Saturday, March 12, 2011

Beautiful Sunrise

It is a beautiful day in New Mexico! Off to New Mexico Clay for a Silver PMC class.

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Blog Hop - Thanks for stopping by

I want to thank everyone for stopping by today. I think you have probably figured out that it is the view from the hill that uplifts and inspires me.  Keep stopping by to enjoy the view. And be sure to check in regularly at the BOC blog and website to see all the fun events. 
Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument

Blog Hop - Thinking of Spring!

Springtime in New Mexico is a wondrous time. Wildflowers everywhere! The birds that have flown south pass this way going back north. Up a little higher in the mountains, deer and bears are a regular site. I grew up as a city girl with occasional outings to the country and jumped at the chance to relocate to New Mexico when Glenn and I got married. His family has been living in this area since the 1840's and those kind of roots are getting rarer to find.  Words just do not do justice to the Beauty of Spring.

And the winner of the Hummingbird is..#4 Lorelei me at

Blog Hop - Some of my Jewerly

Here is a necklace I made with one of my hummingbird pendant. I don't make a lot of them due to the nature of Raku. Delicate pendants like this don't survive the thermal shock very well. But sometimes, you just gotta take that chance...

Raku Humminbird with Raku, wood and glass beads

Blog Hop - 2nd giveaway

When I work out on the porch, I wind up sitting under the hummingbird feeders. Last time I was able to work outside, I had an Anna's Hummingbird keeping me company. 

Raku Hummingbird
Leave a comment to win this pendant.

Blog Hop - My Studio Space and the winner is....

We have just built our house and have plans for a real studio, but for now, our studio space is where ever we are. 

Our wheels and kilns are outside, our dining room is fully consumed and we have a worktable in the living room.  I can’t wait to take it all outside once the weather turns nice again.

The winner of the first giveaway is Commenter #2 rockcreekcreations. Please email me at

Blog Hop - 1st giveaway

I will be giving this pendant away. Leave a comment and the winner will be selected randomly.

Raku Pendant

Blog Hop - Some of my Jewerly

We have been making beads and pendants for several years, but have just started making finished  jewelry. Here is one of our early pieces;

Blue Raku beads and pendant, wood beads and waxed Irish linen macrame 

Bead of Clay - Blog Hop

Welcome to The View from the Hill, the blog for Sedillo Hill Studio. We are Glenn and Kathy Amspaugh, Raku Ceramic Artists from Sandia Park, New Mexico. We specialize in Raku beads, pendants and figurines

Rainbows over the South Mountain of the San Pedros

Sunset over the Sandia Mountains

Glenn and Kathy

Friday, March 4, 2011

Emotions in Earth

This is a yearlong project at Beads of Clay for the exploration of the expression of emotion through earth clay components of a line of jewelry – wearable or not – that expresses the emotion most prominent in your life this year.
Since I am new to jewelry making and struggling to find my style, this seems right up my alley. So first, a quick examination of my life.
Right now, in my life, I have everything I’ve always wanted. Loving husband, wonderful child, a secure day job, and some small success as an artist. Sure, there are things left undone and things that I would do differently given a chance, but overall, I have a good life.  Not much emotion to work with, but staring out the window at the mountains, I feel peace wash over me. I have always felt at home in mountains, but in these mountains, I feel at Home.
From my house on Sedillo Hill, I can see the most of the mountains of the Turquoise Trail. The Sandias, the San Pedros, Sange del Christos, and on a clear day, the Jemiz and more. Layer upon layer of mountains. Juniper green fading to gray in the morning light. Lit with golds and coppers in the sunset. Purple mountain majesty in the evening. Over the top, every color blue imaginable and clouds so perfect they look like they are painted on velvet.
Ok, I see where I am going with this. Check in over the next year and see if I get there!

Layered Heart