The work has been done, final exams given, and final grades turned in... YAY! Let summer begin!
Gee whiz! I didn't realize that it has been such a long time since I posted anything here. I have been busy, busy, busy at school, at Ed's trade shows, at Gemorama, and in the studio; there just never seems to be enough hours in the day! I'm hoping for a little breather now that classes and trade shows are over for the summer.
Speaking of not enough hours in the day, I've been thinking a lot lately about carving out a little more time for myself from my daily schedule. It's important to make sure that everyone and everything is taken care of, but I'm starting to understand that it's also important to take care of me. That means improving my diet, taking steps (no pun intended) to make sure that I squeeze in a daily walk, and giving myself a little time every day to do something creative and satisfying. After all, if I don't do it, who will? I would love to hear some of your thoughts about how you accomplish all of this... any ideas out there? I can use all of the help I can get!
Now that I'm off for the summer, I am taking the opportunity to play more with the metal clay. I have quite a few pieces waiting to go into the kiln, and a few that are finished. This material fascinates me; to be honest, it doesn't look like much before it has been fired. Kind of off white, and, in a word, boring! And after it has been fired, it doesn't look much different. It's in the finishing that the real beauty of the piece begins to appear. This can be a bit of work, but I love to see it go from its dull off white to shiny gleaming silver. I can understand now what the alchemists of old were trying to achieve. It's a little like magic, watching these pieces transform.
This is how the silver looks after it has been fired and brushed with a brass brush. It takes on a matte appearance, and any flaws are readily visible. It sometimes takes a good bit of finishing to get that smooth, shiny look to it.