Monday, June 30, 2014

Mask Delights it was!

This past Sunday was spend with wonderful students eager to learn the art of enameling.  Some were totally new to the technique, some have worked with enamels and one returning student.
First layering of enamel-clear with sugar effect!

The mood is always great when you see the sparkles on their faces as they explores the many possibilities of glass fussing and layering depths.

loads of fun goin' on here!
smoothing out the edges
turtle going in the kiln
WIP-drying before firing
 Even though the workshop is geared towards mask making, I always give the students opportunity to explore other subjects they fancy.  Some proceeded with the mask while others choose differently but the end results were spectacular...


mask fabricated from flat sheet of copper...all hand formed!
finished hand fabricated heart from sheet of copper!
wonderful class!
fun time!
The finished mask by Sky!
Now on to the next workshop design in the studio...Chime in if you would like to be notified of next workshop or give us some feedback!
Namaste!!!

Monday, June 23, 2014

Eight Days of Creativity!

It has been an insane full past week in a good way.  It has been non stop of  intense learning in two wonderful workshops , my special birthday treat.
engraving with chasing tool!
The first part starts with metal week workshop in Idyllwild Summer Arts Program. An intense five days workshop with the talented and funny teacher Charity Hall. 
tube setting with engraved embossing
 The workshop is geared towards learning about texturing metal surfaces using chasing tools and other stamping tools.  
micro foldfolming
 It also covered tube setting, flush setting and step setting, which kicked my butt. 
I got the hang of the tube setting and of all the three setting it was the one I would considered a bit successful. 

tube setting with engraved embossing
 In my flush setting design, I over compensated the drilling for two of the stones.  Now the step setting is another beast, got stuck on this for two days and made two attempts before some resolutions.  Need to practice this more!

all the techniques in this piece: steps setting, flush setting, tube setting & engraving
My first pin back
In addition to learning, had loads of fun meeting other metalsmiths and participating in all the extra activities  such as studios crossover, gallery night, potluck fundraising and last day show and tell.  

With all these fun was the headache of car trouble, dead battery, due to over extended headlight delayed shot off.  Thanks to our wonderful studio assistant Gina who saved my butt by giving me a jump and letting me borrow her jumper cable. Also thank you classmate Paul for giving me the second jump.

the texture gang
Charity & Gina
The second phase of my creativity week shifted the very next day after Idyllwild to Art Box in Upland to take "Building Unique Surfaces with Water-media" with outstanding artist, Gerald Brommer.

Mr. Brommer with one of his wonderful painting!
 It was a three day workshop of immense collaging to build up texture and then build up the surfaces with water-media.  

Mr. Brommer offering insights in show & tell
Mr. Brommer offering insights in show & tell
Mr. Brommer offering insights in show & tell
 This workshop has definitely renewed my love for collaging. Manage to collage ten boards, finished six and four are work in process.
washi papers, tissue papers, wall papers, ink and fluid acrylics
washi papers, tissue papers, wall papers, ink and fluid acrylics
washi papers, tissue papers, wall papers, ink and fluid acrylics
washi papers, tissue papers, wall papers, burlap, ink and fluid acrylics
washi papers, tissue papers, wall papers, ink and fluid acrylics
washi papers, tissue papers, wall papers, stickers, ink and fluid acrylics
Sylvia photo bumming!
with Gerald Brommer!
This eight days have truly been a creative blessings and I could not have asked for better birthday present!.
What creative birthday gift have you bestowed yourself?  Please chime it...is all good!!1