Sunday, January 20, 2013

The Stamp of an "Original"

Everyone knows that artists sign their work. Sometimes it's on the bottom of the picture for all to see. Sometimes an artist chooses to hide their signature somewhere in the painting. Sometimes it can even be found on the back of their work. But no matter how or where it's located, a signature is bound to be there. The same holds true for fine china and pottery too. Just look at the bottom of a cookie jar to find out if you have a real McCoy.

Now I feel uncomfortable calling myself an artist. But I have been told that I need to sign my work. I have tried writing my name in the clay before it is cured but it just doesn't feel right to me.  So I decided I would put my own stamp on it. I am a do-it-yourself kind of person. I hate to buy something if I can make it myself for less. So I decided to make a stamp the best way I knew how. By using alphabet noodles!

First I picked out the letters. Since Flowertown Originals seemed a bit too long, I decided to go with just the initials, FTO.

Next I grabbed a piece of scrap clay, flattened it out and embedded the noodles. I removed the pasta with a needle and it was ready for curing.

Once it was cooled, I gave it a light coating of baby powder (to make in non-stick), took another piece of scrap clay and pushed it down onto the cured piece.  I trimmed it smaller and put it in the oven.

Since it was so small, I made a handle (covered in one of my canes of course) and attached the two. Back to the oven.....

Now I have my very own stamp and will be able to "sign" my work. It's my stamp of approval and let's everyone know that they are getting an Original. I kinda like that! Next I want to make my own signature cane to put on some of my smaller things. I'll have to think about that one a while longer.  But right now I think I will go and make a pot of Alphabet soup.

Until next time.... put a smile on!


  1. I love this! Are you going to sell stamps in your shop as well? You totally should :)

  2. People think that all artists are a very specific way. That's not true. We stereotype people way too much.

    Being creative not weird is truly the hall mark of an artist.