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.