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SHirley Potasnik


Over a dozen years ago my spouse and I were able to retire and we found ourselves escaping Wisconsin winters and cloudy skies to beautiful sunny southern New Mexico. I have been fortunate in retirement to be able to pursue my interests. Browse through my selection of painted stones, pebble art, microwave bowl potholders, coasters, kitchen boa’s and Christmas ornaments. I hope you’ll find something for yourself or perhaps a gift for someone special. Hand-crafted gifts truly do say you “care”. Thank you in advance for browsing and shopping.

I LOVE rocks! I’ve been painting rocks long before it became a popular pastime. My stones are collected on walks in the New Mexico desert or along the shores of Lake Michigan. I search for irregular-shaped or unusual looking stones. I then transform my plain-Jane rocks into miniature pieces of art that become pebble art, meditation stones, jewelry or colorful unique rocks to grace your home or be gifted to someone special. Stones are hand painted or gorgeously textured with layered dots to create a 3-D feel to the touch. I use a variety of acrylic paints or nail foils and seal with glossy clear coat or art resin. Not intended for outdoor display.

PLEASE be aware natural stone has imperfections. Allow for any subtle differences that make hand-crafted items special.


When I’m not painting I enjoy sewing. I keep my sewing machine humming, turning out a variety of useful kitchen items. In the past several years I have literally produced hundreds of microwave bowl potholders. I have 2 sizes of microwave bowl holders available. The 10-inch size works well for most soup/cereal bowls. The 13-inch size holds a 2-quart casserole dish or 9-inch pie pan. The larger potholder works nicely at a dinner party when passing a hot dish at the table. Fabric and thread for the bowl holders are 100% cotton, making them MICROWAVE SAFE. You will not experience a material meltdown or fire in the microwave! I include simple usage and washing directions with each potholder order.


I also make coasters. The coasters measure 4-1/2 x 4-1/2 inches, are filled with absorbent material that will soak up condensation from a glass and prevent white rings from appearing on your wood furniture. The coasters come in a set of 4.

I sell at craft fairs, farmers market, local businesses in Elephant Butte and Heart to Hand (formerly Martha’s) in downtown T or C, NM.

Forms of Payment

I will take credit cards through PAYPAL. If you live locally, I will take check or cash and arrange for pick up or delivery. If I must mail your item, it may be costly, but can make arrangements to do so. If you would like to see items in person, contact me for a visit to my studio at my home. Following All Social Distancing Precautions .