Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Week 30 – Moku Leaves

Week 30 – Moku Leaves
This Weekend is the Filberg Festival, my biggest market of the summer. There is a certain air of agitation that takes over, and broken glasses or “necessities” being out of stock that would tip me over the edge until I think of how soft we have it in Canada. That doesn’t mean that I am not going to scream and run around like a squirrel.

Strictly speaking these buttons were made last year, but what would life be if we can’t put a few nuts away for the days when we really need them.

For these buttons I have cut out a leaf in a sheet of thin clay. Once it was cooked I used it to make impressions into a mokumegane layer. When I cut back the surface the leaves took on new character.

If you are on Vancouver Island drop by Comox and see me a the Filberg Festival, space #16. I will be sharing with painter, Jennifer Harwood.

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Week 29 – Old Owl

I was making owl necklaces and earrings for the Craft House on Granville Island and I thougth – Why not owl buttons. This spawned new earrings and pendants but they will have to wait. I am still not ready for the Ladner Village Market tomorrow so this will be a short entry.

The owl buttons a all hand sculpted but I guess I could make a mold – but it is to much fun watch and each owl emerges from the clay.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Week 28 - Harlequin Star Revisited

I was playing around with scraps left from the Harlequin Star buttons and I came up with some thing that I like better. By expanding the original veneer by adding sheets of clay on the back and running them through the pasta machine, I made the slices of the veneer thinner. The thinner veneer of tinted translucent shows the colours much better. Might be and idea to try this with brighter colours – so many ideas, so little time.

Week 28 - Harlequin Star - Mark 2 

I admire the loyalty of shoppers that come out in the rain to farmers market. Last week end it poured all day the Westend Farmers Market in Vancouver but still they came. Some of the produce venders sold out. Wonder of wonder, I did okay too.

Westend Farmers Market at Mole Hill Community Vancouver

A quieter moment between rain drops

My neighbours for this market was Celyddon Farms. Nice people who had me paint a cotton banner for them a few years ago. Still looks okay. I may be doing something new for them in the spring.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

One Little Adventure in Few Words

I take some work where ever I go. When Sophie and I went to the UBC Dairy Centre in Agassiz . I sent up a little studio space at a shady picnic table.

It is hard to imagine that many mosquitoes at mid day but there they were ready for lunch. I was lunch. Nothing can stop me.  I worked on while Sophie toured the farm and sat in on a lecture.

It is a beautiful setting and I collected many tree photos that I will use as inspiration. I also collected mosquito bites.

We stopped at Farm House Cheeses on the way home. Farm House Cheese is my neighhbour at Ladner Village Market this year. That it where the car started to act "funny".

I had never ridden one of those big flat bed trucks that are used to haul cars when the distance is too far for a regular tow truck. It was kind of neat but not the kind of adventure that I need to repeat.

My out door studio spaces at high noon.

Tools at the ready.

The beauty before the break down.
Our car taking a ride.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Week 28 - Harlequin Star

"The busier I am, the behinder I get." to quote my late mother. When life gets interesting my blog gets even more boring.

I find these buttons a little boring, but technically kinda neat. Translucent cane work over white. To get the subtle colour I have added less then the thought of translucent colour to translucent clay.

And off I go again.

Monday, July 4, 2011

Week 27 – Rainbow Nautilus

This is and oldy but a goody. I have been making these buttons for a couple of years but that is not reason that I can’t include them here. They are make from a simple translucent cane. The shape is simple but getting everything just right is a bit difficult. If there is any secret, it is just how little translucent colour it takes to make a rainbow, and of course all the little things that make this cane a challenge.

This time of year is always a busy blur. Two markets this weekend. I will be ready!

Week 27 – Rainbow Nautilus