Friday, 22 January 2010

Sunshine Blog Award

I was really chuffed to find out the other day that I've been awarded a Sunshine Blog Award from the lovely Charlotte Hupfield Ceramics - it really made my day!

The Sunshine Award is awarded to bloggers whose positivity & creativity inspires others in the blog world.

The rules for accepting this award:

Put the logo on your blog or within your post.

Pass the award onto 12 bloggers.

Link the nominees within your post.

Let the nominees know they have received this award by commenting on their blog.

Share the love and link to the person from whom you received this award.

There are a lot of blogs that I enjoy reading, and many makers whose work I admire, but the following blogs are the ones I've decided to pass the award onto. 

Gail Burton Art
Felt Me Up Designs

While I'm here - a quick update. I've had a fairly good repsonse to my request for interview 'victims' for this blog, the qestions have been sent out and as soon as I receive some of the answers back I'll be publishing them here.
I'm still on the lookout for more designer makers to interview though - leave a comment if you'd like me to interview you.

Tuesday, 12 January 2010

Request for interviews

Well, there's not a lot of news from me today, I'm still busy making stock for a big craft fair in Northampton at the end of January, and for my exhibition in February (more about that to come soon...)

I included in my New Years resolution a promise to feature short interviews with other designer makers, so this post is really a quick request - if you would like to be interviewed/featured on this blog or know someone who would, please leave a comment.

I'll include links to your blog/website with the interview, along with some photos of your products and it will only take a short time to answer the questions by email.

Look forward to hearing back from some of you!!

Thursday, 7 January 2010

Happy New year!!

Happy New Year! It seem's like Christmas was ages ago - I've been back at work for nearly a whole week now!

I'm determined to stick to my New Years resolution of keeping his blog reasonably up to date, so I thought I'd better make a start.

My lovely wonderful hubby gave me some great new polymer clay tools & goodies for xmas, so I've been busy using my shiny new pasta machine and tools to make some new creations. As I love heart shapes, I've decided to make a collection of hearts for 2010. These are some of the first for this year.

White clay heart with pink & black swirls

 I'm really proud of this heart - I spent quite a while sanding it smooth so it didn't need varnish, as I wanted to give it a matt finish. The small swirly dots are raised to give the heart a really unusual bumpy appearance. It's currently for sale in my Folksy shop

This heart is a slightly more elongated shape

I love the combination of hot pink & black, so I was really tempted to keep this for myself, but I have so many pieces I can't bear to part with I don't have room for them all, so this one is also for sale on Folksy

This heart has also been sanded to a smooth finish, and polished to a soft satin shine. Polymer clay is a very tactile material, and I sometimes feel that this quality is lost a bit when varnish is used.

I have embedded the black & white swirls into this pendant, so it has a smooth appearance.

Stripey orange heart

This heart I have made using an dark yellow and dark pink Skinner blend with only a slight colour graduation. The stripey 'zipper' canes over the heart have been embedded for a smooth finish, although they do look to be raised in the photo - an optical illusion!!

I'm going to put this pendant onto a snake chain rather than a ribbon I think. It's not up for sale yet, but will be soon!

Anyway, that's all from me for now!