I just came back after a week away in Doylestown, PA from a course with Lisa Naples. She is a ceramic artist that I have long admired and I had a wonderful time. We were there a week and the seven other participants (along with me) all making our choice of sitting animal sculptures. We didn’t know what the others were making until we got to the class. There was a kangaroo, a sea otter, a ram, a chipmunk, a bird and three foxes! I was one of the foxes.
I learned so much from this course and look forward to making many more animals in the coming months. I highly recommend not only this course, but just taking a course once in a while. It doesn’t even have to be in the discipline that you work in. A couple of years ago I took a linocut course and it was a revelation!
I’m pleased to be taking part in the 2019 Victoria County Studio Tour again this year. It takes place the two weekends of September 28-29, and October 5-6. I am a guest artist at Janet Tysiak’s studio at 35 Lagoon Drive, Fenelon Falls.
I had a wonderful time last year meeting lots of people and I hope to welcome you again this year. Janet sells stained glass and jewellery and Janice Addison is a painter, so there is lots of variety at the location to choose from.
I was recently listening to the podcast The Potter’s Cast, about a potter, Angela White Wenger. She’s doing something amazing, which is capturing spider webs and transferring them to clay. And I got to thinking, where do all of our ideas come from? I immediately wanted to go out and try to do the same, but really, it would just be copying her. (and she gets up at dawn to capture these and I’m not a morning person, so I’d have to hope those spiders waited for me)
My ideas are generally gotten from hearing about ideas like this. They are jumping off points. I think to myself “well, I can’t do that exact same thing, it’s been done, so what could I do that would be fun and different”. And off I go. She lives in Northern California, but her work will be included (maybe in the gift shop?) in the current show at the ROM called “Spiders: Fear and Fascination“.
I just loved making these funny little flasks/vases. I decided to try out some underglaze decals that I purchased from China Clay Art recently. What fun it was using them. I used the bits and pieces from one to decorate some heart jewellery.
Sometimes a break is good for the soul. I needed time to create something different and I worked on some linocuts in August and took a break from clay.
I’m back working with a vengeance now, as I have two shows coming up in November and December. Here are a couple of images of work from the first bisque firing.
The two shows are the weekend of November 18th and 19th. The first one is Christmas at the Marshland Centre is at the Marshland Centre, at 65 Hague Blvd., Lakefield. Lots of different work at this show, not just pottery.