Catherine Cheek

Catherine "Kater" Cheek is a writer and artist.

Most commented posts

  1. “Emily’s Fifth Birthday” and “Alternative Medicine” — 16 comments
  2. Seeing Things, Part 1: The Big Idea — 10 comments
  3. Seeing Things, Part 8: First cover mockups — 10 comments
  4. Seeing Things, Part 11: paper books and cover design fallout — 9 comments
  5. First Stained Glass Panel — 8 comments

Author's posts

Jan 14

Altered Book Cover Part One

Here’s the cover I’m doing for my altered book.  I used a piece of vegetable cured leather, 4-5oz.  I wanted to have the look of cord-bound book, so I wrapped plastic over the book (to protect it from water) then wound it with twine.  I got the leather wet and stretched it over the twine to …

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Jan 13

Altered Book

Altered Book 7 Altered Book 6 Altered Book 5 Altered book 4Altered book 2 Altered book 1I started a round-robin altered book project with three other artists.  Each of us chose a book and altered it in some way.  I chose to alter the structure, and cut windows through the pages. I used paste and scraps of paper …

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Jan 13

Blue and Violet glass

This glass is made with amethyst frit and cobalt frit.  The cobalt turns an iridescent lavender when it’s incandescent hot.  It reminds me of the pinkish-lavender that some cobalt based underglazes have.    It’s hard to see the color in this light, because it’s so dark, but it’s intense dark blue with dots of violet.

Jan 11

Amythest and Iris Gold glass

I like the Iris Gold color because it’s unpredictable.  Sometimes it’s clear yellow, but it interacted with the amythest to create a shimmery blue in some lights.  It reduces to a mirrored finish, like raku glazes, but I prefer it translucent.

Jan 10

Adventurine Glass

I combined Adventurine green with Iris Gold in this glass.  It didn’t have a favorable alteration.  Not bad, but not as exciting as the Amythest and Iris.