Thursday, January 31, 2013

To Tired to Blog ...zzzz

I know it would take a lot of work. Coming soon to North Vancouver.

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Chameleon Eye Candy

Sunday, January 27, 2013


Friday, January 25, 2013

On the Other Side of the Room

I have been busy preparing for Horizons and Chameleon, while on the other side of the room, my studio mate, Ray Opoff has been painting up a storm. This is the second painting that he has completed since we have moved into the studio. Pretty good for someone holding down and full time job besides making great paintings. I am inspired by his work. Though our work in so different in scale and medium we share a love of nature and things green.

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Arresting Cuffs

More arresting work from Tina Holden. I am counting down to the Chameleon Show. The first day it will be open to the public will be February fifth and the opening with be Sunday February tenth. Twelve days and counting.

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

The Best General PC Information

I just found the best site I have ever seen to answer all those basic polymer clay questions. Other sites have better eye candy and better what is going on right now, but this is the best site to answer all those questions like:
What is this stuff?
Who makes it?
Can I eat off plates made of it?
What tools do you use?

You know, all those questions that your friends and relatives ask and some that you have been wondering about .

Here it is:
So good I don't even feel the need to include a picture.

Monday, January 21, 2013

The Studio is Coming Together

the beginning of December

Thanks to my husband, Hugh, and some great alley finds the studio is coming together. I am still working at home a lot of the time but gradually I am shifting over to my new space.

Ray, my studio mate is painting up a storm. I will see if I can post a peek at some of his work. It is great to be around other artists and I am looking forward to giving some classes in March and April. Having the studio full of people once in a while is a tonic, then I am content to be a solitary artist again.

Sunday, January 20, 2013


Thursday, January 17, 2013

You Have to Know When to Fold

This is as far and the lady is going.
I had a great idea of what I was going to make for the Chameleon Show. I was going to do Leonardo’s Lady with and Ermine in polymer clay. I experimented and worked on the idea only to come to the conclusion that it wasn’t working.  I like making things that you can hold and look at up close and I do not have the patience to use polymer clay as an illustration medium. Sometime the most important thing is to know when to quit.

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Bowled Over

I have been working to get something ready for the Chameleon Show and this happened!

I did a demo of how to blow up a cane slice at the guild meeting on Saturday and we were talking about making bowls and some how the two ideas came together. Now I have to force myself to do my original projects. All I want to do is make these strange bowls. Funny how and idea comes together and takes you over.

Monday, January 14, 2013

Facing up to a Dead Line

I am trying to get a project completed for The Chameleon Show at the beginning of March.

Here is mark two of my attempt to make a face by cutting into a thin Skinner blend. I should have started with flowers but that would be too simple. If I ever figure out a good way of doing this I will be sure to write about it. Right now I have to stay focused …

 Hey! What was that I better go out and look. Focus, focus!!!

Sunday, January 13, 2013


Friday, January 11, 2013

Time Out to Make a Pea

Yesterday I received two emails from customers.

One from Summerland ( a town in the interior of British Columbia)
“I recently moved to Summerland (from the coast). A long time ago maybe 10 years or more I purchased 2 zipper pull up beads at the Vancouver farmers market; a Green pea zipper pull, my favorite, my dog chewed it, and a Japanese style bead zipper pull.
I was at the post office about 2 weeks ago a lady commented on the Japanese style bead I had on my jacket
She said your name. I was floored that this person new who made it ,Summerland is not big. Anyway, really want to replace the green pea Marley chewed.
is it possible to have you make me another one and send it to me …”

One from Nelson ( another town in the interior of British Columbia)
“This Christmas I received a great necklace that you created . five crows,
one which has a berry in it's mouth.  I just wanted to tell you that I love
it, and to thank you for crafting such a beautiful piece!”

Letters like these are the best perk of my job – satisfied owners of my work. I was so inspired I took some time to make some peas for the lady in Summerland. Some how the lady bugs got in there this time. Now back to other stuff.

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Artistic Influences

William Morris
traditional inro

Jim Rimmer
Tory Hughes
 One of the questions that comes up when you fill out applications is “Who has influenced your art?”. I woke this morning with an almost complete answer and here it is, in no particular order.
1.) Traditional Japanese art because I read that traditional beads always do something. They are buttons, counterweights, or boxes.
2.) William Morris because he believed in “art for all”; that we can surround ourselves with art that is part of our everyday life.
3.) Tory Hughes because she showed me that polymer clay does not have to be all colour and flash.
4.) Jim Rimmer, artist and typographer, because of his artistic integrity and his desire to bring beauty to the typeset page. He was a friend who encouraged me to stay with my art whatever form it took.

Jurying for shows is one of my least favourite things to do but sometimes the questions that come up lead to an introspection that would not happen otherwise.

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

When to Scrap a Project

A lady not for cooking
I have so many bits of cured clay that almost worked. When I cook them up and think that I will keep them to learn from. But guess what? They sit in a box or filed away and that is it. I would rather have the clay.

Clay has almost infinite potential before it is cooked. After it is cooked it can be a millstone. So I have decided to take more pictures and cook less clay. I tried create shading by adding or laying graded sheets of clay but I am not happy with the results.  This lady is not going in the oven. I will recover some of the cane work and the rest of the clay is going into the clay bin, the box of infinite possibilities.

First attempt at a shading by cutting away clay. 
What I am trying now is to squishing  a Skinner Blend sideways and cut in to the blend to reveal shading. Still a way to go before I get this right, but at least this is a start.  

Monday, January 7, 2013

Mellow Bargello

February will be a busy month. The Chameleon Polymer Clay Show is will be installed in a month and Horizons, our guilds biannual get together, is coming up in the middle of February. Right now I should be concentration on jurying for shows and market venues but I can’t help day dreaming about kicking back for a weekend of claying at Horizons.
One of the things that I am looking forward to is Carolyn Joy Good’s bargello demonstration. She is such a good teacher and efficient worker it is joy to watch her put things together just right.
Now back to getting my jury applications prepared – or perhaps that can wait until tomorrow…

Friday, January 4, 2013

Blowing-up a Cane

I remember reading that you can reduce a cane but you can never make it bigger. Well that is probably true but the big flowers leaves are make from the small canes that you see in my hand. I am going to reveal the simple secret at the guild meeting on the 12 of this month. ( as if you have not already guessed how it is done.)

If I don’t hear a course of  “I know how you do that” I will do a tutorial in the near future. 

Thursday, January 3, 2013

The Sea Urchins and Studio-Up Date

Tina’s sea urchin collar - a detail
The studio as of December 29th
 Just before Christmas Tina Holden sent me pictures of a two beautiful collars that has make for the Chameleon Show that is coming up in February. Tina’s work is outstanding and I am in awe of her patience in doing all that bead work. It sets off her polymer clay work beautiful.

I am still struggling to get something made for the Chameleon Show. I have spend years getting a show for polymer clay artists and now I sort of
wish that I didn’t have to have my work compared to that of  Tina, Gera, Wanda, Rachel and Carolyn. – Suck it up Joan and don’t be such a jam tart! 

On the home front. The studio is beginning to take   shape. Ray Ophoff, the painter that I am sharing the space with, has moved in and got some painting in before the Christmas break. I have to get rid of a lot of stuff, which will be easier once I have some shelves built. All is going along smoothly, but never as quickly and I would like.

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Pigeons and Lions Greet the Snake

pigeons, lions and sugar

trees in coats
Here we are at the first real working day of the new year – welcome to 2013.

Yesterday was a semi day off. My husband and I took a drive to the North Shore to make a delivery and pick up a few things. There was a some sunshine, some thing of a rarity at this time of year on the wet coast. We got to see the mountain in their showy coats. The “Lions” were completely white and I tried to capture them with a flight of pigeons at the old sugar refinery. I am afraid that my phone is not quite up to that task. On the North shore we found a great yarn bomb site just off Lonsdale and twentieth first in North Vancouver.

Happy New Years, It is the year of the snake. My daughter is a snake, she will be 24 this year.

Tomorrow I will be back to clay.