xo a charmed life xo Clay Jewelry and Art

Life is charmed
The…finest food on the east coast! XOXOXO (at Chez O’Donnell)

The…finest food on the east coast! XOXOXO (at Chez O’Donnell)

Isn’t this out of this world! XOXOXO (at Chez O’Donnell)

Isn’t this out of this world! XOXOXO (at Chez O’Donnell)

 

Harriete’s work is fantastic and fascinating (spend a lot of time looking at her Etsy and Facebook Pages). Her work is absolutely beautiful! All one of a kind pieces…XOXOXO

 “The use of post-consumer tin cans contributes important content to my work. Bar codes and brand names recycle our exposure to advertising, marketing, and possession as identification. In a society so transitory and hyper-marketed, one may wonder who we really are?”

 Harriete’s blog

is packed with business advice not only from her but from other well- established artists as well.  I don’t believe she ever sleeps. When you go to the link listed here you will find a list of her accounts. Remarkable! Sign up. You will thank me…

http://www.harriete-estel-berman.info

I’m off to a week at the beach! Happy Birthday to me…no computer!!! Be well…XOXOXO

A ‘diner’ with 5 things on the menu. Diner redefined. XOXOXO (at The Diner)

A ‘diner’ with 5 things on the menu. Diner redefined. XOXOXO (at The Diner)

                                           CLAIRE MAUNSELL

I’ve been a professional craftsperson since 1989, when I graduated from the Sheridan College School of Crafts and Design in glass. I built and operated my own hot glass studio for 15 years, until children and job movements intervened. After some experimenting, I found myself naturally drawn to working with polymer, not least because it shares so many forming and colour techniques with glass.

 I found that as I became more familiar with polymer, the skills that I had acquired from glass seemed to naturally apply themselves through my hands - I began to make and refine hollow forms in polymer. Then, naturally enough, I began to investigate surface decoration on those forms following the aesthetic I had begun to develop in glass! I think after 4 years of working with polymer I have ‘found my voice’, as they say!

 Working with innovative forms and using texture, printing, painting, distressing and additive techniques, I have evolved a style framework that I love - and that I feel has a lot of room for growth and development in the future. I am starting to teach again, and I am so enjoying the opportunities I’ve had to pass on some methods that I think many people can take and develop in their own direction.

 It all comes back to that still moment of creation and the intense satisfaction that (momentarily) accompanies it. It’s what I search for, every day!

 Questions? I’m happy to answer any that you might have - just convo me.

 My BLOG and on Flickr

(So much to see, so little time! XOXOXO)

http://www.flickr.com/photos/stillpointworks/

                                           SERGEI ISUPOV

        http://www.escapeintolife.com/artist-watch/sergei-isupov/

Sergei Isupov (b. 1963) is a ceramic artist born in Stavrapole, Russia. Isupov studied art at universities in Kiev and Estonia before emigrating to the United States in 1983. He now lives and works in Cummington, Massachusetts.

Artist Statement

I am a student of the universe and a participant in the harmonic chaos of contrasts and opposites: dark – light; male – female; good – evil. Working instinctually and using my observations, I create a new, intimate universe that reveals the relationships, connections and contradictions as I perceive them.
For me, I find clay to be the most versatile material and it is well suited to the expression of my ideas. I consider my sculptures to be a canvas for my paintings. All the plastic, graphic and painting elements of a piece function as complementary parts of the work.

About the Artist

Isupov’s subjects bear their souls on their faces. That is, the cheeks, foreheads and chins of his protagonists are meticulously painted with evocative figures, little flurries of meaning that dart back and forth across centuries like a tarantella dancer. Here the stroke seems Byzantine, there it is Baroque; here is a Netherlandish wench, there a Neo-classical foot. Overall, though, Isupov’s touch is consistently precise, rendered expertly in layers of glaze and texture, with one built onto another like the pages of a story.

 

 CHRISTINA CASSIDY

The horse is my muse,but these days the horses are gone from our farm. From my window I see dogs, cats, birds, deer, fox, the occasional armadillo, snake or gator; the piney woods and pastures that surround the house, and of course my dairy goats and my garden (sometimes my goats in my garden!) All of this goes into my art.

I sculpt, draw, or etch intimate miniature India-ink and many-colored-ink drawings and low-relief sculpture on polymer clay for jewelry and framed display pieces, and I finish each piece in acrylic. I draw horses, cats, goats, and many dog breeds. I also do birds, fish and other creatures, both realistic and fantastical. I am inspired by my former and current surroundings, and my imagination is ever expanding.

ALWAYS LOOK HERE: POLYMER CLAY DAILY

http://polymerclaydaily.com/2012/03/30/polymer-as-canvas/

 

 

DOREEN GAY-KASSEL’S (POLYMER) PODS. STUNNING!!! XOXOXO

 YIKES!Studio 
Suzanne Anderson has felt she’s been on the “yikes precipice” ever since starting her jewelry design adventure. Creating can be a thrilling risk. Suzanne gets her inspiration from many places, then it all percolates down through her and comes out in the shapes and colors you see here on the website. 

Go ahead and be daring, be stylish. “Dress for the theater that is your life.”

YIKES! Studio jewelry is created in a wooded lakeside studio in Maine. Its the perfect place to be immersed in creative work. The forest and nearby rugged Maine seaside are always constant influences in addition to travel and fashion studies.

YIKES jewelry is produced in a variety of mediums including polymer clay, precious metal clay, enameling on copper and sterling silver sheet and wire. Color and experimentation are the fundamentals and motivation of this work. 

 

David Geiser’s paintings are tactile and deep, often being composed of many layers of shellack, pitch, tar, rope and scrap wood.

That blue just knocks my socks off! XOXOXO