Sunday, June 10, 2012

My Class This Weekend

This weekend was my 2 day workshop with Kathleen Dustin. I wasn't sure how my back and legs were going to hold up given all the standing I did but I am happy to report I didn't do too badly and there were a few times when I was able to sit down so I wasn't in too much pain.

The class was amazing. And even though I took copius notes, I am sure I won't remember everything.

The most important things I learned were, that I must get some Genesis Heat Set Paints as well as a heat gun. I loved these paints. The piece I am showing you here is really the only piece I made that I was happy with. It isn't finished yet, since it is in need of a border and I have some corner repairs to do as well as more sanding. The paints are oil paints and they don't dry until you want them too. Hence the heat gun.

After they dried I applied the imitation gold leaf and then a layer of translucent clay. The design is simple. I didn't use the full repertoire of inclusions as in my other pieces, but I really like the simplicity in this piece. It looks more like one of my oil paintings.

The second most important thing I learned is how interesting unconditioned translucent clay can be. I had never worked with translucent clay before. At least not like this. Very, very thin. Number 7 or 8 on the pasta machine. I had no idea clay could be used this thinly. Any time I have tried to make my clay this thin, I have not had luck with it going through the pasta machine. But I learned the technique and gained a new technique from my polymer pieces.

The other two pieces that I made, I am not showing you because I was not happy with the way they came out. I did learn a lot from them anyway. For example I learned how to carve and then back fill the carving for an interesting additional linear layer.

And I learned a new word. Lamella. What is a lamella you ask? Here is the definition from Wikipedia.

In polymer clay it is a cane made with gold or metal leaf and translucent clay in such a way that it resembles fish scales. It is a lovely technique Kathleen developed and I was happy to have learned how to do it. It does take some getting used to since I didn't get it thin enough and you can't really put it through the pasta machine because of the metal leaf in the cane. But I am sure with practice I will get better at using it and be confident in adding it to my work.

So I was happy to have been able to take the class. I wasn't too sure about it for a while. Next week I have a one day seminar in photographing my jewelry. That should be interesting and hopefully I will learn more about manual settings on my camera. Right now I am all about the "auto" setting.

13 comments:

Mª Reyes said...

Te ha quedado muy bonito, muchas gracias por la explicación. Besos

JuLee said...

Lucky you getting a class with Kathleen. I got to years ago and the one important thing to tell you is - hold onto your notes. I can't find mine and can not for the life of me remember how to make the LamellA. All I remember is that at the end, there is a particular way to cut it and restack it that makes it work so well. I do know that after her class, my PC work got raised to a new level and I am ever so thankful that I was able to study with her.

Roberta said...

Oh I know! If I can just remember one tiny bit of her class I'll be lucky even with my notes.....

Donna Greenberg said...

this really has a porcelain effect. Nicely done! We should start a KD note tradeng page to share info. like med students do.

BluMoon said...

I love the colours in this piece, lucky you to take a class with Kathleen, I live too far from anyone to ever take a class, it must be great though.
Jackie

Roberta said...

Hopefully that is what we can do with our group page on Facebook. A great place to share ideas.

Barb Fernald said...

It sounds like a great class. I love the simplicity of the gold leaf on this piece and how it sits between the dark and light. Very cool! I'm glad you were able to handle the sitting and standing. I'd be interested to know how you get such a thin sheet of translucent polymer.

Its All About Creating said...

Your art is so beautiful, I can't wait to see what direction it takes now. Thanks for sharing some of the highlights. I enjoyed reading about the workshop and your discoveries. -Marlene

Its All About Creating said...

What group page on Facebook? If you don't mind me asking. -Marlene

Saturday Sequins said...

That class sounds amazing! I'm glad you had fun and learned so much. The fish scale technique sounds unbelievably cool. :)

Janice said...

Beautiful piece, Roberta. We're all looking forward to seeing where your new work goes . . . no pressure! ; )

Cara Jane said...

I am so jealous you got to take a 2 day class with Katleen! Look forward to seeing what you make next!

Anonymous said...

Wow....that's beautiful!

I'm ready to sign up and try those techniques myself ;-)

Cheers,

Tonya
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