Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Translucents- Christmas Reef

I love this little piece.
It is Chihuly in polymer clay for me!
I admire the work of this man so much, the play on light through the glass and the clear colors that flow in his pieces.
Look here:
Something so peaceful and glorious about his stuff.
Made from Sunshine and Sand and human artist, very simple things combining for effect.
One of these things alone is not what the three are together, this is creation.
Christmas Reef
I am back playing with Translucent intensely for the 3rd time since I have started in polymer clay in 1978. I am loving every moment of it!
I am so glad I decided to walk this path again and I am loving where I am going. I am wondering why I ever put it down.
This is actually a teaching sample. It shows different applications of the exact same cane.
Have a great week and be the change you wish to see in the world.

Christmas Reef 2016 Copyright Marie Segal

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Nan Roche I are teaching together in September!

Yay I am so excited. I love working with this woman.
Nan Roche is fun, smart, and I have a wonderful time playing clay with her.
So we decided it was time for another class.
We are teaching in West Virginia at the Train Station in Shepherdstown. It is a quaint little college town with boatloads of history and the Appalachian trail close by.
I love this part of the country and September should be gorgeous.
This is small and intimate class of 15
We have some spaces left.

Delving in the Translucent Deep
With Nan Roche and Marie Segal, September 2016 for the Shepherdstown Mixed Media Group.
Two days, two teachers, too much fun.

Nan and Marie have taught a couple of classes together. They have found that they love collaborating and they bring a lot of combined knowledge to the classes they have done.
Translucent clay is very versatile and can look like Millefiori glass with many layers, if handled carefully.

Come play with us! Discover you!Discover what you can do!
In this class we will explore the many treatments of translucent clay with caning, layering, andClay “fabrics”.
The first day we will work on many caning techniques, layered canes, and cane sheet work(fabrics).
The second day we will concentrate on construction and fabrication with our canes and sheets, giving you insight to into jewelry fabrication, wall pieces, bowls, and other kinds of pieces, as well.

These are Marie’s pictures of the work she has been doing in Translucent Cernit.
The clay will be supplied by the 
Clay Factory
PO Box 460598
Escondido, CA 92046

Bring a basic tool kit- clean pasta machine, clean blade, wet ones or wipes, plastic deli sheets,  
Circle cutters large and small,
Teardrop cutters large and small,
Needle tool or thin double ended knitting needle

Where:  Shepherdstown Train Station
100 Audrey Engle Drive
              Shepherdstown, West Virginia

When:  Friday, September 23, 2016
10 AM to 5 PM
             Saturday, September 24, 2016
10 AM to 4 PM

Cost:  $225 for both days.


Name: ____________________________________________________________________________

Address: __________________________________________________________________________

Telephone: ________________________________________________________________________

Make check payable to MFJ Designs mail to MFJ Designs, 5423Shepherdstown Pike, Shenandoah Junction, WV 25442 before August 15, 2016.  

Visa and Master Card available.  Call 304-876-1076.

Sunday, August 7, 2016

Something to think about Sunday's
Still trying to get used to blogger so I have put a picture of this onsie(looks a little like a t-shirt)
I made Madi a long time ago

Happy Sunday!
Have you ever wondered why they call "T-shirts" t-shirts.
I have!
Wiki says:
T-shirt (or tee shirt, or tee) is a style of unisex fabric shirt, named after the T shape of the body and sleeves. It is normally associated with short sleeves, a round neck line known as a crew neck, with no collar.
Typically made of cotton textile in a jersey knit, it has a distinctively pliable texture compared to shirts made of woven cloth. The majority of modern versions have a body made from a continuously woven tube, on a circular loom, so that the torso has no side seams. The manufacture of T-shirts has become highly automated, and may include fabric cutting by laser or water jet.
The T-shirt evolved from undergarments used in the 19th century, through cutting the one-piece union suit underwear into separate top and bottom garments, with the top long enough to tuck under the waistband of the bottoms. With and without buttons, they were adopted by miners and stevedores during the late 19th century as a convenient covering for hot environments.
I am grateful for technology today. I learn!
Have a great week!
Peace out,

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Okay this is the point where I apologize again. I am so sorry.
I have had quite the roller coaster ride in the last few years (10+) and it has been a little much too keep up with.
It is a flying by the seat of the pants sort of thing.
I have been doing that.
It is a not having the feet on the ground kind of thing.
I have been doing that.
It is not knowing if my plans will work out.
I have no idea.
It is a feeling of being to old to make it work again.
Trying to ignore that.
It is a colapsing in a puddle because I have no idea what to do.
I get up and do something.
It boils down to a feeling of being not good enough and not being able to change things anymore.
Life has been too much for too long, I have been trying to remember myself before being beat about the body and head by it.
The self with happiness, the one with Joy, the with anticipation of the beautiful things and the expecting of them.
I have also started seeing and acupuncturist to help me with me stress.
Stress is about money for me, I pay for her, I will go when I need it, it has change my life. I honestly believe if I would have continued giving, and worrying, and panicking, I seriously think I might not be here today.
She SAW me, she asked what I did for a living and I apologetically said "I am an artist" and she said "What a Gift". Mouth wide open here. I have never heard that before. I will go to here until I feel I do not need to anymore. "When the student is ready the teacher comes" 
Moral of the story-
Life is sometimes knowing that you do not know what the hell you are doing, even if you have been around a long time. It is a a place between Joy and Pain, it is a balance.
It is a remaining true to yourself and your beliefs when people are telling you different or you are "Hearing" different.
It is knowing you have friends and family that make that roller coaster of life a little more easy to live in.
Love is all there is.
And boy am I learning!
Love to you all
I finally updated my web site. Have a look if life is not too much for you. And even... maybe if it is.

I am on Facebook a lot
It is quick and easy, but I am pulling all of me together and miss my blog and you.
At my daughters wedding

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

A Class Act! Teaching with Birdy Heywood and Angie Scarr

My friend Angie Scarr is going to be teaching in the UK November 7th through 9th at a small event in the Southern UK. I believe she just might be the best teacher to teach beginning and advanced alike because of her years of practice and training. She is also a brilliant mind and I am looking forward to seeing her again, it was in 1998 the last time we saw each other.
And I am thinking it has just been too many years.

Angie and I will be teaching along with Birdy Heywood, also know as the dragon Lady because she makes so many wonderful dragons. She is also a very good teacher for the just starting out on the polymer clay journey and the things that she has shown that students have made are very close to hers with little or no experience at all.

Collectively we have almost 90 years in polymer clay experience we are bringing to this short but action packed retreat. We have kept the cost down knowing the economy and how it has effected us personally as well, we would also very much like to visit and see each other again in the process. And to visit with the people that come to the event as well.

The event is:
"Three exciting all day Polymer Clay workshops at Bewl Water Activity Centre Kent Lamberhurst Kent TN3 8JH, UK with a fantastic Package Deal of £285.00 for those booking to stay at the venue in dormitory accommodation (all with en suite). This includes, 3 workshops, 3 breakfasts and 3 lunches. (Each tutor gives details of what you need to bring on the booking information which you can download below.) Those staying overnight also have the opportunity to spend time getting to know each other or join in a mini workshop or a demonstration during the evenings."

You can find out more info and download the booking form here: http://polymerclayunited.weebly.com/ 

Monday, September 8, 2014


Only a year between posts, not too bad. Hee hee!
Life has been busy, do you feel that way?
Learning to adapt to new circumstances, my granddaughter starting school, in a creative whorl of ideas, a lightening of space, adjusting to a new approach to life and thinking about deep things deep in my heart.
I feel that part of the process of being an artist and being self-employed is about dealing with the fear of the day to day, about the fear of not having a guaranteed paycheck or even if I can pay for insurance.
I had a dear friend say to me one time, "I choose this, and I will work it out and the money will come or it won't, I will either go or I won't."
Such a beautiful way to look at it. Thank you Lala!
I choose this way, too. When I look around me I do not see stability even in the others with jobs around me. I see people trying to keep their jobs, worried about cutbacks and being let go, I see perfectly capable, qualified, and experienced people being outsourced and laid off for younger and greener kids.

So is life really secure with people having a "real" job either? I think that might be what be what I may have been led to believe in the era I grew up in.
And when I really look at it with my eyes wide open is there any guarantee in life any way? It can all disappear tomorrow. Or even today.
I have really learned some important things from the cut backs in my own personal life to survive and I want to share those with you.
1. Rice and beans are good and I actually like them.
2. A little meat goes a long way.
3. Bartering for services is a viable means of trade.

I think this a good start and I may add to this later.
But I am off to the care and feeding of what I chose. I am going to embrace my desperate and scared self and love the woman brave enough inside that chose this life and the woman and child inside that has to create or perish. These people deserve my attention!
Be well!

Monday, August 26, 2013

I am well, I have missed you, and I am coming back on the blog I think ;)

I just wanted to visit and say that I am going to be posting again! I have written a book, been taking care of myself, and tending to my life. My health was not the best (fat and run down) and I have been changing that. I want to be healthy.
Tired of being tired, I wanna grow old like my parents, they live a full life and they are my idols and still dancing and loving life at 76. My mother looks more like my sister now!
My grand daughter is getting big, she is 4 and a wonderful child. I don't see her as much as I used to, but will be starting to watch her time full again this week. Her mother is going after her dream and I am so proud of the changes my "little girl" has made in her life. Going back for her high school equivalency at 30, damn, I am so proud of my girls, such wonderful women, my gifts.
She is now going to continue her education for the next 11 months.

I am going to post things that are more general here, about me, my life, my family and what I do to create.
It has been a long time and I need to get familiar with the program again.
I have missed you!

Here is the first tip of the day.

I save the lids from canned frozen juice, (Oh hell, why lie? I save everything.)
I love their perfect circle-ness. I just knew there were things I could do with them. I love to recycle when ever I can, I think we should, and I have been saving these for a while. They are just hanging out and falling in front of me all of the time. LOL!
I am going to share this once in a while so you can expect that.
Do you save them?
Have you got a good application for them?
Have they never even crossed you mind?
Will they now??

Here is one.
I use them to mix small batches of epoxy