Friday, 25 November 2011

One of a Kind Withdrawl

I am having major One of a Kind show withdrawl. I was doing so well with not being homesick too, since this last month has been so fantastic in so many ways. It's funny though that something that gave me so much anxiety and provided so much stress would cause this level of homesickness. But I miss all my crafty Toronto people terribly. I miss the feeling of community that comes with doing the shows. That feeling is probably the only thing I miss about the Living Arts Centre. I even find myself missing the community in the glass studio at Sheridan. Being at NSCAD has just been a bit of an adjustment because there are different people in all of my studio classes. It's not a bad thing - just different.

I know all of this will be worth it in the end when I am making really amazing things (that I still can't even fathom yet since I am only at the end of my first semester here).

I am happy to say that very soon I will be done with ceramics! Maybe not forever - but at the very least for a long time. I definitely appreciated ceramics more this time around, the process is just not for me though. There is too much doing, and waiting, and doing, and waiting, and then a bit more doing and oh right, again with the waiting.... But I made some mugs for my final project. I am pretty happy with them, we'll see how much I love them when they are bisqued and glazed... I am hoping they are dry enough to go into a bisque tomorrow.

There are also some very exciting things happening in weaving too! I am working on some scarves for a final project (a preview from one of them is shown below), as well as playing around with weaving metal on a tiny and super cute table loom (pictures will follow... eventually) A very long day of weaving awaits tomorrow......

Monday, 21 November 2011

3 more weeks/Missing OOAK

This is likely to be short, but I figured it was time for a little update. It was weird today because so many people I know are setting up for the One of a Kind show back in Toronto. It feels very strange that I am not there doing the same. I still have days here and there where I question my decision to come out here, I have to say that today was one of them. I never thought I would but I miss doing shows.... I mean, yes - I am doing Halifax Crafters, but it's just not the same at One of a Kind. Plus, I am just missing all my amazing artist friends back home.

I don't have that many images to show now of what I have been working on but more will follow soon.... Here are my latest jewellery samples... chain! Which I actually really enjoyed doing. No filing or hammering, nice and quiet. This was a welcome change from rivets.

Rivets were too noisy. I liked flush rivets though.

This is one of my two flower holders from ceramics. I had a really hard time with this because with most glass vessels people ask "can I put flowers in it?" We'll see, I don't know how I feel about it right now, but maybe once it's glazed I will fall in love with them. Time will tell.

I also spent some time last week trying to weave with metal - with varying degrees of success. Perhaps I will post some pictures if I can come up with some nicer samples.

Friday, 11 November 2011

Halifax Crafters!

The weather here is miserable today. We are supposed to get 100 millimetres of rain by the time it stops. Figured I would use this rainy day to catch up on a few things. What better time to write a post about the Yuletide Cheer show. I will be there with my glass candy!

When - December 3rd & 4th
Time: 11 am - 6 pm both days
Where - the Olympic Centre (2304 Hunter St, Halifax, NS)
Admission - FREE!

Monday, 7 November 2011

A Few Good Weeks

Once again I should probably be working on my essay, but I have ended up here. I have had a super productive and amazing couple of weeks. Things are getting very exciting in all the studios. Ceramics is making me slightly less cranky this week. Our latest assignment was to throw components and then assemble them into larger pieces. So it went from the ten shapes below last Thursday....

.... to these two pieces tonight! The tallest one is 18 inches.

We have been doing some interesting things in weaving as well. We learned how to draft patterns (which was a nightmare, but I understand it now....) and then we all picked a different pattern and set up the looms. This was the pattern I set up. It's called Ms and Os. Pretty simple, but kind of nice.

I love the undulating twill! I am just happy that I didn't have to set it up.

Waffle weave.

Overshot.... These patterns look really beautiful, but are so complicated when you are weaving them. There were too many things happening at once. It was quite easy to become distracted and lose your place in the pattern. It's very pretty - but never again....

I feel like I rarely post jewellery photos. So behold my dome samples in all of their shiny glory! We are working on brooches this week. I am extremely excited for mine! Pictures to follow....

Ok, now back to my essay....