Today is Monday the 17th. I depart for Bead Fest in 3 days, and a few miscellaneous hours. Set up on Thursday – with a stint as airport shuttle. Then Friday we can let the wild rumpus start! (Thank you Mr. Sendak for that one.)
|My glaze fort. Please note coffee aka elixir of life; and Netflix on iPad. Currently binge watching West Wing.|
In the last few weeks I have been spending most time in the Glaze cave aka basement studio, where I barricade myself in with jars of glaze and underglaze. And I paint, and I paint. My pieces are so detailed, and involve multiple layers of glaze. Base coat, shadows, highlights… as if I was painting in watercolors. Then a coat of clear glaze over the underglaze colors. I love that each piece is individual and unique…
I have new designs this year that I have added to my Mythic Nature line of ceramic pendants. All the favorites will be in attendance at Bead Fest, and there are new orcas – thanks to Lindsay, barn owls, sleeping foxes, and the Mermaid of Zennor. A Cornish folktale, her inspiration is carved in wood on a church pew. (St. Senara’s Church in Zennor UK)
I currently have a small kiln at home, and larger kilns to use at the studio where I teach. All my pendants are fired at home in my workhorse! (Olympic doll kiln). Its not large, but I love that I can fire it fast and frequently!
|Approximately 50 pendants in a load, each suspended on a hook, from a bar of the bead tree…|
|All the polymer is still in progress. Theres a lot to do in three days…|
|Mythic Nature pendants fresh from my little kiln.|
Look what has arrived! I will have a selection of treasures from Lesley Watt with me (and her) at Bead Fest!
|Lesley’s loot teaser pix!|