Welcoming the familiar

Cynthia Tinapple finds comfort in a bright striped inlaid bowl on PolymerClayDaily.com

I hesitate to feature my own work but when I run out of research time, it’s the best option. Here’s the 11″ diameter bowl I inlaid last week.

I was happy to get back to my easy stripes at the Virginia conference. Rather than fight against doing the “same old, same old” I welcomed the ease of the familiar. And I had Lindly Haunani nearby to give me color guidance.

I laid narrow strips of veneer into a shallow groove in the spalted maple bowl turned by my husband, Blair Davis. There’s something comforting in knowing that the bowl is made from the tree across the street. “Spalted” is a fancy word for rotted and the tree had to go. You can see a few in-process shots on my Instagram.

Now I can get to composing this week’s Saturday newsletter and gathering up the last tidbits that surfaced at the end of Shrine Mont. Just as we were packing up, people were sharing their “one-last-thing.” And there was a sudden spring crop of tutorials online this week. Join us over at StudioMojo for the scoop. 

Ke Garne

Samunnat angels won't be flying this year. Ke Garne! on PolymerClayDaily.com

Three Samunnat ladies were due to fly from Kathmandu to Detroit in October for a US tour. This week Ron Lehocky and I learned that the US denied their visa applications. There is no appeals process.

Bummer! Or as they say in Nepal “Ke Garne” That’s a resigned, “What can you do?”

We imagined angels Gita, Pramila, and Kopila with their bags all packed.

“We knew it was a possibility that they wouldn’t get the visas but I guess we let ourselves feel hopeful. It all comes down to convincing the interviewer that you have adequate ties in Nepal to make sure you return,” says founder and organizer Wendy Moore from Australia.

Thanks to all you polymer folks who so graciously offered your help and hospitality. The funds raised for travel will be redirected to other projects. Samunnat is now in its eleventh year. Please follow them on Instagram and on their blog to track their progress.

Our apologies to our would-be visitors. Let’s hope the world becomes more welcoming in the future. For now, “Ke Garne.”

Queen of it all

Alice Stroppel spotlights women in her work on PolymerClayDaily.com

Florida’s Alice Stroppel is cooking up some workshops that focus on women. “I wasn’t able to make the wedding, OK I wasn’t invited. But I do feel like the Queen of it All in my own mind. A new cane, more queenly women to come,” says Alice

Alice Stroppel spotlights women in her work on PolymerClayDaily.com

Look for black and white with echoes of Picasso. “Here comes a workshop or a series,” she predicts.

Women are standing out this year. How could you feature them in your work?

Find Alice on Instagram and her site.

Carefree and Seuss-like

Joey Barnes makes carefree a catching concept on PolymerClayDaily

This wonky, carefree vessel was built over a wooden form and has a bright red interior. The Dr. Seuss-like form is from Texas’ Joey Barnes and its carefree attitude made it a hit in the conference auction. Examine Joey’s whimsical piece on Instagram and Facebook.

After a long drive home I’m reinvigorated and back on schedule. A few days of playing and experimenting can wake you up and move you in surprising directions. PCD is back!

 

Purses for chips

Linda Pearl's purse chips make a fashion statement on PolymerClayDaily.com
Linda Pearl's purse chips make a fashion statement on PolymerClayDaily.com

Linda Pearl decided that this silicone purse fondant mold filled with polymer could make great poker chips!

Chips are hotly traded during the silly part of conferences and Linda’s were real winners. Of course, you’ll note how she’s upgraded her mini-purses with paints and custom handles.

See Linda’s more serious works on Instagram. Her dog earrings were also real crowd-pleasers.

More of the tips and tools we played with this week will be listed on StudioMojo. Unless the rains flood the wifi, it’ll all be covered in Saturday’s newsletter. Hope you’ll join us. 

 

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