This year Arlene Groch’s son Mike asked her to convert a steer skull (yes…it’s only resin, not real) into an object d’ Arte for his foundation’s fund-raiser auction during San Diego’s Gay Pride festivities this weekend. Here’s a close up so you can appreciate Mr. Steer’s fine mica shift ghost image coat. (Fans of Barbara McGuire will recognize her wonderful Klimt designs.) Other photos show a few stages of the process and the finished object.
Mr. Steer is a bit smaller than last year’s Mr. Deer, so he probably won’t bring in as much as the $700 Mr. Deer raised for this worthy cause, but Arlene is hoping he’ll also find a good home.
Acclaimed polymer clay veneer maven Bonnie Bishoff made a rare teaching appearance in Philadelphia last week teaching a marquetry technique class on Saturday and demonstrating how she makes her signature veneers at the guild meeting on Sunday
Hard to believe it’s all just polymer clay
Show and Tell
Denise Pettit and Perrie Layton-Gimbel will be giving a series of workshops at Art Space Lansdowne for folks interested in learning the basics of polymer clay. Please pass this info along to any newbe interested in working with our favorite medium and after they become addicted, hopefully they will continue their polymer clay journey as a member of PAPCG.
WHEN: Second Saturdays 1:30 – 4 pm beginning August 10
WHERE: Art Space Lansdowne artspacelansdowne.com (park and enter on Madison off of Lansdowne Avenue)
August 10, 2013 – Basic Surface Techniques
September 14, 2013 – Simple Caning
October 13, 2013 – Leaf Tiles
November 9, 2013 – Transfer Technique
December 14, 2013 – Christmas Ornaments
January 11, 2014 – Open Studio/Finish Projects.
COST: special discounted rate of $150 for the series of 6 workshops. Payment is required in advance. Pay via PayPal with your PayPal Account or by credit card here: http://goo.gl/fflzJp.
INDIVIDUAL WORKSHOPS: Registration for single workshops is possible depending on available space. Cost is $35 per single workshop. Contact Perrie or Denise to check availability and make payment arrangement for single workshops.
FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:
Perrie at 610-504-8870 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Denise at email@example.com or 610-541-7930.
Are you ready to start off your 2013/2014 PAPCG year with a rare and fantastic claying experience? If so, sign up now for Bonnie Bishop’s Saturday, September 21st, 2013 one- day workshop, and don’t miss Bonnie’s Sunday, Sept. 22nd FREE -TO-GUILD-MEMBERS-ONLY Guest Artist Demos.
Bonnie has been pushing the polymer envelope since 1987, winning dozens of awards, featured in articles, and exhibiting in major museums for the fine studio furniture she with her woodworking partner J.J. Syron. She rarely teaches her unique polymer techniques to guilds. We are fortunate to have her share her talents with us for two days in September.
During Bonnie’s Saturday workshop she will teach the “marquetry” techniques she uses to create large and small veneers polymer clay for jewelry and furniture.
Students will explore these techniques by creating a series of 4 small marquetry tiles or pins and will explore progressively more complex techniques with each pin or tile. Students will learn how to achieve definition in the imagery and then to create designs that have depth and overlap, foreground and background. Bonnie will address creating large and small surfaces, applications in furniture and jewelry, firing techniques, adhesives, finishing and inspirations.”
Here’s what Bonnie tells us about her Sunday Guest Artist Demonstrations: “I will discuss and demonstrate the use of translucent-based cane layering to create luminous depth and lacy detail on both small and large work. Based on the groundwork of my marquetry techniques I will give specific instruction on process, cane building and provide a boat load of samples to discuss and explore. Bring scrap clay, white, translucent and your favorite colors so we can experiment .
Having studied under Bonnie for several days in Maine last summer, I can assure you that you’ll learn a great deal from Bonnie and be inspired by both her work and her warm personality. Sunday will NOT be a repetition of Saturday, so you won’t want to miss either day’s teaching. Take a look at web site J.M. Syron & Bonnie Bishoff and I think you’ll agree.
If you had been paying attention in your ornithology class, you would already know that there are more than 150 species of owls flying around the planet. That means that Sue Springer won’t have any shortage of models for her latest obsession: recreating owls in polymer clay. Here are some of her latest creations. Click under the pictures to see the real-life owls that served as inspiration.
Sue builds her owls on a polymer clay tile with a wire attached to the back for hanging. She fashions the owls
from her ever-growing collection of canes she designs to suggest the different feathers of the inspirational owl.
Sue employs complex Skinner Blends, translucent clay and color mixing to good effect, achieving a look of depth to the feathers despite the limited color palate.
Sue builds more colorful canes for the eyes but employs similar subtle shading that gives the eyes dimension and a lifelike quality.
Don’t you feel like he’s staring at you?
- The Polymer Clay Avengers
Sue and Wilma
Now that I have your attention, here is some Owlish Trivia
You can find owls on every continent but Antarctica.
Owls have three eyelids and zygodactyl feet
and asymmetrical ears.
Owls can’t pivot their eyes
but they can turn their heads 270 degrees.
Owls’ feathers make them noiseless fliers
which is good because they’re predators.
Not all owls hoot
but some can bark.
A flock of owls
is called a Parliament
and the largest owl fossil ever found
was over three feet tall.
Be careful Sue when you venture out into the forest.
Find out more about owls here
by Arlene Groch
It all started when my son Mike called from San Diego, and asked if I would cover a resin deer’s head with clay to hang on the wall of his office.
When I stopped laughing, I realized he was serious. Always game for a challenge, I agreed. He sent me the head; it came broken. That gave me a spare ear to test in the oven. The ear didn’t melt or send us running out of the house to escape poisonous fumes. So I called Mike and told him to send me another head. He must have really wanted this badly because the second head arrived in the next few days.
Mike wanted the deer covered with a hounds-tooth pattern. I scoured the Internet for ideas and found a tutorial for a hounds-tooth cane. I made some samples and Mike chose the plain pattern without the red silk screened design. I smeared the deer with Genesis and then covered all of its skin/fur with a medium thickness of “junk” clay. Then I applied the cane slices all over the deer’s head, chest and ears blending in the seams of each section to match the pattern. I blended the seams of each section together using Dan Cormier’s rag paper smoothing technique.
When Mr. Deer was ready for curing (some 30-40 hours after his arrival at our home) I had to use our regular kitchen oven because Mr. Deer’s head was too big for my convection oven. I settled him on a cookie sheet, wrapped him in tented tin foil and baked him for about 45 minutes at 300 degrees. I added a few clay patches on missed spots behind the ears, and some very thinly sliced canes where needed to improve the overall design. I cured those with a heat gun.
Mr. Deer was ready for sanding. Rough sanding to clean him up and smooth a few bumps was all the sanding I felt a deer deserved, no matter how cute.
After a good apres-sanding bath, it was time to finish him off. I applied three coats of matte red Golden paint to his antlers. I tried clay tips on the antlers, but both Mike and the Deer felt that it was too much so off they came.
Following Mr. Deer’s final photo session, George and I escorted took him to the Fed Ex office for some serious bubble wrapped, double boxed packaging and sent him off via ground transportation to his new home across the country. When the Fed Ex guy asked for a value for insurance purposes, and I just laughed and told him, “A week of Mother Love — it’s invaluable”.
I hope you enjoyed Mr. Deer’s journey, and do say a prayer [or just send some good vibes] for his safe arrival. And now for the pictures