I went to a Clay Day in Connecticut last Saturday and this is what I worked on.

This is how far I got by 3pm that day… Still a ways to go.

It’s mainly going to be the Johnny Depp version of the Hatter, but I’m taking some liberties, and it will probably won’t look too much like him when I’m done.

 

I broke most of my “rules” at one point or another but I’m ok with that. They’re just guidelines anyway πŸ˜‰

Rules/Guidelines

  • I will do half an hour of something clay or art related at least 5 days a week.
  • At least 3 of those days need to be creative and making art. The other 2 can go to cleaning the studio, art business, training, etc. As long as it’s constructive.
  • No books or tv on those nights until after I get my art done.
  • I will post my progress regularly – at least 3 times a week.
  • I will have fun.

I spent more time on pulling apart the studio and organizing than I did on clay, but I’m ok with that too. It will help most in the long run, I think. I just have to finish this round.

Here’s the current state of the back half of the studio with the file cabinets moved out, the large bookcase moved across the room, and three new wooden drawer units in place.

HUGE thank you to my husband for all his help, since he did all the furniture moves and assembly.

Studio organization is never done, but I think it will be much better in a few days. And having a clean workspace always gets me inspired.

It never STAYS clean (I end up with only 6″ square workspace at a clay day – even when I have a table to myself) but that’s what it’s for. Creating and making and having fun.

And I did have fun this month, even though I did so much work. So it was worth it.

Will I do it again? Probably.

But I have a lot of things going on at the end of June (a class, RiverFire in Wakefield, a show I want to enter), so this month will be a bit less formal – getting the studio back in order, finishing the existing pieces in my Wonderland series, making a piece I’ve been wanting to work on, etc.

And I have a Clay Day tomorrow to look forward to. πŸ™‚

 

I’ve spent a LOT of time working on the studio recently. I’m getting into the back corners now. This is what it looked like a few days ago.

This is the area where I have my bead table, and papers and books, and storage, and metal working, etc etc.

I got the bead table completely cleared, although some of that went into a couple boxes of “bead soup” that will need to be sorted later once I have my new drawers in place.

That table actually got swapped with Dave’s model making table (He needed something sturdier and I needed one that overlaps it’s legs and can go right against the wall over the heating registers).

The small bookcase got completely emptied and moved out and I’m working on the file cabinets. It’s amazing how many shells and rocks and pieces of driftwood I had in just one of those drawers.

There have been several points where I want to run screaming from the room. So far, Dave’s reminded me how far I’ve come and that even if it looks like more of a disaster area than when I started, it is getting there.

I’m trying to keep that in mind as I look at everything stacked around, waiting for someplace to go… I just want to get it done and make things again.

So for anyone else who’s going through a seemingly never ending project, hang in there πŸ™‚

 

So here’s the first color applied for Alice and the Caterpillar from my Wonderland Series.

I’m using Genesis Heat Set Oils* so they’ll get popped in the oven again before I do anything else.

These are a couple inches high and will end up as pin/pendants.

Anyone into bead embroidery? I was wondering if something like this would work as a cabochon or if I’d have to add edges to bead around. Or if it’s just too complex a shape to begin with…



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Saturday, June 24. 9AM – 12 Noon
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36 Beach Street
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While the beads are curing, you will learn how to make a wire wrapped dangle using mother of pearl dagger beads and how to make a tassel out of fibers or ribbon.

You will also have the option of making a wire bail to hang your pendant from a simple cord or leather necklace, or using sari silk for a longer, more ornate design. If time permits, you can complete both necklace styles. No experience needed.

Should be a lot of fun.

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So I have been doing things… πŸ™‚

This is from Saturday, when I did a PanPastel demo for my guild. I sculpted the ladybugs below along with some simple texture pieces.

The final version will have to wait since I forgot to take a picture of it with the pastels. I did it subconsciously on purpose to build suspense!

I’ve also tackled the bead table a bit more, including sorting cording and fibers and such.

I watched a few YouTube demos on pastels and color schemes.

I entered a couple pieces in the next Wickford Art Association show, and dropped off some displays for my next class.

And I did the next step in painting my Alices and Caterpillars.

So small steps taken individually, but I’ve been doing something almost every day. Much better than some weeks. πŸ™‚

Of course, I’ve also been neglecting cleaning the house and cooking and exercising etc…

I seem to move in phases. When I’m concentrating full strength on one thing, other areas get neglected. Seems to be natural for me so I just have to work with it instead of against it.

 

Here’s my ladybug with pan pastels applied. Looks quite different, doesn’t it?

I think I still like the version on white clay best for this one. It just had a softer, more whimsical feel that I think works well for the subject.

But I do like this one too, and it will work better for other things.

I also found these little bezels that I’d made ages ago, and glazed them at the same time I sealed the ladybug.

I’ve been finding a lot of unfinished little projects as I’m organizing… πŸ™‚

 

Toad!

We cut down a big pine tree that was looming in front of our house and starting to degrade… And this year, we have two toads living in holes in the stump.

This is the larger of the two basking in the sun… Or maybe lying in wait for insects.

If you’re having trouble seeing him, he’s in the center, facing the left. Just his head is peeking out.

 

This is what I started at lunch yesterday.

I did a similar piece with white clay and pan pastels recently and I was curious to see how it would look with brown (raw sienna Premo).

I did add color to it last night, but I’ll show that once it’s baked and sealed. πŸ™‚

 

I got the rooster framed and wired over the weekend.

And I’ve also done a fair amount on the studio. I cleared behind the central table, and in front of one of the bookcases.

And I bagged up a couple feet worth of magazines ready to give away.

Dave put together a great pine drawer unit that I’m planning on using for beads. But first I need to figure out where I want the rest of the furniture and layout to go so I actually have room for it.

It’s like one of those slide puzzles… Move this piece so you can slide that piece over, then back…

Or maybe a Rubik’s Cube since it’s three dimensional. I want to take all the stickers off and line them all up, except I haven’t figured out how to do it yet πŸ˜‰

 
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