Convergent Series

learning, using & teaching metal clay, and other aspects of life

Western PA Metal Clay @ Art All Night

Posted by C Scheftic on 2012/05/01

I’ve been doing Metal Clay demos at Art All Night for five years now. We actually announced the formation of our local guild-chapter at a previous Art All Night, with our first meeting scheduled for about two weeks later. In subsequent years, I have been joined by anywhere from one to six other members of the group. With me this year were Alice Walkowski, Debbie Rusonis, and Donna Penoyer, putting on a little metal clay show for about five hours on Saturday night.

Debbie left a little earlier and Donna arrived a little later than Alice and I did. Here’s a shot of Alice and Debbie posed, during a brief lull, about an hour after we had set up our demonstration area:

And here’s another shot, taken moments after that one, showing how they really felt:

Yes, after a warmer-than-usual March, our April weather has been very fickle, and Saturday night in an unheated building turned out to be a particularly cold undertaking! Though, of course, our hearts were warmed by all the visitors!

We really did enjoy talking with the different people who stopped by our table. We were located in a somewhat challenging spot to find: you had to either work your way down a row of exhibits and then through the entire hands-on activity section for children, or else find the “back passage” through the show.

One thing that did draw some people to that back passage was catching a glimpse of the “artists in residence” down in a sort of pit just beyond our spot. I really thought I had taken some photos of them, creating pieces on-site, but now I don’t see any on my camera. Oops…. Though I’m sorry that a lot of people never made it down to where we were, the nice thing about how it worked out this year was that we had a great opportunity for some extended interactions with the folks who did stop by.

As far as I know, Alice and I were the only artists who entered pieces that were constructed using “metal clay’ techniques. Because we had checked in separately (although only a few minutes apart, we’d been directed to different stations), we were amused to find our two pieces hung together:

Since you probably can’t see much detail inside the frames on either of our entries, here are some photos we’d each taken earlier. First, there’s a shot of Alice’s piece, Diving with Pearls (with fine silver and a CZ, plus pearls and ceramic beads) that she took and I found on her blog, followed by my entry, a reversible pendant (in yellow bronze, rose bronze, and copper) called Three Flowers … with a Twist.

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2 Responses to “Western PA Metal Clay @ Art All Night”

  1. Good idea to add our pictures. Never thought of that. Our pieces were in an area that wasn’t good for picture taking.

    • C Scheftic said

      Thanks. I love Art All Night for the experience of it but, in more ways than one, it’s sure not a typical gallery. Ours were not the only entries that were hard to capture there accurately with my little point-and-shoot camera….

      I just figure that jewelry is hard enough to photograph under the best circumstances, there’s no reason to go overboard trying to deal with the added complexity of having it behind a frame in an old, poorly lit, post-industrial site. Finding decent photos taken in our respective studios, and using those for the detail, just seemed easy. And I’m very much in need of “easy” at the moment, anywhere I can find it!

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