Congratulations also to Susan Silvey - she's a Saul Bell 2012 Award finalist in the Metal Clay category!
We also saw Janice's amazing Leather Pendant with Zentangles, Cheryl's Polymer Clay Zentangle pendant using colored pens and gloss highlights, and more. No photos - Sorry.
If you missed the meeting, you missed a great class in Planning and Design of your work.
Gale Schlagel showed us some of her early PMC pendants and how a lack of understanding and advance planning resulted in pieces that were hard to attach, had no coordinating finishing pieces (end-caps or connectors) or had holes in the wrong places, hang crooked, etc. (note: Gale's mistakes are way above my best pieces, but still....)
- tip: Rio Grande and other metal clay suppliers will buy-back your fired fine silver mistakes to recycle the metal and reduce your loss.
Elements of Art
- Line - the simplest form
- Shape - circle, triangle, square
- Form - 3 dimensional shapes, ball, pyramid, etc.
- Space - positive/negative, inside/outside
- Value - light, dark, shadow, cast shadow, reflection (chiarscuro)
- Color - primary (red, blue, yellow), secondary (green, orange, purple), complementary, etc
- Texture - important for PMC artists!! You know this one
- keep a sketchbook of your ideas for future use - you WILL forget your great ideas
- draw out your idea before you start
- Carol made her students do 10 drawings before starting a project!
- Subscribe to online blogs such as Jewelry Making Daily, Start with Sketches - Save Money, your own Idea Book, Record your Inspiration or check out the many, many books and publications aimed at jewelry artists.