads this comment should visit – Gary is so very talented – you will be inspired by his work. I’m also adding his blog to my list of “staples for your cyberspace pantry”, for your convenience. Trust me on this – his site is well worth a look – many, in fact!

  4. G-man says:

    Wow! Very cool Chatty. (Your mom was HOT! 😉 I throughly enjoyed the images and the stories behind them. Well done.

  5. moo says:

    wow, that is some beautiful origami … I wish I could do smoething like that!

  6. kcinnova says:

    Cleo looks very fetching in the hat! I love your papers (homemade & purchased)…I don’t oragami, but I have a thing for lovely paper…Enjoyed all your photos again this week, and you might have inspired Gary to add in bikini aspects to his pottery (your mom’s modeling as that good, Chatty!) *grin*And I second the motion that everyone should go visit Gary’s site I am in love with his blue pitchers!!

  7. Newt says:

    Wow, those are great. And stories to go with them. Just wonderful.

  8. ChelleY says:

    Your dog is so cute! Great take on pictures. Oh, you went to my other website. I have two. The one with the WWC is at Thanks for stopping by!

  9. gary says:

    My new friend chatty, yay!Listn, I forgot to mention how pretty the rose petal paper is. Gorgeous!Maybe I should do the linky thing with you on my blog…

  10. Tink says:

    This has got to be one of the coolest posts I’ve ever seen. Your Mom actually posed to be made into ceramic molds? How cool is that?! And I love that you make paper. I tried my hand at it a long time ago and it all came out to lumpy to use. 🙂

  11. REH says:

    Nice pics. I really enjoyed the ceramic lady… that thing was cool. Thanks for commenting on my blog!

  12. nova says:

    Great pics! That is sooo completely cool to have those ceramics of your mom. What a keep sake! Be sure to write down the history behind them for inheriting people 50 – 100 years from now! I recognized all the scrapbook paper immediately! Making your own? Really cool.

  13. Karen says:

    The vases and the story behind them are beautiful! I’m glad ceramic was a word this week so that you got a chance to share them with us!

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