Saturday, December 26, 2009

Rustic Greens and Browns...a beautiful treasury!

Thank you for this wonderful Treasury featuring my Earth and Water recycled glass is a beautiful collection!

Monday, December 14, 2009

All is Calm

Another beautiful treasury featuring my pottery! Thank you!

Saturday, December 12, 2009


I just delivered this piece to Laurita Winery to replace the one that sold at the Allentown Art Guild's  "Hope" opening. It is a mixed-media painting on a clay slab that I had carved and drawn into with found natural materials..twigs, leaves and such. Iron oxide washes are painted on then rubbed off to bring out the textures and lines. After the second firing, I paint on the slab. The final slab attached to a piece of framed painted wood with a muti-mastic adhesive and reinforced with hand sewn copper wires through holes on the piece originally intended for that. This piece will be on display and available for purchase at Laurita through January 8th 2010.

Friday, December 11, 2009


Another lovely treasury that included my recycled glass stoneware pottery! Thank You!

Monday, December 7, 2009

new in the shop now!

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Blog Feature: Nina Gibson Designs

Jewelry Designer Nina Gibson has included my earth sky shino recycled glass tea bowl as one of her favorite finds on her wonderful blog. Thanks Nina! 

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Fresh from the kiln!

More from my earth and water copper series.
Introducing Terra Sky . . .  a taupe ochre feathering into a a silky smooth glossy turquoise blue. In the shop...

Tuesday, December 1, 2009


 My organic rim bowl is featured in this gorgeous treasury!

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Visions of Hope

 "Hope" by Ericka O'Rourke 12" x 12"

Please join the Allentown Art Guild for our VISIONS OF HOPE, exhibit, featuring works of art that will include paintings in oil, watercolor, acrylic and mixed media; mobiles; stained glass; jewelry; photography and ceramics. Each artist interprets the theme in a unique way, but all of the works demonstrate great technical skill and originality. Free Admission. Exhibit will be on display from October 15th through January 8th 2010. Opening Reception Sunday, November 15, 2009 2-5pm Laurita Winery 35 Archertown Rd, New Egypt, NJ 08533

Friday, October 9, 2009

new work delivered . . .

I just delivered some new work to Creative Genius Gallery in Medford New Jersey! Many new recycled glass functional bowls, tea bowls and some new raku pieces as well...Stop by and check it out!

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

new raku work

Thursday, August 27, 2009

gearing up for fall

garden pic - passion flower in bloom
Fall is my absolute favorite time of much going on, with the kids going back to school it will be much easier to get back into a regular studio routine and get back into the swing of things...I will have shipments of new work going to the local galleries as well as lots of new items in my online shop...starting to pack it up for the holiday season. On another note, I am very happy to have finally gotten a share at a local CSA, Fernbrook Farms. I had been on a waiting list for about a is an amazing place worth checking out. I just took a quick one night canning workshop there the other night...I had canned my tomatoes a few years back, following the steps from a book and it took so much time that I kind of figured it wasn't worth it, but this workshop taught me a lot of tricks and tips that will make it much easier the next go around, so I am looking forward to bringing home the fall crops from the farm and being able to preserve some at least to last through the winter. My garden is looking pretty sad this year except for an amazing little pumpkin patch that just took off! After doing a lot of yard work early this spring, I had moved a lot of my plants around so much they had a hard time getting established, however, my daughter saw these seeds on sale at our local hardware store and we decided to throw them in there late in the season. I wished I saved the pack because I don't remember what they were called but they are supposed to be these turquoise blue pumpkins! I can't wait to see how they turn out, I am waiting to harvest a few of the large leaves for pottery bowls very soon.

Saturday, August 1, 2009

Jude Harzer

I love this latest shot of my friend Jude with her work...she just completed a 5 week residency at the School of Visual Arts in NYC...Congrats Jude! If you are in the area, check out her upcoming show! For more info about Jude and her work check out her website at JudeHarzerFineArt. The show is August 6th 6-9 pm SVA 133/141 W. 21st Street, 4th Floor NY, NY.

Monday, July 27, 2009

earth and water series bowl

earth and water series bowl, originally uploaded by elmstudios.

new listing available....copper glazes and a pool of recycled turquoise glass....

Friday, July 24, 2009

New Blog Feature!

Waterstone Jewelry has featured one of my bowls on her blog! Check it out! She has some amazing jewelry in her etsy shop...I love this turquoise, jasper and antique copper necklace by Lori Plyer in her shop!

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Iced Matcha Latte afternoons

We have been enjoying this iced Matcha drink everyday this summer made with the wonderful matcha tea from ruaTEA on Etsy...

1 1/2 tsp matcha powder (dissolved in 2 oz of water no hotter than 170)
1 cup 1 % milk
honey to taste
1 large cup of ice

blend all together and add more milk or cold water to desired consistancy.

Monday, May 4, 2009

a walk in the garden

I love this time of year. Completely and utterly covered in earth both at work and play. I have been spending long hours prepping the garden beds, moving plants around to further sculpt my mind's garden as it evolves. It is finally beginning to take form...and there is much to enjoy and find...some pics...My new hellebores are flowering for the first time...I love this flower. And the emergence of the dogwood flowers....

Saturday, March 14, 2009

glaze dream bowl

Well, it has been so long (just over a month) since my last update due to colds and walking pneumonias, that most of the work from the last kiln load is already sold! This bowl was one of my favorites! It was hard to let go for reminds me so much of a geode...I left the outside very rough with organic earthy colors and the inside is just an explosion of cobalts, turquoise, siennas, ochres, and cremes....I will be making more of these and praying to the kiln gods that they come out as nice.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Artists offer creative interpretations of winter theme

News write up in the NJ Times about my current group show Winter at the Artful Deposit Gallery in Bordentown City, NJ. Click here to read the article....

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

New Winter Paintings . . .

These are just 2 of the new paintings I will have included in the Winter Group Show at the Artful Deposit Gallery in Bordentown. The Opening is this Saturday, February 7th, 2009 from 4-8pm. These 2 paintings are both 8" x 8" plus frame, oil on canvas.

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Copper Earth Mixing/Pouring Bowl

New listing...I have been experimenting with this glaze for sometime is very tricky, when it works right, it is just gorgeous...but it needs a nice soak and slow cool in the kiln to get the copper crystals to show. Will keep working on it, but for now, I have a few nice listings that will be going up in my etsy shop that came out great! Been painting a lot for my upcoming show as well...I will be photographing them this week as they need to be going to the gallery next week...will post them soon!

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Winter Finally.

Everytime it snows, I need to grab my camera and ride around for shots...I took this image this morning at Conine's Mill Pond in Allentown, NJ. This seagull seems so out of place, but very content. I got some great reference pics, just in time to keep on painting for my upcoming Winter show!

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Featured in Twitter Backgrounds Gallery!

My Twitter page is currently featured in the Twitter Backgrounds Gallery! Check it out!

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Winter Show Update

As mentioned in an earlier post, I will be in a group show next month...I now have the dates and final info...hope you can stop in!

Winter - A Group Show at

Opening Reception -
Saturday February 7th 2009 4-8pm
(Snowdate - Sunday the 8th 4-8pm)
The Artful Deposit Gallery
201 Farnsworth Ave
Bordentown City, NJ 08505

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Allentown Art Guild on BlogSpot

I finally got the Allentown Art Guild blog up and running...still needs some additions and tweaking...but it is there! You can check it out and sign up for e-mail updates if you are interested. The Allentown Art Guild is a non-profit organization that I started with 3 other local artists in early 2006. We are based in Allentown New Jersey and have members from the surrounding areas including Roosevelt, Cream Ridge, Upper Freehold, and Hamilton, NJ.