The Mommy Blog loves us!

The Mommy Blog loves us!

We had the lovely pleasure of meeting Nadine and her very awesome daughter the other day. They had some nice things to say about our little house. Be sure and check out this great blog and get the Pittsburgh scoop from a local Mom who really knows her...
9 orphan kittens!

9 orphan kittens!

Ben and Ax recued these babies! Big Yawn Seriously? Cuteness: overwhelming holding two at once feeding help from friends after a bath fuss! can’t get to milk fast enough! fuzzy tangle new towels! tiny feeding time sleeping in piles Amaia visits with baby hulk mighty roar! Fuzzy Babies! There isn’t much time to write between feedings, but last week on Wednesday 9 kittens were found abandoned behind a local restaurant. After watching and searching all day no mamma cat could be found. It’s Kitten Season and the shelters are full so as cute and sweet as they are, if we sent them to the shelters their chance for survival is surprisingly low. We are looking for permanent homes for all of them, and in the meantime, fostering them here at the art studio. How can you help? Come by the studio and hold them for a while, and help with a feeding. Post on your facebook or blog about them so we can help find them loving homes. You can also help us with the financial burden – which is significant. They need initial vet care, and even with a “litter rate” the services come to $630 just to be seen and vaccinated. kitten milk replacement costs about $20 every 2-3 days. Other incidentals like cotton balls, ointment, laundry soap (we wash their bedding over and over to try to get rid of the fleas) adds up too. Any help is greatly appreciated. <3 you can use the ChipIn box here or at the bottom of any page, and share it on your facebook. It will take you to...
Make an awesome bubbled ceramic frog

Make an awesome bubbled ceramic frog

Bubbling is a great technique that I recently learned at a Ceramajam workshop put on by Bisque Imports. The process is easy and a lot of fun, so it’s a great project for kids or adults. You use a mixture of glaze and soap water and the bubbles carry a glaze residue to the surface of your piece. The end result is a neat bubbly circle pattern that can do a lot to add depth and interest to your work. It really looks like you spent a lot more time than it takes! Scroll down to get started, click the photos to see them bigger in a new window.   What you need: Ceramic bisque piece Two or more contrasting colors of ceramic underglaze (I used Duncan Concepts Light Kiwi and Dark Wintergreen) Small cup Straw Dish soap Water Paintbrush and additional colors for detailing (optional) Waterproof/easy clean work surface   I thought the bubbling pattern would make the perfect texture for a frog, so I chose “Mr. Frog” (Item#: 1508 from Bisque Imports) for this tutorial.First, you want to put a nice even coat or two of your lighter base color on the piece and let that get good and dry. In a small cup, mix a quarter-sized amount of the darker glaze color, dish soap (just a few drops will do it), and a few tablespoons of water with a straw. Begin to blow bubbles in the mixture with the straw until they start to fill up the cup and eventually overflow. Move your cup around above your piece and let the bubbles spill out and fall...
March 24: Garden Ceramics to paint!

March 24: Garden Ceramics to paint!

OK, so the weather is unseasonably gorgeous, and we have all sorts of garden worthy ceramics to paint, from gnomes to frogs to flower pots and more! Its gardening you can start early with no fear of sneaky frost! Come paint ceramics Saturday the 24th starting at 2pm, and learn new tips and tricks to make your pieces look totally awesome and get some early color in your yard! Just $35 for the class which includes instruction on 5 new techniques (that look awesome and you may have never even heard of!), 3 bisque pieces, glaze, and firing. It’s a total deal! email littlehousebigart@gmail.com to...
Our first ever video!

Our first ever video!

Opening Little House, Big Art! from Elizabeth Bashur on Vimeo. We made a video to promote the final hours of our Indie GoGo campaign. Check it out, and most importantly check out our campaign to help open our...
Indie Crafting Inspiration!

Indie Crafting Inspiration!

We’ve been so lucky to be immersed in crafting inspiration the last few weeks. Two great events: Handmade Arcade at the convention center followed up by i made it!market at Bakery Square. Wow~ so many talented artists and great ideas not to mention fantastic colors and textures! I’ve really enjoyed browsing all the booths and it really made me want to come home and paint and sew and get down to business. Looking forward to trying out some great project ideas with the kids at the...