Wednesday, December 23, 2015

More Edibables

A reader reminded me of a blog post that I had see in my search for Edibables. I know that Leah Skulski was not German as this post suggested but I am not sure about the rest of the story. I have talked to Leah's son so I am hoping to get more photos in the new year. Thanks to Kimberly for the heads up.

"Back in the 1980's there was a company in Vancouver, BC called "Edibaubles". The woman that originated the line was German. She made food for dollhouses out of a new product from Germany. This plastic modeling clay was baked in the oven. Fimo and Sculpey are so common place now. She was invited to a party and decided to make some toe rings. That as they say is history. She ended up selling all over the world. This necklace is one of her larger pieces. I found it in a second hand store about ten or more years ago."  
If you want to see the original posting here is the link.

AN ASIDE - The sun set at 4:15 this evening and will not get up until 8:06 tomorrow, but fro now on the days get longer. Here comes the sun baby! This always makes me happy. HAPPY SOLSTICE!

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Bowling with the Stars - Mari O'Dell

"To the wise, life is a festival"

I have re quoted Mari O'Dell whose work is truly a festival of line, form and colour. The little bowl on the left can to me in a bowl exchange. Mari has used translucent opac clay in extruded canes to make this tiny exquisite lotus bowl. 

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

GI Moment - Westcoast Gnomes

Little frog on a 4 inch leaf.
One of my neighbours this week is Darrell Perfumo, the maker of Westcoast Gnomes. Gnomes are shy but luckily you can see their charmingly ugly little faces at Darrell's face book page.

The Gnomes are made each hand sculpted by Darrell of ceramic clay. No two are the same, but then what gnomes are.

Monday, December 14, 2015

Before the Cut

Obi pattern before the cut.
I spent a short time at the studio this week. (A short time when my son or husband manned my table at Granville Island - Thank you.) I did a clean up of the little bits of flower and leaf canes that were hanging around my table. I like to set them on a red back ground because it reminds me on a kimono obi. Such improbable juxtaposition of colours but some how it seems to work.  I almost hate to cut it up the sheet for lockets and barrettes.

Thursday, December 10, 2015

GI Moment - HIM Creations

Waiting to be put on the table.
Yesterday morning I arrived at the market to find that the table next to me was beginning to be inhabited by the wonderful felt creatures. If you want to feel happy go to Shima's website. It is soft fuzzy and wonderful and may even inspire those devoted to polymer clay. This week end Shima will be at the Shiny, Fuzzy, Muddy Show at Heritage Hall.

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

GI Moment - Tree of Lights

Last evening I set up for the Public Market at Granville Island. I tried to take a picture of a tree made completely of lights with my phone. Poor little phone was not quite up to the task but it gives you and idea of what Granville Island looks like this season. The rain  makes it look all the more like a fairyland.

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Bowling with the Stars - Kim Korringa

Kim's bowl - inside and out
Another dark and rainy day in Vancouver but just looking the little bowl that I got from Kim in a bowl exchange cheers me up. 

Kim Korringa lives in sunny California, a fact that is reflected in her work. I tried to find a sight in the net that does justice to her work but ended up with an image page of Kim's work.

Kim is just as lovely a person as her work reflects. I have visited her studio and it is a sunny happy place.

Monday, December 7, 2015

Make It - Made It

Thanks to everyone who made it to Make it Vancouver this year. A record attendance in spite of the wind and rain. Such hardy souls!

I hope to be a Granville market December  15th to 17th and maybe more. See what the fates bring..

This week end I will be checking out a few craft fairs in Vancouver. It will be wet outside but a little rain never stopped a Vancouverite.

Update - I will be at the market this week from Wednesday 9th to Sunday the 13th and  probable part of next week too.

Go out! Buy local where ever you are!

Friday, December 4, 2015

Second Day of Make It

The calm before the rush
I am endlessly fascinated at how these shows appear and disappear. These pictures were taken Wednesday afternoon and Thursday morning. By Sunday evening it will be back to an empty room. So three more day and 250 plus vendors to  make your shopping easy.

I have lovely short bread cookies behind me and craft vodka being sampled and sold across the aisle. Eat, drink and you add the merry and you are good to go for Christmas.

Make it Vancouver

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Starting Thursday - Make It Vancouver

Get a dollar of at the door load this to your phone.
I'm setting up tomorrow for Thursday.
Thursday Dec.3 - 11 AM to 9PM
Friday Dec. 4 - 11AM to 9PM
Saturday Dec.5 - 10 AM to 7PM
Sunday Dec. 6 - 10 AM to 5 PM

Looks like I am tucked conveniently near the concessions and the food area so come and see me when you are pausing for a shack. There are over 250 stalls of handcrafted awesomeness so this is one of the best shopping opportunities of the season.

Admission is $7at the door with a dollar off with this coupon and you can get a reentry pass to shop all week end. Not bad.

At the PNE Forum 2901 East Hasting St. Vancouver, BC

Friday, November 27, 2015

Thinking of the New Year

Thinking and planning patters and such to colour.
I can't help it, this is the time of  year my head is all about what I am going to do in the new year. Maybe it is the gardener in me that is always wanting to put seeds in the ground and see what will come up.

Idea - I love to draw and I am not so crazy about colouring. I know that there are others out there that like colouring but aren't that crazy about drawing. So I see fertile ground here to make drawings for others to colour. There are tons of colouing books out there but I am thinking is there is a little space to sew my picture seeds. 

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Bowling with the Stars - Libby Mills

This little bowl from the bowl exchange is from Libby Mills. Libby works in many different mediums and styles but her work is always an adventure.

In her own words:

"I grew up taking as many art courses as I could every summer, studying calligraphy, silkscreen, batik and ceramics to name a few. Always on the search for the medium which felt right, I began focusing primarily on polymer clay in 2001. The feel of the clay, the variety of possible techniques and the sheer fun I am having has only grown since then."

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Crawling Forward to Make-it

The Crawl was a success as usual. Painting are stacked in the studio awaiting pick-up or delivery. I regret that I didn't take pictures while it was on. About 2000 people passed through the gallery and studio over the week-end so I was a little preoccupied.

This week-end I am not selling anywhere but I am getting ready for Make It Vancouver on December the 3rd. No count down for that one, it's way to close as it is.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

And Made it!

Here we are ready for 5:00 PM and Ray has already sold two paintings. ( A couple saw him hanging the show and just could not wait.) The painting hanging above m sculptures was not one of the two. Will it go tonight? I will post again tomorrow. My guess it will last till Friday. Who shops for art Thursday night? A bunch I hope.
 Come and see me for gifts under $20. More tomorrow,

Ray has already made a sale.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

And Still Counting

Cuff links and tie clip sets displayed here in polymer clay art bowls, an odd pairing that will be served up from Thursday to Sunday this week at 884 East Georgia.Thursday and Friday we will be open from 5 PM to 10 PM, Saturday and Sunday the hours are 11 AM to 6 PM.---We are part of the East-side Culture Crawl.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

And Still Counting

Philip Mcdermott one of the other artist at 884 East Georgia. He has the big studio in the middle of the building. He will be participating in the Eastside Culture Crawl also. If you are in the market for something big for that corporate board room or you have a space that is aching for non-objective art Philip is your guy.

Monday, November 16, 2015

And Still Counting

Rays paintings and my sculptures and bowl. Things are shaping up for the Crawl.

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Friday, November 13, 2015

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Lockets Again

Still getting ready. Doing production is my treat now. I am not so happy about doing signage, carding and pricing but it is all part of the game.

I have not discovered why some of my pictures are imported to blogger upside down. Solution - I send them to my blog upside down and then they mysteriously are the right way up for blogger. Probably is something that I am doing wrong but I don't know what it is.

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Bowling with the Stars - Rebecca Watkins

Here is the inside and outside on a charming little bowl that I got in the bowl exchange from Rebeca Watkins. Rebecca is full of great ideas. I enjoy visiting her blog because she makes a point to post when she has something to say. (Lots of my posts are "Hey look at this.") She makes great beads but can hardly keep up with demand on her Etsy site.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Joan Getting Ready

One corner of the room, not even half way there.

Monday, November 9, 2015

Ray Getting Ready

So here we are 10 more days. I am back to the studio this afternoon to continue. My studio partner, Ray Ophoff ,is installing the front gallery on Sunday and a few of his larger paintings are ready and waiting. 

Sunday, November 8, 2015

Little Bitty Lockets

The little lockets at about 3/4 inch (15mm)

Who says that lockets should be all hearts and flowers. I have found that some of the most popular lockets I make are skulls, and bugs and owls. I make pussy cats too but I forgot to include one in this picture. Perhaps and future post will be an all pussy cat edition.

Yesterday most of the time at the studio was spent trying to make not look like my usual messy studio. I am looking forward to spending a little time claying but still there is organizing to be done.


Saturday, November 7, 2015

12 Days and Counting Down

More whistles. Don't know why they loaded upside down.
This is where the fear comes in. Will I have to much product, will I have to little product, what if no one comes, what if every one comes but no one buys and all sorts of other nonsense. But it all boils down to it the Crawl will be over soon enough so just get on with it.

Friday, November 6, 2015

Just Whistles

Whistle pendants

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Flowers of Different Colours

I have been longing to try this. The goal was to produce a number of different colours of flowers in one cane. I really had more pressing things to do but what is the use of being your own boss if you can't slack off and play sometimes? So here goes:

1. I started by setting up the clay for group of Skinner blends. You could do this without the white but I think that it made in easier to line up the colours when I put the final cane together.

2. here is the cane divided into five sections for the five petal of each flower.

3. I have rolled up the clay into five rolls of the same length. I compressed the rolls by pushing the ends but this would not be entirely necessary.

4. I have put a layer of gold clay on the outside of my rolls. This is not necessary but if you do what to wrap the rolls leave a space open so you can match up the colours when you assemble to canes into a flower cane. I have made a center cane that will be the same for all the flowers.

 ( Someone came into the studio at this point and distracted me so I didn't take a picture of assembling the canes into a flower cane. I used translucent clay to fill in the spaces between the petals.)

5.)Here are some of the canes that resulted.

6. I manager to finish one cooked sample of the flower canes on a black back ground.

(Yes I realize that I spelt colour with a "u", but that is just how we do it in Canada.)

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Bowling Star - Gera Scott Chandler

Gera is a Vancouver Island artist best known for her figurines of women and polymer clay defying use of colour. I found this lovely tidal pool bowl among the many wonderful images of her work and wished to place it in my collections of wonderful bowls. You can visit Gera's web site to see the great range of her work.

In her own words - "I capture colour combinations with my camera and fill my pockets with glorious collections of stones and 
inspirational tangles of organic materials that I use to stamp in the clay or weave into my work."

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Bowls 96 - 103

These little bowls were part of my exchange contribution.
Well I guess this takes me to the end of the hundred bowl and then some. This does not mean that I will stop making bowls, just that I will stop counting.

I am thinking of another challenge for 2016.

Monday, November 2, 2015

Beginning of the Creep Toward the Crawl

One of the biggest events for the arts community here on the East Side of Vancouver is the Eastside Culture Crawl. I have taken part in this event for over ten years. At first I did it from my living room/studio and for the last two years from the studio that I share with painter, Ray Ophoff, at 884 East Georgia St. If you happen to be in Vancouver November 19th trough the 22nd, please drop by. If you are not in Vancouver browse through the studios on the Eastside Culture Crawl website. Actually, it is a good idea to look at the website even if you are planning come in person. With over 400 artists represented it is a great tool to prioritize your visits.

Friday, October 30, 2015

Bowling with the Stars - Laurel Swetham

Here is another tiny bowl from the bowl exchange. This one is made by Laurel Swetnam. A visit to her website will many wonderful pieces. I am particularly partial to her necklace that are a exercise in precision and abundance.

In Laurel's words - "Millefiori cane work  appeals to my love of patterns (textiles, quilts, baroque music!) and the chameleon qualities of this material invite explorations into the symmetry and diversity of organic forms like pods, anemones and flowers. Each piece I make is one of a kind.  For me, polymer clay is three-dimensional color."

Thursday, October 29, 2015

GI Monent - Giants Among Us

Today it is raining in Vancouver I am not at the market but I would like to share one of the not so little treasure on the island. Thanks to a set of twins from Brazil, Os Gemeos, the Ocean Concrete plant on the island looks like it ils dressed for Halloween every day.

For more about the sculptures on Granville Island go to www.wide walls.

 I spend much of my time at Granville Island.  I  would like show people what it is like.

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Boo to You

These little lockets are posted on Etsy
These are tiny lockets that I have made into skulls. I am not sure what the attraction is to skulls. I make whistles and zipper pulls and people seem to like them. Me, I'm in it for the money but since I have only posted these four on Etsy, I will not be retiring to my own private island soon.

Monday, October 26, 2015

Bowls 87to 95

No these are not the same bowls that I posted last week.These are some more of the bowls I made for the bowl exchange. I still love blue and white. I could continue making blue and white bowls indefinitely. And At this point it looks like I just might.

Like bowls I show from this exchange, these bowls are only 2 inches (50 mm) across.

Friday, October 23, 2015

Bowling with the Stars - Nan Roche

Nan Roche wrote the book that made me put aside my water colours and acrylics. That made me forsake sewing, grapic design, basket making and what ever other thing that I playied and worked at. I recommend this book to anyone who is interested in working with polymer clay.There is so much about Nan on the net about Nan but I could not find any one place so this is a link to a visual treat, Nan's images.

 I will treasure the little little bowl that I received in a resent exchange. Thanks Nan for everything I learned because you started me on this path.
I have included the scarlet runner beans to show the scale of the  bowls that I collected in a resent bowl exchange. 

Buy this book

Thursday, October 22, 2015

GI Moment - Let the Haunting Begin

As we get closer to Halloween it can get a little scary around Granville Island. Being of timid heart I am not in the market this week but I took these pictures a while ago to show just how scary it can get.

The deer skull is part of JJ Stone's table display. JJ Makes amazing flint nabbed obsidian knives.It is worth a click to visit his site to see the knives up close. N David is the master of paper that turns frightening this time of year. Unfortunately I have no link to the fascinating cards that open to whatever the season suggests..
I spend much of my time at Granville Island.  I  would like show people what it is like.

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Getting Pinned - A Hint for Makers

There is an idea for transporting raw clay items. I often work away from home and have to return with a bunch of raw clay things to cook. I have found that if I support them with pins I have less casualties of transport. When there are bails or cooked clay,  the pins can touch without making marks during cooking but I use addition pieces of card pinned in place when I think the pins might mark my work.

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Bowls 79 to 86

These are some of the bowls I made for the bowl exchange. I love blue and white. I could continue the those and a touch of gold indefinitely.

Like bowls I show from this exchange, these bowls are only 2 inches (50 mm) across.