Among the great things about working with my husband Stan is the fact that since he's an artist too, he often sees things the way I do, and more importantly, he envisions things I probably never would about my work and the artistic process.
Case in point are my new line of clocks, which I call Retro Rounds. The bases are 8-inch or 12-inch round bamboo bowls (the large wall hanging bowls' little siblings) turned backward. I probably would never have thought to do this, but Stan did. And when you turn the bowl around, the perfect receptacle for the textured polymer clay clock face is revealed; there's a bamboo rim which raises the bowl about a half inch off a flat surface. The now convex bowl lends itself to a circular design (which is easier to paint), and the clock works fit well inside. Once I did the first, small ones with the swirled designs, I moved on to the larger ones. The Retro Round design uses my pod or leaf motif along with rectangles to delineate the hours (I still refuse to clutter the faces with numbers, plus they become great conversation-starters with parents and children who are confused about how to tell time without them!). The design uses 3 colors plus black, often with a metallic as one of the accents. The textured faces complement the outer design, and the hands are chosen to coordinate with both. I'm pleased with how they've come out, and I think they'll be popular. What do you think?