I had a lovely day at the Makers today. I thought it would be a bit flat as I was the only artist in. But it was wonderful. Donna let me spread my stuff (oh, I mean art creations) out over the whole area which made it look more “inhabited”. I must admit that it did look better than the usual crowding onto one table. And then there were quite a few people in… a number interested in watching my technique of watercolour style on silk without using any of the flow resistant methods… and my reasons for preferring to work in this (difficult) manner. Good discussions particularly with a fashion lady (French Pony) and a web building whizz (Ian) who gave me lots of hints re online and some young children . Thanks all. Fingers crossed tomorrow will be as rewarding…. remember handmade for Mothers day… if you can’t make your own gift, the next best is to buy unique, one off, handmade item. And I don’t mean merely bits bought on-line and glued together. All my works are handpainted individuals… no reproductions. And especially with the silk it is not possible to repeat a work because of the way I prefer to paint.
I started working with kiln formed glass being attracted to the sparkle of dichroic (a little bling). But very quickly the painter in me pushed that aside (although I still do some) and I met the challenge of painting watercolour style miniatures on tin float glass which is then kiln fired. MUCH more unique and each is an original, one off, work of art. The medium captures the feel of our special island and I call them Tasmanian Moods on Glass. Available direct from the artist and at Dean Walker Design in Burnie. Tas.
Glass workshop Wednesday feb15th 1 till 3 at Forth Art Studio. ph 0364282675 (2 vacancies)
This week at Penguin Market I will be working with Polymer Clay. I have been making decorative mice for cheese platters (pocket pet mice for children) for many years. I have also enjoyed making small sculptures such as cats and garden flower brooches. At one stage I made mask brooches and recently I have been working on my Cocoon jewellery range. This unique product combines contrasting surfaces of polymer clay and kiln formed glass, usually dichroic,but sometimes hand painted recycled and tin float glass. After oven firing the creations are extremly hard. Come and see the works in progress from 9a.m. to 3 p.m. You can even buy some polymer clay to try for yourself.