Hey all! It's been a while since I've written a blog post... I apologize. Even though I am no longer in school, the last month still managed to become quite busy with end of the year events and projects. In the midst of it all, though, I was able to continue creating some ceramic work. Actually, since my last post about creating a doumbek (a Middle-Eastern styled drum - the blog post is here if you haven't read it), I was asked to create a few more. I was even able to do an art trade with one for a beautiful Christine Swanson painting!

3 finished doumbeks together. I love how they look wood fired!

The doumbek I traded for Christine's paintings. With the goat skin attached, it ended up having a higher pitch than the original one I created. Still a beautiful sound, though!

One of these special requests was to create a mini doumbek for our dear friends' one-year-old, Stieg. Of course, I could not say no! It was so fun experimenting with a smaller size, and to hear how much higher the sound was once the goat skin was attached. 

Both sides of the mini doumbek. You can definitely tell which side was being blasted by the fire! I love the ashy effects that were created on it.

What was even more fun, though, was giving the finished product to Stieg. Any excuse to hang out with Stieg and witness his charm is good enough for me!

Check out his smolder.

I still have one more doumbek waiting to be wood fired, and I hope to create a few more! To be continued...