It’s a busy time right now with a show every weekend – The Franklin Street Bazaar is every Saturday morning through September 20! I’m loving meeting people and getting a lot of great feedback on my jewelry. Replenishing my stock every week is time-consuming, but, since it’s my favorite thing to do right now, I’m not minding it. I am trying though, to spend some time each week working on projects from the Clay Carnival classes I attended a few weeks ago. In my last post, I shared my traincar made in Leslie Blackford‘s class.
Today, I want to share about my absolute favorite class at Clay Carnival – Sylvie Peraud’s class. (If you are reading this and you are one of the other instructors from Clay Carnival, I loved your class too!!) Sylvie is from France, speaks beautiful English, has really cute mannerisms, is a bit sassy, and is an amazing artist. You can check out her website here. It’s in French, but your browser should translate it for you.
While all of the other classes were half days, our Sylvie class was a full day. Sylvie had so many great ideas and tips. Here’s the project she made in our class:
It was amazing how, given the same instructions, there were so many really different pendants created! The class was fun and, like all the classes at Clay Carnival, was a lot of work!
This was my first time to use alcohol inks with polymer clay. I had bought 3 colors of ink and brought them to Vegas with me (the blue leaked in my suitcase on the way home – ugh! Luckily, the mess was contained in a zip-lock bag.). Instead of borrowing colors like I should have done, i decided to just mix the colors I had to make the colors I needed for my project. This was a mistake. Also, I made the mistake of not keeping my acetone clean. I was unhappy with the look of my piece until Sylvie came to my rescue and showed me how to fix it. She did fuss at me for using more colors than I should have, but I just gotta be me! Here’s the pendant I ended up with:
How fun is that??? Sylvie is an artistic genius!
So, since I’ve been home, I’ve been practicing Sylvie’s techniques. Here’s my second attempt:
And, because this is Sylvie’s design, not mine, I started making changes and am working to make this more my own work:
I love this look and can see using this technique a lot in the future. Big thank you to Sylvie Peraud for this class!
Oh! And one more thing! Today I signed up to take an online class of Sylvie’s on CraftArtEdu! She had a gorgeous bracelet with her in Vegas and when I asked about technique, she directed me to this online class. Can’t wait to try it!
I would also like to mention that before going to Clay Carnival, I had only used Kato clay once and I didn’t like it at all. I think I must have gotten an old package of clay because it was nearly impossible to condition. I was very pleasantly surprised at the Clay Carnival that I loved working with the Kato clay!
It bakes at a different temperature than the brands I’ve been using, so I’ll have to be organized and keep it separate. Donna Kato was one of the instructors at the CCLV and one of the organizers of the event. I will definitely add Kato to my clay inventory and start ordering clay from her. Here’s her website.
Back to claying!
Till later –
Nee Nee Ree