Friday, June 11, 2010

A most happy thank you

I've started this post a million times, but find it difficult to explain - but here goes!  I want to try and chronicle the way an idea develops, in this case sparked by something I had seen.  This idea has been patiently germinating until the ideas in my head found a match for it.  That is to say, a way to incorporate the idea into my way of making things.  This is not always easy since I seem to always come at everything sideways!

I have great admiration for the artists jibby and juna and unaodd, and it's been quite some time since they have (independently) been using carving in their polymer work to wonderful effect!  And both so different!

Here is a lovely bracelet from jibby and juna:
And some wonderful rings -
Here is one of my favorite necklaces from unaodd -
 At first, I enjoyed their pieces and thought I would never be interested in using the technique myself.  But when I developed a new bead based on two triangles sort of twisted together, there were surfaces that I just found myself wanting to remove - hence, the knife in hand.  Then, I realized I could color areas and then go back to the white surface by carving back, thus offering the possibility of using a different color not blended with the first one.  What fun...And finally, I started adding elements on to the beads so that they could be partially carved off, revealing a small flat surface to decorate as a focus.  Also fun....
The pink bead with turquoise (and the ochre/brown one) is an example of adding elements to carve off - I think this is where I am heading with this as it can transform a flat surface dramatically.  I want to try this with my new hollow bangles and see...
Then I started thinking about carving up cooked canes - this sparked from Genevieve's comment that she thriftily saved all her carved off bits for another purpose.  Mine appear to be all over my studio, but I did start to construct canes to slice up after curing to embed in earring sets.  Helps with the ever-present problem of matching sets for earrings, too!  I'll be listing a couple of these new sets of earrings in my shop this afternoon, and I am excited about where this could go.  I love the idea of making small elements and composing (embedding) them into a polymer frame as it is not so static as making a cane and trying to use it as is.  I have a lot of admiration for artists who work this way as one wrong color choice is enough to wreck your whole vision.  But I do have ideas for making slightly more elaborate canes than these so it will be easier to do a line of earrings...
I like the crispness that is possible if you build the cane up in layers - no more distortion of soft clay.
Tip of the day - cut the canes while still hot - easy!  Learned that at the end of yesterday due to my impatience...

That's my blurb of the day and with it goes a big thank you to the two artists mentioned above for their unwitting inspiration.  The internet and the blogging contacts I've made are my school and I enjoy it every day.  It is fascinating to see how each person takes an idea and filters through their personal aesthetic so it can be enjoyed anew.  That's the ideal, anyway...

PS  Made forms out of polymer  (jigs) to construct earwires - bliss, should have done it months ago!  I can be very slow sometimes...comes of trying to learn everything at once.

9 comments:

UnaOdd -Lynn said...

What a joy! Inspiration is such a wonderful thing. I am so thrilled that you found inspiration in my work, as I find your work so intriguing and inspiring! I love where you are going, with the slicing,faceting and including the pieces in further work!

Gen's work is just wonderful, and so very impressive in person. I've admired her bracelets and rings at a recent show. Quite lovely.

Thank you for this kind mention.... and keep creating! :^)

Fiona said...

What an inspiring post about inspiration. It's given me some new ideas. Thank you.

Veerle said...

I loved to read this article. it makes me even more happy with my (your) beads. I've incorporated one set of your beads in a new crocheted necklace, will be blogging about it soon!

Happy creating!

Genevieve said...

Isn't it just fantastic how one skill can be interpreted and changed sharing similarities yet being totally different?! Thats what I see here and its really exciting to be a part of it, this virtual classroom as you call it. I miss the big studio at school with 15 or so people all working on something different with all that creative energy going on. And despite the distance, I feel like I have that with you and Lynn. Thank you!

I love your carved beads and as always you've taught me something new. I never thought to slice canes (wait...are you caning?!) after baking.

Genevieve said...

Forgot to say...Lynn and I din't know the other was working on faceted/carved pieces. We were both so surprised when we first saw what the other was doing! Lynn's comment, "I swear we must be connected at the brain!"

She is a meticulous craftsman and a master of tools and materials. That large bead is, I believe, polymer clay AND resin and it has a quartz like translucent quality. Its difficult to refrain from rubbing it around in your hand.

Malin de Koning said...

Claire,
I love your carved beads. That red log is soooooooo nice. Do you sell beads? I will have to check that out. Otherwise I guess I will have to make a try myself to make a similar one. But I don't think I will manage to be honest. I was really inspired earlier in the year to start making my own beads in polymer clay. But it has faded off now. Might be it is more of a winters thing. I tried some weeks ago but the clay was to soft I thought. Which brand do you use?

It is such a pleasure to have discovered you and your blog. Say hello and bonjour to your tall daughter.

missficklemedia.com said...

I am loving the carved look and it brings me back to 2006 when I made little "glass" gems from pink and turquoise clay and then faceted them!

Um, I need those long beads you made in this post. I looked all over your shop and didn't see them anywhere. Are you holding out on us, Claire?
:)

les éthiopiques said...

J'aime beaucoup votre style brut et raffiné à la fois. J'espère que mon commentaire en français sera saisi sans ambiguïté. Hélène.

Claire Maunsell said...

Merci du compliment, Helene! Je ne parle pas bien le francais, mais j'habite dans un milieu francais, et mes enfants vont a l'ecoles francaises: donc je comprend mieux que je parle. Mes enfants m'enseignent les mots nouveaux tous les jours!