Monday, September 1, 2014

Translucent Flower Necklace

 I made these flowers using Pardo Translucent clay colored with pastel chalks.  After baking and cooling, I painted the centers with blended alcohol inks.  I used headpins to thread through the center bead and form a loop for the jump ring.  I left a long length on the headpin for the tiny flowers so they would peek out between the flowers.  They are strung on a simple cable.

Sunday, August 31, 2014

LAST DAY FOR EARLY BIRD SPECIAL!

POLYMER CLAY ADVENTURE - YEAR LONG VIRTUAL RETREAT.  Lots of extras, Classes 2X a MONTH, weekly inspiration, classes you keep!
Classes:
Karen Lewis aka KLEW - bead shapes and designs 
Syndee Holt - multiple bracelet technique
Christi Friesen - walking pod sculptural vase
Barbara McGuire - faux stone and face pendant
Laurie Mika - mixed media mosaic house
Sarajane Helm - ball jointed doll
Ilysa Ginsburg - decorated display stand
Kira Slye - polymer vase and flowers
Chris Kapono - suncatcher tiles
Katie Oskin - woodland critter sculpture
Layl McDill - cat cane
Anke Humpert - translucent jewelry
Lisa Renner - bathing beauty figural sculpture
Tammy Durham - illustrated greeting cards
Tristina Elmes - sculptural fine art with clay and paint
Teresa Salgado aka PANDORA - caning
Marlene Brady - sculptural beads
Linda Hess - votives and vases
Wendy Orlowski - cabezel jewelry
Suzanne Ivester - painting with polymer
Jennifer Morris - embroidery technique
Cat Therien aka CAT - flower cane

Friday, August 29, 2014

Hot Pink Interlocking Circles

I love the workshops taught at Clay Carnival and the fun of discovering new products.  While at Clay Carnival, I had the opportunity to purchase some of the brand NEW Kato Flourescent Pink to use to make my Interlocking Circle Cane taught by Sarah Shriver.  Thank goodness for my table mate, Becky Acosta of Bliss Point Creations.  She helped me literally turn things around.  I have taken several of Sarah Shriver's workshops and want to take another.  I am in awe of her talent and art.
Above left is the cane I made in Sarah's workshop.  After I reduced it, I cut some cane slices to cover my drawer pull burnisher, made two interchangeable tops for the "Snap" ring and a couple pair of earrings.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

POLYMER CLAY ADVENTURE RETREAT

Announcing the first ever all inclusive virtual polymer clay and mixed media retreat!
Right Now -  $80 - the lowest price it will ever be.
Sept.  1 - 10   - $__
Sept. 11 - 20  - $__
Sept. 21         - $99
Polymer Clay Adventure Virtual Retreat is a Celebration of Art for polymer clay and mixed media enthusiasts at all skill levels.  It’s about connection, community, and honoring the creativity in all of us.  It’s designed for people who love to create and meet kindred spirits, and want to immerse themselves in unlimited learning  without breaking the bank.  [Partial excerpt from Polymer Clay Adventure]
The Virtual Retreat is open for registration NOW and officially kicks off January 1, 2015.
Interested?  Wanting to know how to sign up?
Read more on  POLYMER CLAY ADVENTURE
Hosts:  Ilysa Ginsburg and Kira Slye

Classes:
Syndee Holt - multiple bracelet technique
Christi Friesen - walking pod sculptural vase
Barbara McGuire - faux stone and face pendant
Laurie Mika - mixed media mosaic house
Sarajane Helm - ball jointed doll
Ilysa Ginsburg - decorated display stand
Kira Slye - polymer vase and flowers
Chris Kapono - suncatcher tiles
Katie Oskin - woodland critter sculpture
Layl McDill - cat cane
Anke Humpert - translucent jewelry
Lisa Renner - bathing beauty figural sculpture
Tammy Durham - illustrated greeting cards
Karen Lewis aka KLEW - bead shapes and designs
Tristina Elmes - sculptural fine art with clay and paint
Teresa Salgado aka PANDORA - caning
Marlene Brady - sculptural beads
Linda Hess - votives and vases
Wendy Orlowski - cabezel jewelry
Suzanne Ivester - painting with polymer
Jennifer Morris - embroidery technique
Cat Therien aka CAT - flower cane
PLUS two BONUS lessons designed to kick off the event and close it with a bang....

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Haunani Gane'

I finished the framed cross (in the middle) in Lindly Haunani's Clay Carnival workshop.  I loved the vibrant colors and wanted a bigger piece.  When I got home, I used the scraps from class to finish covering the 6"X6" wrapped 2" deep canvas.  It can be wall hung, easel set or stand on its own.

Most of all, I love how the light shines through the translucent clay.   When time allows, I will be trying the Haunani Gane' again.  Lindly is a wonderful teacher with a unique sense of humor.  You can find Lindly's work and class information on her website LindlyHaunani.com and her Facebook Page.  Lindly also has a Pinterest board and a great blog.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Kato Style

I had a great time in Donna Kato's Clay Carnival workshop in Vegas.  I finished the workshop pin in the background and then came home and made a pendant with carving (in the foreground).   I'm barely home and I can't wait to go back next August.
You can sign up to receive Donna's Prairie Craft Newsletter where you will receive the latest info on new products and receive CraftArtEdu coupons.  You can see more of Donna's work and learn more about KatoPolyClay on her website and to keep up with the latest, check out her Facebook page.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Pollen Inspired Beads

"Under the Microscope" was the name of Natalia Garcia de Leaniz Clay Carnival Workshop in Las Vegas.  It was extremely satisfying to experiment while building my beads (above).  Natalia is inspired by pollen photographed while under the microscope.   Just so interesting to me how artists get inspired and then translate/interpret it into a piece of art.  Pollen.
You can see more of Natalia's work on her website (click HERE).

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Peraud Inspired Pendant

 Inspired by Sylvie Peraud's pendant, I created my carved version.  The act of carving is very meditative.  This piece has inspired another to be posted later.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Sylvie Peraud's Workshop

I made the above pendant in Sylvie Peraud's workshop at Clay Carnival.  I made two, but finished the second one at home which will be posted in a couple of days.  It was a very creative environment and easy to put myself into my work.  I put my own spin on the second one.  I loved learning all the new techniques and getting tips from the instructors.  For me, the value in taking workshops like these offered at Clay Carnival is seeing how an instructor thinks, processes their ideas, corrects mistakes, discovers something new in the process of teaching, shares something spontaneously; I love being part of that.
You can see more of Sylvie's work on her website (click HERE), or on her Flickr site (click HERE).

Monday, August 11, 2014

Magic

When I was little, about 7 years old, I garbage picked looking for toys.  We lived with my maternal grandmother in a house on the corner of an alley.  I never really found much.  Then, one day, I opened the lid of a garbage can two houses from ours and found a brand new box of magic tricks.  It was like Christmas.  I’ll never forget it.  From time to time, there were more new toys and I always had the same reaction--eyes wide, mouth open; pure wonder.  It was years later I found out that Mr. and Mrs. Hall did not have children.  The new toys were for me.

I googled 1954 toys, newspapers and toy ads, reduced them to fit my matchbook and garbage can.  I googled 1954 playing cards, reduced them to fit inside her pockets, on her hair and in the box of magic tricks.  I sculpted the figure, rabbit in the hat and the garbage can from polymer clay.  Her eyes are beads and she wears glued on doll hair.
I loved Leslie Blackford's sculpting workshop at Clay Carnival.  I learned a lot, laughed a lot and "remembered" a lot.  And that's how my rabbit in the hat, my "something personal" fit into my sculpture.  Click HERE for Leslie's workshop description.