San Benito County Open Studios 2017 / Couling Studio

Photos from 2017 Open Studios, Cindy Couling’s Home Studio location.

Box of Darkness

Art Heals

I got in a little visual journal time over the holidays. It’s been awhile since I let loose on paper. I was inspired by a quote a friend shared on Facebook. “Someone I loved once gave me a box full of darkness. It took me years to understand this too, was a gift.’ – Mary […]

Couling Goes Viral

My art goes viral

Several months ago one of my Facebook friends forwarded a post that they’d received on their feed. It was piece of my artwork that had been shared on a page called ‘Hippie Peace Freaks’. I was astounded to see that it had been viewed 13,000 times and shared 10,821 times as of last count. There […]


Getting back in the swing of it

I’ve had a kind of a rough year and haven’t had much time or energy to get back into painting or anything creative, really. When life issues strike, I would have thought that I’d want to paint more – but it wasn’t the case. It was more like, the creative things I loved to do […]

Cindy Couling Copic Markers

Copic Certification

A few weeks ago I spent a long weekend in Sacramento, CA getting certified for using Copic Markers. This was something I wanted to do for a long time and now I am thrilled to say I’m standard and intermediate certified. 🙂 We learned some terrific techniques that I can’t wait to share with other  […]


Holiday for the Arts – Olive Hyde Gallery – In the News

I was really fortunate to be included in an article about the Olive Hyde Gallery’s Holiday for the Art Show that happened on December 4-6th, 2015. This is my absolute favorite show to participate in and look forward to it yearly. Read the entire article: Tri-City Voice – Olive Hyde Gallery Holiday for the Arts!

Copper Luster Glazed Raku Tiles

Raku Firing

We spent the day doing  3 raku firings today. It was alot of fun, but also alot of work! Raku firing requires some planning and coordination, so it’s best to plan ahead. Decide the order you want to fire in depending on the types of glazes or raku firing techniques you plan to use. It’s […]

Prepped pottery ready to be raku fired.

Getting ready to Raku! (Because all potters love fire!)

We’re planning a raku firing this weekend. What is it about the smoke, the fire, the stress, the waiting that gets us potters so excited? I guess it’s the ‘not knowing’ – the gamble. Raku fired pottery is so unpredictable. You might think you’re going to get a lovely shiny copper finish and plan for […]

Final set of ceramic clay matroyoska dolls painted by CIndy Couling.

‘What if’s’ during the ceramic firing process – Pages 08/14/13

Opening the kiln is just like Christmas morning. It’s always a surprise, (and sometimes can also be a little disappointing.). It’s the anticipation. It often takes an entire day for the kiln to fire to temperature and then another day for it to cool down until it’s safe to open it. I always have to […]

Matroyoska Ceramic Doll Couling

Matroyoska Ceramic Doll Set – Pages 08/07/14

I’ve been working on a set of ceramic Matroyoska dolls. Note to self, you must learn how to spell it properly and remember the name before you start blogging about it. Really, I’ve had a hard time remembering the name of the dolls and it’s embarrassing. I am not even sure I have it right […]


Mixed Media Art Jewelry – Pages 03/01/14

Here are the final Anti-Valentine’s Day Swap charms from the swap I participated in. Everyone came up with some super rad charms! One of the girls made these cool charm holders. I am very pleased with how it all came out.


Coloring Book Sketches – Pages 02/14/14

All this talk about bad weather everywhere. I think we need a little sunshine to get us through. 😉


Anti Valentines Day Charms – Pages 02/08/14

Anti Valentine’s Day Charms Well, it’s been awhile. Here are a couple things I’ve been working on over the past few weeks. Top are some Anti-Valentine mixed media Charms I made for a swap. I picked up the metal charms from  eBay and made the hearts from air dry clay.  I then wrapped wire around […]


Pages 08/08/13

I’ve been posting a few things on Etsy lately. If you are interested, check them out. 🙂 Loteria Charm Bracelet


Pages 04/12/13

Like to see my work in progress? Come over to FaceBook and say hi! Here are a few things I’ve been creating in my studio over the past month. Enjoy.


Pages 02/23/13

Like to see my work in progress? Come over to FaceBook and say hi! Here are some of the things I’ve been working on for the past few weeks. I’ve done some ceramics, ATCS, an illustration and some microscope slides. I’ve been trying to use up supplies before buying more, and I have discovered […]


Pages 02/12/13

Like to see my work in progress?Come over to FaceBook and say hi: I took a lengthy leave from my blog. Life and work have been busy and I’ve learned I just can’t do it all. I am pretty active on FaceBook and I am starting to wonder if a blog is even necessary […]


Pages 10/18/12

I’ve been busy! My blog is neglected. What can I say? I am spending alot more time posting things on FaceBook these days and am wondering if this blog will stay active much longer. Anyway – here’s what I’ve been up to the last couple of months. I’ve been making alot of pottery to prepare […]


Pages 08/15/12

Thought I’d share some pages out of my ideas sketchbook. Sometimes I randomly doodle and alot of times I plan out projects or jot down ideas for future things I want to make. Bottom shows some pendants I am trying to put together out of clay and the glaze colors I’m thinking of using. I […]


Pages 7/31/12

A few things I’ve been working on. Some altered images I paint, doodle and stamp on. I’ll use those in journal spreads, like the one above. I’m also working on some pottery too, trying to build up my stock before the big show in November. It’s hard getting back into clay after many months off, […]