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.


  1. Aloha Cynthia,

    Wasn't the Clay Carnival a really great event!?! I think the Rowdy room needs to change its name - it was a Great room with so many wonderful clayers.

    Hope to see you next year, didn't know that you are such a great photographer. Love your pics!

    Sarah aka Honolulu Aunty (in the Zen room)

  2. Wow you made some nice pieces from the Carnival. I feel the same as you about sculpting -- especially people. I think you have to have the "gift" and "love" for it to be able to sculpt people. I love the fish you made -- very cool! Would you hang it lengthwise I imagine? It could be a real conversation item as a pendant.

    I sure wish I could have gone but there is always next year (I keep telling myself). Glad you had a good time.

  3. Clay Carnival was a blast! I only wish I could have gotten to see what everyone else did. I was so caught up in my zen room I forget to check out the others! Thanks for sharing your work.