Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Finally played with the PMC!

Yesterday I had a chance to finally work with the PMC. I really liked it and made a lot of small textured componants in a variety of shapes and sizes. I just wanted to get the feel of it since I had never worked with PMC 3 before. A few years ago I took a class but we only worked in PMC standard. There is quite a difference in workability between the two.

The PMC3 seems a bit stickier and dries out much faster. I felt some pressure to work fast before it dried out but at least now I know what to expect from it.

I will be sure to post some pictures when I fire the pieces. I would like to make some rings with the PMC. I have some ideas swimming around in my head and I am looking forward to making them happen.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Gold foil and grisaille cloisonne

I really like these designs I have been doing lately. I still don't know what I will do with them but I like their simplicity. The gold foil is really nice to work with. Adds a bit of luxury I think.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Just musing......

Having just bought a kiln, I am very anxious to get going on my work with PMC. Eventually I would like to enamel on the PMC but first I need to get back into creating with the clay. It has been over 5 years since I last worked with it.

It is hard to work a full time job and work at one’s art as well. I find it to be a constant struggle.Back in my early years as an artist, I worked in the evening so that I could paint during the day. I was very prolific in those days. But  let’s face it, how long can you work at night? Once the day job came along, my artwork suffered.

Making jewelry has been a little easier to do part time but I still find it difficult. I started taking Fridays off to work in my studio but Friday’s have been getting away from me lately. It seems as though there is always something to keep me out of my studio.

I keep perservering though and I am hopeful it will get better. I try to stay inspired each and every day. My day job is in a creative field and I am very thankful for that at least. If I couldn’t at least be creative in the day job I would literally go insane.

Friday, March 19, 2010

Kate McKinnon Interview

I just finished listening to Kate McKinnon on Jay Whaley's Blog Talk radio  and let me just say, WOW! I was so impressed and inspired by listening to her speak.

If you aren't familiar with her work, Kate is a Metalsmith who works mostly in PMC and is an avowed expert on all things Metal Clay. You can find her at: She treats Metal Clay very much as fine silver rather than clay. In fact she would like to see the word clay left off and instead call it fine silver powder or something to that effect.

What I liked about Kate is her absolute generosity of both mind and spirit. She reminds me a bit of the old hippie days with Jerry Rubin and Abbie Hoffman giving away the world. She is a firm believer in karma and that the more information you give away, the more people will  reward you by purchasing from you because they sincerely believe in you and trust what you say.

For me, listening to her interview today was quite serindipitous. I first began my metal working with a class in PMC at the Boston Center for Adult Education. I really enjoyed the class but it only made me hunger for more knowledge about working in metal. After I took the class I never bought a kiln and so I kind of let it slide. I have taken classes in anticlastic raising with Micheal Good, forging with Cynthia Eid, weaving with Munya Upin and many other classes since that first class in PMC, all the while adding to my knowledge and skill set.

It is only lately that I have wanted to get back into the metal clay. Especially now that I know how to enamel. I would love to marry the two things. So I bought a kiln from Pam East. I have signed up for a class with Linda Kaye Moses and I am almost ready to go. Today while I was setting up my studio to make room for the kiln, I listened to Kate and felt the interview was especially for me.

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Pin woven pendant

Pin woven pendant, originally uploaded by Roberta Warshaw.
Well, I finally completed a pin woven piece. I have to say I am a little disappointed in the results. I really like a very tight weave. Like the weave I get from the soumak stitch. You can see the soumak stitch in my rings from Ring-a-Day. They are nice and tightly woven.
The plain weave here is very hard to get tight enough. Even with the fork. I push and push to compact the "threads".
Anyway, I don't know if I will do anymore of these. They also take 3 or 4 times as long as the ones using the soumak stich. I just may call it a day with this type of weaving. It most likely works better with textiles than silver.
Well, it was fun and a learning experience and this, after all, is what it is all about.