Another Gallery Closing in Phoenix

This is so sad. I’ve lost count of the galleries that have closed in the last few years. Chartreuse was very well respected, a must see destination on Grand Ave on first and third Friday art walk nights. We will miss gallerist Nancy Hill’s well chosen shows.

Chartreuse is still open now, and will be through December.

The gallery is in the Bragg’s Pie Factory building. During earlier and current iterations of a gallery in the space, I had participated in some group shows there. Chartreuse is about a block from {9} The Gallery where I had a solo show this Sept.

It’ll be sad to walk Grand during art walks and not see Nancy’s shows after Dec. I hope that the space will be a gallery again after that. Galleries are all struggling, it seems. Even Scottsdale, the upper end of our art world here, has seen galleries close or move to Phoenix, scale back, or rent space. I may be doing a lot more sales from my studio if this keeps happening!

Delivered to show; Ceramic update


Several thriftstore makeovers and a display board of bottlecap birds await loading for show

My Studio’s looking kind of empty! Yesterday, my husband and I loaded the car with 19 thriftstore makeovers ranging from miniature to almost didn’t fit in the car size, plus 30-some other (non thriftstore related) small pieces,  and over 50 bird paintings on bottle caps, and delivered it to R. Pela gallery! Every piece is either recycled or small, so they’re a great value and something for every budget. I hope that we get lots of traffic thru Art Detour weekend. This event is prime time to be be in a gallery in downtown Phoenix.

Everything After show

R. Pela Contemporary Art

335 W. McDowell

Phoenix, AZ

Opening reception, Friday March 6, 6 pm; 3rd Friday reception, March 20, 6 pm

Extended weekend hours during Art Detour event, March 7-8

Gallery site:





Two of a few bird heads and figures, bisque fired

While the class winds down and it makes less sense to start involved projects, I sat and pinched a few bird and monster shapes, really small pieces, that would dry pretty fast and be fired before the last class. Or at least, by the last pick up day. Above, the chicken head is about 2″, the smaller is less than an inch. These are bisque fired now. I’m not sure what I’ll do with them. It may or may not be a glaze finish. Depending on what they get incorporated into in the future, I’ll finish them to go with whatever that piece calls for. There are more coming, including one with a torso.


Slab construction, iron oxide under Snow White glaze

I really liked the way this came out! It was slab construction with added features. It’s a sort of pooched out box shape, and the lid fits nicely. The clay is probably LB Blend, however I did ‘recycle’ some of our clay so it could be partly Rod’s Bod or Soldate 60, maybe even some unidentified cone 10 scraps from the sink, but mostly LB blend.

I put iron oxide on it after it was bisque fired, wiped some off, and dipped it good in Snow White glaze. It came out as I ‘hoped,’ however, I try not to hope or expect too much, and just enjoy the surprises, usually. All that’s left is to take some wet/dry sandpaper and smooth the bottoms of his feet, (or attach felt dots), so he won’t scratch surfaces he’s set on. I’m considering this one a ‘he’ because it has no udders this time.


Greenware stage

The lidded box creature at the greenware stage. Note the blobular starfish like creature, too.


An array of pieces in bisque and glazeware stages

And there’s the blobular starfish thing glazed. Believe it or not, that glaze is called purple haze. It rarely seems to turn out purple, but we all keep trying! The bird heads, some creatures you’ve seen and some you haven’t, bowls, and in the foreground are some pieces I pressed a texture into and used to test glazes. The clay on the test pieces is all LB Blend or similar stoneware, always cone 10 as that is all we do in this class. The glazes are from left to right:

Two toned rectangle w/flower imprint: “Purple Haze” (have yet to see purple with this glaze!)

Rectangle w/subtle texture: Snow White (so far a very reliable glaze)

Paisley imprinted rectangle top row: iron oxide wiped partially off, Snow White glaze (loved this!)

Medallion imprint on square w/lifted corners, top row: Caramel, 2 coats (liked this a lot, too)

Round medallion imprint, Stoneware Blue (another I like a lot, did a lot of bowls with it last year)

Rimmed rectangle lower right, Cranberry, another unpredictable glaze, definitely didn’t come out red at all, even though it was quite thick. At the right angle you can see the glaze ‘crazed,’ (crackled). My husband did some bowls last year that got fairly red with this glaze.

The lone white figure in all this is recycled clay from the sink strainer, ewww! I collected most of it the first night the teacher demonstrated wheel throwing and she was working with porcelain, so this is a mix of cone 10 porcelain and probably some white cone 10 stoneware. It is bisque fired in this pic. It does feel very smooth. I dipped it in Snow White, because I think it looks like a ghost. We will see how that comes out, should be out of the glaze firing in about a week, I hope.

In the background the long tube shaped creature has only legs and a mouth with teeth. No eyes. I had plans for him that didn’t pan out as I ran out of time to enter it in a current show. So, I dipped him in Hunter Green on top, Spodumene on the bottom, and made his lips Cherie Jade, and his teeth Snow White. He is awaiting glaze firing as a few other things.

Another thing I’ve been making is pet dishes for a handicapped cockatiel. He needs them to be high, not too slick inside, and not too deep. So the lumpy dishes in the background are for him. (All the glazes are food safe.)




I did a glaze test on this anyway, which also didn’t come out fantastic.


Blowout! Teapot didn’t survive bisque firing.

There seems to be no reason this particular piece was risky. It was slab and coil, very well pressed together, but somehow, maybe because we’d had a lot of rain, there must have been moisture trapped in there when it was bisque fired. There were lots of other shards, (fortunately, they said it didn’t wreck anyone else’s work). I kept the legs, top and lid, in case I want to do something with them. I did do a glaze test on the top parts, and that was kind of disappointing, too!

One of my hollow chickens made it fine thru both bisque and glaze firing, no breakage. However, the glaze was the same firing as the teapot and a disappointment. I redipped the chicken in Snow White, so we will see what happens now. The bad glaze was just not right for the piece. Too busy, too uninteresting, and detracted from the shape and detail. I’m hoping that a simple all over white glaze will bring her back. It can’t likely hurt!

To see pics of the ceramic pieces at an earlier stage, see this post:

Show, First Friday, Feb. 6th, at {9} The Gallery, on Grand Ave, Phoenix


Two of the little critters on wheels to be at 9’s show “Move”

The announcement came out today on {9} The Gallery’s Facebook page, that “MOVE” is opening on First Friday, Feb 6, at 6 pm. It runs thru Feb 28th. Depending on which ones make the cut, (fill the display cases), I will be offering 10 or so of these little plastic brick sculptures on wheels. Most are chickens, (are you surprised?), but not all! A few have udders. My goal in making these was to keep them small and relatively simple, but with creative uses of blocks that are readily available. I started making them last year or the year before, and loved putting them on wheels. For one thing, the rolling platform helps keep their legs together! Each time I’d see a new brick in the parts wall at the store at the mall I’d be inspired to use it on new sculptures. Most were taken apart to be reused, until gallery owner Laura Dragon put out the call to artists for “MOVE!” My husband reminded me I had made these, and once Laura said she wanted them in the show, I kind of went nuts with the bricks in January, building and making quite a few. Some I decided to scrap but I have more than enough now to put in the display cases I got for this show, and they are all glued and dry.

1229 Grand Ave
Phoenix, Arizona
(602) 465-3264

My April show moved to March!

Watch for updates, but I just want to let you know that today my April show was moved to March, at R. Pela Contemporary Art! Good thing I got right on that last year and have been working steadily on pieces, (whew)! This is good. March is when Art Detour happens, a major art event downtown, so there will be great traffic for the show. (Robrt’s gallery always has a great turnout anyway!) Hope to see you there!

Edited, new show date: Shows, new products, new ceramics, mostly chickens so far


Two of several small plastic brick sculptures on wheels by Cindy Schnackel




I will have several small sculptural pieces in “MOVE,” a show about all things that move, in February! I had been playing around with building blocks and adding wheels to things so it seemed like the thing to enter.


So far, this turned out to be my favorite glue for these bricks!


The sculptures will be glued together. I don’t happen to be one of the people who believes it’s sacrilegious to glue them, if the purpose is to keep them together. (Usually, I was taking them apart again, so gluing is only for the ‘permanent’ ones.) I have dropped unglued sculptures before and they shatter into as many pieces as they were made from. I didn’t want that to be happening, especially since even I can rarely remember how they go back together! I don’t know if the glue will make them truly shatter proof, but my test pieces seem pretty permanently bonded! The glue liked best is called Cyanoacrylate. This won my favor because it worked well and had a very tiny applicator tip that made gluing go fast, and neatly. It was one of the types of glues recommended in the research I did. My husband always has it on hand for his plastic models, too.

“MOVE!” Opens Friday, Feb. 6, 2015

{9} The Gallery

1229 Grand Ave.

Phoenix, AZ


There are at least two group shows I should enter something for in March, and I’ll blog about it if I get anything done in time! They are both no-fee shows, and look promising. The themes are still being mulled around in my mind.

Edit! My April show was just moved up to March!

For April, March, I’m scheduled for a two person show at R. Pela Contemporary Art, in Phoenix, where I’ve shown before. Robrt had liked what I was doing with a particular topic last year and asked me to do a whole show of it. I’ve been working on that now for months, as well as my other stuff, and it has been an exercise in self discipline to hold back so much work from public view all this time.

I will post details as the gallery begins to announce it!

R. Pela Contemporary Art

335 W. McDowell

Phoenix, AZ



[Edited and updated to note that I am no longer selling products on Redbubble. Changes to the site in April caused me to decide not to anymore.]


Duvet cover product view, repeating chicken cartoon design, Cindy Schnackel


The Print On Demand (POD) site I’m on recently introduced “tiling” for the Duvet Cover product! This means we can upload normal sized high resolution images like we use for other products, and ’tile’ and scale them to make repeat patterns.  I have experimented with it and love the way it looks, so am offering a few of my images as Duvets now, in addition to other things.




Wet clay pinch pot projects. Creature, tiny dish, hollow chicken; Cindy Schnackel


Coil Teapot, Cindy Schnackel, at wet greenware stage


Teapot, upside down, getting feet and udders, Cindy Schnackel, greenware


Ceramics started again in January! This time it’s a bit of everything, and the first night we made pinch pots. Beginner stuff, yes, but the teacher let us do what we wanted as long as we used the technique, so naturally, I made a chicken. It is very different from my earlier hollow sphere chicken that I did more than 20 years ago by joining two shaped slab or pinched half spheres. This time the half spheres were all pinch technique. I also made a monster with about eight nipples/udders, (which didn’t show up at this angle, sadly), and a tiny treat dish for our pet birds. (The clays and glazes I’m using are all food safe!) The hollow pinch pot chicken is about 8″ tall.

The following week, we moved right on to coils. I built the body of my teapot with coils and added handbuilt elements in a variety of techniques later. I just kind of shaped the spout by pushing my finger through a ball of clay and squeezing it, then removing my finger, I curved and refined it before attaching. The eyes are pressed in with a wooden shaping tool, etc, while pressing from inside so it didn’t deform the pot. The lid has a small circle of clay added that fits inside the filling hole. They ‘should’ shrink the same as they’re the same clay, same wetness, and should fit when dry/fired. If I build another pot where I need to apply pressure from inside, I must remember to make the filling hole big enough for my hand! I really had to reach in with tools to attach the spout! D’oh! But it seems to have worked out, and I’m not sure it’s to be functional anyway.

The clay is LB Blend. The techs have already started firing some things from the first class, so by next class, I should have a piece or two to put glaze on, and the teapot should be ready to bisque fire.

[Edited to update: the teapot blew up in the kiln! Gahhh!]

A few of the pieces still available at R. Pela gallery

These are just a few of the pieces still available at R. Pela Contemporary Art, 335 W. Mc Dowell, Phoenix, AZ!  There are more. I made quite a few sales, especially of small pieces, but also some larger ones. All in all a very good show, thanks for all who attended and purchased! The show comes down this Sunday.  Gallery:


Chick Princess, Acrylic, 5×7 in Cindy Schnackel


Unverified Heir, Acrylic, 5×7 in. Cindy Schnackel


Hen Madonna, Acrylic, 8×10 in. Cindy Schnackel


A Little Bird Told Me, collage, 12 x 6 in. Cindy Schnackel

Reception this Friday April 18

3rdFriThis Friday, April 18, please join me and fellow artist Scott Wolf for the second reception of our show, For the Birds!  The gallery opens at 6 pm and is open until 9 pm.  (Or by appointment.)  The 3rd Friday art walk will be going on so there will be many galleries open in downtown Phoenix the same evening.

Most of the little affordable pieces sold out so gallery owner Robrt asked me to bring in more!  Today, I’m delivering 17 new miniature paintings and drawings for this Friday’s reception.  Many are new this month.

Hope to see you there!