Tuesday, November 8, 2016

"Crab Claw", "Sticks" and So Much More....

Studio day today and I was like a mad woman possessed!! haha what a day - it was incredible - I got so much achieved.

First up I decided to pull apart a couple of pieces I had made and wasn't quite happy with - time for a revamp! I pulled them apart, grabbed out some other components I thought might work, put everything on the table and started...I was in a good headspace to get these done today hahaha.

I have to tell you the story of this one actually.  My son is a fisherman and quite often comes home with all sorts of "oceany goodies".  He went crabbing one day and came home with an enormous crab with gobsmackingly beautiful nippers. Of course they had to be mine!!  I always knew I wanted to incorporate this large nipper into a piece somewhere along the line so today was the day.  It took a while to get the balance right and I pulled it apart quite a few times.  I'm fairly happy with this combination but it may get pulled apart again yet - not sure.  I was happy to be able to use the nipper though.

Next was the Swellegant sticks.  I had a beautiful piece of driftwood hubby had given me that I wanted to incorporate into a piece so thought it may work perfectly with some of the swellegant sticks.  I decided to create some carved cone beads to encase the sticks (never done those before) and was quite happy with the combination.  These two necklaces will be in my collection - I love them both.  Definately my style.

My next job was to create some pieces to use as samples for my upcoming Kato Liquid Clay and Heat Gun Tutorial.  I used lots of different surface treatments here to show how liquid clay will cover them all beautifully.  If you would like to be included in my newsletter contact list to receive special notification of when the tutorial will be available, please let me know.

Next job...I'm a machine today hahaha.
I've been working on lots and lots of veneers lately with a huge range of surface treatments.  I thought it was time to start documenting how I make them.  I have a few process journals in my studio and everything I do gets written down.  That way if I'm revisiting a technique three years down the track I will remember what to do and what "not" to do.  It's a great way of keeping track of everything.

lots of veneers that fill my work space

sample pieces baked and ready to document

and what a great little storage keeper for my veneers.  This is a pastry container I picked up at a fete on the weekend and it's just perfect.

I also played around with a couple more variations on the swellegant veneers and was so happy with these two.  They'll get documented tomorrow now!

And the last thing I did today was unpack and stir (gently) all my new Kato liquid clay colours.  I'm not sure when I'll get a chance to play with these but I'm sooooooooo excited about it.

I sure hope you all had a great day - I certainly did.  See you next Tuesday. xx

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Brisbane Workshops March 2017

Soooooo excited to be going to Brisbane next year.  It'll be a triple whammy for me.  Not only will I get to meet some awesome clayers I've only ever chatted to online, I'll also get to catch up with a couple of old friends (no they're not old, I've just known them for a while)  PLUS I get to see my gorgeous son who is now living in Brisbane.

So today's studio day I actually decided to sort out the workshop content for Brissy.  It can be a lengthy process actually by the time you sort out what the project will be, experiment so you know it's going to work, create samples, create advertising flyer, tools and materials list, student notes and my notes - phew - it can take a while that's for sure so it's been a full on day.

Let's just hope everyone is happy with what I've got planned.
I can tell you the workshops are going to be held on Sunday 12 and Monday 13 March, 2017. More info to come out soon.

Here's just a few sneak peak pics.  This is the first day - Bootylishus Beads!!

This is the second workshop planned for Monday 13 March.  Pebeo and Polymer - I looooooove this class and absolutely love everything you can do with this paint.  This one is so much fun that's for sure.

 I thought I would just share these as well as I finally got around to taking some pics of these ones.  Swellegant sticks - these will be included in the new tutorial (which I have to get sorted very very soon!!)