After a long cross country moving trip we have landed in FL. It’s been a bit tough settling in to a much smaller place- but it does show you what’s important/needed/ precious to have around you. After unpacking and sorting out scores of boxes, I finally just yesterday got my studio set up and hope to start playing/creating this week.
In addition to my one-day conference class, I am also teaching a four hour pre-conference workshop on Arrival Day. It’ll be alot of fun and inspire you with new techniques to use in your polymer clay/mixed media artwork.
Printmaking and Polymer Clay- Tips and Techniques
Four Hour class
Expand your design vocabulary in this workshop by using unbaked and baked polymer clay as a way to add printmaking to your polymer/mixed media art. Learn spontaneous, low-tech, non-toxic and fun techniques. The polymer clay printing plates can be inked and layered with an assortment of media- inks, markers and more. We’ll also cover found object impressing and carving. An extra benefit will be how to use the carved plates and the carvings “bits” to create unusual jewelry designs. Just bring your basic tools and your imagination. You’ll leave class with fresh ideas and new possibilities for your own work!
Cost of class is $25
Small tile to bake on
Speedball Lino cutting tool or woodcarving tool- small “v” gouge.
A few favorite rubber stamps, textures, things that will make an impression
Scrap clay equal to one block
One block of any color clay
As autumn unfolds I have many changes afoot. Dan and I will be relocating to Florida in the near future. We’ve enjoyed our years in California and love the home we built there, but it’s necessary to move on. Seems like alot of people I met this summer are going thru something similar and the prevailing attitude is that change and shaking things up in a BIG way can be a good thing.
I’ll be looking forward to making contact with artists and guilds on the east coast again after many years of being out west.
The event I am so looking forward to is the Orlando Clay Fandangoat Lake Yale May 4-8th, 2017– 4 nights and 5 days of polymer clay creating! I am so honored to teach at this event along with fellow artists Jana Roberts Benzon and Barb Fajardo. I know we will have a fantastic time!
This past Sunday our village had the first annual Fete de L’eau Water Festival). Water has been very important to this village. There is the river Sor which runs alongside the village and at one time had 14 copper mills along it. The small waterways running down the three village streets served as part of the process in the copper ateliers that lined these streets (now houses!)
The day of the festival, a friend and I ran the crafts table for kids. We made salt dough sculptures- called Pate du Sel in French. There was also simple boat building for kids, painting on the streets, a water relay with teams carrying trays of glasses with water thru an obstacle course, boat races down the waterway, fishing, flower sculpture in the river and a wonderful dinner in the street for 120 people, followed by a dance into the wee hours of the morning. The French definitely know how to relax,enjoy and savor the sweet moments like this.
The summers in France are filled with tons of music, dance and theater festivals. Most are sponsored by the French government- the regional departments in France sponsor these festivals all year long and especially in the summer months. Most are gratuit- free- and the ones that aren’t are generally very low priced.
We attend as many as we can! Some are in churches or community centers, many are in the central plaza of the village or town and many are in front of old chateaus and crumbling ruins lending an especially dramatic air to the concert.
One of our favorites takes place in Provence in the town of Pertuis– just north of Aix en Provence. We drove there last weekend for two nights of concerts. Great jazz and big band! There are two concerts every night. A new young jazz band at 7:30 – 9PM (the next generation of jazz I would say and they were extraordinaire) and then the headliner from 9:30 to midnight.