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keep your pets near to your heart forever

A nice fellow asked me to create a cremation urn for his dog Gilligan. His and an earlier dog’s remains would be kept in urns on the family’s mantlepiece. We worked together to design the look and colors of the urn which needed to blend with the other dog’s urn. He was very pleased to have something as uplifting and happy as the memories of his nice old pooch for the urn. In looking at what is available out there I thought- yes, pretty depressing options- so I have added burial urns to what I will make for you. Over the years I have made them from time to time for people as well as pets. To honor your beautiful remembrances in a joyful way.

keep your dear pets close to your heart forever

Find it under the new category of Urns; https://www.danasimson.com/product/burial-urn-to-honor-your-friend/


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Trumpzine Pre Press SALE on book out early May

Ever since January 20 I have been creating a compelling diary of the new Trump Administration in comics, quotes and commentary.  The Trumpzine . 100 dayshistory in a tasty gummy pill

Trust me-Humor helps…

This truth is so much stranger than fiction. Available early May!

A 6”x6” chunky softcover book with 200 pages of wtf happened. Call  410.546.1534 . cell 410.603.0531   or place your order before April 15. LINK below

https://www.danasimson.com/product/1-trumpzine-100-days-history-in-a-tasty-gummy-pill/

SEE  the SAMPLE weekly flip book on issuu:

Week 7

http://issuu.com/dbird7/docs/trumpzineweek_7_issuu

Bans are blocked, healthcare gets unhealthy, trump is still bugged, 

& a skinny budget is served up with the Devil in the details.


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Autumn Clay Class Schedule 2016

I am having trouble uploading my pictures to go with my classes.  So for now just text-sorry! Contact me with your email and I will be happy to get you a PDF.-

Slab Mask fun decor! October 14th

5:15-7pm with Dana Simson instructor

Learn how to construct a wall mask from a clay slab emplying textures and sculpture. Masks make for lively year-round decor but can be an especially delightful door accent on Halloween. Your pieces will be fired to bisque within 2 weeks so you can come into glaze them. Clay, glazes, bisque & glaze firings plus instruction included in the class fee of $38.00. Save your space! Reserve early. Reserve space in 3 or more classes and take 5$ off per class. Call 410.546.1534 or 410.603.0531 or email [email protected] to hold your spot.

Slab built/carved candle votives Oct 21th

5:15-7pm with Dana Simson instructor

Learn how to secure clay slabs to form 2 square votive forms.  Incise patterns and texture so candle light will shine through. Your pieces will be fired to bisque within 2 weeks so you can come into glaze them. Clay, glazes, bisque & glaze firings plus instruction included in the class fee of $38.00. Save your space! Reserve early. Reserve space in 3 or more classes and take 5$ off per class. Call 410.546.1534 or 410.603.0531 or email [email protected] to hold your spot.

 GET a“head” in 2017 December 9th,

5:15-7pm with Dana Simson instructor

Make 2 face cups to drink out of. Sculpted and slab built.

Your pieces will be fired to bisque within 2 weeks so you can come into glaze them. Clay, glazes, bisque & glaze firings plus instruction included in the class fee of $38.00. Save your space! Reserve early. Reserve space in 3 or more classes and take 5$ off per class. Call 410.546.1534 or 410.603.0531 or email [email protected] to hold your spot.

Freehand Pattern Coil Vessel October 28th

5:15-7pm with Dana Simson instructor

Learn how to roll coils and fashion an intricately patterned

bowl/vessel. Your pieces will be fired to bisque within 2 weeks so you can come into glaze them. Clay, glazes, bisque & glaze firings plus instruction included in the class fee of $38.00. Save your space! Reserve early. Reserve space in 3 or more classes and take 5$ off per class. Call 410.546.1534 or 410.603.0531 or email [email protected] to hold your spot.

Holiday Trees decor! November 4th

5:15-7pm with Dana Simson instructor

Rolled slab cones become trees. Learn to carved into colored clay for extra cool designs – top with hearts or stars. Your pieces will be fired to bisque within 2 weeks so you can come into glaze them. Clay, glazes, bisque & glaze firings plus instruction included in the class fee of $38.00. Save your space! Reserve early. Reserve space in 3 or more classes and take 5$ off per class. Call 410.546.1534 or 410.603.0531 or email [email protected] to hold your spot.

Ornament Madness November 11th

5:15-7pm with Dana Simson instructor

Make easy gifts! We will use cookie cutters and textures to create 6 lovely ornaments. Your pieces will be fired to bisque within 2 weeks so you can come into glaze them. Clay, glazes, bisque & glaze firings plus instruction included in the class fee of $38.00. Save your space! Reserve early. Reserve space in 3 or more classes and take 5$ off per class. Call 410.546.1534 or 410.603.0531 or email [email protected] to hold your spot.

Pinch Pot Perfect November 18th

5:15-7pm with Dana Simson instructor

Careful! These are fun and addictive to make. Great for neat little vases or bitty bowls. Keep or give:) Your pieces will be fired to bisque within 2 weeks so you can come into glaze them. Clay, glazes, bisque & glaze firings plus instruction included in the class fee of $38.00. Save your space! Reserve early. Reserve space in 3 or more classes and take 5$ off per class. Call 410.546.1534 or 410.603.0531 or email [email protected] to hold your spot.

Splendid Spoons December 2nd

5:15-7pm with Dana Simson instructor

Fabulous gifts! Use slump molds, stamps and imagination to create fun coffee scoops, sugar spoons etc. (4 spoons). Your pieces will be fired to bisque within 2 weeks so you can come into glaze them. Clay, glazes, bisque & glaze firings plus instruction included in the class fee of $38.00. Save your space! Reserve early. Reserve space in 3 or more classes and take 5$ off per class. Call 410.546.1534 or 410.603.0531 or email [email protected] to hold your spot.

Reserve your spot early as there is limited space.

You can gather a group of 8-15 people for a special class/ party anytime. (Wine ok!)

Call us or stop in the store (11-5 Wednesday – Friday or Saturday 10-3) to save your place.

We prepare materials for class so we need to know how many folks are coming,

however you can always call by the day before to see if there is room for more people.

We don’t refund for missed classes as reserved spots are finite, however we can credit you for a future class if you let us know more then 48 hrs previous to the class you need to cancel.

Feel free to call with any questions . 410.546.1534 or 410.603.09531 Dana

Classes are held in the PIY space  here at Chesapeake East, park out back and enter thru the store by 5:15.

 


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Dana in Baltimore!!

Danasimson.com Baltimore show

You can see my art at two venues in Baltimore in the month of May.

this weekend!! Saturday & Sunday May 14 & 15, 10-5pm at an amazing mid-century modernist house; 11011 Baronet Rd.  Owings Mills, MD, I will be exhibiting with 8 other wonderful artists:

You are invited to come!!   https://www.facebook.com/agatheringofcraftsmen/owlCsm

 

Currently at Fleckenstein Gallery . through May 28, 2016 

FL1smPersonal Myths

Fanciful Paintings and Ceramics by
DANA SIMSON
May 7th – May 28th

3316 Keswick Road • Baltimore, MD 21211  (410) 366-3669
[email protected]

Tuesdays-Fridays 11:00am – 7:00pm 
Saturdays 11:00am – 5:00pm, 

& by appointmen

Closed Sunday and Monday


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Working Clay Studio with Dana Fridays in March

For years people have been requesting that I teach a class here at Chesapeake East. February was a test month to see how that might go. It was so wonderful and invigorating- I and the lovely people who came are now addicted to Clay studio night. New Friends creating together- Excellent! We have just remodeled and spruced up the PIY pottery painting studio to include space for my classes and more. Look for painting, drawing, poetry, writers workshops, quilling and more classes to be added with my wonderful artist friends as teachers as we go forward. PIY is now part of the ARTWORKS at Chesapeake East. Give yourself a treat and the freedom to enjoy making something just for the fun of it.

To request a PDF class list  contact us at 410.546.1534. Best Wishes! Dana

artworks classesMarch-1 artworks classesMarch-2


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artsmart . Imagination Exercise 2

How to strip away gray noise and hear single notes.

wGman&snake

Imagination rises in a symphonic wake of what you have passed through on your individual journey. The flow of imagery and general quality of the “Life in your day” is lifted and made more vibrant when you pay attention to the larger world. These notes, while making your day spark like chili flakes in a zippy curry are efficiently filed in your massive library of recollection neighboring nose and ears.

Imagination is deeply hooked into all our senses.  That is why we each react to things uniquely. Reaction and ideas are tempered by volumes of what we remember and feel. Imagination is not just about pretty pictures and new notions. It is a lifestyle choice of being aware, noticing and  appreciating. But one step at a time.

This week quiet yourself and listen.

Notice the music of a ceiling fan oscillating.

The slap of a car door shutting.

The tinkle of silverware jostled when you pull out a spoon.

Wings over water. A sink draining. Someone walking briskly down the hall.

If you want to sit down with yourself and study; start a work book/journal and write down sounds that delight you followed by what images they bring to mind. Do likewise with sounds that grind at you or cause discomfort. The strongest gift of imagination is empathy; slipping into another’s story and  listening so deeply you may grow to understand what escaped you before. Little steps forward in a big world.


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