Friday, June 24, 2011

June Artisan Clay Design Team Reveal!

Check out the beads that the design team had to work with this month!
Everyone picked one piece from these photos.
I worked like crazy on this month's piece. Early in the month, I got this crazy idea and then the rest of the month was spent inventing the wheel. There was so much to think about in figuring out how to make this "idea" reality.
I am sure it's been done before and that somewhere someone has written instructions on how to go about doing what I did...... but..... following instructions is not my way.... and my brain was tickled with the journey.
Oh Boy!  There were sketches, and collecting materials... and collecting materials....and waiting for them to arrive..... and thinking a lot, and saving that picture frame from the dumpster......and tracking down the tape measure..... and collecting materials
And then, this is what I came up with.  I have been obsessed with "constructing a fiber" I have multiple fiber ideas and this one stems from both my trip to the Oregon Coast and the Roberto Capucci exhibit that I went to the first week of June.
Sea Weed
So.... by 8pm Thursday.... this is what I had.... A piece of fabric, woven with Sari Silks... that shortened while I has weaving it.  So, what was I going to do?  First I tried it on my daughters.  It was still just a little to short for a necklace for my 6 year old... Then I found myself at 10pm last night.... STARTING OVER AGAIN!
This time I added a few inches for shortening due to weaving. 
And this is what I came up with.
I hope you find it interesting. 
I would like to explore the idea more with next month's project.
I always have a great time running through these visions.

Are you ready to see what the rest of the team has been working on with their Smokefired beads?

Also---FYI-- I am participating in a Saggar fire this weekend... so, all those wonderful red and brown smoke fired pieces that have been sold out for so long, should return to my etsy shop in the next weeks.  Please follow my Artisan Clay Facebook page if you would like to know when I update my etsy shop.... I have not been doing a good job of keeping the blog updated when I post new work.

So....Check out what the team has been up to!


  1. Love that fiber weave! Really beautiful...the donuts balance the complexity of the fiber~

  2. OMG, that's fantastic! And so much work!

  3. I love what you did! I think it would feel really good to have that soft fringe on your neck. Enjoy the day!

  4. Wow, that is very cool! I love seeing fibers in jewelry.

  5. What a wonderful idea! I love both of the woven pieces you show. I bet they feel delightful on the neck. And I'm thrilled that we both opted to use fiber in our pieces this month. ;D

  6. It was great to see your inspiration. The colors and textures are great. Love it.

  7. very nice wheel indeed.You are right in saying that it takes a long time to materialize the idea into reality.But the process is very enjoyable.

  8. Gorgeous Kristie!
    (This is Marcie, by the way!)


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