Art Elements Blog Monthly Theme: Stars

Welcome to my post for the Art Elements Blog Star Theme Reveal Blog Hop.

While working in my studio this last month I’ve listened to The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings Trilogy on audio, then put the movies on in sequence while making some needle felted whisky gnome bottle toppers (the movies play in the background as I have seen them so many times, the visual happens automatically in my head). So automatically the thoughts of Wizards, Elves, the King, and many symbols throughout the books and movies inspires me.

Marsha Neal Studio Needle Felted Star Whisky Gnome in progress.

I usually make my Whisky Gnome bottle toppers with an ombre hat and accents in dyed curls (I work part time at Sarafina Fiber Art, helping to purchase, wash and dye sheep curls as part of my job). So this gnome is a nocturnal guy that has shadow earthy colors and stars to adorn his cap.

Marsha Neal Studio Star Whisky Gnome Bottle Topper.

I call them Whisky Gnomes because if they were to drink, I think Whisky would be more their style, but they do quite enjoy sitting atop a bottle of wine – without any metal pieces left to pull at their wooly insides – so they can see better.

If you are interested in needle felting I would highly recommend checking out the Sarafina Fiber Art Website, look at the tutorials page, and get started there. I was just telling Sara today that it is a really cool thing that she does by teaching a lot of things for free on You Tube, and selling the most awesome wool supplies out there. Jenny (also an Art Elements Blog Contributor) works there with me too. We are just 2 of the current 10 people Sara employees. Small artist run businesses Rock! Like – she is a for real Rock STAR!

Marsha Neal Studio Star Object.

This star shaped piece was in a small series of experiments trying to incorporate a lot of the shapes I use for my beads into one larger piece. It is a bit on the pointy side…

Marsha Neal Studio Decal Star Piece.

Another thing I have been working on (a friend asked if I could make him a custom Christmas Tree ornament) and I came up with using the wooden rolling pin on part of the clay, then cutting out the shape. This one above was a test piece – I’ve decided to go with all white glaze for ease of color transition. The star doodles on the front and back are both ceramic decals that I made of my drawings. I wanted to test the white glaze and it’s compatibility with the decals. The Zentangle inspired decal is composed of a lot of my doodle drawings used to make my texture plates from 12+ years ago. A star turned into a spiral…

Marsha Neal Studio Gold Glaze Overlay.

As I was testing the ceramic decals, I decided it was time for me to run some tests on this low-fire metallic glaze – made some star shapes again. So I picked up some oddly fired spacer beads that already went to Cone 5 (around 2200 degrees F) in their glaze firing. I applied the Metallic Glaze, and fired to Cone 04 (around 1971 degrees F). I like the effect it creates.

Marsha Neal Studio Star Spiral Design.

And as I was working through tests, I decided to use my Star Spiral design pieces with a translucent blue and some floaty glazes (above left). These turned out as expected (a good thing). The ones on the right though – these I applied two different metallic glaze colors onto bisqued (Cone 04) pieces and fired them again to Cone 04. In truth – I really do not like the feel of the metallic glaze alone. I definitely think these need to be used in layering to make them look as I want. An open door to play with. It took this star theme for me to break out the sparkly shiny glazes and run some tests. I am happy that I did.

Thanks for taking the time to cruise through this post. Below are links to the other participants in this monthly Art Elements Blog Theme Post: Stars. Have fun being inspired and seeing what kind of creative things others are coming up with:

Guest Artists
Jill
Divya
Alysen
Kathy
Tammy
Cat
Samantha
Anita
Karin
Sarajo
Rosantia
Kimberly
Art Elements Team
Marsha (you are here)

Handmade Component Bazaar One Day Artist Show November 1, 2018

I am keeping pace with at least 1 Facebook Group show a month through January 2019. This month I will have my work for sale in the Handmade Component Bazaar Group. I start listing items around 10am EST on Nov. 1st and clear the wall on Nov. 2 around 8am (cleared by 10am for the next artist).

Here are some photos of the pieces ready for you!

Marsha Neal Studio Handmade Ceramic Bead Pairs (I call these Earring Sized Pairs)

Marsha Neal Studio Ceramic Stoneware Rustic Stone Space Bead Sets (some in pairs, others just one of six different rustic glaze colors).

A selection of my handmade ceramic beads including some ornament shaped pieces.

I wrote up a blog post over on Art Elements about using wooden rolling pins to create the texture for some of these ornaments.

Handmade Component Bazaar Facebook Group

If you’ve never participated in one of these Facebook Group sales, it is pretty easy:

  1. Click Join if the group is closed (this helps keep spammers out).
  2. Scroll down the page to see what is for sale or click on the group Photos tab.
  3. Read the description and see if you want to purchase (your commenting on a photo with the intent to buy is your contract to buy).
  4. Some artists offer MTO (Made To Order), BIN (Buy It Now), and often you will see a Starting Bid, with increments of $1 (whole dollar) until BIN is met or auction closes. It all depends on the artist, and it is useful to look at the artists introductory post for details.
  5. Shipping is usually added onto the invoice cost. And most payment is by PayPal as it is easiest. You often just message the seller your PayPal email address. If you don’t have a PayPal account, the artist should be able to send you an invoice which you can use PayPal to pay – without having an actual account. I do not know exactly how this works, but people mention they have done it before.
  6. If you are ordering international, it is up to you to pay any additional fees in taxes or otherwise if your country decides to hit you with fees. They will get their money any way they can…
  7. Look for Giveaways! With Facebook, if you comment on a post, it usually shows up in people’s feeds. So artists offer giveaways to entice you to buy from their show, connect with their customers and also to help get their work seen by more people. It is greatly appreciated and a lot of fun to read through the answers.

And with that, I am off to go get ready for my show! I hope to see you over there or if you missed this show, look for me on December 4, 2018 in the One Sweet Bead Market Show or January 3, 2019 in the Handmade Component Bazaar Group again. My Marsha Neal Studio Etsy Shop is always available!

Art Elements Monthly Theme: Petroglyphs

Welcome to my post for the October Art Elements Blog Theme Reveal: Petroglyphs.

Karen discusses what Petroglyphs are in her theme intro post from Oct. 2, 2018, and I do not really delve into carving stone to create, but rather into earth clay, which is then hardened into ceramic material by the heat and temperatures of my kiln. The particles that make up my ceramic clay are from the earth and to me the carving of earth clay in ways that tell my story of what I see and want to express in my work do fall into line with ancient and new petroglyphs. I hope you enjoy a little insight into my process and have fun hopping around to the other artists participating in this months blog hop.

Marsha Neal Studio Original Carved Clay Texture Plates (circa 2002).

Above are some of my very first carvings into clay to make texture plates. I roll out slabs of clay and let them set up to leather hard. I then use stylus embossing tools, pencils, dental tools or anything else at hand to make my mark in the clay. I always refine the edges of my lines with a damp sponge as I work and as the clay dries out, often going over the designs multiple times.

Marsha Neal Studio Larger Carved Texture Plate: Buggy Vibrations (inspired by my brain wanting to create, but not knowing exactly where to put the energy).

As I started to make beads on a full time basis, I decided that I needed to make some larger texture plates so I could roll out larger slabs and cut out my bead shapes from that. The above “Buggy Vibrations” texture plate was one of my more quirky plates. It touches on how my creative brain was at the time. I had carved a lot of other plates and wanted to go into more directions, but like when I get scared – I just run in place and scream a bit. So this is what came out. A bunch of lines with buggy things and lines like wallpaper that they are scurrying up or down or just in place moving.

Marsha Neal Studio Carved texture rollers and round texture plate. I enjoy using the reverse printing that happens with this type of carved tool.

I also moved to carving some rolling texture coils and then as I wanted to just try out some new textures, smaller round plates as above. I tend to work smaller to test out ideas to see how they will work in reverse, then make larger plates if it is something I really like.

Marsha Neal Studio Carved Texture Roller and some Chocolate Stoneware Clay earring sized pendants with the reverse print in some areas. Gnarly Spiral design cabochon too.

Because of the small size of this textured clay coil, I decided to just roll it across some clay and cut it out utilizing the rolled edge to create a variation in some pendants. Pushing boundaries not making things all perfect – Watch out! lol

Marsha Neal Studio Spiral Carved Press Molds used to make lentil beads. Top shows three of my carved molds. Middle two are my bisque fired chocolate clay beads. Bottom four are the finished rustic glazed lentil beads.

In the last couple of years I have liked the idea of making beads instead of just pendants, and so I rolled out thick slabs of clay and made these press molds. Below is a time lapse video I shared through my Marsha Neal Studio Facebook page a bit ago.

I plan on photographing some of these rustic lentil beads for my Handmade Component Bazaar Show (Facebook Group) on 11/1/18. And one day I will be updating my Marsha Neal Studio Etsy shop too. Usually that happens after my online shows.

Thank You for stopping by and spending your time reading about my process a bit more. I hope this theme inspires your artistic work and you will share some of your work through social media with #AEThemePetroglyphs.

Here are the blog hop participants:

Our Guest Artists:
Jill Egan: https://kilnfiredart.wordpress.com
Tammy Adams: http://www.paisleylizard.com/blog
Alison Herrington: http://AlisonAdorns.blogspot.com
Alysen: http://chicchixnchampagne.blogspot.com
Sarajo Wentling: https://sjdesignsjewelry.blogspot.com
Jenny Kyriach: http://anafiassa.blogspot.com
CraftyHope: http://CraftyHope.com
Kathy Lindemer: https://bay-moon-design.blogspot.com

Art Elements Team:
Lesley Watt: http://www.lesleywatt.com
Jenny Davies-Reazor: https://jdaviesreazor.com
Cathy Spivey Mendola: http://cmendola.blogspot.com
Sue Kennedy: http://www.suebeads.blogspot.com
Caroline Dewison: http://www.blueberribeads.co.uk
Laney Mead: https://laney-mead.blogspot.com/
Marsha Neal Minutella: http://blog.marshanealstudio.com
Claire Fabian: https://saraccino.blogspot.com

One Sweet Bead Market One Day Artist Show October 2, 2018

I’ve been working at making some new beads for my October 2, 2018 One Sweet Bead Market Facebook Group show, and here is a little peek.

New Beads made for this show with a fall/October feel.

I have a blog post scheduled on Wednesday, October 3 over on ArtElements to show you how I make these Trapeze dangle bead earrings (I will have lots of these beads in my show on OSBM) and you are more than welcome to give it a go and make yourself & your customers some of these fun earrings.

Dangly beads and my swinging trapeze earring style (I have a blog post on Art Elements to go live on Wednesday Oct 3 to show you how to make these).

Here is how I keep my show stock organized. I label the rows by letter A, B, C, etc and the columns by numbers 1, 2, 3, and so on. When you go to the show at any point on Oct 2 (10am) to Oct 3 (8am I clear the wall), you can click on the Photos tab in the group and see what may still be available. I sometimes can accommodate MTO (Made To Order) items, but some of these are just for this show and limited edition and once sold, that will be it until next year. I am ready to make new things, so get them when you can!

Show stock for the OSBM one day show. I love earring pairs! Will have some pendants and donuts as well.

I hope to see you over there! And remember you can always shop my Marsha Neal Studio Etsy shop!

My next Facebook group online shows are:

November 1, 2018 Handmade Component Bazaar

December 4, 2018 One Sweet Bead Market

January 3, 2019 Handmade Component Bazaar

https://www.facebook.com/groups/osbmarket

Art Elements Blog Theme of the Month: Fairies

Welcome to my post for this month’s Art Elements Blog Monthly Theme: Fairies. Thank you Caroline for picking such a wonderful topic!

I have always been a believer in Fairies and the magic that other realms hold. I have memories of speaking to the little people that lived in the speakers playing the music I heard and playing for hours outside imagining that there were little creatures in nature. In my mind I was able to shrink down to their size and fully immerse myself into their world.

I wanted to make some toadstools out of wool, and I finally sat down to give it a go. I love using these ceramic vessels I made a while back as their holder.

Below are some photos from Longwood Gardens in August showing some of the places I think Fairies must visit…

And more toadstools – this time with my stoneware ceramic clay. I think I may be more interested in the habitat surrounding the little people.

When I first started making clay beads I had carves some designs from scenes from my imagination.

I thought they would make interesting focal beads and earring pairs.

Again – always something about their environment – I would love to just help explore and create in there.

And some fun earrings with these carvings of a mysterious wood in mid-winter.

Thanks for stopping by to see some of my new work.

Please take some time to visit the other participants for this month’s blog hop:

Guest Artists
Vic
Divya
Alysen 
Kathy 
Tammy 
Hope 
Alison 
Cat 
Sarah 
 
Art Elements Team
 
Jenny  
Marsha (you are here)
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