Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Cat Faces

I guess there is a reason why I don't use a mold. One of the things about making things is the variations that comes from hand modeling. I like to say that you can buy ten of the same item on my table at the market and they will all be a little different.  I delight in my cat figures, to see how much personality I can fit into one little whistle.I think I might start cataloging cat expressions but that might spoil the fun.

Each leaf whistle is also a little different. The colour variation in the larger leaf ones from mokumegane and the smaller ones are millifiori. And again a butterfly.

Saturday, July 30, 2016

Butterflies Again

The summer is one big rush but I still find time to draw in my notebook and follow my latest passion for butterflies. The pink one is an earlier attempt. I am learning.

Sunday, July 17, 2016


One of the great gifts of nature

Monday, June 20, 2016

Butterfly Cold Cuts

I have discovered something about making tiny butterflys with distorting the shape of the wings. I saw Victoria Hughes make lovely little inclusions by cutting simple cooked canes. Something brought to mind again by a friend who uses this technique to make surprisingly real looking miniatures. Finally the light came on. This is the way to keep my smallest butterflies from going wonky.

1. First you make a butterfly. The top and bottom wings are a little different, but I guess you could make them the same.

2. Reduce the cane and cook tiny ones with the wings the right shape ;and in the right position.

3. Cut the cooked canes when they are hot. This makes them much easier to cut. - So I guess these would be hot cuts.

4. You can apply the cooked cane slices to a raw clay back. The wings a rigid but that adds to the realistic look so a butterflies.

5. This one really was a cold cut but when using the butterfly cane at this size it is bit as useful to cook it ahead. In this case the butterfly is part to a whistle.

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Two in the Bush

A Dressy Raven Whistle with Carnelians
The plans was to show off my new two bird whistle but all the pictures uploaded sideways or upside down. I have to be more careful with my phone when I take pictures. The two bird whistle is on my Etsy shop along withe some other new stuff. I am going to try to make at least one post a month and this is my last chance at May. In the future I will try for more intelligent posts. 

Saturday, March 5, 2016

In the Window - Sideways

This is the first Saturday in our now studio and val at Amp Studio in the same building as let us us her window. Door for some reason I can't seem to rotate but I wanted to post to make sure I had something to mark the day.
If you happen to be in the neighbourhood drop by 800 East Georgia.

Sunday, February 28, 2016

Farewell Old Studio

I have spend hours and hours packing up my studio space, my dear studio space, and not it is time for a move to a new space. I will be moving to a new space a couple of blocks away and the old space will be developed into a new work live space for well known Vancouver artist Richard Tetrault and his photographer wife Esther Rausenberg.

The new space has many delights so I can not spend time crying of the loose of the the wonderful studio that I have shared with Ray Opohoff the last three years. Ray and I will be sharing a space it what was Richard Tretaults old studio where we will be joining Lori Sokoluk and Arwen Hunter. The building has a lot of history and once was one of Vancouver's larger bakeries.

More about the new studio to come.