Tuesday, 18 November 2014

Art Foamies!!

Today I received my new Art Foamies stamps, YAY! Emmie from Art Foamies made me some custom stamps with my logo and they are fantastic!! I sent her the logo image and miraculously, a couple days later, they arrived!!

I tried stamping with ink and paint and they both worked really well on the kraft bags with no smudges. I am like a bull in a china shop when it comes to this sort of thing and these make me look like a pro. I love anything that makes me look like I know what I am doing!!

Emmie and her Art Foamies will be at the Craft and Hobby Association Mega Show, this January, in Anaheim, California and it is the "largest craft trade marketplace in the world".

   These are some of the other stamps that I have from Emmie, I have been using them when I raku fire and they give an added dimension and depth to the glaze that is unique and I just love it.
These stamps are  bendy enough that they wrap around a curved surface with out getting all smudgy and the image stays true.

In the Studio....

It has been a crazy few weeks, working like the Mad Potter stocking up the galleries and yarn stores with ceramic lovelies and getting ready for Creston's Christmas Art & Craft Market. In amongst all this crazy mad potting, I finished some weaving projects.

 Chickens, chickens and more chickens...

My mom's piece started out all grey's and whites with some yellows and I just could get into it. It really didn't feel like her  and I couldn't connect with it, so I gave up on her colour choices and went with my own instincts about what she would like and how I saw her. I am happy with the results and how it all came together. Some of the wool choices may be a bit thick and chunky for a garment but it would make some great pillows or  a throw. The colours show up a bit muted because of her floor colour but in person they are lovely.

Another project that I finished was the Bag of Bits weaving. This I am really happy with and every time that I walk by it I can't help but give it a rub down! The colours are so fantastic and as I was weaving certain parts of this, I started thinking of glaze colours for my pots. I have been wanting to develop some new glazes and so here is my inspiration. What I start with and how it ends are usually vastly different so, we will just have to wait to see what actually comes out!!

Sunday, 21 September 2014

On the Weave

Last spring when my mom was visiting, she asked me if I could weave her a piece of fabric so she could make a vest or top. she sent me some inspirational colours and I finally got around to measuring out and winding the warp on the loom. The pattern she is intending to use comes from the SAORI blue book and needs a 30cm width and about 2m long. I thought I would weave 3 metres so she could make a pillow or something out of it as well. What's one more meter?!!

These are her colour choices.

These are the warp thread colours and they consist of cotton, bamboo and tensel. I love the bamboo and tensel because they have a bit of a sheen on them and they are silky soft.

The weft will be a combination of silks ribbons and yarns, rayon, cotton, bamboo, wool, a bit of bling and whatever else might be interesting to add.

Friday, 19 September 2014

Yarn-aholic not so anonymous

A couple of weeks ago when I was working at the Gleaners, I found this incredible bag of yarn bits. I have no idea what it would have been from  but  it was full of these 2-3 foot long pieces of different coloured wool.  The colours were so fantastic and all seemed to go together, so I had to have it. I really didn't know what I was going to do with it all but I was sure I would come up with something.

I decided to do some sample weaves with it and it was so much fun! I had no intention of unravelling all the bits so I would just grab some chunky bits, stretch it out and then weave it in. Some parts had large, loose loops and some were small and tight. It all was gorgeous whichever way it was woven. All the colours worked well together so it really didn't take a lot of thought on  how to match the colours up, it was all  just fabulous and fun. I just love the tactile quality and the pure craziness of weaving this way. No tight, super technical weaving for me!! 

This is just a small sampling but I have big plans for the rest of the bag, and it doesn't include the cooking channel!lol I think I spend way too much time by myself.;)

I know, I know....

I am repeatedly told that I need to blog more. I think about writing on here during the day but other things just seem more important at the time. Like juicing cherries, 200lbs worth, which is what I am doing at the same time I am writing this. Since menopause strolled into my life, this is about as multitasking as I can manage!lol  Thinking and typing at the same time is going to be a stretch for my 2 remaining brain cells.
To tax my brain even more, I also have the TV on the cooking channel. I like to watch it, think, yeah, I could make that, and then promptly go and get myself a bowl of cheerios or ice cream.  A commercial just came on for Miguel's cooking adventure or something, I can't remember but who cares!! Miguel is beautiful! It really doesn't matter what he is cooking! I am sitting in the chair, stuffing my face waiting for Miguel to take his shirt off while he is tossing a salad by a pool. Sad thing is, I am probably old enough to be his mom. When did this happen?!!

I might be old but I can still be a goof!

Sunday, 27 July 2014

Out of the Garagio and into the Studio

Renovations just never seem to end. This summer it is my studio getting an overhaul but I am not complaining about this, I will finally have a beautiful door and some heat!!

Over the last 2 months I have been in  the "pseudo studio" or the 2 car garage while my studio was renovated. A smallish job that seemed to go on for ever. New concrete with underfloor heat, new garden doors, more space and cupboards for my treasures, it is such a nice place to work now.

I am slowly moving back in and getting it all put back together, but it is funny how when you move into a nice new, clean, space how some of the old stuff you have been coveting really looks like crap and probably always was crap but had some kind of potential.  Right now it is so bright, empty and uncluttered it is lovely! So, unfortunately I can't just move back in, I have to cull the herd of ceramic "supplies" and  bits that I have accumulated, the dump pile in the back of Brian's truck is steadily growing. He is always so "happy" when he comes home from work and sees what I have been up to and the jobs I have for him.

In the pseudo studio the lighting was poor so I would work with the overhead doors up and so mice have decided they want to be studio assistants and have made some nests in my newspaper packed pots. This really isn't working out as the the odd frog and even a stinky little gopher who got stuck behind some boxes and chirped loudly all day until I kicked his butt out, have also decided they want in too.  The mice have become the biggest problem, I found a nest of babies in a bowl and thankfully the shop vac was handy, they went up and out of that bowl in a flash!! It was awesome! It really hasn't deterred the newest batch I hear rustling around in the boxes. Shop vac in hand, they won't last long before they decide ceramics isn't for them.

Finally empty!! Let the demo begin

cutting the concrete

 removing the slab

underfloor heat!!


patiently waiting

the door!!

Moving back in. I acid stained my floor and I love it!

Tuesday, 15 April 2014

I swear....today is the day

So, my father in law Joe, turned 95 last weekend and I couldn't make it to his birthday party because I still had so much work to do for Arts and Culture Week. I thought about him a lot  though, and all the stories he has told me over the years. Some were pretty funny but the one thing that stuck out in my mind on Sunday was  that he didn't think that women should swear.

hmm.....It is probably a good thing he wasn't visiting me while I was glazing 20 burlesque chickens and a million flowers.  Most of my work is once fired so all the glazing is done at the greenware stage which is extremely fragile and prone to breakage. Things were pretty dicey,  especially after too little sleep, too much coffee and a wee bit of stress.

It was like a war zone out there, f-bombs dropping all over the place and I had no control what so ever!! I even threw in a few new words that seemed to add to the whole experience. I am sure that Joe wouldn't have been really impressed with my skills, but sometimes you really need the proper vocabulary for the situation. I think I nailed it. Happy birthday Joe!!

Nettie and Joe Young

Burlesque chickens in the making

Tuesday, 8 April 2014

The Head Show

I have been a part of the Rotary Wine Art event for the last couple of years here in Creston. It is a fundraising event for the  Creston Rotary Club that showcases 12 wineries; some local as well as some from the Okanagan, there is also a gorgeous art display for all the participants to peruse and purchase.  Good Food, good wine and fabulous art, can't get much better than that!! This year's Wine Art is on Friday May 30, 2014.

This year I am planning the art part to be a wee bit different!! Instead of having an art display, we are going to have a live and silent auction. I have 16 artists from this area  decorating  a styrofoam head any way they want, it just can't look like a styrofoam head when they are done. Then we are going to auction them off.

It has been so exciting to see everyone's enthusiasm and creativity for this project. Many of the artists have thanked me for letting them  participate and for giving them an opportunity to think outside of their normal ideas and "head space"!!

Win Dinn who is a multi media artist extraordinaire, used a novel by Jeffrey Deaver (currently an international number-one bestselling American mystery/crime writer) as her medium of choice and along with dryer sheets, paint, and loads of creativity, came up with this beauty…

It is called "Roadside Crosses: She inhaled much too quickly" (titled and inspired by one of Jeffrey's  books)  and she is gorgeous!! Win also contacted Jeffrey Deaver for permission to sell this "book" at the Wine Art Event  and he was so happy with what she had done, he posted it to his Facebook page as well as on twitter!! Way to go Win!! You rock sister! Check out her post and Jeffrey Deaver's Facebook page.

This is the head that I have been working on based on a Sugar Skull illustration. I still need to fire and glaze it and it is going to have a small set of LED lights in it.  Can I bid on my own head? I want to keep it!!

small lobotomy before firing

Here are some of the other heads that I have seen either still in progress or in my hot little hands.

This little sampling is  from Anne Fetterly, it is made of silk and dyed with gorgeous indigo! I can't wait to see the finished product! I can see I am going to have to start saving my money for the Wine Art Auction!! Yikes!!

Maureen Cameron and her sister Audrey Herridge did this super cool bird's head!!
 I love the vintage cage. 

 This sublime beauty is by Joanne Ferry, LOVE the necklace!

A work in progress by Shprixieland Studios. I am so happy to have them participate in this! They are totally freaking crazy and make really cool stuff!! They are really cute too and I love them.

Keep your eaves and ears open for tickets to Wine Art 2014, I think they are going to sell out fast this year!!

Friday, 28 February 2014

I know i am in Canada but…..

When is it going to end?

Canadianism…socks, sandals and snow

my studio assistant

Sunday, 9 February 2014

Does anyone know a good ass kicker?

Well, sometimes I really do need a good one. I would kick my own if I could although it would probably be a regular occurrence.

I fired Tiny(my small kiln) yesterday and my bottom shelf was looking a bit worse for wear so I applied what I thought was kiln wash to it. I keep all my glazes labelled and easy to find and the kiln wash is the only one with "kiln wash" printed on the lid as well so I can find it easily, LOL!!

Sometime ago I am guessing, some lids of glazes must have been switched inadvertently….

Thankfully it is only a thin coat and shouldn't take much grinding to get it off.  Pretty isn't it?