Stoneware, Cold Glazed, Sealer
Very Whimsical Garden Gnome that's also a Toad Home. Hand sculpted from stoneware high fired. Cold glazed and sprayed with several layers of sealer. This gnome is just adorable and will be a wonderful addition to any garden.
The opening is large enough to accomodate big toads as well as small ones. It's 3" wide by 2" high.
Toads are great for the garden, they are natural predators. In one summer they can eat up to 10,000 insects including mosquitoes, slugs, beetles, grubs, caterpillars, cutworms & grasshoppers.
Reduce the need for pesticides in your garden by giving a toad a cool humid place to live during the hot days of summer.
Toads by nature are nocturnal, they require a safe shelter during the day. For best results place the opening facing east so the entrance will only get morning sun.
It’s best to bring the toad home inside during the harsh winter months.
Each of my toad homes are individually sculpted and high fired so they’re very sturdy and have no problem being outside in your garden. They are painted with water based paint. Each one is easily touched up if they fade from the sun
I'm a self taught clay artist, I began my love affair with clay in high school. My remarkable art teacher Miss Rebecca Barnett taught us all
the mediums she could drag into the art room. Clay is the one that stuck. At first I exhibited at small local shows, as my confidence grew I applied to larger festivals, haven't looked back since.
I've been working in clay for over 30 years, participating in art shows from Illinois to Key West. Over the years my art has changed and evolved. When I see some of my earlier work I'm just a tad bit embarrassed.
I've won several awards, been on TV, written up in newspapers also online blogs. My work is in homes from Alaska to Florida, hopefully
making people smile.
I'm constantly learning new things about clay and firing. Not to mention all the wonderful textures that I achieve with common household items. My love affair with clay is on going and hopefully will be for many years to come and hopefully will be for many years to come