Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Happy New Year!

My resolution is obvious- remember to post in my blog!!

This poor little cyber journal has become very quiet over the last months.  A victim of the seductive influence of Facebook. I am going to connect this blog with my Facebook Posts so if you are connected with me though Facebook this location may be redundant.

There has been an inspiring polymer clay chain going on in Facebook -#PolymerArtChallenge  it has been a marvelous opportunity to share and explore the work of many hundreds of artists. It began as an event for PC jewelry makers but has gradually extended to vessel builders and sculptors and on and on.



Friday- January 9-
It's day #1 for me of The Artchain Facebook Art Jewelry Challenge initiated by Donna Greenberg. The rules are simple: post one of your pieces, one per day over 5 days and nominate another artist each day to continue this challenge. Thank you Wanda Shum and Karen Dickey Cowlesfor the nomination.
Today I nominate Claire Maunsell who shares my love of pieces that are somewhat archaelogical.
I am posting Tea By The Sea- 5x7 " polymer clay on canvas- completed several years ago but still one of my favourites.
Saturday, January 10

It's day #2 for me of The Art Chain Facebook Art Jewelry Challenge initiated by Donna Greenberg. The rules are simple: post one of your pieces, one per day over 5 days and nominate another artist each day to continue this challenge. Thank you Wanda Shum and Karen Dickey Cowles for the nomination!
Today I nominate Kirsten Sawatsky, a polymer clay artist from Victoria BC who has an outstanding sculptural flair!
My image for the day is a little family of "Shoreline" Muses made back in 2009. It was fun to "rediscover" these little ladies as I will be using black and white for the first projects I have in my for 2015.
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"‪#‎PolymerArtChallenge‬"



Sunday January 11
It's day #3 for me of The Art Chain Facebook Art Jewelry Challenge initiated by Donna Greenberg. The rules are simple: post one of your pieces, one per day over 5 days and nominate another artist each day to continue this challenge. Thank you Wanda Shum and Karen Dickey Cowles for the nomination!
Today I nominate Deborah Groom, who has a penchant for connecting polymer clay with basket weaving which inspired me to give it a try. Her sculptural work is imaginative and a little bit zany in the best possible ways!
My image for the day is "Casting A Wide Net"- polymer clay and crocheted wire.


Monday  January 12
It's day #4 for me of The Art Chain Facebook Art Jewelry Challenge initiated by Donna Greenberg. The rules are simple: post one of your pieces, one per day over 5 days and nominate another artist each day to continue this challenge. Thank you Wanda Shum and Karen Dickey Cowles for the nomination! 
Today I nominate DDee Wilder, A lovely lady who created astonishing beautiful pieces often incorporating tiny bones and other found materials. Her work is intricate and detailed and a delight to behold. 
My image for the day is a Fishy FuSion Bangle it is coloured with alcohol inks..
"‪#‎PolymerArtChallenge‬"


It's day #5 for me of The Art Chain Facebook Art Jewelry Challenge initiated by Donna Greenberg. The rules are simple: post one of your pieces, one per day over 5 days and nominate another artist each day to continue this challenge. Thank you Wanda Shum and Karen Dickey Cowles for the nomination! 
Today I nominate Amy A. Crawley. Her Spirit Messengers speak to my Muses. 
My image for the day is Te'Skai. she is 20" tall and made of alchohol inked polymer clay and woven kelp.
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‪#‎PolymerArtChallenge‬


Thursday, October 2, 2014

The VaCLAYtion!

I am home again after a VaCLAYtion at Dorothy's Lodge in Chaffey's Locks in Ontario. It was an outstanding experience hosted by Georgia Ferrell of Artemesia Gallery. The venue was lovely with attendees housed in cabins or bedrooms in the main building and annex. We had a dock with access to a kayak and a canoe and a huge firepit for evening fires and conversation. The autumn leaves were putting on a show and there were photo ops in every direction.





Pat prepared wonderful meals for us while braving wicked heat in unseasonably warm weather.


We clayed for three days. 
On Day 1 we made name tags and gave the newbies a chance to get some polymer clay basics. 


We had two work areas- The main room was noisy and laughter echoed constantly. 



The second work area was in a sun porch and was whispery and contemplative.The Zen Zone.



 I taught my Two Day On The Wall Workshop
On Day Two I taught my clay on canvas with crackle technique...
.Day 2 was an introduction to alcohol inks on clay on canvas.

The completed Crackle Canvases. I hope to share detailed  images in Facebook
as each participant makes their photos available. (hint hint)
Jill's maple leaf crackle project reflected the beauty of an Ontario Autumn
Natalie had never worked with clay before the workshop... it is hard to tell. 
Deb travelled from Wisconson to treat us to her Texas drawl and
whimsical take on a Dr Suess inspired landscappe.
Mmmm Hmmmm.
My daughter Gen joined me on the trip and she worked on her illustrations
while the clayers did their thing. It was lovely to have her along.

 
Alana designed her projects on her iPad then translated the image into 3D with clay. 
Moyra "in the zone"
Line was inspired by a picture in her cabin and worked on figurative themes
Carol's work integrates a delicate composition with a delicious palette.
It was inspirational to watch Cathy work.
   

Carolyn's Colour Sense is exquisite

Moyra's House

Susan's Jellyfish

Isabel's Cardinal in the Snowy Birches 
We celebrated each wonderful day around the fire... hope to meet again next year!

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

A Sales Page!

In response to some very kind email requests I have finally set up an Online Gallery Shop. I will be adding Muses and Vessels this week.
Twiggie Muses

Monday, August 11, 2014

Flowers and Fruit

Some recent pieces featuring Flowers and Fruit!
Poppies in a Purple Vase  approx 8x18 inches $250

Just Apples and Oranges 10x12 inches $200


The Green Vase 9x12 inches $300

The Red Vase- approx. 10x12 inches  $300

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Demo at South Shore Gallery in Sooke!



I will be doing a demo at South Shore Gallery in Sooke from 11:30 am until approximately 4 pm this Saturday- August 2, 2014. I will be working on my new Segmented Vessels and Bowls. Hope some of you are able to drop over and say hello!

Monday, July 21, 2014

Vessel Building continued...

Here is the latest vessel- it includes some weaving with clay.the piece is 7x4 inches and is coloured with inks.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Returning to Inks and Organics

A few days ago I saw the amazing "holey" bowls that Donna Greenberg is making. It was an epiphany moment... I got the inks out again and made this petite prototype. It is 2.5x4 inches. I also spent some reintroducing myself to my Twiggy Muses with a new hanging structure. These ladies are 4x7 inches. It is always good to switch things up every now and then!
I will be doing a demo at South Shore Gallery on August 2nd and I'll be making Muses & bowls.


Monday, June 16, 2014

Keeping Up

Sorry that posts on this blog are somewhat intermittent....more should be coming up soon with some more work that is underway - I do have an aMused Studio Facebook Page here

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Ending the Mystery--- Koi and Red Lotus




The Red Art Gallery Mystery Show has wrapped up... I was able to go to the Artists' Reception and the artwork on display was stunning. I felt very proud to have been included in the selection! Here is Koi and Red Lotus- my mystery submission!