Fiona Abel-Smith: Friday Featured Artist (on Saturday)

Sorry I am a day late with this post. The orders for the Helen Breil Silk Screens overwhelmed me just a bit. ๐Ÿ™‚ I am going to be very bust this weekend.

This weeks artist makes the most amazing boxes I have ever seen ! Her name is Fiona Abel-Smith and I am in awe. They are entirely polymer clay ! !

Look at the details involved. Stunning ! Absolutely stunning !

Even the inside is finished with mokume gane. WOW!

Here is a picture of just the lid to one of her boxes. I can not even imagine how many hours of work this took to complete just the lid.

Oh, and Fiona makes dragons and jewelry too. ๐Ÿ™‚

You can see more of Fiona’s work in her Flickr Gallery.


Incredible Canes !!!!

Wandering around Facebook I noticed one of my Friends had shared a link to one of their Friends. The link took me to a blog called Polymer Clay Shed. I couldn’t believe I hadn’t seen this blog yet, because I was definitely missing out.

The artists name is Carola Greiser and she goes by CraftsByCag. She’s a member of PCAGOE (Polymer Clay Artist Guild of Etsy). Carola has one Etsy shop for her jewelry , which has some amazing bead for sale and a second shop for her other items, like crochet hooks and pens. But what I really want to share with you all is Carola’s cane work. It is nothing short of stunning !!!! I sooooooo want the 2 purple background one in the first picture ๐Ÿ™‚

That is just a tiny fraction of the cane work you can see in Carola’s Flickr Photo Gallery. Enjoy and try not to drool ๐Ÿ˜‰

I’m In Love :)

With a bead LOL

While catching up on my favorite blogs I stopped by Backyard Beads. Oh my Lord – Doreen’s at it again ! Talk about mad skills creating beads using canework. This particular bead I am in love with is just one of 2 new looks Doreen is working on. Green being my favorite colors (shades of olive in particular) I was drawn to the bead on the right, but not to say the blues isn’t totally scrumptious, too. ๐Ÿ™‚ She calls them Blossoms.

I am hoping she takes my blog comment to heart and uses the green pattern on a 3″ dount. Seriously, Doreen, I would adopt it and give it a really good home ๐Ÿ˜‰

If by some really bizarre chance you are not familiar with Doreen’s work, skip on over to Backyard Beads, her blog, and take a look see ๐Ÿ™‚

Where does the time go? And Facebook Friends Featured Artist: Noelia Contreras

I can’t believe it’s been 9 days since my last post. Seems like I was just here. It’s those *bleeping* Facebook games I tell you. They are addictive. LOL

It’s time to feature a Facebook Artist again. I haven’t done this in a while and need to get back to my weekly feature schedule.

This weeks artist is Noelia Contreras ๐Ÿ™‚
Noelia is one talented and versatile clayer. Not only does she make the yummiest looking mini food

But she canes

and makes jewelry too

She also does some fabulous bead work, but you’ll have to wander on over to Noelia’s Flickr Gallery to see it and the rest of her incredible work. ๐Ÿ™‚
She also has an Etsy Shop
and a blog you might like to follow.

My Facebook Friends Feature Artist โ€“ Chris (Cat) Pellow

Chris Pellow is wonderful artist living in Scotland. She has worked in such mediums as leather, painting with acrylics and watercolors, and metal working. Cat enjoys making mosaics, jewelry and recycled art. Her path to polymer clay started with terracotta clay, which moved on to paper clay. Now she’s one of us.ย  A polymer clay addict ๐Ÿ™‚

Colorful – cane work

Inspired – by Ronna’s book

Giving – Bottle of Hope

“Piece”ful – mosaic

Note Worthy – post-it note cover

You can see all of Cat’s work in her Flickr gallery.ย  Or visit her we site ZapKath Art.

Sarah Shriver’s New Web Site !!!!

Sarah just unveiled her new web site

The eye candy alone is worth the visit ๐Ÿ™‚ You can also check on Sarah’s teaching calendar and the different classes available.

Contact Sarah to see if you can set up a class in your area.

Flower Pots Like You’ve Never Seen Before

Kim Detmers of Clayworks has just revealed her adorable Flower Pots. I found these inventive little lidded bowls in her latest blog post. Can you believe they started with little pumpkin shaped wood boxes?

Flower Pot in Ginko

Flower Pot in Ginko

Update on Crime Hits Our Happy Clay World รขโ‚ฌโ€œ Need Your Help

Jenny Pat has given me more information on the incident. The show was called the AQS Quilt show in Des Moines Iowa. The theft happened sometime between 8PM and 9:30PM, as they were loading up their trailer after the show. The case is silver, wheeled, with locks on it, about the size of a suitcase.

In Jenny Pat’s words “I do have to say the security at the event center was very good! I really have no clue as to how this happened, they even have video camera’s in the loading dock area, but unfortunately there was nothing to help me. The angles were wrong or something. I have been working closely with the police department there.”

The theft went undetected for 2 days. The case was found to be missing when they were unpacking the trailer. Please read my previous post to get the entire story.
And spread the word so the thief can be caught.

Crime Hits Our Happy Clay World – Need Your Help

I just read a message from Jenny Pat of Quilted In Clay. She wanted to get the word out that she was robbed of a case of finished beads. This case had approx. 4500 clay beads in various sizes inside that case. The beads are in 4 different sizes and shapes, in 33 designs and Jenny Pat currently has them listed on her web site. Plus a number that aren’t on the website.

These shapes are 3/4″ mobius beads, 5/8″ square, 1/2″ square and 3/8″ square. All finished and drilled.

Please take a look at the beads on her website and if you spot them on Ebay, Etsy or a local beads shop PLEASE contact Jenny Pat via her website contact. This is such a horrible crime to commit to an artist ! So many hours of hard work lost, because some greedy thief thought nothing of her time, her monetary investment and stole her livelihood.

Quote from Pat “I am devastated! We are talking hours and hours of work just GONE! Some of these designs, I don’t have any cane left, so I can’t even make any more beads, unless I remake the cane. I am having to call customers and tell them I can’t sell them the items they ordered, and ask them to choose something I have on hand, or give them a refund.”

Here is a video interview with Jenny Pat that was posted on You Tube. It shows the designs she had on display. (Her interview starts at time stamp 2:33)

Claying Down Under With Ayelet Rottenberg

Ayelet Rottenberg of New Zealand has really caught my eye. Her cane work is stunning and I love the colors pallets she uses to create unique flowers.

She also has some wonderful picture tutorials on caning.

You can see all of her jewelry in her Flickr albums. Or perhaps I’ve inspired you to buy something from Ayelet’s Etsy shop.

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