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.
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.
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?
- 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
Wilma, Gwen, Jacqueline and Mary
Patti and Terri
Guest Artist Jacqueline Cherie
Mary and Sherman
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.
Martha Aleo, Deputy Blogger
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.