Friday, November 24, 2017

Christmas Art Markets coming up

I will be there launching Swirl-StoNZ by Claire (plus a few other things) - refer to my previous post for details.

Sunday, November 12, 2017

A big 'swirly' weekend coming up

I was so disappointed last month when the Labour Day Art & Craft Market at Mission Bay was cancelled, due to the weather, as I had been working for months on the launch of ‘Swirl-StoNZ by Claire’ at this event.

However, a little bit of patience has paid off. I now have a three day event coming up, where I can introduce Swirl-StoNZ to the public. My display will be inside (so no weather issues) and I will be able to demonstrate as well as sell.

Come to the Christmas Art Markets at the Estuary Arts Centre, Orewa (north of Auckland) where I will be selling Swirl-StoNZ made into jewellery and other small gifts, as well as for ‘calming stones’. You can also watch me make them.

Dates and times as follows:

Friday 1 December, 4.00-8.30pm - Christmas Art Market to coincide with the opening night of the Cash and Carry Art Sale (I will also have four mosaic pieces in this exhibition).

Saturday 2 December, 11.00-3.30pm* - Swirl-StoNZ table will be manned although the Christmas Art market is not officially open today.

Sunday 3 December, 11.00-3.30pm* - Christmas Art Market

*I will be doing Swirl-StoNZ demos on the hour during Saturday and Sunday.

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Launch of Project Swirl-StoNZ - POSTPONED

It is with regret that I have taken the decision not to attend the market tomorrow, due to the weather forecast, as I was relying on cover from being under the trees (as I do not have a gazebo I can put up on my own). I was hoping to launch my latest creative venture: Swirl-StoNZ by Claire, including demonstrating how I make them, but cannot do this if there is any chance of water coming contact with the polymer clay when I am working with it. The weather forecast does not look good, at least a 90% chance of rain!
It is a big disappointment, after all these months of preparation, as I was really looking forward to this event. Now I will have to find another opportunity to launch my Swirl-StoNZ. It is likely to be at the Christmas Market at the Estuary Arts Centre, Orewa on Sunday 3 December (preview on the evening of 1 December) - see the 'EVENTS' tab for more information.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Project Swirl-StoNZ - The Launch

The Launch: Come to the Labour Day Art & Craft Market on the Selwyn Reserve at Mission Bay in Auckland, 10am - 4pm on Monday 23 October 2017, where I will be launching my latest creative venture: Swirl-StoNZ

I will be selling jewellery, charms, key-rings and decorative accessories, all made from my first batch of Swirl-StoNZ. Great souvenirs, as they are made by a local artist; give as a gift or keep as a memento of a special occasion; longer lasting than a greetings card to convey a message. They also feel nice to hold in your hand, just as they are, and make great 'calming stones' for both adults and children. You can also watch me make them.

Enter the FREE PRIZE draw and you could win a Swirl-StoNZ pendant - my stand should be in Row 1, closest to Tamaki Drive, under the trees.

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Certificates arrived in the post

This was a nice surprise when I got home from work. Feeling very proud.

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Another two out of three!

Contemplation - SOLD
Found out today that I have now sold two of my three entries in the Annual Members Awards exhibition at the Estuary Arts Centre, Orewa.

Earlier in the month my first Swirl-StoNZ necklace and earrings set sold at the exhibition and now my sculptural piece, titled 'Contemplation', has sold. Both purchasers have taken the items, so they are no longer in the exhibition, which means I am unlikely to get the People's Choice vote for either of these two entries.

My 'Poppy' mosaic picture is the remaining entry. The exhibition finishes next Sunday, 3 September 2017.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Two out of three is AMAZING!

The results of the 2017 International Polymer Clay Awards have just been published online, for those of us who were unable to attend the Synergy4 Conference, in Philadelphia (USA), where they were announced at the Gala Dinner. The theme of the competition this year was 'To Boldly Go'.

I was thrilled to receive the Juror's Award for two of my three entries: 'Candle Holder' in the Functional Containers category and 'Beyond the Universe' in the Wearable Jewelry category. Details of both are shown below.

Candle Holder

Category: Functional containers
Size: Measures 43/4 inches (12 cm) in diameter x 31/inches (9 cm) high
Materials: Polymer clay over glass candle holder

This candle holder interprets the theme ‘To Boldly Go’ in terms of adventurous exploration. The simple figure is bold, climbing up the side of the container, not knowing what may be inside. As he peaks over the rim, there is a sense of danger, as he sees the flickering flame of the tea light candle within. Polymer retro canes cover the glass candle holder in a thin veneer, so the light within can shine through, where translucent colours have been used in the canes. The figure has been sculpted from white polymer and kept very simple so as not to detract from the pattern on the vessel.

Beyond the Universe

Category: Wearable jewelry 
Size: Central disc measures 21/4 inches (5.5 cm) in diameter
Materials: Polymer clay and Buna cord

This necklace interprets the theme ‘To Boldly Go’ in terms of space exploration. In Star Trek, the mission of the starship Enterprise was to explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life and new civilizations, to boldly go where no man has gone before”. The dark navy blue round part of this necklace represents the universe. The round cane slices (bulls eye canes with a gold centre grading to pearl wrapped in a thin layer of dark navy blue) represent stars. The cut out hole is like a gateway to somewhere beyond, maybe another universe (?), through which the other end of the necklace passes. This end of the necklace, shaped like a tapered cone (made from the same gold/pearl Skinner Blend mix), is intended to represent a rocket/spaceship boldly going forward exploring the unknown.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

A nice surprise

Called into the Estuary Art Centre today, to pick up my membership card, and had a nice surprise. My first Swirl-StoNZ necklace and earrings (to be shown in public) had been sold. It was one of my three entries in the Annual Members Awards exhibition.

Friday, August 4, 2017

A sneak peak at my first Swirl-StoNZ necklace and earrings

Swirl-StoNZ (necklace & earrings set)
polymer clay, rubber, sterling silver

This is the first time I have publicly shown a necklace and earrings made with my polymer Swirl-StoNZ.

Project Swirl-StoNZ is something I am currently working on and hope to launch at the Mission Bay Art & Craft Market on Labour Day this year (Monday 23 October 2017).