Sunday, April 19, 2015

The Journey Continues...

We have been busy getting the studio freshened up, setting up the work spaces, stocking up Filigree & More with lots of new goodies (we're going to need a space stretcher here in a bit!) and putting out lots of new things in the gallery. Just got a nice box from Kim Cavender with some of her wonderful rock pendants and bracelets. Ellen visited with Mary Filapek and Lou Ann Townsend at the Atlanta ACC show and brought some wonderful new pieces from them. Their earring designs are really fun and I love their palette. We got a handful of spectacular pens from Priscilla Lane. They are a pleasure to write with, as well as being beautiful. (I love mine!)

If you haven't visited in a while, it's definitely time for lunch at Aqua Terra and a leisurely stroll through Creative Journey. We have lots of new work in the collection you haven't seen yet. Bettina Welker sent several beautiful and representative pieces, including a matching bracelet and necklace in her signature style. Cynthia Toops and her husband, Dan Adams (an amazing glass artist when he is not running his medical labs) created a collaborative piece just for the collection. Cynthia's micro-mosaic work is mind-boggling. Dan has created hollow glass globes to complement Cynthia's polymer. We acquired two vases by Emily Squires Levine, one that had been in the Carthage College exhibit, for the collection. They get a tremendous amount of attention.

We are very excited to be loaning one of the pieces in the collection, Elise Winters' "Red Cascade Ruffled Neckpiece" to the Carnegie Museum of Natural History for viewing in their Wertz Gallery. The exhibit is called "Out of this World! Jewelry in the Space Age". It will be exhibited from June 27th, 2015 to January 4th, 2016.

Classes are going well. We had a wonderful visit with Barb Fajardo at the end of March, to start off our exciting line-up of classes for the year.

Now we are gearing up for two weekends with Laura Tabakman. It promises to be a cornucopia of knowledge about translucent clay. We have been busy assembling supplies that will be needed for the classes. Polyform has once again been kind enough to supply clay to our students, and we will be comparing Fimo, Pardo and Kato translucents as well. 

The next class with available space is our three day weekend with Dr. Ron Lehocky, May 22-24. Ron is known for his hearts that he creates for his charity, The KIDS Center in Louisville. We just added Number 30,000 to our retrospective collection at the gallery. Now we have convinced Ron to share his tricks of the trade, learned by twenty years of polymer experience and specifically ten years of heart making. He has several techniques that he has developed: "ronnie-gane", his take on mokume; his easy peasy extruder cane; and a fantastic geometric cane. He creates veneers which he will show you how to apply to shapes. Your bench skills will take a leap forward.

An example of the Easy Peasy cane
Ron has also excited the polymer community with his spiral pieces, using his style of mokume gane. Don't you want to join us at Creative Journey Studios for this technique filled class? There are just a few spots left so don't delay. Call us at 404-314-5767. You can find more information on the "upcoming classes" page.