Friday, March 21, 2014

Silk Screening on Polymer Clay Workshop

I'm really excited about a workshop I'm signed up for this summer.  It will be all about silkscreening on polymer clay which is a technique I've been interested in for a long time.  The teacher is Karen Woods and she is quite talented in a variety of media.  The information follows:

Karen Woods

So excited to be teaching silk screening on polymer clay this summer at theTouchstone Center for Crafts July 27-Aug.2! If you are within driving distance of southern Pennsylvania, (or fly into Pittsburgh!) come join us! Learn to design screens, make them, and use them in so many ways, not just on polymer!

Sign up by May 1 for a 25% earlybird discount!

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Back in the studio

At long last I am back in the studio making inventory for my next show.  I will be at the Toronto Knitter's Frolic on April 26, so I am busy making shawl pins and scarf clips.  My latest designs are of scarf clips using a spring-type clip purchased from Shades of Clay.  A big thank you to Carolyn Good of 2GoodClaymates for her free tutorial on how to attach the clips to polymer clay.

Thursday, January 23, 2014

It's been a long time

A lot has happened since I last posted.  My speech to the Kitchener-Waterloo Knitters' Guild went well but then two days later I got a call in the middle of the night telling me that my father had passed away.  He was 94 and in the hospital for a minor infection, but otherwise healthy, so it was quite a shock.  He outlived all his friends and family except for his kids, so there was no funeral or service of any kind.  I finished up a couple of craft shows in late October and early November and then drove down to Florida to wrap up his affairs.

Since then I have been taking a vacation from jewelry making and instead focussed, pun intended, on a couple of photography projects.  I edited and optimized my digital photos from trips to the Thelon region of the Northwest Territories of Canada and also from a trip to see the mountain gorillas of Rwanda and produced two hardbound books of my photos using a print-on-demand service called Blurb.  You lay out your book and then upload it to Blurb and they print and bind it and mail it to you.  Very cool.

You can actually look at my books online.  I had no intention of trying to sell them, but I discovered that Blurb automatically puts them online with the price to produce them, so I'm using it just as a feature to share the books with friends.  If you go to this link, click on the book and then click on the full screen icon (the little box with outward pointing arrows) and you can page through the book.

For the Rwanda book:

For the Thelon book with photos of musk oxen:

Thanks for looking.

Friday, October 4, 2013

Exciting news

I've been asked to be the featured speaker at the Kitchener-Waterloo (two cities in Ontario) Knitters' Guild on October 8.  This is a huge guild with 180-200 members and as many as 140 people showing up for meetings.  Their theme for the year is Accessories and I will be talking about shawl pins and how to use them.  I've prepared a PowerPoint presentation on the history of shawl pins and then, using my mannequin, I will demonstrate a bunch of different ways to use shawl pins with various types of scarves and shawls.  This should be fun!  Not only are they going to pay me a speaker's fee, but they are going to let me sell my pins after the speech!  Some photos from the PDF I'm going to send folks who sign up for my mailing list:

Friday, August 30, 2013

Clay Carnival, Part 2

Donna Kato's method for making big cabochons with precision lines was very enlightening and the technique will be useful for lots of designs:

and Meisha Barbee's class on mica shift caning was fun.  Everybody made lovely pieces:

Finally, Donna and Leslie Blackford collaborated on a class involving inclusions and carving.  Again, while the instruction was excellent, carving is a technique I'm not likely to use very often.  It takes a lot of practice to do it well.  My minimalist attempt:

All in all, it was a terrific retreat.  Good classes, nice people, and an interesting environment.  Now if that darned slot machine had just paid off.....

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Clay Carnival 2013

I had the good fortune to attend Clay Carnival this year.  Las Vegas was its usual bizarre scene, but we spent most of our time in the classrooms with ladies who were not dressed in "Daisy Dukes," bra tops and high platform shoes.  However, the members of the Rowdy Room did partake of Fat Tuesday's large daiquiris during a couple of classes. 

I had a great time in all of my classes and learned some good things.  We were very lucky to have an all-day class with Diane Keeler, one of the foremost sculptors working in polymer clay.  Despite her excellent instruction, I do not believe I will be taking up sculpting on a regular basis.  Making realistic faces is HARD:

Julie Eakes showed us how to "deal with the hand we're Delft."  Her method for making blue and white canes was easy and fun and produced lovely results.

Judy Belcher showed us how to do "Tatoo Caning".  Here are some sample tiles:

Leslie Blackford taught us something fishy.  We were supposed to cut the fish into thirds and put it back together with a flexible attachment, which I did with the striped fish, but I couldn't bear to cut the red fish.  Now I have to figure out how to wear it even though it is kind of big.

More tomorrow.

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Week 29 Year of Jewelry

Here is another new design for my line of copper shawl pins.  I used wire wrapping to define the shape and it features a large lampwork bead from Laurel Mountain Glass.