Monday, September 21, 2015

From Oven to Table - Textural Clay PLATTER Class

We were asked to reschedule this class soooooo  we did!!! *wink*
Hope you can join us!

Clay Platter and Glazing Workshop
A two part class with Susan Spencer Gervais
Saturday October 3, 1pm-4pm (Creating and Embellishing the Clay Base) 
Saturday October 24th, 10:30am-12:00pm (Custom Glazing your piece) 

Join us at the studio on Saturday October 3 for a fun and FUNCTIONAL Stoneware Clay Platter Class with Susan Gervais! And then come back on Saturday October 24th to custom glaze your piece. 

Yes, your art will be hand molded, fired, glazed and re-fired so you can enjoy your creativity at every meal! *wink* Once fired, these platters are Microwave, Dishwasher and Oven Safe. So Cool!! 

Hope you can join us! 
All Materials Included but please bring a shoebox and an old hand towel to use in class. 

Workshop Fee:  $70 (plus hst) for both days, includes two firings. 
Contact the studio for more information. 519 267 6620

Friday, September 18, 2015

Kraft-tex "Fabric" Vase (via ustream)

Hi everyone!  
Last night on ustream I had fun creating a fabric vase.

Julie Fei-Fan Balzer posted a fabric vase she created with the new fabric elements line (by Rebekha Meier available in the states) and I was totally inspired.  

I had a fabric vase project in my sketch book and that post gave me just the right kick in the pants to get moving on it!   In my sketchbook I planned on doing a vase with KRAFT-TEX paper fabric.  Yes, paper fabric!   It's the same material that the old Wrangler logos were made from  -- you know ..  the ones attached to their jeans.   So yes, it's machine wash and dry-able.  VERY COOL stuff.   Almost leather-like after it's been wet.

Anyway, Julie's fabric vase got me to get out the Kraft-tex and the pattern I had stashed away from Mark Montano's Big Ass Book of Crafts 2.  I made a little modification to it (rounded the edges a bit) but, that's where it's from.   To create last night's project...  I also used the Brother ScanNCut...   By Scanning the image into the machine, I have it for future projects ...  AND I don't have to cut each side out individually.   PERFECT!!

Once all my pieces were cut out, I logged onto USTREAM and  GELLI PRINTED the Kraft-Tex with my 8x10 and 4" round plates, created some doodles and stamped a script and solid floral stamp  all over the fabric with Jet Black Archival Ink..  Then sewed it up with my Brother 85e Sewing Machine.  TaDA!
I wish the broadcast saved the recording for you all to see...  but I did have technical troubles with the service last night.  Oh well... I hope that doesn't happen again.

In case you were wondering how to use a fabric, or even a paper vase with fresh flowers,   Here's the secret...  hide a small dollar store vase inside!   Easy Peasy and much prettier!

I had so much fun with this...  I think it would make a wonderful class... so stay tuned for more info!

Hope you're having a creative day!!