Thursday, January 25, 2007

New Pens

Some new pens I made for a client. I'm really enjoying making these collage pens.

It Never Ends!

I decided to do a wholesale show again after being away for over a year. Last year was a write off when it came to my wholesale business since we were up in the air in regards to my husband's military career. They couldn't give us a definitive answer about moving us or not and that doesn't allow me to plan my schedule. And if any one of you is in the craft world, you'll know that you have to plan over 6 months ahead for some popular shows.

Finally, he's retiring this coming July so I can actually make plans. What a concept! It's nice to have the freedom of life's been in the mercy of the military for too many years.

I'm going to be at the By Hand Gift Show in Edmonton from Feb. 18-21st. Check their site for info: . It's running in conjunction with the Alberta Gift Show. It's the first time I've done the Alberta show...looking forward to it. It's not a public show, you'll have to have a resale license to attend.

Right now, I'm working like mad to get all my samples and new products ready. I forgot how much work that takes! But I do hope it's well worth it.

Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Work in Progress

While searching for inspiration for some new canes, I came across an old chinese pattern book that I hadn't looked at in ages. As I flipped through the pages, I decided to create a teapot featuring some ancient Chinese beauties. I've been wanting to do a series like this for a while so I guess I'm finally ready to start on it.

Right now, I'm working on a teapot in that theme. I've decided to post a few pics as the work progresses. I've got the one side of the teapot covered and starting on the other side. This is just the base of the detailing. After the first baking, I'll still be going back in and carving details and backfilling them. There will be quite a few more steps before I will be able to say this piece is complete.

New Year, New Works!

So, you figure when the shows have all ended...there may be breathing space...not!

I was invited to contribute to a silent auction at Arty Gras, a gala fundraiser for the Winnipeg Art Gallery. I felt honoured to have been asked as one of the artisans. It signifies that polymer clay is gaining more recognition as a fine art medium, and so it should!

I created a vase inspired by my dragonfly teapot. It's a theme that's dear to my heart. Hope it makes oodles of money for the gallery.

Happy New Year!

I can't believe 2007 has rolled around.

It was a hectic but great Christmas season for me. It's also bittersweet since we'll be moving away from Winnipeg this summer. I have many dear friends here that I'll miss but I sure won't miss the weather!

It will be nice for this BC gal to get back to her roots after 16 years on the Prairies. I always believe change is good for the soul.