Hannah Overman Koch

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

SRAC Display

SRAC Display

It has been a while since I have put my work together in one location.
So I was very excited to gather my most recent creations for
the Smithfield Recreation and Aquatic Center (SRAC)
Ceramic Display Case.

This is a beautifully made cabinet created by a clay studio artist
to give SRAC ceramic artists a place to share their work!

Ceramic angels, crosses, wheel thrown and hand built bowls and baskets.

Ceramic plate, pinch pots, talsmen, necklaces, jewelry and pendants.

Thank you Kristin and the SRAC for this opportunity to share my clay work!

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

A new place

Not done with this site
but I needed a place to house everything
all together that I do creatively.

Check it out~

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,

Friday, January 15, 2016

Free Coloring Pages and so much more...

Adult coloring books and alike are everywhere!

It thrills me to see them because just maybe
it has opened up our views as a society about
coloring as adults
and how therapeutic it can actually be.

To sit with a beautifully designed page
to color peacefully with your own unique color combinations
helps to quiet the mind and recenter.

If you haven't been bit by the coloring bug yet,
maybe this will entice you.

As many of you know I have been doodling for many years now.
(Creating a doodle is it's own therapy too!)

I want to share my own doodles -now turned coloring pages- here with you!

I have created PDF files you can download (for free) and print
here on this blogpost.

As you may have suspected, my pages are going to be a little different.

Each series holds 3-4 small doodles on one page.

Dainty Series Color Page

Aerial Dream Series Color Page

Woven Love Series

Please use these links to find a coloring page you may enjoy.


The one issue I see with all these coloring books is you color and then close the book.  The end.

Here are some suggestions I want to encourage you to use these
Hannah Koch coloring pages for:

~Gift tags
~Collage ephemera
~Doodle starter
~Prayer doodles

Here's a few photos for inspiration...

A bookmark and card created
using the coloring pages available.

Card making Directions:
Step 1:  Print color page
Step 2:  Cut a piece of card stock in half and fold
Step 3:  Glue or sew doodle on front that you beautifully colored!
Step 4:  Write loving note to friend, place in envelope and mail
(Don't forget the stamp!)

Bookmark Directions:
Step 1:  Print color page on card stock
Step 2:  Color as you wish and cut out 
(I like to round off the edges)
Step 3: (Optional) Add ribbon or twine at the top

From the Woven Love Series

Prayer Doodle Directions:
Step 1:  Print color page
Step 2: Write a note or the person's name in the center of the doodle.
Step 3: Begin coloring as you wish while thinking about whom you are praying for.
(No worrying, no what-if's - try to only focus on loving thoughts while you are praying 
[coloring] for your friend)

You can stop there and not send to the person
(keep it as a reminder that God heard your prayer)
Cut out and glue to a blank postcard
and mail to the person
whom you prayed over.

No matter how you use them, I ask you only use with love!
Enjoy and may you find happiness in whatever you color.

sharing my gifts with those I love
on this artist holiday,

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Cross Making 101

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

Cross Templates, my Bible, paper and my 
beautiful Manila Extract bag that houses my *good* pens!
(Thanks Tanya!)

My front cover - needs some color!

As I seem to do with all the classes I teach-
I love something the kids can go to every week to
doodle, draw crosses, write prayer requests, Bible verses etc.

Then at the very end of class - they can take home this
beautiful book they used to document their cross making journey.

Blank books are easy to find these days sold in packets!

Examples of crosses I brought to inspire the kids.

Our verse for tonight - John 3:16

Our lesson tonight reminds us
how much God really does love us -
we can't even begin to understand it-
God loves us that much!

Book covers decorated~

Kids at work...

Our cross making tonight was doodling on card stock...

Cut it out, laminate it and add a ribbon to the top.

I love them all - but one child wrote the Bible verse
on the cross and it caught my eye.

It was striking to see the Bible verse in a child's handwriting,
on an imperfectly cut cross written in pencil. 

It is such a reminder that as adults our creative products must look that way to God-
our best attempt at whatever it is where we are right now.

I cherish these moments of clarity and hope I gain all I should from them.

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 begins on this artist holiday,