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.
Thursday, August 21, 2014
Tuesday, August 19, 2014
You can see more of Natalia's work on her website (click HERE).
Saturday, August 16, 2014
Thursday, August 14, 2014
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.
Monday, August 11, 2014
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.
Friday, August 8, 2014
All Photos From Donna Kato
Tuesday, August 5, 2014
HERE). I've played around with it for years, but not to the extent I am now. When I get back from Clay Carnival, I'm ordering more beads. I do want to give these a try to see how they work out. If the samples work out, I will post the patterns.
Saturday, August 2, 2014
Thursday, July 31, 2014
Tuesday, July 29, 2014
Judy Belcher purchased one of my Inchie necklaces. Polymer clay artist, Lynne Schmitt took a photo and recently sent it to me. I'm thrilled to have it, thank you Lynne.
Some of the new inchies for 2014 was Minion from Despicable Me, Sponge Bob, Zombie Pumpkin and Crazy Haired Zombies. I hope people will like them. I really had fun making them.
Each inchie was bagged with one of my cards in a zip lock bag.