Many people, including yours truly, are daunted by the thought of pulling a handle for a mug. So rather than face the task with fear, I decided to pay special attention to my mug handles to see whether I could come up with handles that are fun to make. Here’s what I’ve come up with so far:
I’ll start with the bad news. Boris broke the Picasso Vase! He was flinging himself to the top of his cat tree to claim a treat and everything between him and the treat was, shall we say, fodder for collateral damage. He got the treat and the vase hit the floor. I repaired the vase today with some 23k gold leaf and epoxy (Kintsugi) and might still put it in the Fleisher Art Memorial’s 2018 Student Show. We shall see.
In the meantime, I have been working on soliciting auction and goody bag donations for Clayathon 2018. There are going to be some wonderful items this year and one-third of the auction proceeds go to The Center for Pediatric Therapies and Ron Lehockey’s heart pin project.
I donated some pottery last year and it was pretty popular so I decided to contribute two lidded vessels to this years’ auction.
The vessel on top is screen printed with underglazes and the lower one is painted with underglazes. The vessels are hand built using the tarpaper technique.
Here’s a picture of the vessels before they were painted and a picture of the finished vessel I showed you in the tarpaper technique post. I call it the Sassy Box and plan to make some mug handles with the same design as the handle on the Sassy Box lid.
Another Clayathon has come and gone. There was a record attendance of 80+ this year from all over the US and a delightful contingent of clayers from Canada. Clay retreats really are a wonderful place to make friends and to rekindle old friendships.
Lindly Haunani, this year’s guest artist, shared her color expertise with six hours of presentations stretched over three days. In between Lindly’s demos, the attendees shared their knowledge of techniques ranging from Kumihimo, wire working and wet felting as well as basic to advanced polymer demos.
There is a lot I am not mentioning but I am still recovering from the experience. When I got home, I went straight to bed and got up 14 hours later.
Here are some pictures.
This weekend, I will be at Clayathon 2017 with 80 of my closest friends. Lindy Haunani will be the guest artist, but several other well-known polymer experts will be on hand to demonstrate the newest techniques and products. Organizer Arlene Groch has done it again.
Here are some pictures from past Clayathons. To see all the Clayathon posts, press here.
So much going on this week! Robin Hiteshew’s photography show “Faces of Irish Music” opened in New York and while we were there, I visited the Museum of Art and Design and saw fabulous exhibit of the work of Joyce Scott. I hope to write about those in future posts because now, I am getting ready for Clayathon!
Get a taste of the Clayathon experience by watching the video.
Well I have been into birdies lately and my Clayathon hounds tooth contribution was a hounds tooth covered birdy. I made the core from aluminum foil and newspaper which I covered with scrap clay, painted him with white acrylic paint and baked him.
Then I covered the birdy with cane slices
And baked again (his beak is painted with liquid clay tinted with acrylic paint)
I fashioned a birdy perch so Arlene could hang him in her studio without taking up any precious work space.
I antiqued him with a mixture of liquid clay and white acrylic paint for a muted look.
I think he looks content; don’t you?
Clayathon time is here again. I will pack up my stuff and head to beautiful Galloway Township NJ and the Stockton Seaview Hotel where I will meet new and old friends and have a chance to play with my clay for as long as I want. Clayathon is a friendly gathering of creative people who enjoy playing and claying together. Clayathon can be a time to set goals and try new things, or a time to make birds. Lisa Clarke has attended most of the Clayathons and written about them. Robin Milne designed a great logo for this years’ event. And Arlene Groch and her team of volunteers have made Clayathon one of the best clay events of the year.
This is the second collaborative piece made at Clayathon 2013,
Sherman Oberson(Dancing Clown), Patty Pickup Clown with Blue Feet), Patti Underwood (Bearded Lady), Lois Rosenthal Seal), Robin Milne (Elephant), Martha Aleo (Juggling Balls and hands), Sue Springer (Spinning Plates and Hand), Mary Frederici (Dancing Dog), Arlene Groch (Clown Shoes), Denise Pettit (the Bear in the Cage and the Giraffe) . Please leave a comment as to who else contributed to The Circus and I will update the post. We have a Ringmaster, the Balancing Teacups, the Giant Octopus, the Gag Flower, the platforms and who painted those lovely boxes anyway?
The Dinner Party
A collaborative effort by the attendees of Clayathon 2013, presented to Clayathon founder and organizer (and really cool person!!!) Arlene Groch with gratitude, affection and a big round of applause.
Some of the contributors: Sherman Oberson (chef), Mary Frederici (fish), Lisa Clarke (napkins), Terri Powell (wasabi peas), Sarah Sorlien (bowl of oranges), Martha Aleo (baked potato) and Lenora Kandiner.
Here are the names of more contributors. Thanks Robin and Sarah!
Sandra Donohue (pizza), Jenn Dorion (salmon mousse), Lois Rosenthal (polka dot cake), Perrie Layton (orange flowers) Emily Squires Levine (bowls) Robin Milne (roses, banana and fortune cookies) Sue Springer (candy corn)
I know that more people made things. If I left your name out or omitted what you made, please leave a comment.