Thursday, October 11, 2007

The Story of My Name, as I remember it

I've had many questions about my name as it is a bit different. One question is, "What kind of name is Zuda?" The answer is, I have no idea! I had someone leave a comment on my pbase photo site that Zuda is her family name and she lives in Germany. She is the only person I've come across with my name...even though it is her last name.

So here is the story as best I remember it. I have one sister who was born while Daddy was serving somewhere in the South Pacific in the Navy during WWII. Mama named her Donetta after Daddy and Kay I guess because it goes well with Donetta. My brother came along seven years later and Mama had a name all picked out and named him Charles, I guess because she liked the name and Marshall which was Daddy's father's middle name....his name was Nova Marshall. I came along 5 years later and Mama had a name all picked out, I think it was Candita or something like that. Well Daddy thought it was his turn to get to name the baby. Mama didn't think so, after all she was the one who did all the work giving birth and all. Mama's mom gave her a talking to and convinced her to let Daddy name the baby. So my Daddy named me Zuda which was his mother's name. She died shortly after his birth. No one knows were the name came from. And he decided on Gay as my middle name. He had a good friend when he was growing up named Gay (who was male) and he always liked the name. And that is how I became named Zuda Gay.

Mama never did like the Zuda part and so I was called Gay most of my life. Daddy called all three of us kids Butch for the most part - big Butch, Butch and Little Butch. Hehehe.....I'm not sure why.

I had a thrill when I woke up Wednesday morning and saw that I was featured on Cynthia Tinapple's Polymer Clay Daily blog. Oh my goodness!!!! I've read PCD practically every day since she started it. To say that I am thrilled and honored and shocked would be putting it mildly.

I want to share some of my favorite pieces that I've made recently.

A Study in Golds and Browns

Red Flower on Gold Leaf Pendant


Fairy Garden Pendant

blessings, ZudaGay

7 comments:

Tina T. said...

I love the story about your name!! LOL!!

and your work is very inspiring! I ran across your sunflowers a while back ago while researching to do mine.(a group I belong to had a photo of sunflowers up for us use as inspiration)
..You shouldn't be shocked to be featured - they are just BEAUTIFUL and INSPIRATIONAL!! Please keep up the wonderful inspirational work!

~Tina T.

Nicole said...

how fun to have a whole story behind your name! :-)

the new pendants are pretty. i like my favorite is the fairy garden one. not sure how i've gotten into the habit of telling you which one is my favorite, but i'll stick with it. ;-)

Kari & Kijsa said...

We love your name story! (we get a few questions as well!!)
Again- more fabulous creations- we are drooling-oops-onto the keyboard-wait let me get that-wait-more fabulousness! We love it all!!!
blessings,
kari & kisja

ZudaGay said...

Thank you Nicole, I think it is cool that you pick a favorite!!!

Thank you Kari and Kijsa, I think your names are perfect!!!

ingeniouslycreative said...

Hi ZudaGay, I don't know how, but I found your blog through a post you made on some thread in Etsy! I am a child of the King also! I would love to profile you and your art on my blog as I haven't seen such beautiful work with clay! It is awesome and I just know my readers will love to see it. Let me know what you think, my email addy is on the right hand side of my blog or you can convo me. God bless you richly, hugs, Carol

fribbles said...

I just found your blog through Polymer Clay Daily---WONDERFUL artistry! I love your work! Am going to browse over to the Etsy store next, am hoping your flowers are small enough for my bears!

Sung Je Kyo said...

the story of ur name awesome!!!

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