Sunday, April 25, 2010
tina francis designs
After a lengthy career as a graphic artist Tina Francis is now happily working in her studio full time creating her visions in clay. She and her husband live in the beautiful countryside of Virginia with their two very cool mixed labs.
Tina's clay sculptures include beads, colorful flowers, mermaids, sun faces and figures for the garden. During the Christmas holidays her studio fills with all kinds of angels. She loves animals so a variety of dogs show up in her work, along with some friendly cats and rabbits. All of her work is hand-sculptured from stoneware and earthenware clays. Glazes are painted on in multiple layers and fired several times. She likes to give each piece, whether a sculpture or a piece of jewelry, its own unique personality therefore no two are ever identical.
Tina loves to make beads so much that they take over the studio! She hand forms beads from clay, glaze, fire them several times and turn them into very intricate or very simple necklaces, bracelets and earrings. Inspired by nature, many beads are made by impressing real leaves, flowers and shells into the clay.