Thursday, December 17, 2009

Prosaic and ecstatic...

It's taking me a while to get the hang of juggling all this stuff. But when I read through other blogs, I'm convinced it's worthwhile. I think I'll start adding to my notebook of everything yet one more thing - the passing thoughts that are the germ of some good to write about. I do have a couple of things to mention today, starting with the prosaic one.

This is a tool that I have started to use a lot in my polymer work. I'm a bit of a freak/geek about tools which is definitely a hangover from my glass career, where having quality tools was sooo important. ( And a source of much attitude and snobbery, as well!) With polymer, what tool you use leaves a direct mark on the clay and is usually there for ever, so the marks you choose to make say a lot about your creative voice and ideas. This is a long way to say that I find this particular tool useful in cutting down on the stodgy look that polymer sometimes presents (think - the 'squished' look). Think of this tool as a trimmer. It's very useful in tight places, very helpful in refining a final, tiny form.

Ecstatically, Polymer Clay Daily's Cynthia Tinapple has gone to the trouble of making great thumbnail links to the 'Making Connections' show coming up at the Synergy conference in February, 2010. My necklace is one of the pieces in the show! There is some wonderful work by artists I've admired for a long time. Check it out here! Thank you, as always, to Cynthia.

Have to finish trimming the tree with a polymer ornament. I'm such a mean parent - every year I force my children to make at least one ornament with me for the tree. I will say though, that they love working with clay.

Friday, November 20, 2009

Getting going...

I've been debating this step for months - why is it so difficult?

Each day, several things pass through my mind that I think would be great to blog about, but somehow that detail that must be completed wins out. Enough, make a start...

This week I've joined a couple of new directories on the internet - crafthaus and the handmade highway. Both have great potential and great people and a good vision - I like where they are headed. It's a little late for this season, but next year I'm headed towards integrating all the stuff I have on the go, developing and exploring this new work and documenting the parts of that process that might be useful or interesting to other people. I know what I find fascinating about other people's blogs and, although difficult to express, it could be seen as the small and fleeting epiphanies of the creative process. A problem solved. The knowledge that layers up, over time, into confidence and a genuine voice.

Actually, I don't know what's round 'the next bend'! That will make it all the more interesting. I have been known to take some fairly tight corners in my life.

There - that wasn't so bad, I could do that again..