Wednesday, May 27, 2015

So Many Reasons......

It's been a crazy month. We had a wonderful trip to the Virginia mountains to visit with our polymer friends and have some sanity replenishing time to clay and relax. Then we raced back home to ready the studio for Ron Lehocky's debut in the teaching arena. He was magnificent! We had a fabulous weekend learning his easy peasy cane, his style of mokume and ikat, and all his construction secrets! We laughed 'til we cried and ate everything that wasn't nailed down! The weekend culminated in Ron's presenting his 30,000th heart to the Creative Journey Studios Retrospective Collection. We are so happy to share his accomplishment with the polymer world.

Ron gets down to KIDS level to place his heart!
Now we need to get back to the real world and gear up for Sarah Shriver. Her class is June 5th to the 7th. She will be sharing her Big Beads and making them into rings and bracelets! I see a fabulous ring in my future! There is still a space if you want to join us!


We've added new work (in addition to Ron's wonderful heart) to the collection. New bracelets from Lindly Haunani, a new bowl from Emily Squires Levine, some new earrings and a pendant from Sandra McCaw, a bracelet and pin from Julie Eakes (in her new Silk Road style), and a wonderful batch of polymer pussy willows from Cynthia Tinapple that we won at the retreat auction.

We've also been busy adding new products to the supply store. We have new wire working tools, Ron's pounce wheels, new texture rollers and stamps from Kor-tools, amalgam carriers for dots, new button molds, new silk screens from Alison Gallant and Karen Woods, new Fimo Pro clay, new Pardo translucent colored clay, and new Premo clay colors. So many reasons for a trip to CJS!




Sunday, April 19, 2015

The Journey Continues...

We have been busy getting the studio freshened up, setting up the work spaces, stocking up Filigree & More with lots of new goodies (we're going to need a space stretcher here in a bit!) and putting out lots of new things in the gallery. Just got a nice box from Kim Cavender with some of her wonderful rock pendants and bracelets. Ellen visited with Mary Filapek and Lou Ann Townsend at the Atlanta ACC show and brought some wonderful new pieces from them. Their earring designs are really fun and I love their palette. We got a handful of spectacular pens from Priscilla Lane. They are a pleasure to write with, as well as being beautiful. (I love mine!)

If you haven't visited in a while, it's definitely time for lunch at Aqua Terra and a leisurely stroll through Creative Journey. We have lots of new work in the collection you haven't seen yet. Bettina Welker sent several beautiful and representative pieces, including a matching bracelet and necklace in her signature style. Cynthia Toops and her husband, Dan Adams (an amazing glass artist when he is not running his medical labs) created a collaborative piece just for the collection. Cynthia's micro-mosaic work is mind-boggling. Dan has created hollow glass globes to complement Cynthia's polymer. We acquired two vases by Emily Squires Levine, one that had been in the Carthage College exhibit, for the collection. They get a tremendous amount of attention.


We are very excited to be loaning one of the pieces in the collection, Elise Winters' "Red Cascade Ruffled Neckpiece" to the Carnegie Museum of Natural History for viewing in their Wertz Gallery. The exhibit is called "Out of this World! Jewelry in the Space Age". It will be exhibited from June 27th, 2015 to January 4th, 2016.

Classes are going well. We had a wonderful visit with Barb Fajardo at the end of March, to start off our exciting line-up of classes for the year.


Now we are gearing up for two weekends with Laura Tabakman. It promises to be a cornucopia of knowledge about translucent clay. We have been busy assembling supplies that will be needed for the classes. Polyform has once again been kind enough to supply clay to our students, and we will be comparing Fimo, Pardo and Kato translucents as well. 


The next class with available space is our three day weekend with Dr. Ron Lehocky, May 22-24. Ron is known for his hearts that he creates for his charity, The KIDS Center in Louisville. We just added Number 30,000 to our retrospective collection at the gallery. Now we have convinced Ron to share his tricks of the trade, learned by twenty years of polymer experience and specifically ten years of heart making. He has several techniques that he has developed: "ronnie-gane", his take on mokume; his easy peasy extruder cane; and a fantastic geometric cane. He creates veneers which he will show you how to apply to shapes. Your bench skills will take a leap forward.

An example of the Easy Peasy cane
Ron has also excited the polymer community with his spiral pieces, using his style of mokume gane. Don't you want to join us at Creative Journey Studios for this technique filled class? There are just a few spots left so don't delay. Call us at 404-314-5767. You can find more information on the "upcoming classes" page.



Sunday, January 18, 2015

Stop the presses!

Just when I thought I was caught up on my blogging, I have more news! Big news, actually! We've added two classes. Barb Fajardo is coming from New Mexico to teach two classes for a weekend of excitement on March 27th, 28th and 29th. On Friday she will share her "Appliqued Tiles" technique.


On the weekend she will teach her "Mandala Flora." Check out the Upcoming Classes page for more description and pictures. Call me at 404-314-5767 to reserve your spot.


The other big news is two-fold. Laura Tabakman's class in April filled almost before I posted it. But, not to worry, we talked her into offering another session the following weekend--May 1-3. Whew! That being said, don't dilly-dally. This session is filling up, too! Actually, all the classes are filling up. Consider yourself warned!


The other bit of news is that we still have lots of Pardo translucent clay, including the new Pardo translucent colors. Many of my daily inquiries read something like this. "I've found your website but I don't see anywhere to click to buy your products". It's as simple as hopping on the phone so I can take your credit card info and shipping information. We use USPS regional shipping boxes which saves you a good bit of money. With your zipcode I can quote shipping rates. Check out www.filigreeandmore.com to see some of the products we carry.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

New Year's Excitement!



It’s the new year and time to plan for 2015! Ellen is working on our class schedule, busily lining up wonderful teachers to bring you exciting workshops. Check out the class descriptions on our “Upcoming Classes” page and give me a call at 404-314-5767 to sign up. The space is limited, so remember—“He who hesitates, is lost”. 

Laura Tabakman is coming at the end of April (and now also May 1-3, as the first class sold out in three days, even before I really started advertising it!). She is going to be teaching her techniques with translucent clay and comparing brands, which should be interesting. We were fortunate enough to see her work up in Racine at the H. F. Johnson Gallery of Art at Carthage College while we were at the 2nd Symposium on Polymer Clay held by Racine Art Museum at Wingspread. 


This was a large installation that you could actually walk through, causing the pieces to sway gently from the air moving as you walked. in addition to these large mixed media pieces, Laura is also known for her wire and polymer jewelry.


We have Laura's work for sale in the gallery, and have several nice pieces in the collection so you can get excited about this class. 
I will be posting other classes as their details become available, so check back often.
This seems like a good place to remind you that we still have Pardo translucent clay, as well as Fimo and Premo. All it takes is a phone call (404-314-5767) and a credit card to have some winging its way to you in a USPS priority box. You can sign up for a class at the same time!

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Could it be Fall?


There was actually a cool breeze this morning! What a treat after all the humidity we've been having, along with a broken air conditioner. Glad it waited until after our wonderful visit with Lindly! The classes were great and we discovered some new spots to eat. Leave it to Lindly to study up on the web before her arrival and find exciting new culinary hotspots! We now have a great ramen noodle house to tempt us!
We are looking forward to our next classes----Ernie Hendrix is coming on September 27 to teach a mixed media book class. You can see a beautiful example on display in the gallery.
In October we will be headed to Racine, Wisconsin for the RAM Polymer Symposium at the Johnson Foundation at Wingspread. It's called Polymer 2.0: The Field at the Beginning of the 21st Century. We are looking forward to getting an insight into polymer's future. One of our missions at Creative Journey Studios is promoting polymer clay as an art medium. It's always exciting to hobnob with other artists to hear what innovative things they are doing with polymer.
On our way home we will be stopping off at Mammoth Cave for the annual KY/TN retreat run by Ron Lehocky. By the time we get back to Buford our heads will be spinning! Hopefully this will all translate to an even better experience for you when you visit Creative Journey and Filigree & More for a class, a supply run or just a tour.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Check your Bucket List!

Lots of news to share! We are eagerly awaiting Lindly Haunani, who will be here for two weekend workshops--August 29th to the 31st and September 5th to the 7th. She's going to teach us all about tube beads, which is a very versatile bead shape we should all know more about. She is also going to do a survey of types of mokume gane, including her own Haunani-gane. The second weekend is full but there are still a couple spots in August if you want to jump in at the last second. Just call us at 404-314-5767 to sign up or ask questions.


Also, please note the new date for Ernie Hendrix' book making class. It's now on September 27th. We have a beautiful example for you to see, set up in the gallery. Once you see it, I know you will want to learn how to make your own. The class is only $85 and you will have a treasure to take home at the end of the day.



We're inundated with new stock in Filigree & More, our supply store. We have a new distributor with lots of new goodies. The biggest news is that this means we will continue to have Pardo clay. We still have a good supply even though a day doesn't go by without a box heading off to another eager clayer. We have tackled the issue of summer shipping by getting insulated bags and icepacks to care for the clay and thus far have shipped to Florida, California, Massachusetts, Arizona, Colorado......even Alaska! I'm forming lasting friendships with the post office personnel, and I've learned all about Regional USPS Box A shipping.
We're working on putting out wonderful gemstone beads and pearls, and we have special Ron Lehocky hearts for beaders so if you are looking for special cabochons to bead around or wire wrap, you need to come for a visit. We are often here on our "off days" so call  to see if we're here and come spend some time with us.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Star Wars informs Creative Journey

We like the idea of "prequels" even more than sequels! Just as we were able to add a second class for Meisha Barbee, we have decided to add a class for Lindly Haunani. Even before the class was described on the upcoming class page, we had a full house. Yea for us ....sad for you if you didn't move fast enough....so what to do? Prevail upon Lindly to do a second class.....yes! Go, Lindly! We are scheduling a 'do-over' before the 'do'. August 29th will be the tube bead class, and August 30th and 31st will be the mokume in-depth class. These classes are filling up as well, so if you are interested, call Sue at 404-314-5767 to secure your spot.


Don't forget to sign up for Ernie Hendrix' book arts class. She is teaching how to make the Orient Star Book on July 12th from 10:00 to 5:30. It's only $85 and you'll even learn some origami when everything is said and done. Ernie is an excellent teacher and needs to finalize the headcount so she can prepare, so don't wait to the last minute to sign up.
There are new products in Filigree & More, our supply store. Gemstone beads, silver beads and freshwater pearls are starting to be hung on our new bead wall. It's time for a trip to Buford. Leave time for lunch at Aqua Terra or Rico's to get you in the mood for shopping!