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The Evolution of a Bowl

I thought it might be interesting to show some of the steps in making one of my little bowls.  There’s a lot of steps between beginning and end.  I won’t show all of them but here’s the basics.

I start with a flat copper circle.

copper circle

Then heat and form the piece until I have a shallow form with gently fluted edges.

halfway

 

I further shape the copper until I have a deeper inner bowl and strongly fluted edges – it now has a flower-like shape.

final copper form

I start firing layers of enamel – this is after about 6 firings.

bowl

The finished pieces – several more layers and firings of enamel have produced beautiful shading, colour variations and bubbling.

blue flower

purple flower

 

 

 

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Ripley’s Aquarium

I finally made it to the new Ripley’s Aquarium in downtown Toronto this week!  I love aquariums, from the small home version with guppies to the huge Osaka aquarium with it’s whale shark (yes, I was lucky enough to visit that one a long time ago).

The aquarium has very strict guidelines for animal care and is involved in a lot of research and conservation projects, including the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup.  They have many educational programs for those visiting and for teachers to share with their classes.

I like the fact that the Toronto aquarium has native species as well as the more exotic and colourful varieties of fish. The tanks are large and beautifully presented.  The Pacific Kelp Exhibit even has a wave maker to simulate the surge conditions of the British Columbia shoreline – it’s mesmerizing to watch the kelp and the fish swaying back and forth!

It’s really hard to pick my favourite part of the aquarium.  It’s amazing watching all the different species of rays in Ray Bay.  There’s such a hypnotic effect to seeing them gliding gracefully past.  But of course Dangerous Lagoon is so amazing too, I swear those sharks are watching me as they swim by!  And the jellyfish!  Oh the jellyfish!  I could stand there all day watching them undulate and change colours with the light.  I think I took about a hundred pictures of them!

Needless to say I enjoyed my visit.  Apparently they have sleepovers in the aquarium too.  I can just imagine going to sleep while watching sharks swim over my head!  Magical 🙂

If you’re interested in visiting or more information here is their website – http://www.ripleysaquariumofcanada.com/

And here is a little slideshow of some of the pictures I took.  I have some amazing videos too but they’re a bit large to put on line.

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The Pipes Are Calling

I’ve been busy making new things again!  Here is my guest post on the Freedom Clothing Collective blog that tells you all about it!

http://freedomclothingcollective.blogspot.ca/2013/10/made-in-canada-series-pipes-are-calling.html

enamel and concrete vase

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My lovely little enamel art panels will be getting a little exposure this holiday season.  They’re part of an art exhibition at Elephant Shoes, a store/gallery that also carries my enamel jewellery.  All of the everyday items (including my jewellery) will be put away so that owner Cheryl Lim can turn the space into an art gallery.

It’s a group exhibition and will feature the work of Madelaine Lyons Cooper,
Laura Stitzel, Dara Gold, Doris Purchase, Michael Mackid, Amanda Lee,
Xenia Vakova and of course, me!

The exhibition goes up on December 1st and continues until December 9th.  The official reception will be on December 7th from 7pm to 10pm and all are welcome!  You can visit the exhibition during regular store hours which are listed on the Elephant Shoes website – www.elephantshoes.ca  It’s located at 1342 Bloor Street West, Toronto, which is just west of the Lansdowne subway station.

Here’s one of my art panels that will be featured in the show.

Photo shoot

I finally had a little photo shoot with some of my pieces on a model.  My friend Amy was gracious enough to help me out by posing in several pieces from my various collections.  And I must say they certainly do look stunning on her!

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Culture Days

Culture Days is a Canada wide movement to promote art and culture.  It is happening September 30, October 1st and October 2nd.  There are a wide variety of activities in Toronto, across Ontario and across Canada.  At the moment some of them are still accepting participants for activities or you can create your own activity/venue and submit it for inclusion in the event.

The list is quite extensive and a bit overwhelming.  I suggest using the Advanced Activities Search if you’re trying to find events in a specific city.  There is also a list of venues that are seeking participants and if you have a venue you would like to offer you can do that too.

One thing that looked pretty cool was free lamp-working at Tank Studio in the Distillery District.  I’ve done lamp-working (glass bead making) before and it’s not the easiest thing but it is a lot of fun!

Here is the Canada wide link, go to the Activities link and use the Advanced search option to find events in your area:

http://culturedays.ca/en/about-culture-days