Barnacle Sculpture Ready For The Fire

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Really, the most exciting part of this sculpture is yet to come.  I’ve never done a pit-fire, so this is going to be a big learning adventure :D  Pit-fired clay generally comes out with smoky, black markings and (hopefully) reddish/peach blushes.   My greatest hope is that nothing breaks because this thing is really cool… Read more »

Nature Art Inspiration From A Mountaintop In Mexico

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Inspiration is everywhere!  In this case, a super strange seedpod I found on top of el Cerro de Culiacan (the dormant volcano by my in-law’s town here in Mexico.) The pod came from a huge conifer/yew/something… I have no idea what the trees are, but they really know how to make interestingly textured shapes. The top… Read more »

How To Live A Nature Art Life By Giving In To Flow

Ceramic barnacle sculpture in progress by Jenny Hoople

How I create nature art using flow: So, we’re down in Mexico for the winter, as usual, and I’ve started building clay forms to do my first pit-fire. I started 5 forms and scrapped 3 of them within this first week, but I’m totally ok with that. Why? Here’s the breakdown: I intended to start… Read more »

This Is My New Year’s Wish For You:

This is my new year's wish for you: Mountain streams, chickadee calls, filtered sunlight, tendrils creeping, fish splashing, the intricate patterns of different barks, fairy rings of fungi, moments of quiet wonder. Everywhere. All the time. Even when you're stuck at the office or in line at the grocery store. May the beeping of registers become an organic chorus of frog calls thrumming, may your desk become a homage to forest glens and your bathroom an extension of the energy of the ocean. May seagulls call to you while you shower. Get your free stone meditation printables here jennyhoople.com/meditate

Mountain streams, chickadee calls, filtered sunlight, tendrils creeping, fish splashing, the intricate patterns of different barks, fairy rings of fungi, moments of quiet wonder. Everywhere. All the time. Even when you’re stuck at the office or in line at the store. May the beeping of registers become an organic chorus of frog calls thrumming, may… Read more »

Printable January 2016 Art Calendar

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Here is a year in review of the ceramic sculptures my generous Patreon patrons have helped me bring into this world!  I feel really good about what I got done considering that I didn’t start sculpting until August and that I am having to relearn almost everything I ever learned about clay! (Plus, I’m caring for my… Read more »

Mindful Monday: Intelligence is Not the Same as Education

I don't know, but I think the whole world is a like a circle. ~ Raul Casique (nature art by Jenny Hoople)

My husband said this on the 23 of January, 2005.  We’d been talking about the possibility of a whole new set of creatures evolving after humans manage to create worldwide catastrophe which might leave a few species alive, cockroaches, say, or a small, isolated pocket of marine life. He said “I don’t know, but I… Read more »

Finished Sculptures for Patreon Patrons

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  I already emailed the $20/month patrons individually about their finished sculptures, but I wanted to share the pieces publicly, too! Thanks to all of my amazing patrons I was able to buy the materials to create these ceramic sculptures.  I have three large pieces in the works right now, too and I can’t wait to see what… Read more »