I’m excited to be part of this year’s tour in Victoria County. We aren’t a county any longer and it isn’t really called that, but it’s a tradition. I’m at the studio of Janet Tysiak in Fenelon Falls and I’m a guest artist along with Janice Addison. Janet is a stained glass artist, and Janice is a watercolour painter. I’m keeping busy making lots of my usual bear mugs, as well as a lot of new pieces. I’ll post some images when I’ve done a few firings. Check out the studio tour’s website and all of the 33 artists that are taking place this year. (and with my other job as web and graphic designer, I designed the brochure)
I’m concentrating on pottery at the moment (as my second job) and it needs focus. All that drying and bisquing and glazing. But I like art of all kinds. And I won’t do pottery forever, I’m sure. So last week I took some time out to take a class at SmoothOn in Macungie, Pennsylvania.
Wow, what a great course. I took beginners mold making and casting and it was so much fun. Not only did we learn about every product (pretty much) that they make, we learned how to mix up rubbers, silicons and resins carefully. We also got a tour of the premises and met a lot of very talented people. I had a great time. While a lot of this won’t apply to my pottery, some of the techniques used for mold making will be a big help.
We started with a Buddha head and little decoration, and then made a mold and then cast from the mold. The Buddha on the left had copper powder brushed on the inside of the mold before casting in black resin, and the one on the left was a marble technique.
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 have some of my work for the summer at Tinhouse Woodworking along with a few of my artist friends. They are located in Coe Hill, waaaaay up north.
I’m not sure how it will go this year, but I’m interested in the experiment!
They are located:
5424 County Rd 620 (hwy#620)
Coe Hill, ON K0L 1P0
Phone: 613 334-9466
Hours: Wednesday to Sunday | 10am to 5pm including holiday Mondays.
In case you are in the area near a cottage etc.
I’ll have my work at the Marshland Centre at 64 Hague Blvd in Lakefield on May 5 & 6. I’ve made lots of new pieces, which I’m pleased with. Take a drive as the weather is finally getting better! There are lots of different artisans, including wood turners, gourders, weavers, sewers as well as a number of potters.
Just happy that all of the pieces came out of the kiln in one piece with no discernible defects. (How’s that for a five dollar word?)
The piece is out of the bisque firing, and now for the painting while listening to a crime audio book.
The platter is dry and now I have drawn the rabbit and painting some underglaze onto it, and now I’m scratching the fur into the design.
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.