Category Archives: Earth Spirit Vessels

Studio Snapshot – New Earth Spirit Vessel: Embrace

A couple of weeks ago, I showed the latest Earth Spirit Vessel I was working on. Well, last night I finished it. I have named it Embrace.

Earth Spirit Vessel, Embrace, contains 688 individual pieces of hand folded papers.

Earth Spirit Vessel, Embrace, contains 688 individual pieces of hand folded papers.

Looking in from the top of Earth Spirit Vessel, Embrace. All the green papers are hand painted paste papers.

Looking in from the top of Earth Spirit Vessel, Embrace. All the green papers are hand painted paste papers.

To see photos of it in its early stage see: Studio Snapshot – Starting Another Earth Spirit Vessel

Enjoy, Candy

Studio Snapshot – Starting Another Earth Spirit Vessel

This past week I started another Earth Spirit Vessel. There’s actually a lot of work that needs to be done before I start building the vessel itself. For this vessel, I chose a pure white paper and combined it with painted paste papers of various shades of green with gold highlights.

This is the beginning of another Earth Spirit Vessel.

This is the beginning of another Earth Spirit Vessel.

I started out with  papers that were 19.5″ by 25″ and then cut them into 2″ by 4″ pieces of paper. On 25 of the pieces of paper I wrote inspirations and quotes related to Nature and Mother Earth.  I then hand folded each of the papers nine times. You can see the triangular folded pieces in the above photo.

This is one of the 25 quotes that I calligraphed for this Earth Spirit Vessel.

This is one of the 25 quotes that I calligraphed for this Earth Spirit Vessel.

After all the preparation, I got to start putting the Earth Spirit Vessel together. I built it one row at a time.

I don't yet have a name for this Earth Spirit Vessel. I think the name will come to me as I continue to build it and decide what I'm going to do with the green as far as a design.

I don’t yet have a name for this Earth Spirit Vessel. I think the name will come to me as I continue to build it and decide what I’m going to do with the green as far as a design.

After I got each row in position, I took off one folded piece at a time and glued it to the piece below. The gluing is not actually necessary, but it means that the shape of the vessel stays intact. Note: I only raised boys, so I know how easily they could dismantle something like this. And although I offer to make my Earth Spirit Vessels without glue, no one has ever taken me up on the offer. I think that’s very smart of them.

View from above of my latest Earth Spirit Vessel in progress.

View from above of my latest Earth Spirit Vessel in progress.

Yes, it does take a lot of work to make each vessel. It’s a wonderfully meditative process and I truly enjoy making each and every one.

Enjoy, Candy

Studio Snapshot – New Earth Spirit Vessel: Autumn Blaze

This past week I have been finishing up my latest Earth Spirit Vessel, Autumn Blaze. I actually started this last fall, but was so busy this past winter and spring, that I never got it finished. So after coming back from a wonderful calligraphy and art retreat, I decided to finish some past projects before I delved into starting new pieces of paper art.

Earth Spirit Vessel, Autumn Blaze made from folded paper.

Earth Spirit Vessel, Autumn Blaze made from folded paper.

Some of the papers in Autumn Blaze are hand painted paste papers. I included gold powder in the paste paper. It gives the vessel a subtle glow that isn’t quite apparent in the photo.

The beginning of making Earth Spirit Vessel, Autumn Blaze.

The beginning of making Earth Spirit Vessel, Autumn Blaze.

Autumn Blaze contains 592 pieces of hand folded pieces of 2″ by 4″ paper. Each piece of paper is folded 9 times and glued in place. While it is not necessary to glue the pieces, I have never had anyone want a vessel that was not glued. I only raised boys, and I know how inquisitive minds like to take things apart to see how they were made. I think my customers must think like me.

Earth Spirit Vessel, Autumn Blaze as it is beginning to take shape.

Earth Spirit Vessel, Autumn Blaze as it is starting to take shape.

If you want to know more about my Earth Spirit Vessels, you can check out these blog posts of mine:
Earth Spirit Vessels
Earth Spirit Vessels – The Process
Earth Spirit Vessels From My Paste Paper Show

Enjoy, Candy

Nuptial Spirit Vessel – The Process

Last summer I received a commission to make one of my spirit vessels for a wedding. I posted a photo of the paste papers that were chosen for the vessel and asked for ideas as to what to call this type of vessel. After many suggestions on my blog and from friends, I finally settled on calling it a Nuptial Spirit Vessel.

Nuptial Spirit Vessel, Safe Harbor.

Nuptial Spirit Vessel, Safe Harbor.

Now that it has been delivered to the bride and groom, I can share the photos of its making. It started with blue, teal and silver paste papers.

Paste papers cut and folding started for the Nuptial Spirit Vessel, Safe Harbor.

Paste papers cut and folding started for the Nuptial Spirit Vessel, Safe Harbor.

I chose to write the messages for this vessel in copperplate, rather than the italic that I use for the Earth Spirit Vessels. Because copperplate is traditionally used for weddings, it seemed fitting for a Nuptial Spirit Vessel.

Here are some of the 25 messages I calligraphed for inclusion into the vessel.

Here are some of the 25 messages I calligraphed for inclusion into the vessel.

The messages were chosen specifically for the two newlyweds by the person who commissioned the vessel.

The start of Nuptial Spirit Vessel, Safe Harbor.

The start of Nuptial Spirit Vessel, Safe Harbor.

I start making my vessels at the bottom and work up. The above photo shows the vessel with four rows completed.

A closer look at the first few rows of this Nuptial Spirit Vessel.

A closer look at the first few rows of this Nuptial Spirit Vessel.

I continue adding pieces, one row at a time. I add one row, fiddle with making sure everything is round and just the way I want, then glue each individual piece of paper.

Here I've added another couple of rows to the Nuptial Spirit Vessel.

Here I’ve added a few more rows to Nuptial Spirit Vessel, Safe Harbor. This is looking inside.

The above photo is looking into the center of the vessel from above. Its shape isn’t visible from this photo.

This is the look of the outside of the Nuptial Vessel. It's looking at it upside down.

This is the look of the outside of the Nuptial Vessel. It’s looking at it upside down.

The above two photos are from the same stage of completion. The second photo shows the outside of the vessel, though it’s upside down in the photo so you can see what the outside looks like at this point in its construction.

Now the Nuptial Vessel is a little further along. Looking down at the inside.

Now the Nuptial Vessel is a little further along. Looking down at the inside.

The more rows I add, the more the shape becomes apparent. The size of the hole in the bottom of the vessel actually changes shape as the vessel gets larger.

You can finally see how the outside of the Nuptial Vessel is taking shape.

You can finally see how the outside of the Nuptial Vessel is taking shape.

The above two photos show the vessel at the same stage of completion. You can see how the shape is starting to show.

Now it's time to choose the burl wood for the base of the Nuptial Vessel.

Now it’s time to choose the burl wood for the base of the Nuptial Vessel.

All my spirit vessels have burl wood bases. The photo above shows the different pieces of burl wood I looked at before deciding on the one I liked best for this vessel.

Nuptial Spirit Vessel, Safe Harbor.

Finished Nuptial Spirit Vessel, Safe Harbor.

I have been told that the bride and groom absolutely loved their Nuptial Spirit Vessel and were actually moved to tears. It gives me great joy to know that my art has touched the heart of others.

Enjoy, Candy

Earth Spirit Vessels Are At Nimbus In Ashland, Oregon

Nimbus is one of my favorite stores in Ashland. It’s part gallery, part unique gift shop, part men’s shop, part women’s shop all with very unique and wonderful art and clothing. I have purchased many gifts for family and friends there over the years, even some gifts and clothes for myself. I am so excited to share that my Earth Spirit Vessels are now being carried by Nimbus.

Nimbus, in Ashland, Oregon is now carrying my Earth Spirit Vessels!

Nimbus, in Ashland, Oregon is now carrying my Earth Spirit Vessels!

I am so thrilled to have my Earth Spirit Vessels at Nimbus! It’s such an ego boost. Nimbus has a contemporary feel and I think my Earth Spirit Vessels fit right in with the other art on display there.

Two of my Earth Spirit Vessels on display at Nimbus.

Two of my Earth Spirit Vessels on display at Nimbus.

I’m still bouncing off the ceiling with excitement. They will also be taking a bunch of my paper covered pencils. It feels so good to have people I respect want to carry my art.

Nimbus’ website: Nimbus 
More about my Earth Spirit Vessels: Earth Spirit Vessels – The Process

Enjoy, Candy

Studio Snapshot – Making Portfolio Books For My Earth Spirit Vessels

The majority of my time this past week has been putting together four portfolio books for my Earth Spirit Vessels. I made two different types of portfolio books, two have 8″ by 8″ pages and two have 4″ by 6″ pages. Each format required a different layout for the photos.

Pages for my 4" by 6" portfolio for my Earth Spirit Vessels.

Pages of my 4″ by 6″ portfolio for my Earth Spirit Vessels.

When I started, I figured it would take me a day to complete as I already had started on these portfolio books when I first started making my Earth Spirit Vessels. However, as I started working on the portfolios, I realized I needed to start from scratch and come up with a layout that worked for showcasing both Earth Spirit Vessels that were for sale as well as ones that had sold. I had originally had 2-page spreads for the vessels I had for sale and a single page for the vessels that had sold.

Pages for 8" by 8" portfolio book of my Earth Spirit Vessels.

Pages of my 8″ by 8″ portfolio for my Earth Spirit Vessels.

Since I have sold quite a few vessels over the past few years, there wasn’t enough room to include as many photos as I wanted to include for each vessel. I also wanted to make it easy for me to keep the portfolio books up to date. My previous format hadn’t been optimal for that. The result was that I made new formats and  even changed how my files are organized on my computer.

Two different sized portfolios for my Earth Spirit Vessels.

Two different sized portfolios for my Earth Spirit Vessels.

I now have a system that will be easy to keep up to date. All four books are organized the same way. I have templates made so that I can print out everything I need for all four books plus the information that goes with the vessel itself, all at the same time. While it took me a week to accomplish, it will save me lots of time in the future. It was well worth the extra work.

Enjoy, Candy

Studio Snapshot – New Earth Spirit Vessel, Dreamscape

This past week I’ve been finishing up my latest Earth Spirit Vessel, Dreamscape. The first paste papers I made this summer were for Dreamscape. They are various shades of purple along with some gold.

Earth Spirit Vessel, Dreamscape

Earth Spirit Vessel, Dreamscape

I love the combination of the purples with black, dramatic, powerful and beautiful. As I was putting the pieces together, the name Dreamscape popped into my mind. I think it’s perfect for this Earth Spirit Vessel.

Enjoy, Candy

Studio Snapshot – Earth Spirit Vessel In Progress

This week the weather has suddenly changed to cool fall temperatures. It feels too cold to make paste papers, so this past week I’ve started a new Earth Spirit Vessel with an autum feel to it. The variegated brown and orange tones of some of my paste papers fit with the way the weather makes me feel.

This is the start of a new Earth Spirit Vessel.

This is the start of a new Earth Spirit Vessel.

The shape of the center changes as the vessel grows. In an attempt to keep the center round I sometimes use a glass or vase to place it on between adding rows.

The started Earth Spirit Vessel is on a plastic glass to help keep the center shape round.

This started Earth Spirit Vessel is on a plastic glass to help keep the center shape round.

As I slowly build my vessel, I try on different names for it until I find one that seems to fit the vessel. I think this vessel will have something to do with Autumn or the changing of seasons.

Enjoy, Candy

Studio Snapshot – Start Of A Newly Commissioned Vessel

I just received a commission for a new type of vessel. Up until now I’ve been making Earth Spirit Vessels. Now a friend wants me to make a vessel to celebrate the marriage of a couple of her friends. I love the idea, but what should I call this new type of vessel?

Combining the colors blue, teal and silver for paste papers for a newly commissioned vessel.

Combining the colors blue, teal and silver for paste papers for a newly commissioned vessel.

Is it a Matrimonial Spirit Vessel or a Commitment Spirit Vessel or is there a better name for this new type of vessel? The colors chosen are blue, teal and silver. The next decision is what color or colors to combine with the paste paper. I’m thinking of a white or off white.

This is what I've been working on this past week, making, cutting & folding paste paper for a new vessel.

This is what I’ve been working on this past week, making, cutting & folding paste paper for a new vessel.

So, I’m looking for a name for this type of Spirit Vessel. It will still have calligraphy quotes and words inside some of the folded pieces. I will be receiving them tomorrow. Please weigh in on whether you think it should be called a Matrimonial Spirit Vessel or a Commitment Spirit Vessel or some other name.

Many thanks, Candy

Studio Snapshot – Back Making More Paste Papers

My burn is healing and I’m back making my paste papers. It looks as though I’ll be making my paste papers well into September.  I want to have enough paste papers to last me until next summer.

I have cut purple paste papers into 2" by 4" rectangles and am folding them into units that will eventually become one of my Earth Spirit Vessels.

I have cut purple paste papers into 2″ by 4″ rectangles and am folding them into units that will eventually become one of my Earth Spirit Vessels.

What’s new this year is that I need to make a lot more paste papers to incorporate into my Earth Spirit Vessels. The vessels I made last year were quite popular, so I will be making more this year.

I love the various colors of purple and gold that will eventually find their way into an Earth Spirit Vessel.

I love the various colors of purple and gold that will eventually find their way into an Earth Spirit Vessel.

This is what has been happening in my studio this past week. With my burn, I’ve been cutting and folding more than making paste papers. But, I’ve now healed enough to start making more paste papers again.

Enjoy, Candy

Earth Spirit Vessels – The Process

I’m finally getting back to working on my Earth Spirit Vessels. Making a vessel is actually quite a long process. First I have to decide on my colors. Sometimes I paint my paper (usually paste papers of my chosen colors) and sometimes I use the archival papers without painting them.

Earth Spirit Vessel, Gratitude, is made from 504 pieces of hand folded paper, 196 of which are blue and silver hand painted paste paper.

Earth Spirit Vessel, Gratitude, is made from 504 pieces of hand folded paper, 196 of which are blue and silver hand painted paste papers.

After choosing my colors, I cut my paper from its original 19″ by 25″ into 2″ by 4″ pieces. I take 25 of those papers and choose the quotes and inspirations and prayers relating to Mother Earth and Nature that I want to include in that piece. Then I write those quotes in calligraphy on the 25 pieces of paper and take photographs of the calligraphy.

One of the pieces of calligraphy that is folded into Earth Spirit Vessel, Gratitude.

One of the pieces of calligraphy that is folded into Earth Spirit Vessel, Gratitude.

Once folded and made a part of the vessel, these quotes, inspirations and prayers are not meant to be seen or read, but to be embodied into the spirit of the vessel itself.

These are all the calligraphy quotes that are included within Earth Spirit, Vessel, Gratitude.

These are all the calligraphy quotes that are included within Earth Spirit, Vessel, Gratitude.

Then it’s time to fold the paper. Each piece of paper is folded 9 times. I have to space the folding out over many days to avoid injury to my hands from the repetitive motions of folding so many papers.

Folded and non folded painted paste paper waiting to be made into an Earth Spirit Vessel.

Folded and non-folded painted paste paper waiting to be made into Earth Spirit Vessel, Gratitude. Each piece of paper starts out as a 2″ by 4″ rectangle.

Finally it’s time to build the vessel. I build one row at a time. After placing and carefully adjusting a row, I then go around and glue each piece of folded paper in place. I can make vessels without glue, but then it’s easy to transform their shape as well as to take apart. So far, no one has wanted a vessel that hasn’t been glued.

This is the beginning of Earth Spirit Vessel, Gratitude. This shows what the inside of the vessel looks like.

This is the beginning of Earth Spirit Vessel, Gratitude. This shows what the inside of the vessel looks like.

This is a close up of the inside of Earth Spirit Vessel, Gratitude.

This is a close up of the inside of Earth Spirit Vessel, Gratitude.

After finishing placing and then gluing each piece in place, I make a bottom for each vessel out of a slab of burl wood. I get my burl wood from It’s A Burl in Kerby, Oregon. I then glue my burl wood bottom in place and sign the piece.

This photo is looking directly into Earth Spirit, Balance. You can see the burl wood that is the bottom of the vessel.

This photo is looking directly into Earth Spirit, Balance. You can see the burl wood that is the bottom of the vessel.

After the vessel is finished, I photograph it and make a 6″ by 6″ documentation to go with the finished vessel. I include photographs of the calligraphy that has been folded into the vessel, a photograph of the vessel, the name of the vessel, the number of pieces of folded papers used to make the vessel and other documentation for that piece.

This is the documentation that goes with the Earth Spirit Vessel, Forest Tapestry.

This is the documentation that was made for Earth Spirit Vessel, Forest Tapestry.

The process can take a couple of weeks up to a few months from start to finish.

This Earth Spirit Vessel contains 1419 pieces of hand folded paper.

This Earth Spirit Vessel, Broken Wing, contains 1419 pieces of hand folded paper. It was a custom order is the largest vessel I have made to date

Other blog posts on my Earth Spirit Vessels:
Studio Snapshot – New Earth Spirit Vessels
Earth Spirit Vessels From My Paste Paper Show
New Earth Spirit Vessels
Earth Spirit Vessels

Enjoy, Candy

Studio Snapshot – New Earth Spirit Vessels

Every time it looks as though things are going to slow down so I can devote more time to my art, my life seems to speed up. As I finished these two Earth Spirit Vessels this past week, I realized I’d been working on them since late December.

Earth Spirit Vessel - River's Bend

Earth Spirit Vessel – River’s Bend

Earth Spirit Vessel - River's Bend, looking down at the burl wood bottom

Earth Spirit Vessel – River’s Bend, looking down at the burl wood bottom

I’m not complaining. Lots of wonderful things are going on in my life and wonderful opportunities coming my way. Life is good.

Earth Spirit Vessel - Sacred Journey

Earth Spirit Vessel – Sacred Journey

One of my goals for the next few month is to spend more time in my studio. With the spring weather, I think my studio is going to expand to include my porch. With such lovely weather, I want to enjoy being outside before it gets too warm to work out there.

Enjoy, Candy

Studio Snapshot – December 22, 2014

I have been working on this Earth Spirit Vessel for months. You may have read my blog posts back in October and November. Well, it is finally done! I finished gluing on the last folded paper this morning.

This Earth Spirit Vessel contains 1419 pieces of hand folded paper.

This Earth Spirit Vessel contains 1419 pieces of hand folded paper.

Actually there’s one small thing left to do, glue the top of the burl wood base to the bottom of the burl wood base. I will do that this evening.

Looking down at the burl wood bottom of the Earth Spirit Vessel.

Looking down at the burl wood bottom of the Earth Spirit Vessel.

This Earth Spirit Vessel, now named Broken Wing, is the largest vessel I have attempted. It was a custom order which was designed for a specific location in a friend’s home. It contains 1,419 pieces of hand folded pieces of paper.

This is almost twice as large as any Earth Spirit Vessel I have previously made.

This is almost twice as large as any Earth Spirit Vessel I have previously made.

Within 25 of the papers are hand calligraphed quotes, inspirations and prayers relating to the Mother Earth and Nature. Once folded and made a part of the vessel, these are not meant to be seen or read, but to be embodied into the spirit of the vessel itself.

This Earth Spirit Vessel now has a name, Broken Wing.

This Earth Spirit Vessel now has a name, Broken Wing.

And this post shows how it started, with hundreds and hundreds of folded pieces of paper: Studio Snapshot – October 6, 2014.

Enjoy, Candy

Studio Snapshot – November 17, 2014

I am still working on my Earth Spirit Vessel custom order for a friend. As I have said before, this is the largest vessel I’ve made to date. I am now working on the burl wood base for the vessel. I need to make sure the bottom is round and stable before I finish the top couple of rows.

The bandsaw is stopped here as I show how the circle is cut from a slab of burl wood.

The band saw is stopped as I show how the circle is cut from a slab of burl wood.

Luckily I have the use of a wonderful wood shop in which to work. I haven’t mastered the use of all the tools that are available, but I do know how to use the ones that are required to make the bottom of my vessels.

Finishing cutting the circle on the band saw.

Finishing cutting the circle on the band saw.

I get my burl wood from It’s A Burl in Kerby, Oregon. They were nice enough to cut some great looking burl wood into slabs for me.

The slab showing the circle cut out of it.

The slab showing the circle cut out of it.

Next, I want to make sure the circle is round and the same thickness.

Sanding to make sure the circle is round and smooth. I also will use the belt sander to make sure it's all the same thickness.

Sanding to make sure the circle is round and smooth. I also will use the belt sander to make sure it’s all the same thickness.

I now have put the circle into the center of my vessel. It’s pretty stable and round, so I can now finish putting on the top couple of rows of folded paper.

I remembered to measure twice and cut once. It fits!

I remembered to measure twice and cut once. It fits!

I will be adding one more piece of burl wood which will extend over the first row of folded paper.

I name all my vessels and this vessel now has its name, Broken Wing. It’s in memory of a goose that lived at the pond of the future home of this vessel.

To see more of my building the vessel: Studio Snapshot of the starting of Earth Spirit Vessel Broken Wing.

Enjoy, Candy

Studio Snapshot – November 3, 2014

This past week I have been working on lids for two of my Earth Spirit Vessels. I sold Ocean Currents in July and have now been asked to make a lid for it. The same person who bought Ocean Currents is purchasing Forest Tapestry and I’m making a lid for it too. The lid for Forest Tapestry is a little easier because I have the vessel in front of me. Ocean Currents is on the east coast, so I’m just going by dimensions.

Earth Spirit Vessel Forest Tapestry with almost completed lid. I have a stone bead yet to attach for the center of the lid.

Earth Spirit Vessel Forest Tapestry with almost completed lid. I have a green stone bead yet to attach for the center of the lid.

 

Looking down on the almost completed lid for Earth Spirit Vessel Forest Tapestry.

Looking down on the almost completed lid for Earth Spirit Vessel Forest Tapestry.

 

Another view of Earth Spirit Vessel, Forest Tapestry, with its new lid.

Another view of Earth Spirit Vessel, Forest Tapestry, with its new lid.

 

Earth Spirit Vessel, Ocean Currents, is made from 544 pieces of hand-folded paper.

Earth Spirit Vessel, Ocean Currents, made from 544 pieces of hand-folded paper was sold in July and now I’m making a lid for it.

 

This is the lid I made for Earth Spirit Vessel, Ocean Currents. It will be shipped to the east coast later this week to join its vessel.

This is the lid I made for Earth Spirit Vessel, Ocean Currents. It will be shipped to the east coast later this week to join its vessel.

Enjoy, Candy