Sharing a passion for color since 2006
Rose Collar at EuroSynergyInternational Polymer Clay Association Conference PRE-Conference Workshop on Monday, April 28th Full Day | $150 (USD) Includes all clay and materials Registration Link: Details at VIA Artistica!
Maggie Maggio and Lindly Haunani's "must have" color reference book. Random House, 2009 Order yours now.
Masters: Polymer Clay
Lark Press, 2011 Order yours now.
Terra Nova: Polymer at the Crossroads
Racine Art Museum, 2011 Available only through the Museum Store.
Most of my new work has names that I easily associate with the piece. For example, every time I show someone the photo on the left, they say it reminds them of octupuses so I called it “Octopi” – one of the three plural forms of octopus.
The other day a friend asked about one of my pieces by using the title I gave it on my website and – oops – I had trouble remembering which one of a half dozen possible pieces it might be. Clearly I did not put enough thought into coming up with a suitable, and memorable (at least for me) name for that specific piece.
Thankfully, James Gurney just completed a series of three posts on his blog about the importance of titles. He is talking about paintings but his tips are spot on for any artist. I especially took to heart his suggestion “Make sure you recognize the piece from the title.”
Gurney’s post was especially timely since I just added three new pieces to my website and have yet to name them. I briefly considered naming them “Twist 2,” “Torque 3″ and “Wrap 4″ but that would be such a cop out!
I will come up with titles soon. But I need to put some thought into it!
James Gurney’s Titles for Paintings, Part 3
On this shortest day of the year 2012, I celebrate the return of the light, and reflect on the interconnections that tie us all together. Its deeply comforting in these dark days to know that many of my treasured Christmas traditions are rewoven rites from the Roman Saturnalia, the Northern European Yule, and the Celtic solstice.
We are connected through time to ancient ceremonies that speak to the universal desire for fertility and health in the coming year. The days when the sun is furthest from the earth are filled with light, gift giving, and decorating with greens.
No matter what your traditions are this time of year – I wish you peace, joy and light.
As soon as Synergy III ends on March 17th, I will be flying off to southern France for a wonderful four day polymer event hosted by Kylee Milner and her husband, Andy. I will be teaching a workshop on Dynamic Color: Combining Instinct with Intention. Sarah Shriver is teaching her Big Beads workshops and Sandra McCaw will be sharing her Finding Closure class. Imagine the gorgeous necklace you could make after taking all three of these wonderful workshops!!
Polymer Pamper Play is a premier polymer event organized for the past three years by Debbie Carlton and Rebecca Thickbroom at the Cotswold Conference Center near the picturesque town of Broadway, England. I’ve heard wonderful things about PPP every year – everyone always talks about it in superlatives!
I am thrilled and honored to be teaching at the next PPP from April 12 – 14, 2013. My workshop is titled “The Nature of Mark Making: Instinctive Doodling on Polymer Clay.” It combines the basics of the Watercolor Technique with drawing on the baked clay with a micro pen. It will be so much fun!
My fellow instructor will be polymer artist Angela Garrod of Claynine Polymer Designs. Angela will be teaching how to make some of the gorgeous focal beads from her signature Spring is Sprung necklace. I’ve admired Angela’s work for years and look forward seeing her exquisitely designed pieces in person!
In addition to the two polymer workshops, Emma Beane will be presenting “Make it Sparkle” – a photography workshop for artists. I would love to start taking my own photos so I’m excited to learn some of Emma’s tips and tricks.
Pampering is the name of the game for this event. Here’s what Ana Belchi had to say after teaching there last year . . .
“Imagine an event where every student has a desk of 1.50 x 0, 70 m; two huge plasma TVs and a projector, so you can follow all the workshops without losing a single detail. Imagine that there is a room dedicated exclusively to the ovens, with areas to leave the work to be baking, others to collect the cooked. Think of that if you need some materials you can go to the store (which is in another room) to buy what you need.
Imagine that every morning Debbie and Rebecca report all activities that you are going to perform throughout the day; that when you want to take a cup of coffee you just have to approach the bar and there it is. Or that you like to take a typical English tea and cakes, at five in the afternoon you can do it. Or that after dinner you want to continue working… and all this with these views every morning.”
It looks heavenly doesn’t it! Join us!