Thursday, November 28, 2013

Getting Out of Hand

I am of to Victoria this morning to set up for the Out of Hand craft fair at the Crystal Gardens in Victoria. If you are in the area drop by and say hello. "No time to say hello, good bye - I 'm late, I'm late..."

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Michelle Rocks PC

One of my favourite things to do is to work cooperatively with another artist to create some thing new. That is what happened here. Michelle Vulama paints rocks. I  mentioned her in the blog back in May when we were in the same pod at Granville Island Market. One day I tossed a polymer clay rock I made to Michelle saying that she might like to paint it. Well Michelle has delivered. On the last day of the Culture Crawl she visited my studio with these two little treasures. Michelle's work is so detailed and three dimensional that photos really do not do it justice. I am honoured to have provided an alternative canvas for her work. If you are in Vancouver check her website for her market dates and come and see the real thing at Granville Island Market.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Thank You All for the Crawl

 A terrific event at your our new studio space. Thank to all that came. ( well over 2,500 )

Now we start getting ready for 2014.


Thursday, November 14, 2013

Set up for Tomorrow Night

We are all set up for tomorrow night. Seeing my paintings up on the wall makes me want to do some paintings again. It will have to wait for the new year. Now we will wait for the visitors and hope that it doesn't rain too much.
Ray outside the studio and a few of the pictures within.



Friday, November 8, 2013

Walk the Crawl

I am dividing my time between working at my table in Granville Island Public Market and setting up for the Eastside Culture Crawl. The Culture Crawl is a bid deal in this neck of the wood. About 400 artist are participating and some of the building are large with a dazzling array of work. The Crawl area is also dotted with many smaller studios with many wonders of their own. I am hoping that you will give the smaller studios a visit this year. Especially come and see us at:

884 East Georgia ( near the corner of Geogia and Campbell streets.) 

The Crawl hours are :  
Friday,  November 15  - 5:00 - 10:00 pm
Saturday & Sunday November 16 & 17 11:00 am - 6:00 pm

We are also participating in Preview Night 
Thursday night between 6:30 and 9:30

 Please come and see my work and that of my studio mates.

Ray Ophoff  , Philip Mcdermott and  Gailan Ngan


Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Not in the Circle this Time Round

Earrings, whistle and pendents almost finished.
For the first time in the last couple of years I have decided not to participated in the big Circle Craft Show at the Vancouver Convention Centre. Instead I will be spending next the rest of this week and much of December at Granville Island. Not charge to get in, I am happy to be able to work during the quiet moments and great company. For any regular customer at Circle Craft I hope they find time to drop by the Island during the holiday season.

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

PC Cleaning Cloth

I am sure that most people who do polymer clay know this trick but I include it in case there are beginners that haven't stumbled on it yet. It is sort of an extension of the previous Tidy Clay post, I find that the handiest and most effective way to clay up polymer clay bits is with a sheet of conditioned scrap clay. You just press the sheet in to the stay bits and instead of throwing away a cleaning cloth you just run the mess through the paste machine and it is ready to go again. Of course that the scrap is always good for bead cores and a dozen other used, so with polymer clay there really isn't thing as truly scrap clay unless it has hardened beyond redemption.

If your clay is almost beyond redemption you can take a look at this old post.

Saturday, November 2, 2013

The Delights of a Vancouver November

Our street today. Real Vancouver rain and the heart of a Taiwanese style cabbage.

Friday, November 1, 2013

Tidy Clay

The clay that you see my son conditioning here is anything but tidy. It is the kind of clay that you mix with softer clay. The kind of clay that crumbles like like stale cake on a bad day. One of the ways we have found  to keep things at least a bit little tidier is to make a sheet of clay that has been partially or completely conditioned and spread it under the rollers of the pasta machine to pick up the crumbles. The crumbles can be folded into the conditioned sheet under the blades and conditioned further. Not ideal but it works. Ideal is to have someone else condition the nasty clay
 Thanks Max.