Wednesday, December 3, 2008
Thursday, November 27, 2008
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
Sunday, November 9, 2008
Friday, November 7, 2008
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
Friday, October 31, 2008
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
Tuesday, October 7, 2008
Monday, October 6, 2008
Friday, October 3, 2008
Wednesday, October 1, 2008
Friday, September 26, 2008
Friday, September 19, 2008
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
My understanding is that Polyform has changed ingredients in its formula. Getting the right consistency has been problematic and and the difficulties have been passed down to artisans using the clay. Over the past year we have endured months of rock hard clay. My supplier included complimentary bottles of Sculpey dilutent but it's messy to use when you work with large batches as I do and the time wasted conditioning the clay is unrecoverable. After the hard clay era we had batches of very soft clay (that i loved) that frustrated caners. The worst of all of this is that you never know what to expect when you place an order. I just emailed my poor supplier who has no control over what Polyform is doing in the factory and explained the situation. I have a show coming up and constant orders- I need to be at work to keep up. Taking extra time for conditioning and dealing with constant cracking affects my business. An art-based business is hard enough without this issue.
If polyform blended the current clay (packaged on July 7, 2008) with one of the soggier batches from earlier in the year they might have a consistency that would please most clayers.
I'm waiting to hear what my supplier suggests- perhaps a swap for 18 lbs of Studio?
PS- my wonderful supplier has requested that Polyform replace the clay by express courier.... my fingers are crossed this will work out....
POST SCRIPT- the hard clay has been replaced with a beautifully malleable batch of PERFECT PREMO!
Friday, September 12, 2008
I forgot the rule "If you toss something- you are guaranteed to need it within a few days" I did a batch of tiles today with a neutral toned organic sort of look. I have in mind to make a wall hanging with them.and I'm mourning the loss of a certain twisty stick that I discarded .... grrrrr
Thursday, September 11, 2008
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
Sunday, September 7, 2008
Friday, September 5, 2008
Presented by Gera Scott Chandler in Victoria, BC- http://www.amusedgallery.com/
In this lively and inspiring beginners workshop Gera will provide an introduction to the basics in polymer clay while showing you how to make beautiful one of a kind gifts for the special people in your life. The class is specifically designed for people who are new to polymer clay. The 5 hour class is project-driven and each participant will learn to use colour blending, backfilling, inclusions and basic millifiori techniques to create one piece of wearable art and two functional items that will be perfect for gift-giving in the upcoming holiday season.
Take your new skills and inspiration home with you and continue
creating special items for all the people on your gifting list.
Gera will also provide tips on packaging and presenting your creations.
$75 includes clay and materials.
A pasta machine is required.. Affordable starter machines are available at Michael’s or check garage sales, eBay or Used Victoria.com for deals on used machines!
The workshop will be held in Victoria BC
There will be a 30 minute break for lunch (not included )
Self-Serve Coffee and Tea will be provided.
Tuesday, September 2, 2008
*Get set for the GIFTS FOR MYSELF AND OTHERS SHOW here in Victoria in November and blog through booth design as I go.
Friday, August 29, 2008
Thursday, August 28, 2008
We started the trip by ferrying from Sidney BC to Anacortes, WA. We stayed in LaConner at the lovely Queen of the Valley Inn http://www.queenofthevalleyinn.com/ ....here's Gen on the porch. Breakfasts at The Queen are out of this world and the hammock under the oak tree is one of Pacific Northwest's "Best Places" .
LaConner has some terrific galleries- my favourite was Earthenworks Gallery it was a treat to see a Laura Balombini piece there! http://www.earthenworksgallery.com/ Two Moons Gallery is also a delight. http://www.twomoonsgallery.com/ ... I'm still lusting over a certain coat I saw there.
We headed south to the Long Beach Penninsula- Long Beach is a kitch-ey beach town and after visiting the over the top Marsh's Museum with "Jake the Alligator Man" we had fun strolling along the misty beach. The beach is open to vehicle traffic which made a morning run in the fog a risky venture. As I ran down the beach I kept thinking that being mowed down by an SUV doing 35 mph in the fog on the beach would be a bizarre way to come to an end.
We stayed for a week in Rockaway Beach in the Cannon Beach/ Tillamook area of the Oregon Coast. Perfect beach house, perfectly mixed weather (storms and sunshine), the perfect beach for running and I even had a shopaholic's fix at the factory outlet in Lincoln City!
Here's the view of Twin Rocks from our beach rental house "Samarkand""
Cannon Beach is a fantastic town for gallery hopping... my favourite galleries there are Dragonfire http://www.dragonfirestudio.com/ and The White Bird. http://www.pacifier.com/~evelyng/ .
One of the highlights of the vacation for me was a horseback ride we had along the beach to Haystack Rock- I had an apaloosa called Navajo- riding along the beach has been a dream of mine and it was unforgettable. I'm still planning to do something horse-y in clay... it's been on the to do list for many years. Here we all are looking a bit like the Cartwright family before David Canary left for Pine Valley. *anyone who understands that is a soul mate ;-) and must make a comment!
After the Oregon coast we headed north towards home but stopped for a while up in northern Washington in the Sequim area. Port Townsend is another gallery hotspot- Earthenworks is there and there was another Laura B piece to enjoy! I was also really impressed with work in Gallery 9 http://www.gallery-9.com/Artists-Art.html As a tile maker and lover of ravens I like Sara Fitch's work- http://www.rollingravenstudio.com/ I treated myself to one of her raven tiles!
Through the trip we watched the Olympics and it was the only time I was homesick for Canadian television which is odd as good friends know I'm a CNN junkie. I'm afraid NBC's Olympic coverage is not as good as the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation - someone needs to inform NBC that "LIVE" on the screen does not mean live 3 hours ago (do they think west coasters don't have access to the internet?) and that there are other countries in the Olympics besides the USA- Washingtonians had CBC on in the pubs and told us that they enjoy seeing coverage that includes the victories of other countries and the accompanying variety of events. I like watching athletes from other countries stand on the podium and hearing their anthems... maybe it's because Canada doesn't sweep dozens of medals that lets our network present a wider range of events. I hope CTV, the Canadian network that will cover the 2010 Winter Olympic from Vancouver and Whistler will model the classy coverage on the CBC and not the jingoistic & time confused NBC.
Enough grumpiness- we LOVED watching the Democratic Convention! We also had fun listening to political talk radio- my 16 year old son was in hysterics listening to the conservatives- he has a Canadian's sense of humour and thought they were being satiric.
More tomorrow...I'll blog about some of the artists who have inspired me and some ideas I want to work on.....
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
As always, the Bowker Creek Brush Up was a great success- big crowds- great conversations and wonderful art! I'll be blogging about some of the people I met at the show in upcoming weeks.
Saturday, August 9, 2008
Wednesday, July 30, 2008
Thursday, July 24, 2008
Saturday, July 12, 2008
Sunday, July 6, 2008
Saturday, July 5, 2008
If you love exploring gardens you may enjoy visiting my friend Roberta Palmer's Garden Blog. She's a wonderful polymer clay artist and designer and obviously a talented photographer too! She lives on beautiful Prince Edward Island. Her work is for sale in galleries across Canada. Visit her Garden Blog at http://wwwinthegarden.blogspot.com/den.blogspot.com/ and her Polymer Clay website at http://www3.pei.sympatico.ca/palmers/
Here are some of Roberta's sculptures...