Thursday, October 12, 2017

Just Another Link in the Chain

This chain in about three and half feet long, just over a meter.
I think that I have got the chain making bug. I am not really trying to make my polymer clay but it does when lapis beads, brass wire and chain are included. The beads are 4mm and 6mm so you can see that the polymer clay links are not very big. I have make chunkier chain in the past but I like this more.

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Cut to Length

Butterfly pendant with carnelian beads.
I have a started experimenting with chain and semiprecious beads to set of my polymer clay work. I like the look of beads spaced out with chain.

I was having trouble cutting fine chain to bits of exactly the same length but I came up with this solution. If the chain is suspended from a wire or rod it is easy to see just where to cut. I might even try to cut more than one strand at the same time.

This works for me but if there is a better way I would like to trying it. Any suggestions?

Friday, September 29, 2017

Stamp, Stamp, Stamp

From the department of stamps
New Stamps.
Botanical Fantasy because I like  plants an mirrored images.
Circle Game because I like circles and Celtic things.
Griffin and Friends because who doesn't like griffins, feathers and scales.

I designed these stamps early in the year but never got them published to Etsy. I have been using them in my studio and I will publish some of the results - no promises when but I hope to get more reliable at posting.

Thursday, September 28, 2017

PC Pop Beads

Here is a way to make beads that connect.

All you have to do is form your beads over a short section of ball chain and use connectors to put together bead that could come from far and wide. All these beads were made by me but I think that this could be a fun thing for and exchange or such.

A couple of days ago fellow clay artist Nancy Nearing visited my studio and is going to give it a try. I am looking forward to see what she comes up with.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

GI Moment - Sophia Clay Art

Sophia's wonderful pottery and some of my recent whistles.
It has been a while since I have posted anything about Granville Island Public Market but I think that it is about time to start again.

The market supports a wonderful and somewhat unlikely group of artisans. From obsidian knives to baby hats we are together in the market to sell our wears and often to exchange ideas is even unconsciously.

This week my table is across from Sophia. Her pottery is a story of paper birch. So much can be done with shape and size.  I was told by a teacher years ago that a limitation is a gift. Sophia has used this gift to create pottery that is both fun and meditative. Somehow what I make often reflects those who are around me. This seems to have happen with a recent batch of whistles.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

With a Little Help From My Friends

This last year I have allowed production and other external forces to impinge on my creativity. Not that necessity can not drive creativity. I have learned a lot from being pushed to produce things for the market, but that can be a trap.
Sometimes you need a little help from your friends to get you back on a better creative track. Thank you friends for giving me the push I needed to stand back and look at my work, to be inspired by your art and to be encouraged, supported and grounded. Now to grab onto that energy and fly.

Friday, June 30, 2017

Daisy Pot

This pot is about 4 inches across and 2.5 inches tall.
This little pot/box was made the other day to replace a couple that sold. I feel a little guilty this time of year making anything that isn't selling out on my table. I know that is totaly silly but the summer is the time that most of the craft people on Granville make most of their income for the year. So business rules. It also leaves very little time for anything l like blogging so I dashed this off so at least there will be one post in June.

 I have an hour walk to Granville island in the morning and I think of so many things that I would like to write a blog about, but by the time I get home in the evening the animal needs take over and it is supper, prep for tomorrow  and watch Netflix for a bit before going crashing.