Our Studios…

Screen Shot 2016-07-06 at 6.03.41 PMFor those of you who haven’t seen our studios, here is Jenn’s in a rare moment of tidiness (plus some of our work spaces and work tables )… There are always a number of projects happening at the same time, and so there is no such thing as spotless but at the same time we need access to all manner of things at any moment in time and so while “organised chaos” may sound like or may even be for some, an oxymoron, …for us it is a workable necessity that there is apparent chaos that we NEED to keep organised. Jenn no longer teaches but continues to make a limited number of pieces of art both for private use and for sale on the virtual Markets that we run every 6-8 weeks on the Facebook Page.

Julie’s Soul Food Studio is exactly that; …food for our souls anyway, and home to many of our creations. Julie still does some classes both in Silver Clay and in Glass fusing and slumping. Classes are run as needed by private arrangement and each one runs for 3-4hrs. The rest of the time Julie, like Jenn, works in her own amazing “organised chaos” studio, where her kiln lives which means that often both the girls spend the day creating here. Julie also makes many pieces for sale and for private use, and between us we love and are fed by each other, the world around us, … and our creative space which is filled with endless possibilities.

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Chess Set

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Last Year I made a breakfast bar with a chess set painted on the top and a set of chess pieces out of Polymer Clay. For all kinds of complicated reasons, mostly my failing health, I didn’t quite finish and just need to make the two Queens entirely and the white King still needs his crown. So this has been waiting in the side lines but as part of the catch up I thought that I would put up photos anyway and hopefully that will be a reminder to finish those last two pieces. I am trying to finish as many projects as possible that I was not able to touch last year, for my own piece of mind as much as anything…

Fabricated Mosaics

Julie and I have to confess that we both have a MAJOR problem in life… we love, just love, going against the rules and stretching limits when it comes to creating things, and we love making things from multi mediums, with a ton of variety and a ton of colour. This might not sound very dramatic but it means not only that we have some failures along the way (and some amazing triumphs) but that we often work blind, with much of the way forward  a little like hard work, forging the way ourselves. This is challenging but rewarding, but sometimes is extremely frustrating because when we ask people for help or advice  who are more expert in any one field than we are, in general they are often horrified and tell us that it can’t be done.

Jack of many trades and an expert in nothing” would have been a good way to describe either of us in our youth, but with decades of experience now under our belts, and some pretty decent qualifications in everything from Silver Smithing and Clay, Polymer and Fibres, we have been good girls and done what we were told in each field and continuing to set our own path and have a blast along the way … (which includes more than a little laughter I am pleased to say).

There is nothing quite like working another person, and we build off each other in ways that even today blow both of us away! (I know, just because we are both astounded doesn’t mean that it is really anything amazing, but we think it is haha).

Through the summer we did a lot of fabric dying and had a ball, we made candles and at the moment we are doing a lot with the mixed medium stuff including paintings and jewellery using lots of fabrics from wool to cotton to any other fibre we can think of. So here are a few:

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Catch Up!

We have been so busy that we haven’t had time to update the blog, so here are a handful of things that we have been doing recently… some of them feel like they are “old” but they aren’t that old really, just never made onto the web site. I will go into more detail on anything that I post now if you would like to just send me a message on jenny.julie.clay@gmail.com but in the meantime here are some more collages of our goings on ….

Today it is some shelves for the bathroom and bedroom (and I didn’t mean to but I see that the collage features both my favourite inside mug and my favourite working mug haha)…

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