I have started re-exploring polymer clay lately. It was one of the first mediums I used when I began making dolls. The same allure the felt holds for me is what grabs me when I work with clay. I am tactile. I like the sensation of feeling. In felting, the lush texture of wool, the fibers entwined in my fingers, calls to me somehow. With clay, it is the feel of it yielding to me as my hands warm and manipulate it, bending it to my will. And the color. So very many hues and shades can be achieved by mixing a few colors together, in wool or in clay.
I often cruise the web, looking for other artists and exploring new techniques. I came across the work of Angelika Arendt on one such foray the other day. She has a fabulous sense of color, shape, and movement. She does things I haven't seen before. One of her clay sculptures is shown here. Enjoy!
May 20, 2012
Posted by Joyce Compton at 5/20/2012
April 13, 2012
Oh my I have neglected my space! Months of struggling with a clunker computer have finally ended with the purchase of a shiny new laptop. And, with the winter months done, my creative spirit is bubbling again. My muse left my for a bit and when she does that, I try to find ways to keep creating or to stay inspired. Felting soap has worked! Really! Sitting on the living room floor with a basin of hot water, some wool roving, and few bars of soap, I'm good to go for an hour or two of relaxing with the family. My grandsons call this "putting a blanket on soap". I think that's a good description. A bar of my friend Ellen's homemade soap wrapped up in some lovely merino wool, add a tub of hot water and I am in relaxation heaven.
Posted by Joyce Compton at 4/13/2012
November 13, 2011
Since I've spent so much time alone in the studio lately I thought it would be fun to share a look at the studio itself. It's a cozy room on the third floor of our house, painted a cheery yellow and complete with both the dogs and the obligatory tin of doggie treats. This is where it happens for me. It is my retreat space, my create space, my time with Mom space. There is a great deal of me in it. Enjoy!
Posted by Joyce Compton at 11/13/2011
September 16, 2011
I get together every week with two other doll artists, Emily Eckel and Chris Fondi. Once a month we meet for an entire day, sometime working on a preassigned subject or medium. This month we decided to tackle paper clay. While I have worked a fair bit with polymer clay, I've only worked with paper clay once. This would be stepping outside of my comfort zone a good bit. (I took a workshop with Susie MacMahon at AFIC 2011 in Columbus OH. Susie is fabulous and if you get the chance to take a class with her, don't pass it up!). So I packed up and went to Em's a week or so ago, armed with paper clay, tools, and a sketch book. I had sketched out Victor and his sister Wilhelmina a week earlier and made them the subject of my paper clay day. This is a work in progress photo of Victor. He is drying comfortably in Emily's studio alongside his sister, hoping not to hear any more scary noises.
Posted by Joyce Compton at 9/16/2011