The Art of Possibility- Inspiration for Creative People

The Art of Possibility-Inspiration for Creative People is a new chapter on Creative Fire.  Some people collect rocks, others mugs. I collect quotes. I love my secret stash of inspiration and encouragement…and I thought I should share it. Every week I’ll add a new quote or image. I hope they speak to you, offer inspiration and from time to time make you smile. ~Jeannette

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Artist Profile: Ann Davis by Julia Rai

 

I’ve met American artist and metalsmith Ann Davis several times at conferences in the USA, back in the days when there was a big conference every year for metal clay artists. Ann works in a wide range of media including glass, metal, enamel, ceramics and metal clay, which is what makes her work so interesting.

Ann told me a bit about her home. “I live in Virginia, just across the river from Washington DC, with my wonderful husband Howard, who does my photography, and my two Hairless Chinese Crested pups. I consider myself to be a maker, artist and being my only employee, chief custodian, but I am a metalsmith.”

Brought up in Ft Worth, Texas, Ann’s creativity started early. “I remember stringing Pyracantha berries on kitchen string with my grandfather, I was about four. Or perhaps my earliest memory was using Silly Putty to transfer the newspapers colored comics onto…mmmm everything…walls too,” she laughed.

I asked her when she first discovered metal clay. “I think it was 96′ or 97′. The first thing I made was a small pendant, well not so small when it started,” she smiled. “I thought it was easy, but my minor was in ceramics. I had a keum boo class at the Torpedo Factory the next day and we were told to bring something in fine silver. Since I was a production caster at the time, and only cast sterling, I thought I would give it a try. I figured it was easier than depletion gilding something already made a dozen times. I fired it in my giant pottery floor kiln, it’s amazing it worked! Took it to class and keum booed it, perfect, then entered it in ‘Positively PMC’, I think the first national show and was accepted. There were some amazing pieces in that show that really opened my eyes to what could be done. I didn’t know anyone else doing it at the time.” (Image Ann Davis-“Tiger 1”) Continue reading…

Finalists and Judges Announced for 2019 Saul Bell Design Award

It’s that time of year again–and although there is not category for Metal Clay, we are still represented by Liz Sabol, who is a finalist in the Jewelry Collection Fashion/Bridge (image below).  Every year I think the competition cannot surpass the previous year. This year is no exception.  This a great collection of contemporary jewellery and a chance for us to see new work and be inspired to learn more.

Rio Grande, the organizer of the Saul Bell Design Award (saulbellaward.com), is pleased to announce the 45 finalists of the 2019 Saul Bell Design Award competition, as well as the two panels of experts tasked with judging the finalists’ work. Now in its 19th year, this international competition challenges designers to pick up their tools and seize the moment. Continue reading…

Art Moment: Nora Fok

Nora Fok  is intrigued by the world around her; she also asks questions and tries to find answers to them. She is fascinated by different aspects of nature, structure, systems and order, and the mysteries and magic which she sets out to capture in her work.

Images from: https://www.artpeoplegallery.com/hand-knit-jewelry-is-inspired-by-nature-and-science/?fbclid=IwAR3YHEMGG6PFQHQh6z0u6y1njvuzDPGTJYB09fr7veLDgD9DBleGX6-CBXw

 

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Art Moment is a snippet of an artist’s portfolio to introduce our readers to new artists. Please follow links to see artists work. If you would like to suggest an artist please email the editor at cre8tivefire (@) gmail.com.

Artist Profile – Tracey Spurgin by Julia Rai

 

I’ve known UK based metal clay artist and tutor Tracey Spurgin for many years, so long in fact that I can’t remember when we first met! Tracey lives in the small village of Walkington in the East Riding of Yorkshire which is in the north of England. Tracey and her husband Steve were regulars at the US conferences that ran every year and which a group of us from the UK used to attend. I last saw them at the You Can Make It conference in the UK in March 2018 and it was good to have a catch up then.

I thought it would be interesting to interview Tracey to find out about her background, so I started by asking her about her family. “I have two adult boys, both in their twenties and engaged to be married,” she began. “They’re both very settled in their careers and have homes of their own. The eldest lives in Edinburgh and the other in Manchester.” Continue reading…

Roxan Waluk Artist Profile by Julia Rai

I first met Roxan Waluk at one of the US conferences and have followed her work ever since. Roxan told me a bit about her home. “Originally a third generation Texan, in 1983 my husband drug me out to Virginia kicking and screaming for his work. After over thirty years here, we have migrated out to the middle of Virginia’s beautiful wine and horse country. We live in the small town of Delaplane situated about an hour’s drive outside of Washington DC.”

“I live on three acres with my husband Joe, and our four legged children,” she went on. Continue reading…

Artist Profile: Jeannette Froese LeBlanc by Julia Rai

I’ve known Jeannette Froese LeBlanc for a number of years, ever since she launched the fabulous Metal Clay Artist Magazine. The Magazine was a great success but sadly closed after five years. (Digital copies are still available.) I still miss it but Jeannette is now running the awesome Creative Fire website. I wrote artist profiles for the magazine and now I’m writing them for Creative Fire. It’s about time I did a profile on her!

(Jeannette’s Necklace on the last cover of Metal Clay Artist Magazine–a promise she kept to her mother to someday put her own work on the cover.)

Given her many talents and the multiple pies she has her fingers in, I asked Jeannette what she considers to be her ‘job title’. “I’d like to say artist, but I think it’s more of a hyphenated job title…artist-writer-editor-mother-teacher.” See what I mean? It’s amazing that although I’ve known Jeannette for a long time, it wasn’t until I interviewed her for this profile that I found out things about her that I didn’t know. Continue reading…

Artist Profile: Julia Rai

Cornwall based metal clay artist and tutor Julia Rai is well known in the international metal clay community. She founded the Metal Clay Academy and has been writing tutorials and articles for print and online publications for many years. But getting her to sit still long enough to give us an interview has taken nine years!

Julia was born and raised in North London in the UK. “I’m the oldest of three sisters,” she told me. “I always enjoyed doing practical stuff and wasn’t particularly academic. When I got into a grammar school having passed the 11+ exam as it was in those days, I had to study Latin and that was a bit of a stretch! My best subject was English language but not so much the literature side. I preferred to read science fiction and horror books. I did an art CSE and had a very enlightened teacher who allowed me to explore sculpture rather than traditional drawing and painting. For the final exam I made a full sized sofa which I distressed and covered with coloured plaster of Paris so it looked like it was melting. I can’t remember what happened to it!” Continue reading…