Hannah Overman Koch

Saturday, February 13, 2016

Valentine's Clay Day

Love in clay...

Each heart is original
with its texture and glaze combination.

Love in Swirls

Lines and Dots
I created a dot stamp that gives me excellent raised dots!

Organic Love in white clay and speckled clay

Different Hearts~
seems like it represents the many varieties of love.

White glaze on speckled stoneware~
Love this look!

May you find love in all varieties on this artrist holiday,

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Lent Possibilities

For Lent this year
I am going to do my best
at trying to change my mind set...

Trying to stop saying or thinking this phrase:
"I don't have time"

Please go ahead and laugh.
I am laughing (a little) too!

I am going to try my hardest to

I DO have time!

Time for what you might ask?

Not sure yet, but
I feel like I say it way too much to myself.

Sure, things get done
I know I can be better with my time management skills
and monitor my daily activities even better.

To honor this new way of thinking
I will draw something everyday until Easter
and share it with you.

Could I fail?  Sure
Could I learn from this experience?  Of course, no matter the failure or success!

Want to join me?

Here is a downloadable PDF of  a few heart cards and my card for day one-
"I do have time!"

Print it off
and take a minute or so to color or doodle around the edges.

You just thought it didn't you...
"I dont have time for that!"

I know, I know.
But we are living now
and these days are quickly passing.
We have to find the time.

Read more great quotes about time
at this link:

Trying to walk the talk and live in my vulnerability on this artist holiday,

Ash Wednesday

Ash Wednesday
is to me...

A ritual, time for prayer, time for reflection
and a reminder to live life to the fullest,
just to name a few.

My journal page for Ash Wednesday

Ashes on my forehand

...For dust you are and dust you will return.
Genesis 3:19

I pray that I embrace Lent with fervor like never before
on this artist holiday,

Friday, February 5, 2016

Cross Making 101

This week's Cross Making class ~

Just a few cereal and cracker boxes, ric rack and glue!

I enjoy using pantry boxes in my work,
see an example here.

Due to time restraints, I have them ready
for the kids to cut out.

Feeling the love....
so many supporters of my class have donated
awesome supplies like these ribbons and ric rack!
Thank you!!!

And the very hairs on your head are all numbered.
Matthew 10:30

This verse reminds me time and time again
how significant I am to God-
the creator of this beautiful universe.

A thought I cannot wrap my linear head around...
all that love....

The kids really enjoyed this project.

We ended up needing 2 weeks on some to finish.
Which is a good sign to me~
the kids care and are really getting into creating their cross.

The directions were~

Step 1:  Cut out cross
Step 2:  Choose ribbon or ric rack, cut pieces and glue onto cross in a pattern.
Step 3:  Choose a word or words to represent Christ.

Words or phrases discussed and/or used:

He loves
He lives

Action pics~

My example:
He cares

Thankful for being reminded how much I matter to 
the Divine on this artist holiday,

Friday, January 29, 2016

Cross Making 101

We did not have 
Cross Making class this week.

So I leave you with this...

You were dead because of your sins and because your sinful nature was not yet cut away. 
Then God made you alive with Christ,
for he forgave all our sins.

He canceled the record of charges against us and took it away
by nailing it to the cross.

Colossians 2:13-14

These beads are called Jobs tears and they are real seeds!
They have a hole naturally coming through the center
and they are the most beautiful colors of gray.

This beaded cross was created with dark annealed steel wire
and rests on a copper chain.

Thankful for forgiveness on this artist holiday,

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Turn Forth Her Silver Lining

The words of John Milton 
(Comus: A Mask Presented at Ludlow Castle, 1634)

I see ye visibly, and now believe
That he, the Supreme Good, to whom all things ill
Are but as slavish officers of vengeance,
Would send a glistering guardian, if need were 
To keep my life and honour unassailed. 
Was I deceived, or did a sable cloud 
Turn forth her silver lining on the night? 
I did not err; there does a sable cloud 
Turn forth her silver lining on the night, 
And casts a gleam over this tufted grove.

"Every cloud has a silver lining" was derived from the poem above.

Though we sit under ice and a dusting of snow
in North Carolina,
with and without power~

I sought and found the silver lining-
The beauty surrounding me.

The bowing of nature to its
Supreme Maker.

The delicate balance of water's beauty and destruction.

Nature's simplistic calling

Is this our silver lining?

I have learned that with every storm life brings our way
we are also blessed with a silver lining.

We only need to find the gleam cast over our tufted grove.

Searching with heartfelt gratitude for the fleeting beauty
surrounding me on this artist holiday,

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Cross Making 101 - Wooden Cross

I am delighted to teach a cross making class
each Wednesday night to 2nd and 3rd graders.

I have based this class off the book:
Making Crosses: A Creative Connection to God
Ellen Morris Prewitt

This week - wooden crosses

Like this week's class ~
simplistic is always best.

Popsicles sticks, buttons and glue

Create more organic edges by cutting the popsicle stick ends with scissors.

Our verse tonight - Psalm 37:23-24

The Lord directs the steps of the godly.  He delights in every detail of their lives.
Though they stumble, they will never fall, for the Lord holds them by hand.

Our lesson tonight discusses
how God wants our attention, not our perfection.
Perfection is not acceptable during this class.
We will need to be process-oriented.
(I am telling myself just as much as I am telling the children!)

Children glued the crosses together 
and chose one button to apply to the center.

I hope to share this journey with you
as we make a cross each week.

May you change you perspective as I have about the cross.
Not as a symbol of  pain and unbearable grief,
but rather a symbol of pure love.
A love for all of us like no other.

The cross making journey continues
on this artist holiday,