Monday, December 17, 2012

Olga's Magical Creatures

I would like to share this short explanation of how Olga Osnach came up with the name Madre Olius and how she started working in polymer clay.
 
 "Madre Olius - it means Mother Olius (I was called this by the person very close to our family. This person has the same name as our child). I started my polyclayer career after of the birth of my son. It that time I was interested in Spanish. That is why "Mother" became"Madre". Honestly, I'm very thankful to my son, because before his birth I was pretty sure that I was not talented, that I was a mediocre artist when it came to drawing. For example, It is difficult for me to draw portraits, or faces in generaly, but when I work in three dimensions it made a big difference." 
 
Olga is one on the artist who will be presenting work at the Chameleon Show and will also be giving a demonstration at Horizons where participates will have chance to see how she works her magic creating the faces of elves and goblins. 

To see more Olga's work visit her web site or her facebook page.
 

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Up Before Sunrise – Clay makes My Day

Crabby earring and pendant set
Joan Tayler answers the PC Questionnaire

 When did you first discover that polymer clay is a great art material?
I was teaching a class of elementary students how to make things at 1-12 scale and polymer clay was used to make miniature food. In researching the material I found Nan Roche's book the New Clay and I was smitten.

Next to your hands, a knife and a pasta machine what are your favourite tools?
I have a gasket pick that I bought a car parts store that is perfect to draw on clay as well as to sculpt and pierce clay beads.  After that I like the texture sheets that I make myself.

What is your greatest artistic inspiration?
Nature of course, especially plants. Leaves are great and flowers are okay. After that I want to make things that have a purpose besides art. Would that be considered a artistic inspiration? Perhaps not.

What is the best thing about your current studio space or spaces?
I currently work in the living room of our town house. It has a north window and it is nice to be at home. I have also been sharing a studio space with a fibre artist, Carmen of Melonhead Knit Wear. The studio space has been fun but it is without windows and a drive away so I will be moving into a studio space in my neighbourhood.

What is the best time of day to work?
I am and early bird. I sometimes start at about 3:00 in the morning. That is why I will keep some space at home where I can work before that sun rises.

Whose work do you most admire?
Among the polymer clay artist I would have to choose Tory Hughs and Jon Anderson. There are so many great artists I admire but these two were among the first that impressed me. Out side of polymer clay I would choose the late Jim Rimmer graphic artist extraordinary, who I considered a friend and mentor.

What other artistic medium do you enjoy working in?
If you can make a mark with it, I will try it, but my loves would be pencil, ink or watercolours, pretty much in that order.

What question would you add to this list of questions?
I liked Tina’s Question – “If you could make polymer clay more perfect what would that be?”, but I would really have a hard time answer the question. Perhaps a way to think of it as environmentally friendly.

Actually, it is Joan Tayler writing this blog, so it is me that is to blame to the lack of entries for the last for the last four months. My excuse is that is when I am going to market to sell my goods – I guess you could say that I was driven by the market. So I am back and I will to blog more often.  

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Nothing as much Fun as Polymer Clay

Rachel Gourley answers the Chameleon Questionnaire 

 
beach stones
sand dollars
When did you first discover that polymer clay is a great art material?

 When I lived in Washington in 1999, I saw Ford Forlano's brooches at the Baltimore Craft show. I had no idea what they were made of so I asked everyone I met if they knew what this stuff  was. Eventually someone said, "I don’t know but I live next door to the ex secretary of the National Polymer Clay Guild"
The same night my new acquaintance took me to the monthly meeting of the local guild where I met Nan Roche, Lindly Haunani, Rachel Carren and lots of others.
 
 Next to your hands, a knife and a pasta machine what are your favourite tools?

Tools I find useful: knitting needles, Xacto knife and anything with a rough texture.
 
What is your greatest artistic inspiration?
 I don’t understand inspiration. It appears from nowhere and comes with a great feeling  but I definitely respond to landscape, weather, things I find or see like the stones in a wall or the lichen on a rock
 
What is the best thing about your current studio space or spaces?
 
I have a small studio space but its all mine. 

What is the best time of day to work?

Morning

Whose work do you most admire?
Many people's
 
What other artistic medium do you joy working in?
I used to be a print maker and loved that and I have some paintings I did that I like but nothing has been as much fun as Polymer.







Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Sea Star - Sea Life

Tina Holden answers The Chameleon Questionnaire.
When did you first discover that polymer clay is a great art
material? 
When I went to visit family on my first trip back to Germany in 1989. My father took me to Opi which is something like our Michael's here. I saw these great belts and buckles made from it and thought 'wow! what is this stuff?! I have to try this' so bought a few blocks of Fimo, some metal pulvers, some stones and chain and off I went. I still have my first piece and it had gone through the washer and dryer, so it must be good! lol
 Next to your hands, a knife and a pasta machine what are your favourite tools?
Three polymer clay pendants with different bead applications.
Definitely my foam sheet for texturing the backs for pendants, my various sizes of knitting needles and a cartridge-less pen for setting stones and for making texture.
 
What is your greatest artistic inspiration?
My greatest 'what' inspiration would be where I live, by the 
An early whimsical box
ocean. Sea life permeates much of what I do. The Starfish or sea star (my husband constantly reminds me that a starfish is not a fish, lol) well, that creaturealongwith the sea urchin serve as my greatest inspiration.
What is the best thing about your current studio space or spaces?  
The best thing is the solitude. It separates my living space and my creative space. Nobody but me in that space. And I don't wake anyone up if I need to run the pasta machine motor in the middle of the night. Well, maybe that sound carries, lol.
What is the best time of day to work?
Green Man Clock
First thing in the morning, but also late in the evening. 
Whose work do you most admire?
That is a really tough question as there are so many fantastic designers and artists out there, I just couldn't pick one. I'd have to say that I admire many, but none the most. Maurits Cornelis Escher or better known as M.C.Escher has always fascinated me. When I worked in beadwork I would emulate some of those plane-filling 'regular division' motifs. 
What other artistic medium do you joy working in?
Wire and bead embroidery. Before I began working with polymer clay, bead weaving and wire were what got me started in making jewelry. Wire has so many capabilities. It can be woven, shaped, knitted, crocheted, braided and even sewn. It's such a great instrument in putting things together...even polymer clay.

What question would you add to this list of questions?
If you could make polymer clay more perfect what would that be? like the holy grail...transparent! lol.





Wednesday, June 27, 2012

From Dolls to Rabbits

Here are the answers that Olga Osnach gave to the Chameleon questionnaire. Olga is a recent member of the Vancouver Polymer Clay Guild who with be presenting works in the juried part of the Chameleon 2013 Polymer Clay Show. 
 
When did you first discover that polymer clay is a great art material?

In 2008, some months before moving to Canada. A year earlier I discovered the art of felting and I was interested of making felted dolls. Someone has given me a book with lots of Russian doll makers tutorials. The biggest part of this book was about making dolls of polymer clay. January 2008, I've started the basic doll making course at “Olga Tamoikina and Marina Pribelskaya doll making workshop”. Honestly, the doll making is my great passion. After my first year in Canada I started to find my another capabilities of working with polymer clay. I've read about Katherine Dewey technique of making live-looking animals, and I've tried :) I like to make
rabbits. Not because of a big love to these animals, but because I simply like *to make* them :)

Next to your hands, a knife and a pasta machine what are your favorite tools?

I do not use pasta-machine for my projects. Except knife I use couple homemade tools with different needles, eyelet. But my favorite is the tool a little pike on one side and a curved spatula on the other side.
  
 What is your greatest artistic inspiration?

 Nature! And others success :)

What is the best thing about your current studio space or spaces?

I have a very little space for my work, just dreaming about isolated room for my own studio :) but for the moment I like a big black glass plate on the table.

What is the best time of day to work?

Night :) sometimes I feel to be a vampire because of this my time preference :)

Whose work do you most admire?

Whoa.... There is a lot of great artists!!!!!

Patrizia Cozzo, Ira Deineko, Katheleen Dustin, Jon Anderson – incredible works!!!!! and Marina Bychkova – porcelain dolls...

What other artistic medium do you joy working in?

Watercolors, Oil, fabrics and treads.

Thank you Olga
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If you are a member of the Vancouver or the VanIsle Polymer Clay guilds and wish to participate in the this show please look at the information in the juried show section of this blog. 

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Carolyn - A Study in Order

Clay Table
Glass Clay Table
Finishing Table
A short Artist interview with Carolyn Good

When did you first discover that polymer clay is a great art material?

I was into jewelry making and came across a class on how to make your own beads from polymer clay at a local bead show.  At that time the Vancouver Polymer Clay Guild was just starting up so I had to join and learn more about this new material.  It was at that first meeting when I saw work created by others in various forms and was extremely excited about what one could do with it.

Next to your hands, a knife and a pasta machine what are your favourite
tools?

I have a few favorites actually but the ones I maybe use the most are quilters template sheets (both plain and with a grid) as well as graph paper inserted into a sheet protector.  Both have different uses but great
for creating shapes and marking holes, etc.   With the graph paper, I can write and draw on it for creating my designs.

Another would be poultry lacers used for piercing and baking my beads.  I have a stack of them on my table and in use all the time.


What is your greatest artistic inspiration?

Flowers in our garden and fabrics.  They both give me ideas for combining
colors.

What is the best thing about your current studio space or spaces?

The three large work tables.  Each table has a different use.  Two are designated just for my clay work and a third specifically for finishing the pieces.  Two of them have an arborite finish and one is all glass so I can work right on them with my clay and not need to use a separate board.  I like to spread out when I work and it seems I always have every inch
covered with something.

What is the best time of day to work?

I use to say morning but now it varies.  Some days I am in my studio really early where other days I may not get started until late in the afternoon and then work in the evening.  It all depends on what else I have to do that day which might involve doing things around the house or computer work, etc. In the winter I like to prepare my clay and mix colors and canes etc. in the day and then work at a table I have in the main room and make beads while watching some favorite TV shows or a movie in the evening.

Whose work do you most admire?

I don't think there is just one but if I had to narrow it down, Iwould say Kathleen Dustin <http://www.kathleendustin.com/>.

What other artistic medium do you enjoy working in?

Sewing mainly but I also like to paint.


What question would you add to this list of questions?

Where do you see yourself and your work in 5 years?
 
In this last year we have been selling wholesale to stores which will no doubt keep growing.  I have also been creating larger pieces lately and see myself doing more since it is a nice change.  Jewelry, however, is my real passion and I would like to see how far it will take me. 



Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Inspiration from the Sea

An Short Artist Interview with Gera Scott Chandler

When did you first discover that polymer clay is a great art material?

I discovered polymer clay to be a "chameleon" when I was trying to figure out how to drill holes in beach pebbles to add as accents for my Soap Stone soaps  I was making in or around 1998. Someone suggested I try make my own with polymer clay and it wasn't long after that that I turned my entire focus towards making polymer clay based creations.

Next to your hands, a knife and a pasta machine what are your favourite tools?
Turkey skewers- they are perfect for making holes and "Scritch-scratching".

What is your greatest artistic inspiration?
The beach.

What is the best thing about your current studio space or spaces?
It has a door I can close so no one sees when it becomes "out of hand"...

What is the best time of day to work?
Morning

Whose work do you most admire?
Hundertwasser

What other artistic medium do you joy working in?
fiber and natural materials-- currently kelp basketry

 


This is a pic of the Soap Stones I was making in the 90s- I used pc to make little imitation stones as a pkg embellishment.... it was my first serious use of pc. You can just make out a couple of the little beachstones I made.