09
Sep
14

A Class Act! Teaching with Birdy Heywood and Angie Scarr

My friend Angie Scarr is going to be teaching in the UK November 7th through 9th, 2014, at a small event in the Southern UK. I believe she just might be the best teacher to teach beginning and advanced alike because of her years of practice and training. She is also a brilliant mind and I am looking forward to seeing her again, it was in 1998 the last time we saw each other.

And I am thinking it has just been too many years.

angie

 Angie and I will be teaching along with Birdy Heywood, also know as the dragon Lady because she makes so many wonderful dragons. She is also a very good teacher for the just starting out on the polymer clay journey and the things that she has shown that students have made are very close to hers with little or no experience at all.

birdy 

 

Collectively we have almost 90 years in polymer clay experience we are bringing to this short but action packed retreat. We have kept the cost down knowing the economy and how it has effected us personally as well, we would also very much like to visit and see each other again in the process. And to visit with the people that come to the event as well.

 marie

 

The event is:

“Three exciting all day Polymer Clay workshops at Bewl Water Activity Centre Kent Lamberhurst Kent TN3 8JH, UK with a fantastic Package Deal of £285.00 for those booking to stay at the venue in dormitory accommodation (all with en suite). This includes, 3 workshops, 3 breakfasts and 3 lunches. (Each tutor gives details of what you need to bring on the booking information which you can download below.) Those staying overnight also have the opportunity to spend time getting to know each other or join in a mini workshop or a demonstration during the evenings.”

 

You can find out more info and download the booking form here: http://polymerclayunited.weebly.com/ 

Please come to visit and to have a couple of cuppas with us! Cheers! I have heard Kent is amazing!

08
Sep
14

Hello!

Only a year between posts, not too bad. Hee hee!

Life has been busy, do you feel that way?

Learning to adapt to new circumstances, my granddaughter starting school, in a creative whorl of ideas, a lightening of space, adjusting to a new approach to life and thinking about deep things deep in my heart.

I feel that part of the process of being an artist and being self-employed is about dealing with the fear of the day to day, about the fear of not having a guaranteed paycheck or even if I can pay for insurance.

I had a dear friend say to me one time, “I choose this, and I will work it out and the money will come or it won’t, I will either go or I won’t.”

Such a beautiful way to look at it. Thank you Lala!

I choose this way, too. When I look around me I do not see stability even in the others with jobs around me. I see people trying to keep their jobs, worried about cutbacks and being let go, I see perfectly capable, qualified, and experienced people being outsourced and laid off for younger and greener kids. 

 

So is life really secure with people having a “real” job either? I think that  what be what I may have been led to believe in the era I grew up in.

And when I really look at it with my eyes wide open is there any guarantee in life any way? It can all disappear tomorrow. Or even today.

I have really learned some important things from the cut backs in my own personal life to survive and I want to share those with you.

1. Rice and beans are good and I actually like them.

2. A little meat goes a long way.

3. Bartering for services is a viable means of trade.

I think this a good start and I may add to this later.

But I am off to the care and feeding of what I chose. I am going to embrace my desperate and scared self and love the woman brave enough inside that chose this life and the woman and child inside that has to create or perish. These people deserve my attention!

Be well!

xxx

Marie 

26
Aug
13

I am well, I have missed you, and I am coming back on the blog I think ;)

I just wanted to visit and say that I am going to be posting again! I have written a book, been taking care of myself, and tending to my life. My health was not the best (fat and run down) and I have been changing that. I want to be healthy.

Tired of being tired, I wanna grow old like my parents, they live a full life and they are my idols and still dancing and loving life at 76. My mother looks more like my sister now!

My grand-daughter is getting big, she is 4 and a wonderful child. I don’t see her as much as I used to, but will be starting to watch her time full again this week. Her mother is going after her dream and I am so proud of the changes my “little girl” has made in her life. Going back for her high school equivalency at 30, damn, I am so proud of my girls, such wonderful women, my gifts.

She is now going to continue her education for the next 11 months.

I am going to post things that are more general here, about me, my life, my family and what I do to create.

It has been a long time and I need to get familiar with the program again.

I have missed you!

Here is the first tip of the day.

I save the lids from canned frozen juice, (Oh hell, why lie? I save everything.)
I love their perfect circle-ness. I just knew there were things I could do with them. I love to recycle when ever I can, I think we should, and I have been saving these for a while. They are just hanging out and falling in front of me all of the time. LOL!

I am going to share this once in a while so you can expect that.

Do you save them?

Have you got a good application for them?

Have they never even crossed you mind?

Will they now??

LOL!!

Here is one.

I use them to mix small batches of epoxy

12
Sep
12

Blast from the past part 2- Cloisonne type beads

Cloisonne type beads

These are very easy beads and quite fun to make, this was published in November of 2008 in this blog.

It was published in a magazine before this, I believe 2004.

I love these and they are easy and very fun to make.

Have a great week you all!

14
Aug
12

Blast from the past- 1st installment BPCanes

It is way too hot to take pictures. I was thinking that some of my content in the beginning of my blogging adventure was pretty cool, so sort of like summer re-runs on TV, I am going to re-post some of these babies that I really like.

Silence on a radio, no picture and sound on a TV, and no words on a blog are always a little disconcerting.

May your summer be cool.

May your drinks be cooler,

and may your heart be content.

Blessings all over all ya all!!

Just a note: Bead Space is no longer a viable link, but bead patterns are readily available all over the web!

Click on the title header below to take you to the full blog post!!

Extruder Canes with Bead Patterns as a guide

I put up the color mixing chart yesterday for this project!

Millefiori is the glass technique of bundling or layering colored rods of glass together to form images and then cutting the cross section of the bundled or layered glass to get a little tile of an image. These colored rods of glass are called canes. I have seen this technique duplicated in many mediums, ceramic, candy, food, and polymer clay, and it can sometimes seem almost impossible to achieve, but if you start with basic design, bulls eye canes, open spirals and checkerboards just to name a few, you can combine those to make more intricate pictures or images, called advanced caning. Anytime two or more simple patterns are combined it becomes advanced. I have found a way to make intricate canes that is so easy to do, yet gives the impression of intricacy and complication. Bead patterns and a Makin’s Clay extruder are great for attempting this.
08
Aug
12

Vox Sacramento and Clayville California Present The Art of Polymer… and the dog days of summer

It is hot and it is humid. Has been for weeks it seems like.

She has never-ending energy and I am zapped in this heat and humidity.

I have a hell of a lot more respect for you people in the Midwest and on the East coast.

The guy at the gym said his electric bill here in San Diego is about 17000$ in August and September, crazy yeah???

I am just too tired to blog at the end of the day.

Well anyway, enough whining.

But I do have something tell you besides “I am hot!!”

I am going to be in a show that Lala Ortiz put together at Vox in Sacramento.

Lala will also be teaching some classes there. She is a wonderful person and make art with the best of them.

https://www.facebook.com/lala.ortiz

http://redwoodcoastcreativearts.typepad.com/redwood_coast_creative_ar/

Stay cool and go see this show and Lala, I bet they have air conditioning!

Vox Sacramento will be hosting a Polymer Art Exhibit

For the month of August, Vox Sacramento will be hosting a Polymer Art Exhibit

Where: Vox Sacramento, 1818 11th Street, Sacramento CA

When: Saturday, August 11th, 4-9 p.m.

Leaves with citrus
Leaves with Citrus Necklace by Jacqueline Dodd

Clayville California and other polymer artists will be showcasing the diversity of one of the art world’s newest mediums. Featuring sculpture, jewelry, vessels, masks, and functional art objects. Artists include: Adriana Ayala, LaLa Ortiz, Mary Fassler, Jacqueline Dodd, Michael J. Marx, Amy Fort, Marie Segal, Jennifer Young, Mary Lu Ellliott, Rachel Young, Yoli Rodriguez Manzo, Anita Sterling Winthrop

Vox Sacramento is also proud to present a solo photography exhibit “Memories of Betrayal” by local photographer Andy Brooks. All the images in this exhibit were shot in April 2012.

These exhibits will be up from August 11th through September 3rd.

These exhibits will be up from August 11th through September 3rd.”

Check it out!!

Congrats Lala, great job!

12
Jun
12

Dawn Schiller’s new book

Dawn Schiller is a very talented sculptor and she has finally written a book. Yay!! Dawn, I am very proud of you!

She has step by step photos and shows you how to make these lovely Fae Creatures from scratch. With detailed instructions and great pieces, this looks to be an asset to the polymer clay books library available for sculptors today!

Dawn is not only one of the most talented sculptors that I know, she is funny, quick-witted, and a dear friend. I am thrilled that she is published and I am thrilled for all of you. No matter where you are in the world you can enjoy Dawn’s talent.

Dawn has a wonderful website with her works shown http://www.oddfae.com/

She has an etsy store http://www.oddfae.etsy.com/

Sells on ebay http://myworld.ebay.com/autumnthings/

Has a blog http://www.oddfae.blogspot.com/

She has and ArtFire store http://www.artfire.com/users/oddfae

And also a Cafe Press store http://www.cafepress.com/oddfae

Also has a fan page on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/groups/71326176904/

She shows at Comic- Con in San Diego and has been there for the last few years.

That finding is one of my Hoarders Closet findings. Yay Dawn!

Pre-Orders on Amazon are welcome and it won’t be long before it is out!

http://www.amazon.com/FaeMaker-Making-Fantasy-Characters-Polymer/dp/1440313660/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1339479914&sr=1-1&keywords=faemaker

But if you cannot wait to get the book, Dawn is teaching a class in the San Diego area before her Comic-Con appearance. She is going to show you how to make her assistant Fetch. I believe there are only a couple of spaces left.




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