Open Studio Update

Llave bronceSoon I will receive the shipment of keys, skeleton keys won off eBay. They should be here within two weeks. When I was first working with a particular decorative tile, I envisioned how it might look with a skeleton key dangling from it. I speak of the escutcheons that have gone through several incarnations. Recently, my colleague Gary mentioned that they would look good with skeleton keys and it was a nice reality check. So, 30 keys are coming my way. I will figure out how to place them after they arrive, though I have a few ideas. Update: I’ve worked hard and have produced much recently, tiles and necklaces. Along the way, I also developed a touch of something that is this the scourge of potters and ceramists everywhere, carpal tunnel problems caused by overwork. Soon I will have a wrist brace made by an orthotics outfit to wear at night. I am also doing physiotherapy, taking anti-inflammatories, icing, basically doing the RICE or PRICE technique.  My doctor told me things will be on the up and up soon if I take care of it now and follow instructions. I had better listen up, too, because I had another reality check, having worked  with clay last

Wrist stretch

Carpal tunnel stretching exercise, By Mfestejo, via Wikimedia Commons

Tuesday and Saturday. My arms felt like they were on fire each time.  My current projects are going to have to be shelved temporarily, so I can take a complete break.  During this time, I will do a few ceramics-related things that won’t involve my wrists. While I continue to be associated with our local art centre, it is time to branch out, to become part of the larger community. To that end, I am going to join some ceramics organizations. I’ve downloaded forms, read policies, like what I see, and will report more after I’m a member. In other news, I hunted for a tool with which to bevel a clay slab and found one! It has a zippy name: The Bevel-O-Matic! It is nice to come across a tool that meets your needs precisely…the Internet is a wonder! This tool is so specialized, it is unlikely I would have found it any other way. As soon as my wrists have improved, I will be back at the tiles. I cut many of them a while back and they are ready and waiting…for me and my beveler. Also, there is a new artist in residence for the ceramics department at the Port Moody Arts Centre. A sculptor, James Kemp is a recent graduate of the Emily Carr University of Art and Design. He will be overseeing the Tuesday Open Studio group starting tomorrow. Thank  you for your years of service, Ms. Doyle, and welcome, James Kemp….


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2 Responses to Open Studio Update

  1. Eric (The Glass Artifact)

    Keys make interesting impressions to!!… ;-))
    Don’t forget Etsy…I’ve gotten lots of small items there to add to my copper electro-forming on the glass!!
    I’m sure you know… winter-time is the worst for getting inflammation/carpal/cysts when you’re working with cold water and doing repetitive stuff… Stay warm!!
    Do you have a slab roller?? Much easier on the wrists!!
    There are days here when it’s 100º+, the kiln is on next to me, the torch is blazing, a puddle of sweat is forming on the floor under me and i’m wondering why i’m not siting at the Brent wheel I left behind many years ago, a bucket of cold water next to me and cold stoneware mud climbing up my arms…. lol

    • Jan

      I loved reading your message, Eric… Yes, the slab roller is my friend and I don’t know what I would do without it. I made so much in such a short period of time, I got whomped. I will peruse Etsy for intriguing tidbits… that’s a great idea and I appreciate getting it. Great visual description of you in your studio your studio… steaming hot and thinking of cool clay. Indeed! Nice to hear your e-voice, Eric! xxoo

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