Friday, October 31, 2008

Creativ Festival

Hi all!

Here's some pictures from the recent Creativ Festival taken at the Shades of Clay booth.


Sunday, October 26, 2008

October Results!

Barb B did a wonderful job at teaching a Donna Kato bead today (and the shortbread cookies were much appreciated). The above photo is a sample of our results before we started trying to add the thin layer of translucent clay to them. I think all of us were impressed with the beads (and if not our own, of others for sure).

The inking and stamping were fun, but the class got quite a bit quieter as we all wrestled with the translucent layer. For those that need additional help, please bake your beads for 30 minutes or more. Sand with 400 and 600 grit sandpaper and bring to the Christmas Party. Janice will be bringing her buffer and allowing us to finish our beads then.

Other items of note:
- next month's meeting is the Christmas Party, if you'd like to participate in the gift swap please either bring something hand made or of less than $10 value.
- membership fees are due - you save $10 if you pay before Jan 1
- we had two new members join us and they've already paid for next year. Welcome!
- Cathy will be teaching versions of the brain cane for January's class and Janice has agreed to teach and demo the myriad of mokume gane techniques. We have a request for a class mosaics so any volunteers would be great for that.

So thanks Barb, for a beautiful class. I'll speak for everyone by saying you did a great job and we were glad to have been a part of it.


Monday, October 20, 2008

Materials list for Oct 28 Meeting

As a reminder, the October 26 meeting will be a demo from Donna Kato's Simple Inked Beads. If you have Donna's second book (blue cover) Creative Surface Effects, it's shown on page 122.

Janice posted my first effort (which you can see here) in the blog after she sanded and polished it for me - thank you!

For supplies you will need
- your basic clay stuff (pasta machine, tile, blades, etc)
- a bit of scrap clay (for the bead base)
- white clay, translucent clay,
- liquid claychalk inks, I have some and Sharon and Sandy have offered to bring theirs along
- stamps - something for a design around the bead (lettering or a floral spray),
- small stamps (a swirl or small designs to dab here and there)
- a permanant ink
- gold leaf
- bamboo skewer
- sand paper for finishing

Janice will be bringing her buffer with her and if there's time we will be able to bake and buff some beads.

Barb B.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Come see Shades of Clay this weekend...

I've copied the next bit directly from the Shades of Clay website. For those that don't know, Shades of Clay is run by our past president and founding Guild member, Marg Scott. Marg is a beautiful woman and well worth meeting. Her booth, I'm sure, will be tempting. Other guild members will be helping out at the booth as well.

This fall, Shades of Clay will be at booth 560 of the CreativFestival at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. This annual event covers 200,000sq' of vendors, exhibitions, demos, book signings, make 'n takes, fashion shows and so much more. There are over 300 workshops held in conjuction with the festival. Workshops start October 15th; vendor sale starts October 17th and runs through to the 19th.

The Festival originated as the Sewing & Needlework Festival and has evolved to include all arts and crafts; after all, creativity has no boundaries and so many of us enjoy multiple crafts, often combining them in new and unusual ways!

Shades of Clay is proud to be sponsoring workshops by Donna Kato and Helen Breil; booth demos by Donna, Helen and Susan Pickering Rothamel. Plus book signings by Donna. And the introduction of the "Cabezel".

Save on tickets when using the link below and the Shades of Clay promo code 180SC

Adults $12.00 (save $3.00) Seniors 60+ $10.00 (save $2.00) Youth $4.00 (8-17)

purchase tickets

Hope to see you there.

Saturday, October 4, 2008 - a way to always get your Michael's coupon

Just as an FYI, our local Michael's has issued a notice that the Michael's brochures are now carried electronically at Once you sign up they will send you an e-mail everytime a new flyer comes out for whatever stores you want to track.

You can print off the coupon and use it at your leisure.

Here's the link to this week's coupons for those that are thinking they might like to buy some inks for this month's bead demo.

And here's the link for the Michael's brochure this week: