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.