Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Grandmas R Us.....

It has been a crazy summer so far. Ellen went up to Arrowmont for what turned out to be an amazing class with Seth Savarick. They were delving into the many techniques for printing on polymer, and she came home with her head spinning with all sorts of new ideas to filter into her own style. It will be fun to see how that progresses. Meanwhile I was in Bowie, Maryland greeting my new grandbaby, and playing “Super-Grandma”. I’m sure, if you are on Facebook, you have seen ten gazillion pictures of Miles. Not that I am a proud grandma, but he may be the cutest baby ever---a smiler since day one!

Ellen Prophater and I are anxious for you to come for a visit. We’re all stocked up with Pardo clay (we replenish our stock frequently so we never run out) and other wonderful products from Viva D├ęcor. We’ve added new pieces to our retrospective collection, ‘Polymer from the Beginning.’ Many of the artists who attended Synergy brought us wonderful pieces to add to the collection, which was already mind-boggling. It should be on every polymer enthusiast’s bucket list! The gallery is bursting with new work. We added several new artists in advance of Synergy, and you’ll love their new work.

We are working fiendishly to create our new online store, so stay tuned for the details. We will finally have our filigree online, which is a huge undertaking . . . pictures and descriptions and our amazingly reasonable pricing. I know you can hardly wait!

We are setting up new classes. We hope to have a number of wire weaving classes with Lisa Barth, as soon as we can coordinate dates and class details. Watch for further announcements.


Lindly Haunani is coming in September on the 7th and 8th, for a new class in the innovative use of translucent clays and bead design. This class will probably fill up fast, as Lindly is the premier teacher of color studies, so don’t hesitate and lose your spot. Call us with a credit card to hold your spot.

Soon after Lindly, we are excited to welcome Sandra McCaw for a rare chance here in the states to learn Sandra’s caning techniques and design ideas. She’ll be here on October 5th & 6th, and is extending her stay to do a one day class on a weekday as well.

Finally, in December, Jana Roberts Benzon will be back to teach her Organics class on the 7th and 8th, with another one day, weekday class called “Encrusted”, that got rave reviews in Israel. Be sure to look at the upcoming classes page for more information. You don’t want to miss any of these fun classes.