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A Birdhouse in Sue’s Soul

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If you had been paying attention in your ornithology class, you would already know that there are more than 150 species of owls flying around the planet. That means that Sue Springer won’t have any shortage of models for her latest obsession: recreating owls in polymer clay.  Here are     some of her latest creations.  Click under the pictures to see the real-life owls that served as inspiration.

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Sue builds her owls on a polymer clay tile with a wire attached to the back for hanging.  She fashions the owls
 from her ever-growing  collection of canes  she designs to  suggest the different feathers of  the inspirational owl.
Sue employs complex Skinner Blends, translucent clay and color mixing  to good effect,  achieving  a look of depth to the feathers despite the limited color palate.

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Sue builds more colorful canes for the eyes but employs  similar  subtle shading that  gives the eyes dimension and a lifelike quality.
Don’t you feel like he’s staring at you?

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Sue and Wilma
The Polymer Clay Avengers
Sue and Wilma
Now that I have your attention, here is some  Owlish Trivia
You can find owls on every continent but Antarctica.
Owls have three eyelids and zygodactyl feet
and asymmetrical ears.
Owls can’t pivot their eyes
but they can turn their heads 270 degrees.
Owls’ feathers make them noiseless fliers
which is good because they’re predators.
Not all owls hoot
but some can bark.
A flock of owls
is called a Parliament
and the largest owl fossil ever found
was over three feet tall.
Be careful Sue when you venture out into the forest.


Find out more about owls here

Scenes from Clayathon

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Wilma, Gwen, Jacqueline and Mary

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The workroom

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Patti and Terri

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Guest Artist Jacqueline Cherie 

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Mary and Sherman

Yetta, Yetta, Yetta! (And Ellen Marshall, too!)


Ellen Marshall led this month’s meeting with a session on necklace design.  Ellen brought in some of her early work and pieces by Kathy Amt and Maggie Maggio to illustrate  design principles and explain how to solve design dilemmas. Members brought in their own work and we had a lively and friendly discussion.  And we were graced with the presence of the inimitable  Yetta Colodne who brought three necklaces for Show and Tell.

Thanks to Ellen for such an instructive and inspirational  presentation.  If you would like to read the article by Ronna Savaras Weltman that Ellen recommended,  “Principles of Good Design,” in the December 2010  Step-By-Step Wire Jewelry, press here.

Special thanks to Sarah Sorlien for arranging for members to park in the Hillman garage instead of having to look for scarce street parking on Philadelphia Marathon day.    And congratulations to Sarah on her election as guild president!

It was a great end-of-the-year meeting.  But we’ll keep the blog posts coming during the break.

 

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Martha Aleo, Deputy Blogger

More Show and a Little Tell

We keep hearing that artists should develop a personal style, but the details of how that’s done are often vague and ethereal. So we were fortunate to have Kathleen Dustin as our Guest Artist at Sunday’s meeting. She spoke and used slides to tell us the story of how she developed her style  and gave us a mini story of her life in the process.  Of course the pictures were beautiful and the talk was fascinating.  This meeting was open to our membership at no extra cost.

Kathleen  came to the guild earlier in the week to teach a two-day master class on building vessels.

The show and tell pictures have some of the projects students made during the class and  other items.

What are you doing this summer?

Guild President Eileen Cressman-Reeder at the Art in the Park Show held at West Park, Allentown Pennsylvania

Outside of being nudged back into the studio by Artsy/Sciency’s inspiring photos (thank you A/S!), what are you doing this summer? If you are displaying and/or selling your work at any shows this summer, let us know.  Your biggest admirers are your fellow guild members and if we are nearby we would love to support you.  Send a comment to this post, let us know the what, where and when and we’ll post the event on the website.

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