Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Still Working Mixed

I love glass.  I love clay.  I guess I'm just a mixed media kind of person.   To add to the "look" of the clay I've been adding more and more homemade polymer clay stamps.  Nothing crazy just some patterns I can use.  You see the results on a few of them in this plate of new goodies.  The round beads were made of twisted ropes of red and white earthenware clay.  I hope the difference in color pops once they are glazed.  Some of the old plates full have already made it to being bisque and the horned vessel it currently sitting in plastic wrap with a damp sponge waiting for me to be inspired enough to finish it off.  Maybe tonight I can work on the stopper or top and see if there are any more textures I'd like to put on it before it gets dried to go in the kiln.

Then there are glass sets I've been putting together for a show in October.  Little by little the pile grows - discs, mermaids, hearts and two Buddha bundles. 

Peace, Love and Happiness!
and make lots of art too.

Friday, July 11, 2014

OMG, I'm a GEEK!

I'd of never thunk it!  But then I looked at the facts.

1. I love the Syfy Channel

I never was a Trekkie but when they started get smarter, scarier (Alien), and CGI entered the picture I caved BIG.   Although Sharknado doesn't do it for me there seems to be a gazillion shows that do.  To be fair I probably come by this naturally.  My father could not get my mother to go to "scary movies" when I was a kid and I was tapped to be his "plus one".  I got popcorn, pop, and nightmares!  LOL - We weren't as smart about kids imaginations as we are now.  I even worked at a theatre as a teenager.

2. Super Hero's are the BOMB!

Really Sharon?  Really? - Yup, love them.  Tortured souls who seek to right the injustices of the world.  And better yet if they are the brooding and smoldering kind - complicated.  Okay, shoot me - I'm married, too old for that, but not dead!  Even the non-hero's like Captain Flint and Captain Vane in "Black Sails".  Have you seen that series yet?  A-hoy matey.

3. I'd be a Zombie in a Zombie walk if there were one close to me. 

I don't know where I'd get the paint or who does that for them but it looks like a hilarious way to spend an afternoon. I already have a lock on the walking weird part (arthritis and stuff is a big aid to walking like a zombie, who knew). Again, I'm not dead but it would be fun to play "undead again"  for a couple of hours.  Hello, Walking Dead?  Need a zombie?  I'd do it for paint job.

4. I read Science-Fiction.

Yup, do that too!  It's not the only thing I read but after seeing Black Sails I reread the original Treasure Island too.  Outer Space - Historical make believe - I've always loved an interesting story that takes me out of "normal" for a while.  Ah, I even loved Cassandra Clare's Mortal Instrument series.  I love a good vampire, werewolf, and whatever else have you that's a well woven story.   And, yes, George Martin and his Game of Thrones series is already under my belt too.  Dragons - - - - oh hell yes!

I doubt this purging of information begins to cover my geekiness completely.  And, I'd love to see Comic-Con.  Would I fit in?  Probably like a sore thumb but it wouldn't stop me from enjoying the hell out of it.  Oh, and I taped the whole season of Supernatural - I'm saving it for a binge watching session - I adore those boys.
Uh, so I'm flying that freak flag today - GEEK and proud of it!  What's your thing, aside from being an artist?  Are you feeling just a little geek too?

Go Forth and Prosper!
and have a great weekend.
Oh crap, maybe I did learn quite a bit of Star Trek stuff - I do a good Vulcan sign too!

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Plates Full of Clay - Not Like Feet of Clay - LOL

Stomping around in clay does sound like fun though - don't you think?
Shucks, nearly all my friends are going to the annual Gathering this year.  It's next week.  I just can not justify the expenditure while I'm saving for Daisy's new hip.  Maybe next year - or the one after.  Can you tell I'm in full out whine mode here?  I need to have Cher to slap me and tell me to "get over it".  LOL
Well here are 3 out of the five plates of clay components I've been working on.  They're about ready to hit the kiln and then the real work begins with the painting.  Some will get under glazes and others will just get glazed. 
I've a yearning for earring components so that is what I've concentrated on.  So far so good!

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Missing All the Fun...

I'd show you all the paper plates of clay components - and might do that tomorrow when I load up the kiln - but for now I'm going to post some images I found.  Why, oh why don't we have anything fun like this in the Midwest of the United States?  I don't know the answer to that and it's a bummer.  This looks like fun - at least as much fun as Faerie Con and the paint is simply amazing.  Would I fly Austria to see this?  In a New York minute if I could afford it.  But, bummer...not going to happen unless the lottery comes along.  LOL  In the meantime here are a few images from the show and I guess I'll just have to settle for seeing the cute kids with their faces painted up at the art shows (smile!).  They are so cute wandering with their parents at a show.

Isn't this one simply amazing?  What a brave soul she is and I wonder if it tickles to be painted up like that.

Isn't this just delicate and feminine for a skull image?  Just beautiful!

Can you imagine how this would look in the dark - so cool!

Well, that's all for today.  HHmmmmm, maybe there are some color possibilities for some lampwork here.  There are a ton more images to see - just google World Body Painting Competition and they will come up.  It's just fascinating.

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Happy Fourth of July Weekend

For all of you I hope you are having an absolutely outstanding holiday!  I know that I have been.

And all of my wonderful friends too! 
Sharon, Brian, Trudy, Daisy, and Maui

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Older Moment and a Damn Good One!

You have got to go and play this for yourself - if you're female and over 30 you deserve to see it.  LOVE IT!  Go to the  site and play the video - it's just GREAT.
Those aren't my legs but they look just like that - hot damn.

Do Over as I work on clay beads

Working on some redo's in clay today.  Tomorrow I'll be doing some more lampworking and when I'm ready to sit down for the day to relax I work on making some clay components.  Yes, it's how I relax.  The one that's complete (glazed, colorful, not so great) in this photo was an original I made about 6 years ago in a ceramic refresher I took with Jennifer Heynen.   I hadn't touched clay since college so I was having a wonderful time refreshing those skills.  I haven't stopped since that class.  I just intersperse it in with everything else.  I know lots of lampworkers who work with polymer clay, fibers, or metals - us artistic types never seem to sit still. 

The original is kind of yucky - I'd never done under glazes and you know how classes are - rush rush rush and learn the techniques.  But I like the craziness of it so I decided that with some alterations it might be an interesting focal piece, albeit a fairly large one.
I put on the wing - Maybe I should have stuck with it but all of a sudden wasn't sure if I liked it for the bigger work - or instead of people thinking it represented a mask they might get some sinister angel vs. devil kind of thing, which it isn't.  So, off with the wing and on with two horns. 
Hopefully the colors I chose for the mask will help to make him a more happy character and less ominous.   I guess I better keep it colorful.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

As if there wasn't another bell or whistle....

Well, who was it that said. "Less is more..."  I'm just not sure but it was a chance meeting with Cindy Jenkins who said something about more never being enough - shucks I wish I could remember exactly the way she phrased it but alas, that ain't gonna happen.  The only thing this aquarium bead is lacking is the turtle.  I had all I could do to handle what I did put in.  Two jelly fish swimming off the ledge (that's the new addition), a star fish, some murrini, coral (yup, that's new too!), other fun stuff (like sparkly dichro) and lichen too!  It's big - about 2 1/2" big.  I should of put a turtle on the back but I had done about all I could do - maybe on the next one.  Yikes!

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Making Glass

The photo and the text are from Lauscha Lady's newsletter. Since we were just talking about murrini I thought I'd repost it here because it's a great shot of how hand pulled glass is made.  This is a German glass and very beautiful.  They pull those huge wads of glass to 5/6mm thick for the rest of us to use in our flames. It takes three to do it as one lays down the crossbars the glass lays against or uses a paddle to hold a sag while the other two are holding or pulling the larger gather. I just can not imagine the strength it takes to do that. Amazing stuff glass!  The reason they are referring to the clarity of the transparent glass is that their clear is a favorite among glass artists who want to encase their beads.  It is beautiful.  My favorite is their opaque red...I just love their red.

Hand pulling glass rod.

Hand pulled versus machine made = more pristine.  What this means is that a team of three people are involved in rod making.  Two pull the gather into the diameter needed.  Then a third cuts the pull into meter long rods. This is how it’s been done traditionally for 150 years. That is the reason the clears and transparents are exquisite.  Not touched by hard machines, just pulled in the same manner we pull a stringer.

Friday, June 20, 2014

Maybe it's Karma

I saw a bead - LOL.  Isn't that statement something?  Like I see dead people....thank goodness I do not.  Anyway, I saw some beads on the cheap.  No doubt they were Chinese made quickies meant for the mass trade.  Not particularly good but they did spark something in me so I copied the thought.  Hahahahha - it's Karma, I'm telling you. 

Chinese copies of American creations is rampant.  A dear friend just had her castings copied verbatim and then they used her own photos of her work from Etsy to sell it.  Isn't that sad?  And there honestly is not much you can do about  it.  Yes, there are people who have done that - fought their system.  But far far and away the only reasonable course for any artist is to let it go.  Protect yourself where you can but fighting with a giant may only bring you tears and pain - unless, of course, you're feeling very "David" today.

Currently there is an artist on Etsy who sends beads to have them copied in China and then sells them on Etsy as her own.  With the new Etsy rules you are allowed to do that.  Really nice, huh?  Actually, it's easy to find her - they're on every single page.  In fact, type in "lampwork beads" onto Etsy and you will see the factory takes up a large percentage of every page.  What a shame it's driven out so many artists.  I guess if Etsy is going to grow they must feel a need for the money these factories can provide.  Even an on-line store is just that - a store.  It's up to the customer to decide on how much due diligence they want to extend to researching their components.

Whew, that was a bit of tangent - sorry.  Anyhow - this is my interpretation of the Buddha that influenced me.  Mine's better!  Of course.  And it comes with some great extras. 

I tend to use my "Hug and Kiss" stamp on the back of any bead that's appropriate.  I created it and sold some but I so love it.

I love Buddha and all he represents.  Buddhism is one of the great religions of the world and I'm all for Peace, Love, Happiness and the freedom to worship as you please in peace.
Judging from this post you could probably surmise I'm also for turnabout is fair play!  Go Buddha!  Aren't I feeling a bit Zen......