Monday, 22 September 2008

New Classes

We have set the dates for two exciting new classes. . . .

Working with Nature - Sunday 19th October
One of the most wonderful things about Art Clay Silver is the ease in which we can incorporate nature into our work. This class will focus on how to take moulds of anything from sea shells to tree bark. We will use a two part silicone moulding compound to make stunning and wearable pieces of jewellery.

Fingerprint Charms - Sunday 16th November
Have you ever wondered how to get a fingerprint into pure silver? This class will show you how. Suitable even for complete beginners we will go through the basics of how to handle the clay, different ways of taking the prints, setting stones, engraving, firing and of course polishing! You'll never be stuck for an idea for Christmas presents again!

Click here for further details.

Saturday, 20 September 2008

Fine Silver & Lampwork Ring

Remember I said I had plans for the little bead pictured below? Well here is a picture of what I made with it. A simple fusion of Silver and Glass. EB

Monday, 15 September 2008

Art Clay World EU Conference

Well - I have been off on my travels again . . . This time to the fantastic Art Clay World EU Conference. Held at the beautiful West Dean College in Chichester I spent a wonderful jam packed three days playing with metal clay, meeting awe inspiring artists and spending time with new and old friends.

I was also lucky enough attend the full day Master Class with Gordon Uyehara. This was his first ever time teaching in the UK and it was just wonderful being taught by such an incredible artist. We were taught how to make the adorable little Cosmic Honu Pendant (see photo above). Here on the right is a load going into the dehydrator. Everyone was wearing their little turtles with pride for the whole weekend!

The competition pieces were outstanding!! Here is just one of the pendants (I'll pop more on Flickr!) I had to leave to catch a plane home and I missed the announcement of the winners - but as soon as I hear I'll let you know! I did today hear however that I was the VERY LUCKY winner of the 1st Prize in the Raffle!!!! I won £300 of Art Clay GOLD! I have no idea yet what to do with such a valuable piece of clay, but of course I'm really thrilled!

Along with learning and having great fun we all got down to serious business in the AGM and appointed several new members of the Guild. Under our new Chair Person Lynda Cheney we voted in several new officers - and here will start an exciting new period of change for the Guild. I'm the new Regional Officer for Scotland - which is really exciting news for me and hopefully for all Guild members in Scotland. I'll be working hard organising some Regional Events, and soon contacting all members in Scotland to introduce myself. If you are not a member then be sure not to miss out and join here.


Saturday, 6 September 2008

If you were among the people who came along to my open studio on Thursday the 4th of September then you would have seen me working on one of these beads. These are the result of a few afternoons at the torch - I don't know what to do with them yet, but may just hang on to them as reference for colours to use in future sets.

BUT this little bead to the left has a more concrete destiny, its perfect for a project I have had in my mind for a while. . . . I'll post a pic once I have finished it :)

EB x

Tuesday, 2 September 2008

Scottish Bead Fair

Wow - The Scottish Bead Fair was another huge success. The rain poured down outside but everyone inside seemed to be enjoying themselves. A big thank you to all of you who stopped by our stall to say hello or shop! It was great to see some familiar faces and to meet some new ones. Little Baby Tarvish did'nt seem too interested in the beads or clay - and promptly fell asleep - but at a few weeks old who can blame him :)

Our Demos were very popular and we hope that if you managed to see what was going on that you found them interesting! Here is Emma beginning the Rose Demo.

Due to popular demand we will be setting some day courses on Sundays from now until Christmas. Keep an eye on our website as full details will be added soon!