New W O R K . . .

•January 24, 2015 • 2 Comments

Here are a few of the new pieces I have been creating… they were  created in the studio of the wonderful artist Angelina Perez : http://polyglotgallery.com/?portfolio=angelina-perez-ibarguen

These pieces are terracotta mid-fired clay with terra sigillata glazes. Finishing touches with transparent acrylic paint.

This first set of two figures is called  . . .  P O N D E R I N G  . . .

 

These next two are part of a series about fleeing the winters of Nova Scotia :   The SNOWbirds  … these two are arranged as if they are making flight plans …

The metal parts are copper, drawn onto and etched with a salt water process I recently learned from the fabulous metalsmith Jesse Bert : http://www.jessebert.com/

First figure is called W I N D in my B A C K  . . . .

and the second one : F I N D I N G the W I N D  . . . .

 

Finally this little character is also part of the Snow Bird Series called … B I R D I E … the little bird is still not finished, sitting in his hand before it has been coloured. I will post again once the firing has been completed.

 

Here is the link to the page on my website where the pieces are listed for sale : http://www.katechurch.com/s-h-o-p/ceramic-work-2015/

 

I began working in ceramics seven years ago with the idea that it would be new material and scale for my work but instead found myself using it as a vehicle for developing a printing and patina glazing process. I used the vessel as the form and transfered my drawings into the clay using hand cut linoleum. Then the work was bisqued and glazed in mutiple firings to create the patina.

Nude on Vessel Series

I understand now these figures were not ready then to emerge. Saying in November I was going to have some fun before I let go of making and firing clay, it has instead become a new creative source for my figurative work.

 

Finally, in polymer, wire and cloth tradition I have been working on the fourth piece in my series of dance characters inspired by life drawing and the model who sparked the series. These pieces take their time to emerge and are a challenge to complete. Here is the next character still in process called : S I T T I N G  P r e t t y . . .

 

creatures comfort

 

you may recognize her from the painting I recently completed called : The Telling … although the birds have left her headress … perhaps she is listening to their  t e l l i n g …

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The exciting thing about my life drawings inpiring the painting … the painting has now inspired a figure .. and I intend to use the figure as a “model” for a new painting ,  completing the circle of things informing other  t h i n g s . . .

Deeply touched to feel it all coming together from within : something I cannot materialize until it is time. The gift of my gift so to speak …

 

enough rambling, thanks as always for following xo

2015 Workshop C A L E N D A R

•January 17, 2015 • Leave a Comment

calendar 2015 copy

The calendar is being finalized !! click  H E R E  for contact info and specific dates …

It is going to be another exciting year of classes beginning in May on Vancouver Island with two week long sessions, then on to Portland in July for the NIADA class and conference…

The next sessions will be at home in Mahone Bay in July, dates still to be announced … then off to Fort Smith in the Northwest Territories for their August Summer Splash and a three day intro class …

September will be Toronto for a two or three day class , dates and theme to be announced …

October takes me to Albuquerque…we are still deciding what the theme will be for this year…

and finally, Sacramento in early November for two 2 day sessions : Dancing FOols … and … The Transformation Workshop  …

Dancing Fools

 

CLICK   here   for links to the class and contact info …

 

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NIADA Doll Making School and Confererence : PORTLAND : July 2015 . . .

•January 3, 2015 • Leave a Comment


IS NOW OPEN

CONFERENCE: http://www.niada.org/registration.html

DOLLMAKING SCHOOL: http://www.niada.org/dollschool.html

Registration opened two days ago, sorry to be late in posting … have been under the weather with a super cold …?   Is there such a thing … ? …  q u i z a s . . .

Shoe In

Welcome to the new year, within a few days I will post my teaching schedule for 2015 and a peek at some new pieces in the works …  

For the Birds

 

Fall 2014 . . .

•October 30, 2014 • Leave a Comment

F L O W E R I N G . . .

flowering

Flowering is finally finished and on her way to her new home…she has been a long and delicious process of one year. I now will begin another, something leading on from where she leaves me . . .

Those of you who followed the Fluevog competition will know that I now have Fleuvogs of my own and they now belong to Flowering too . . .

 

I have just added some new smaller works to my website under SHOP :  click here :  Fall Figures 2014  to have a look . . .

 

And . . . here are some images from our expression workshop in Portola . . .

 

This years classes were all so great, I cannot say enough thank you’s to everyone who participated and trusted me to lead them astray!! We had such a great time. The 2015 calendar will be posted very soon, some new places to visit and a new class called   EXPRESSION   tested out by my favorite guinea pigs . . .  The PORTOLA classes !

 

tres amigas

May the fall bring you gently into winter, mine is off to Mexico and a six month period of intense studio time and evolution.     a time to    . . .   f l o w e r   . . . .

 

The R E L I E F artwork . . .

•September 8, 2014 • 1 Comment

The show is done and now, the artwork is at last able to be sold .. it is on my website under : S H O P : here is a link to it: http://www.katechurch.com/shop/r-e-l-i-e-f-artwork/

two papers

There are lovely little artworks too which I will add in the coming days…just took so darn long to get this much done, but I am satisfied and happy to have this part checked off the l o n g  list …

stay T U N E D  . . . . . . . . . . . .

rose and gold   47 x 31”

NIADA Conference and c l a s s . . .

•August 26, 2014 • Leave a Comment

Lift off

What a great time we had … the class was, as it always is, a wonderful gift to me. The perfect group and lovely fun … thank you all ! ! !

I was asked if I meant my guided method to be like a yoga class … I love that idea !    If I can create that kind of feeling in my classes then I can send everyone home with a lovely way to work and a making of many heads, hands and feet to look forward to!!

Those who have been in one of my classes will (hopefully) understand that comment.

Here are images of some of the work created in the three days we spent learning and laughing …

ANd then … the conference began …  it was non-stop. I eventually became so worn out that even coffee failed me: I believe, a sign of a good conference, right?

I loved having the chance to know everyone a bit better and to feel excited about the things we will do in the coming years. I am mostly juiced about the growth of the teaching part of NIADA. I truly feel that giving energy and time to teaching brings an essential facet to the face of our art.

And, to be a part of that is a very real priveledge, one that returns as much as is given.

Here are a few pictures of the conference events I managed to take …

I had the pleasure of sharing a room with Lesley Keeble, an incredibly gifted artist and wonderful person … Here she is on the night of the gallery show just after having to move rooms in under ten minutes … we are just about to walk out to the     r e d     c a r p e t    . . .    or it maybe it was beige toned ? … never the less,  there was carpet and the opening gala show . . . and her beautiful piece . . .

The Red Carpetlesley keeble

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here is a link to see more of her work . . .  http://piedmontcraftsmen.org/artist/lesley-g-keeble/

And a final image, this is my red carpet guy … C R O W .  He was still being sewn when they showed up to move us from our moldy carpeted room to a fresher one (always seems to be about the carpet) just moments before the opening where we were being shown off … so he was indeed part of this star struck event!

CROW spelling it out

Classes in MAHONE BAY …

•August 1, 2014 • Leave a Comment

 

classroom

We have just finished two weeks of classes here at my home in Mahone Bay. Wonderful, just as life is here on the South Shore of Nova Scotia.
I feel a very special enjoyment for my home sweet home when I get to share it with my students …!

First Week : INTRO workshop

Gayle 2

It was a small but mighty group, a luxury to be able to have smaller groups when it is home  …

Below are some of the great things that came of the three days … if you click on any image you will enter the slide show …

 

Week two : THE LITTLE BOXES

hair wave

The first offering of this class was last September in Portola California where I work with a fabulous group of students and dear friends… now the year is complete  and this workshop is oficially retired.

As I finished this final class, I felt that learning a method  for small scale was successful in helping instruct everyone’s sculpting.  As we simplified the process,  small details became easier and features and fingers became more delicate in a natural way.  It is my hope that returning to a larger scale, the delicacy and refinement will carry forward into the work.

I have so enjoyed teaching this one!! And I must say a huge thank you for those who patiently waited when the intricate stringing of the figures into their boxes took such a long time. The good news is that not one box or solution was the same and everyone went away with a truly original treasure.

Several classes came to my assistance and built the boxes for us, and when my box makers in Mexico let me down, we managed to resolve and do even better !

So … many thanks to all of you who took part in this workshop, I loved figuring it all out with you,  my trusting students!!

Here are images of some of the work created in the final little boxes workshop here in Mahone Bay last week.

the little boxes

Remember to click on the pictures below to enlarge them . . . .

 

Next week I am off to Florida for the NIADA conference where I will be teaching for three days and then soaking up the company of an incredible group of international doll artists…

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Then,it is back to the studio to prepare and test out the ideas for September when I return once again to Portola California HOORAY where we will introduce and test out the new workshop :  EXPRESSION and TRANSFORMATION …

 

 

 
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