Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Doesn't THAT take forever? Why do you do THAT? Because opening a new pack of clay is like opening a new box of crayons when you are six years old!

I often hear, "Oh that's so cool! Did you make it?" Then I often get asked by friends why I spend my spare time playing with clay and stringing up beads. When I was a kid I could always be found coloring, painting, drawing, etc. In middle school (man I'm old now!) we had a great art program and I got really into watercolors, pencil sketching, and pen and ink drawing. My freshman year of high school I learned to hate what had always been my favorite class. That's right by the end of my freshman year I hated art class. What brought me to this most unfortunate fate? Hmmmm maybe it was the hours spent copying transparencies of line drawings and not EVER creating anything your own. Hmmmmm maybe it was the guy who sat next to me and would roll joints under the table (first time I ever saw a drug, sheltered child that I was). Or maybe it was the guy who sat on the other side of me and would look at nasty magazines with freakishly strange people in them and try to get me to look at them. (He was scary!) Maybe it was the teacher who would walk in flip on the overhead say draw this and sit back at her desk to file her NAILS the whole class period. Anyway, I abandoned art classes! Sad eh? I kept drawing and painting on my own but then I got a boyfriend, a job , a new boyfriend, a car, etc. went to college and was very practical. Never thought twice about taking an art class. Fell in love with kindergarten switched to be an education major and boom there you go. Soooo when did I start claying? Why did I start claying? I needed something fun, I needed a creative outlet, I needed that wonderful feeling that a six year old gets when they open up a brand new 245 count box of crayons! I needed to do something I love for no other sake then to just do it. I stumbled upon polymer clay quite accidentally and became hooked. Its a great stress reliever. Then I got into jewelry and I'm now hooked on beading. Beading is a very zen thing. Working with clay is exciting and fast paced. Beading is very meditative and allows me to just enjoy not thinking as I concentrate on the patterns of the beads. It is an escape. Am I trying to make money doing this? No. I've just gotten to the point where I've made too much stuff so I might as well see if anyone out there likes it too. However, my time is money and the materials cost money so I am going to charge what I know it is worth. :)

Monday, October 09, 2006

New Work

I've been really busy trying to figure out what direction I want to go. It seems that jewelry is certainly my thing for a while. I've started a website, but am still trying to figure out how I want it to look. I'm also working on building up my inventory so I will be ready to open www.d-c-designs.com
sometime next year. I was shooting for January, but it would probably be a better idea to start during summer vacation. Enjoy the new photos.