Ah!! Where do I begin? I bought Kate’s book Sculptural Clay a while back, and it totally changed the way I deal with my stuff. I was just so blown away by the information, that when I came across a picture online I followed the link to her blog and sent her a mail thanking her for the information. To my complete surprise she wrote back immediately! I went on to read some of her blog and discovered that she was going to be doing a masterclass about 150 miles from where I live. Even more surprising there was still a space on the course. I then (as I do) ummed and ahhed and decided I just could not justify the cost. Wrote and told all involved. Got a lovely message back saying I could come for a shorter period for a cheaper rate. Still in my head had decided against it, working out how many tools and books and supplies I could buy for the equivalent. Slept on it, woke up and apparently in my sleep had decided to go!!
This is my proud attempt at a rivet spinning ring – I have no idea what it is actually called, but it’s a beast and I love it!
Tania Cavenecia Torres: Featured Artisan ~ Sue Hodgson: “Sue Hodgson is a wonderful jewelry artisan from the UK. Her designs have a beautiful organic feel to them and I especially lo…”
“I am a small town girl who grew up with dreams and notions of colorful, fantastical places, much bigger and more adventuresome than the farmlands that surrounded my neighborhood…
… I still live in that same small town, and while it has grown into the busy little place that I call “home”, my imagination still journeys to magical realms beyond our own! …
Much of the artwork I create is created in watercolor paints, colored pencils, or a combination of both. …My work has been collected and displayed worldwide and is licensed with several companies, with more soon to come.
To me, the MOST important part of it all is leaving the viewer with a sMiLe!”
Now living high on the ranges of Queensland’s Sunshine Coast, my work continues to be an ongoing journey of self expression and experimentation. … I most enjoy combining media in new and often challenging ways. “
I saw Julie’s art of artfire and was really attracted to the variety and colour;
“Firm in the belief anyone can create, I continue to experiment with different media, from pencil to paint to fiber, trying several media in an effort to find what fits. Just recently, I finally relaxed enough to explore letting go of the hardwired habit of being exact as possible in my paintings. In other words, taking on the attitude: Create, not replicate. The result gave me the wind I needed to coax me forward, as the resulting pieces are a truer reflection of what suits me.
And, as you will see whenever you stop by my studio, eclectic suits me well.
Another love of mine is fabric and thread. As much as my painted pieces may fall more on the impressionistic, or even abstract line, classical quilting does draw me in. Quilty pieces, as I refer to them, range from classic wall hangings and useful table mats, to fabric art pieces. I love them all. And, like so many modern day quilters, I learned by largely teaching myself the craft, wanting to make something for my new baby. Before I knew it, I was hooked. “
Click on the title to see more of her lovely stuff!
I love painting pillows, people with wild hair, and things found during countless hours browsing the expansive resources of the internet. “
I can’t always find the time that I would like to make beads but when I do it’s always a thrill! I am most productive at night out in my little studio. It’s my great escape! Out in my studio I can watch what I want on the TV while I make my beads. No sportsman or hunting shows out there! It’s always a joy to check the kiln in the morning. I love pulling the beads from the kiln to see how my beadmaking session the night before turned out. Making beads just never gets old.”