Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Another batch of Bottles of Hope were delivered to a Toronto hospital, take a look!

Friday, December 3, 2010

Janice's angels

Hi Everyone,

Here are the results of the class that Janice taught - we all made beautiful and wonderful angels.

Seasons Greetings!

Friday, November 26, 2010

November's Angels

Here's a couple of pics of the angel we are making on Sunday. She is just under 3" tall.

Here's what to bring:

- clay - white, trans, beige and some colour for hair
- extruder with multi-small holed disk (to extrude hair)
- white glitter or pearlex or perfect pearls (because angels sparkle)
- a thin tipped black marker
- skewers or round toothpick (a couple)
- something to bake on - if we could get a group of angels on a tile that would be great - we need to do 2 bakings
- tool for delicate manouvering like the small sized pointed clay shaper (this is for doing her hair and shaping her gown)
- blades, pasta machine, small sissors
- wire for a halo (or you can make it out of clay)
- TLS and super glue (just in case!)

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Dan Cormier's Class

Dan Cormier came to teach his "Beyond Relief" class last week. There was a lot to be learned and the 17 of us that were there enjoyed ourselves despite oven troubles and late flight arrivals.

The technique involved die forming of shapes and then "bioforming" the shapes. Here are the results of the class.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Here is a picture of just my BOH that I made last year, most of them using the Confetti Spaghetti technique. It's quite a simple thing to do but effective and I did want to do some less feminine type bottles for the guys that get cancer.


Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Good News!

The Dan Cormier Workshop is on!
Oct 16-17th at the Grenadier in Toronto 2100 Bloor St W (a few doors down from the Busy Bee's!) . Go to this link for Google maps and type in or cut and paste the name and address "Grenadier 2100 Bloor St W" to see it on the map.

Class hours are 10am-5pm each day but the room opens at 9am for set-up. Please arrive a half hour early at least to set up your work station.

Please bring your usual tool kit, pasta machine, sharp blades, work surface, your favorite tools etc. Clay will be provided.

The class is called Relief Beyond Belief and involves using die forms to creat a piece.

Cost for the workshop has been worked out and will be $225 per person for members, $250 for non members. There will be a kit fee of around $25-$30.

Dan has let me know that Polyform will be providing the Premo! clay for us for free!

This is going to be a great workshop, we look forward to seeing Dan and Tracy again.

Several people have notified me of their intention to come. If you have not done so but would like to attend, or want more info, email me at


Saturday, July 24, 2010

Guild Meeting July 25

This Sunday's meeting will be a Bottle of Hope Day. We'll be making Bottles to be donated to the local hospital cancer wards.

I'll be demoing these types of Bottles of Hope for those that are interested. They're like an hour glass and you can turn them upside down and watch the inside "grains" move to and fro. They're fairly easy and provide some meditative peace to those that receive them. They're inspired by Ponsawan who won an award for her work.

They're a good use for clay that you don't know what to do with.

Materials list:

Canes, textures, stamps, pearlex, whatever you think you'd like to cover the outside with.

Clay colours that you want to work with - if you're thinking in terms of packages, less than one package of each colour will do.

If you have circle kemper cutters, that would be the best. I use a 5/8 inch for mine.

Assorted beads, flakes, and whatever little things will fit in the bottle opening. They're for the "grains of sand" in the middle. Glitter, those little hole-less beads that we all pick up from time to time, you can even make your own clay bits for inside if you want.

Beading needle if you have one (for making small holes in the clay)

Bev's BOH stamps if you have those.

Your regular pasta kit (machine, tile, blades, etc)

Of course, there's no obligation to follow what I'm doing so bring whatever you'd like to play with.

I will bring bottles, extra fillings, and my collection of Bev's word stamps.



Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Dan Cormier Workshop

We are attempting a revival of this workshop! The date may change, so hang on, I'll post updates as they get worked out.

Sorry, this claass has been cancelled due to lack of time to organise and conflicting dates.

Relief Beyound Belief

Dates available for Dan to come up from Mexico (where he's now living!) are as follows:
Sept 25-26, Oct 2-3 and Oct 9-10.

Please vote as to which dates you would prefer so we can book him.

Thanks, Janice

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

June meeting cancelled

Because of the expected traffic concerns surrounding the G20, the end of June guild meeting is cancelled. July's meeting will be ATCs taught by Karen.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Cloud cane workshop

Thank Sandy for the great workshop on cloud canes. I certainly learned a thing or two today. Here are some images courtesy of Barb B.

Sunday, February 21, 2010

February Class - Cloud Canes

On February 28 we'll be making cloud canes. These are inspired by Mike Buessler. A sample is shown above.

Materials list:

- Blue clay in whatever colour you want your sky to be in, about a package full
- White clay, 1/4 package
- Small bit of black or grey clay, pebble size will be plenty
- Bits of clay that you want for hills in the background

Sharp cutting blade
pasta machine
cutting surface

See everyone on Sunday,


Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Little canes

At our last meeting Sandy brought in some small empty tape cases. I think she said that she was cleaning up and just couldn't bring herself to throw these little beauties away. I've already filled mine.
Thanks for sharing Sandy.

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I finally finished the shrine that I started back in November. When Janice announced that she was teaching shrines I hussled to come up with an idea that would make mine "useful" So here it is. I made this for my sister who breeds Pomeranians and in general has a very soft spot in her heart for animals. I made small name tags for each of her dogs that have passed away and I will also include name tags for her remaining dogs. (she can add these namse to the shrine when they pass away) Ok, ok sorry for sounding a little morbid here. Over all I think it's a happy looking shrine and a pleasant way to pay homage.


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