This totem pole is pure playful joy at its very best. These rascals are up to no good while their mom is away. They remind us of how much fun it is to be a kid and feel like you're getting away with something! I want to jump onto the pile and play too.
54h x 26 x 22
This rabbit is flying high - all that's missing is his superman cape!
Wouldn't you love to be a fly on the wall for this conversation? This cat seems to have a lot on her mind.
How happy is this totem? I just love the party feeling I get when I see it – it reminds me of arriving at a birthday party and the excitement of seeing a piñata full of goodies just waiting to be collected after the fun of breaking the piñata is over. I can almost taste the sweet delicious candies now. This totem transports me to a festive place where I feel the sun on my face, lively music, friends and good cheer all around. The tuxedo cat on the top serves as a sort of master of ceremonies for the party, as is the way of cats.
13 x 13 x 68
I like to create an airy feeling in my totems. In this case I've done it by adding a 'winding' bead into the mix.
Looking good in a tuxedo, this cat is ready to celebrate!
Fishing Pole was made during a time when I had a lot of mental hoops to jump through. Not realizing it while I was making the totem pole I thought I was just making a totem about fish swimming . I wanted to use the hoops to create the feeling of movement for the fish, like they were suspended in the water. It was not until the piece was almost all built that I looked at it and saw the hoop jumping that my life had been doing represented in the piece. I am always amazed when this happens even though so much of my work has an autobiographical aspect to it. I never seem to see it coming!
79 x 16 x 16
I love making koi fish. They are so colorful and expressive.
This puffer fish is very prickly and seems to be a fan favorite on the totem.
Flamingo in Paradise suggests a tropical setting with a light afternoon breeze blowing cool air over the water and on to the beach. You can feel the warm sand between your toes as you take an afternoon stroll. Bright yellow sunbeams reflect off of the emerald green foliage. As you stroll along the beach you can smell the playful scent of the many tropical flowers that grow along the waters edge. Nearby, you see a bright pink flamingo slowly picking its way through the reeds hunting for shrimp to snack on.
59 x 22 x 14
Leaping Rabbit is a charming totem pole. It has a garden like feeling with a little brown rabbit scampering along through the plants.
52 x 12 x 12
Leaping over the waving grass this carefree rabbit goes merrily on his way.
The greens and browns tones add depth to the leaves wrapping this bead
This sweet little bandit is peeking through the bushes asking "Who's There?” This piece takes me back to my childhood when my family and I stayed in our little cabin tucked away in the redwoods.
Every morning I woke up to the crisp fresh air of the redwood forest. My favorite woodland creatures were the raccoons. I have very fond memories of feeding the scampering raccoons over the top of the dutch door at our cabin when I was a little girl. They were so adorable with their bandit masks and clever little paws. The little raccoon in this totem always makes me smile remembering those happy days.
67 x 12 x 12
Here is a close-up of my sweet little bandit. I always enjoy incorporating an animal sculpture into my totem poles.
My Woodpecker Totem captures a very sweet moment between a mother and her babies. I love the idea of a family choosing to nest in one of my sculptures.
By a special coincidence, my only experience with seeing a pileated woodpecker in person came while I was making this totem pole. I had been looking at woodpecker images trying to decide what I wanted the woodpecker on the top to look like and I looked up to see that outside my window was an unbelievably large, magnificent woodpecker clinging to the side of a redwood tree. It stayed long enough for me to take some photos and enjoy its company. Then off it went and I haven't seen one since. The artist in me felt like it was a special muse sent at just the right moment.
75 x 12 x 12
This is a very sweet way to top off the totem.
Hide and Seek is both playful and soothing. It creates a tranquil place to step into and relax. The three charming frogs are there to amuse and delight you, peeking around the totem so no matter which side you see there is always a friendly face there to greet you.
62" x 12" x 12"
The soothing green and blue glazes will provide you with feelings of calm and harmony. “Hide and Seek” will take you to your ‘happy place’ and remind you to look for the fun in life.
The frogs on this totem are glazed with my special Philo Green Glaze that I make from clay hand dug on my land in Philo. It has an interesting mottled surface pattern that comes from the natural minerals that make up the raw clay. It was such a happy surprise to find this local clay made such beautiful frog ‘skin’.
Animals hold a special place in our hearts and our pets even more so. Top Dog celebrates dogs and cats: their antics, their curiosity and their silly selves. My own special pup, Charlotte, is the model for the top of this totem. She represents all of the little dogs out there that need to be heard since they feel too small to be seen.
This cat has found a new friend on the dog's tail. I would love to listen in on their conversation. I think the mouse feels emboldened by being on his doggy friends tail.
You never know who will become friends. This totem pole is filled with charming surprises!
This is a sweet little totem - only about 48" tall - perfect for a pop of color in a smaller space.
This charming fellow has a beautiful tortoise shell glaze pattern and a very sweet charming face.
Red is always a nice pop of color. Combined with these yellow flowers it is a perfect compliment to the turquoise glaze on this totem.
I just love being in a beautiful garden. It makes me feel so peaceful and relaxed. This totem pole gives me those same feelings, like a perfect summer day.
The beautiful green frogs springing out of the garden leaves give the garden an exotic feel. The bird at the top is reminiscent of songbirds piping their melodies in the tree boughs. I love the smell of freshly cut flowers, so the lovely flower that we are able to peek into has a burst of beautiful color like a floral bouquet with blooms hand selected from an exquisite garden.
I like how this whole totem comes together to tell its story of joyful tranquility.
12 x 15 x 59
Frogs come in so many beautiful colors. This one has a lovely orange pedicure.
I love to hear the birds talking to each other as they flit around my garden
This book is a portfolio style book where I expand a bit about the making of some of my totem poles as well sharing a nice selection of pieces I've made over the years.
$48.00 (includes tax and shipping)