Since I had all the notes and doodles in my files I figured I’d put this up – I have photos to edit, somewhere, but here’s the start:
It made the little splat styled flags here. They’ll turn out much better if you’re more careful about trimming and packing the white in than I was.
I’m sure I can’t be the only intensely crafty person who has a dozen projects on the go, all at various stages. In 2 or 3 mediums. I usually try to limit it to 4 or 5 at a time so that they have a chance of getting finished instead of just multiplying and shoving into stacks. The summer is a bad time for this though since it’s when I have time to do experimenting and prototyping.
I’m working on making small pins with caned elements. The owl is one type, using mostly caned elements and a little antiquing. The sculptural flowers are another. And I’m starting on the Christmas ornaments. I’ve been making glass ball ornaments for years and little sculpted animal ones for a couple. I’m taking a page out of the books of other talented clayers and combining the efforts. The little turquoise bird is the first bird and still needs a few painted details.
When my guy came by the table with the ornaments he stopped and asked me if I knew what month it was. Had to explain I wasn’t going to want to be experimenting with new techniques in September… I’d want them to be selling. So goofing off now.
And there are, of course, a steady stream of beads and canes coming out of the workshop. Some normality exists in my universe!
When I do shows I often get asked or told my work must be pottery. And I have to explain that no, it’s polymer or plastic clay. Once it cures it’s plastic. Lightweight, brightly coloured awesomeness. When I attempted to jury in for the craft council, I was juried partially by potters. Finally, I decided I had to give the pottery a try and I enrolled in a wheel throwing class at the local art gallery.
I also dragged my kiddo along. Together we made our fair share of little crooked dishes, bowls and pots. The edges are thick, the bottoms are a mess and so solid they could double as weapons. I love them to bits.
Ornamentation is completely different with this stuff. The process is not nearly as instant gratification as polymer clay is. We worked with medium fire clays and a limited palette of glazes. Embellishments were simple.
I can now honestly say that this stuff, at least the way we did it, is precious little like polymer. I bought a few more boxes of clay to play with and I will hopefully crank out a few other pieces this summer as I go along with my first love. I hope to use a few of the tools I have from my polymer addiction to good effect with the clay. Pottery was so much fun just because it’s so different. If you get the chance I’d recommend giving it a shot.