Friday, February 27, 2015

So Many New Directions!



It became obvious when I was in Hadar’s metal clay class in Tucson recently that there are so many new directions I can take my designs.  I think the fact that I have always wanted to learn new techniques makes it difficult to focus on making a cohesive ‘line of jewelry’.  And here I am again learning new ways to experiment.  Eventually it may become important to focus but right now I’m having a great time playing!

I love the patina on this one!
The class was fun because of the easy flow between students and Hadar (the teacher), Lyle Rayfield’s great studio and patio area in the beautiful Tucson mountains, Barb’s terrific meals and all the new ideas.  Even with me getting up and down often, exercising often and icing my knee through lunch, I managed to produce several pieces that I am sharing with you.


We used Hadar’s Friendly Brilliant Bronze clay and her special inlay powders.





One of my largest pieces did not get fired in class so I brought it home and finished it. I practiced the polishing on my JoolTool and it did a wonderful job.  I can’t wait to make more pieces and maybe set some stones in them. 

front (hollow form)
back

 I want to make more stone inlay pieces with smaller stones but I really like the scale of this one!

Amethyst and Jade

It's hard for me to believe I made all these pieces in 3 days.  These are hollow forms.

4 sided Hollow Pendant


Hollow Form - evolution in texture
 

If you get a chance, take one of Hadar’s classes!  

Friday, February 27, 2015

So Many New Directions!



It became obvious when I was in Hadar’s metal clay class in Tucson recently that there are so many new directions I can take my designs.  I think the fact that I have always wanted to learn new techniques makes it difficult to focus on making a cohesive ‘line of jewelry’.  And here I am again learning new ways to experiment.  Eventually it may become important to focus but right now I’m having a great time playing!

I love the patina on this one!
The class was fun because of the easy flow between students and Hadar (the teacher), Lyle Rayfield’s great studio and patio area in the beautiful Tucson mountains, Barb’s terrific meals and all the new ideas.  Even with me getting up and down often, exercising often and icing my knee through lunch, I managed to produce several pieces that I am sharing with you.


We used Hadar’s Friendly Brilliant Bronze clay and her special inlay powders.





One of my largest pieces did not get fired in class so I brought it home and finished it. I practiced the polishing on my JoolTool and it did a wonderful job.  I can’t wait to make more pieces and maybe set some stones in them. 

front (hollow form)
back

 I want to make more stone inlay pieces with smaller stones but I really like the scale of this one!

Amethyst and Jade

It's hard for me to believe I made all these pieces in 3 days.  These are hollow forms.

4 sided Hollow Pendant


Hollow Form - evolution in texture
 

If you get a chance, take one of Hadar’s classes!