Friday, April 27, 2012

Not the Whole Picture

When I  design a stamp I often make a whole picture even though I doubt it will be used as a whole. My logic is that by using a selected portions of the stamp the user is able to discover a large number of designs possibilities.

I tested this theory using my Teapot Tempest stamp to create beads for 13 pairs of earrings. I only used white clay and acrylic paint to antique them. I really prefer leaving them white as a blind emboss but I want to accentuate the different patters. I have never used black to antique before to my surprise it is my favourite. Here is the result.

Teapot Tempest

Monday, April 23, 2012

Lots of Beads

Spring cleaning and I realize how many beads I have. Maybe someone else can use them. I will start with a trickle. I will let Etsy decide.

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Polymer Clay in Nature

 Here is someone who really inspires me. Rachel Gourley is an amazing artist. Her craftsmanship is impeccable. She has taken polymer to a place that is undeniably art. Rachel’s work merges into nature not because of its roughness but because it celebrates the kind of precision and symmetry that is so often overlooked in the small detail in the natural world around us.

It is worth a moment to take a look at her website and the articles that have appeared on Polymer Clay Daily and Daily Art Muse.

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Less is More

My favourite barrette is the bottom one - less details
When will I ever learn this lesson? I always want to put more in, more canes, more designs, more colours – well more colours I am okay with. I like monochrome and analogous colours, but otherwise I have trouble knowing where to quit. I guess that part of art is knowing when to quit. I think that I like things were I have only used a couple of canes. Of course there are always exceptions.

Mini Spoken Book Review
the Maisie Dobbs series  (first in the series is Maisie Dobbs) by Jacqueline Winspear
For those who like to listen to books I this series. I have listened to two novels in this series and have found both on them interesting and insightful. Maisie Dobbs is an ex-nurse who served in the first world war. She returns to England to become detective with compassion and a keen sense of social justice.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Blue Onion

Not actually Blue Onion the canes
The first china pattern to impress me was Blue Onion. I was eight years old listening to a couple of women discussing the Blue Willow china pattern. They were trying to figure out if a particular plate was the real thing or not. I looked at the plate and the figures on the bridge – I am not impressed. When I commented that I liked this other plate better I was told,  “that’s not Blue Willow dear, that’s Blue Onion.”

Today while I was making a series of blue canes, I remembered the Blue Willow so I went and got a plate out to have a look at. Today’s canes are not
Blue Onion the pla
Canes and the fun of blowing them up
Blue Onion but it would be fun to make a series. I am may not have time now but I will be looking at china patterns in the future for inspiration.

Question  of the month.

What do you do when you are claying? I listen to spoken work books but others prefer music, radio talk, chatting with friends, eating chocolate, what is it.


Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Spring Gift Gallery

Opening reception: Tuesday April 24, 7-9pm

It's spring cleaning time and our artists are emptying out their cupboards.
Take advantage of special sale items and be the first to see their new work.
Jewelry, ceramics, paintings, photography, fibre art, and more!

Celebrate spring at this popular show and sale which features the work of:
Daniella Amit, Josee Carriere, Penny Connell, Liz De Beer, Karen Evans,
Connie Goldhawke, Suzanne Goodwin, Jennifer Harwood, Jodi Heinhorst, Sonya
Iwasiuk, Heather Johnston, Chi Cheng Lee, Ben Lim, Barbara Matthews, Kim
Maxwell, Jacquie Morgan, Hilary Morris, Marianne Phillips, Susan Rankin,
Sarah Ronald, Linda Rumney, Joan Tayler, Tannis Turner, Liane McLaren
Varnam, Christine Waldie, and Joanne Waters.

Seymour Art Gallery
4360 Gallant Ave
North Vancouver BC
(in the heart of Deep Cove)

Open 7 days a week, 10am-5pm

Monday, April 16, 2012

First Time Pansy Canes

First time Pansy/Violet canes
Camellia in full bloom - bust must be 10 feet
Spring is definitely here. There is stuff to do outside and it is hard to stay in and work. Any time I get and order on Etsy I have to go to the post office right away if the sun is shining. A walk through the neighbourhood is a tonic but I have to get to work if I am going to have anything to sell at the summer markets.

This is my first attempt at violets or pansies. What ever they look like to you – well that is what they are.

Monday, April 9, 2012

Easter Yarn Bomb

 I took a day off from claying. At least a morning and I came across this great piece of yarn bombing at Simon Fraser University . The original sculpture is impressive. Oval Reflections by Carlos Basanta part of the Millennium Project 2005. The yarn bomber are unacknowledged but not unnoticed.

I think that I have to get our more often. 

Friday, April 6, 2012

Being Egged On

Lately I have been writing more and blogging less. I am trying to write a couple of tutorials and I now appreciate how much work goes in to one. It is so much easier to just show someone in person.

How about video? Well I am trying to get my head around the medium. Everything takes time. There is so much to do that I look forward to my clay production time as relaxation time, listening to a novel and glancing out the window now and then. Life is sweet.

out the window Yoko watches bicycle coming up the BikeWay
I have recently had some copies made of the texture sheet that I used to make my Easter Egg buttons last year. Of course the Sun Balloon Texture Sheet is not limited to making Easter Eggs. I just haven't had the time to doing other things with it.

Sun Balloon texture sheet