Meetup in Olde City: Kathleen Dustin, Artistic Development, and the Clowns of Murano

The first Friday of each month is prime gallery trolling time in Philadelphia. I joined some Greater Philadelphia Polymer Art Meetup friends last Friday for a trip to the opening of Kathleen Dustin’s show at the Snyderman-Works Gallery in Philadelphia. I took some pictures of our gathering with Kathleen’s gracious permission, but the SD card on my cell phone went South on me so I have nothing to share. If you click on the link, you can see some of the outstanding pieces currently on display.

I don’t know which was more fun-having Kathleen pull pieces out of the case and explaining how she constructed them or listening to her and Beading Yoda discuss their design philosophies. By the way, checkout Kathleen’s newly-designed web site here.

A few years ago, Kathleen gave a wonderful presentation to the Philadelphia Guild  on the evolution of her work.   Which got me to thinking about why it is always a sheer delight to see her work.  Not only is it technically brilliant but there is always a new aspect to it that pushes her body of work to a different level.  Read this Polymer Clay Daily post on the changing focus of her work from representational to abstract.  Then check out these links  from the Polymer Art ArchiveEvolution of Polymer ArtArticles by Kathleen Dustin on the Polymer Art Archive, and Turning Blue into Gold.

Later at a restaurant debriefing session over Italian food and wine at nearby BYOB  La Locanda Del Ghiottone and a bottle of wine from  Pinot Boutique, several Meetup members reminisced about traveling to Venice and to Murano. We all agreed that while Italian glass was beautiful, some of the objects tourists bring back from Murano deserve a place in the permanent glass collection of the Museum of Ugly. I mean seriously.

Don’t forget  Bead Fest Philadelphia this weekend!  Click here for more information.

Take the Highway to the Artway!

 

 

Last month, I made a long-awaited trip to Polymer Clay Express at the Artway in Laurel MD. My ostensible reason was to see my friends Rob and Wilma Yost but we all know that’s not true. I wanted to shop.

IMG_8943_newThe Artway was easy to find.  I just set the GPS and the car took me there.  How can you miss it?

IMG_8944_newThe place is huge as you can see and this is only one room!

IMG_8948_newLots of magazines and videos to peruse

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 They have a big, bright classroom with lots of tables and lots of ovens.    Scheduled teachers include Jana Roberts Benzon, Kathleen Dustin and Jeff Dever.  Check out the Class Schedule

 

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IMG_8955_newSome of the inks PCE carries

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All kinds of craft supplies

IMG_8962_newMore ink including the popular Tim Holtz line

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All kinds of stringing materials, cording, grommets, thread and findings

IMG_8985_newThe carry a full line of Genesis Paints

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IMG_8993_newSome of your favorite old polymer clay videos are now on DVD and you can get them at Polymer Clay Express

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IMG_9014_newRob hard at work

IMG_9022_newWilma packing extruders to fill orders

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Check out the 3D printer! 

 

But wait, there’s more!  Laurel MD is a charming little town with quaint shops, restaurants and historical sites.  There’s plenty to do after you finish your shopping.  For more information, press here.  And things are always happening at the Artway.  Besides getting the classroom up and running, Wilma continues to improve the Dream Machine and other tools and I hear that a shipment of motors is due in the near future.  To keep up with the latest happenings:

Visit Polymer Clay Express’s Facebook Page

Follow them on Pinterest

Check out their YouTube channel

And if you can’t make it to the Artway in person,  you can always shop on the  new and improved website!