Grateful Spirit

Ah, Spirit Dolls – they were the inspiration for my shard faces which solidified my return to earthenware in 2008 as my personal healing medium.

When winter days approach, there’s nothing more comforting than to settle down at my workbench and get my hands into some clay. After the clay has dried, I watch the earthenware pieces come out of the kiln, vitrified and transformed at 1900F, and marvel at the miracle of earth and fire. It never gets old.

Part of what keeps this exciting is connecting with the diverse world-wide circle of Spirit Doll makers and their creations. As you probably know, I have an Etsy shop called Earthshards, which is visited by doll makers, assemblage artists, fiber artists, and mixed media artists for the small Shard Faces that I make. Sometimes in their Etsy reviews they send photos of how they use the faces – what a delight!

Here are some inspiring pictures from the last eight month. I’ve credited them using just their buyer names for privacy, but I wanted you to see what I get to see as feedback!



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Thanks to all of these creative makers for sharing their work.

If you want to make your own spirit doll after seeing these and need a little inspiration, here is my free Spirit Doll instruction booklet.

Now go cultivate your grateful spirit!! Give a little spirit doll to a friend as a thank-you. It will warm your heart – and theirs – this winter!

5 thoughts on “Grateful Spirit

  1. I love these!
    What great inspiration for creating my next Spirit doll.
    Thank you to all you talented artists for sharing your beautiful work.

  2. As usual, Lyn, your giving spirit has gifted us with a treasure! I’m particularly drawn to Wendy’s creations mounted on wood. I’m forever dragging home pieces of nature’s tall (and sometimes not so tall) giants of the forest. Whether I find them wandering through woods, sauntering over desert sands, or bustling on the beach, I love to drag them home .

  3. Thank you so much Lyn. This is just what I needed right now, to make a Spirit Doll.
    You always inspire me. I resonate with your work.

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