Clay Is Pretty Awesome

Oh my, this one gets a little rowdy toward the end people… you better buckle your seatbelts! There are some minor sound issues with this episode because Katie forgot to check her mic levels before we got started. We did our best to fix it because this episode is just too good to toss out. Both of the gals have a love for working with clay and each in a different way, so you get some good and versatile ideas on the subject.

Sharon started off by telling us a little about clay and ceramics and goes into how ceramics can be incorporated into jewelry and mixed media art pieces of all kinds. She brought up raku method of glazing and firing ceramics and Katie talked about a piece she has made by good friend and artist, Cindy Couling http://couling.com/. As promised, here is an image of the raku piece Cindy made for Katie.

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From the kiln fired ceramic clays used in ceramics, the moved to polymer clays and their uses. Sculpey and Fimo are specifically mentioned; here are the links to their websites where you can read more about each of them.
Sculpey http://www.sculpey.com/product/sculpey-iii/

Fimo http://www.staedtler.com/en/products/products-for-modelling-and-crafting/fimo-classic/fimo-classic-8000-oven-hardening-modelling-clay/

Here are some images of “Barbershop Solo”, the piece Katie talked about using polymer clay in. As mentioned, she used it to bump up texture under the barber chair and she made the end pieced of the barber pole with it, then painted them.

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Lastly, the gals cover air drying Epoxy Resin Clays. Katie talked about some Aves products she has experience using (FixIt, Apoxie Clay, and Clayshay). You can find a thorough description of all of the Aves products on their site http://www.avesstudio.com/catalog.

Katie also mentioned Kerin Gale’s book “Inspired Remnants, Curious Dreams: Mixed-Media Projects in Epoxy Clay”. It is a great book with lots of cool projects and information about resin clays and you can find it on Amazon http://www.amazon.com/Inspired-Remnants-Curious-Dreams-Projects/dp/1600619444/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1406164523&sr=8-1&keywords=inspired+remnants+curious+dreams.

Things end with a bang this week and we want to assure you that neither of the gals had been drinking before or during the recording. Sharon just can’t handle herself when Katie gets turned loose with the super glue and starts gluing herself to shit. We don’t want to spoil the fun so that is all we will say about that.

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