Tuesday, 13 July 2010

Polymer Play Days 2010 (and more)

Hi everyone!

It has been a while since I wrote anything in my blog. It seems that the less you write, the more difficult it becomes to just sit down and write something :))

And I do have something to write about! Not about my creations (I am not very creative lately), but about a fantastic polymer clay festival called Polymer Play Days, which took part here in England a couple of weeks ago. Jist like the last year the festival was a lot of fun. We had 6 workshops, half a day each, with 6 fantastic teachers. To my delight I also had an opportunity to speak Russian again, as there were 3 more Russian-speaking wonderful ladies apart from me this year :)) And I was happy to sit again at the same table with Diane and Jo.

So these are the things I made during three days of workshops:
Alison Gallant taught us to make a chrysanthemum cane, which we used to make different kinds of beads

Sylvie Peraud taught us to make mosaics. This is a technique where you have to sand your pieces for a very long time, but the results are fabulous.
These are my unfinished yet items

And this is what mosaics should look like when sanded and buffed, these are pieces made by Sylvie herself.

On a second day we had workshops with a lovely couple from Spain, Natalia and Dani.
Natalia has shown us how to make these felt broach style beads

Dani has shown us a very interesting and complicated technique of making hollow beads. I did not like my beads, which is why I will show you Dani's examples (Photo from Olga's blog):

I liked the ideas of these hollow beads, I will have to try making them at home some time.
On a third day we had workshops with two fabulous American artists, Donna Kato and Lindly Haunani.
On a Donna Kato's class we were making funky rings with rotating discs. My ring:

Lindly's class was about colours and Skinner blends.
I only had time to make these two plates at the workshop:

Then I made a few more items out of leftovers of Skinner blends at home.

I think I am almost inspired now to get back to clay :))

And that wasn't all yet! :))
After all the classes on a last day we had a charity auction for Macmillan cancer support. I won a gorgeous seed bead necklace! I think making such a jewellery of seed beads is extremely complicated, and I am very happy to own this masterpiece.

And that is not all yet! :))) We had a raffle! I was lucky again, and I won a beautiful ring made by Sylvie!

I bought myself a lovely pendant by one of my favorite Spanish polymer clay artists, Noelia. I love how accurate and neat her works are.

Not to make two posts in one day I also want to show you the beautiful beads I bought from a polymer clay artist Elena (shim-shoni)

And that is it for now! I hope you enjoyed the photos! :)))


  1. Lovely to see you in blogland again - I missed you!!! Hope you´re allright!!
    Well, I sat here in Norway thinking of you every day!!! So fun it looks. I can nearly feel the atmosphere and hear the sound of 60 PM rolling!!! Glad you had a good time - saw you on some photos - gorgeous as ever!!!!

  2. Welcome back! I was thinking about you just today and I was afraid you abandoned the blog! :-(
    I was so worried, cos you taught me a lot of things :-)
    I'm happy you shared these pictures with us and I'm happy you sound so happy too :-D
    I'll wait for your next creation :-*

  3. Hi Zu! Its so nice to see you back blogging again! How wonderful to have those great workshops! Wow. Wonderful beads here on your blog. The hollow ones how devine!! What an outstanding day you had Zu Russian people to meet and speak to and then to Win that necklace. What a stunning Necklace!!!!

  4. It seems it was a lot of fun. Isn't claying wonderful!

  5. Sounds like you had a terrific time. Glad to see you back...missed you!

  6. Great to read your posts again Zu, I have also not been as regular with my blogging like I used to but hope to recitfy that next month and onwards.

    What a great time you looked liked you had at the show. I would have love to experience that. Whwere are they held maybe i can make it next year.

    The items you pictured which blew me a way was the hollow beads and the mosiac technique.

    Like you I am very in awe of bead weavers works and creations, so i totally get why you were pleased to win the seed bead necklace.

    And I have to say those beads you bought from Elena (shim-shoni) are special indeed.

    Anyway great to see you back, look forward to seeing your new and upcoming creations.

  7. just wish I were there..... and remember our last year PPD! It sure is a fun! You made beautifull jewelry again!

  8. Oh glad to see you back. Your work is so inspiring!

    Love all these photos, thanks for blogging them. The workshops sound great. Makes me wish I had been there even though I only use silver!!

  9. Ooohhh all these are lovely! I tried to make some beads like the ones in your first photograph, but I wasn't quite sure how to bend them. I love your work!

  10. Hi Zu!!
    Thank you soo much for your words. I'm very happy to have seen you again. You are a very fantastic artist and a very sweet person. I hope see you soon again :-)

    A lot of hugs!

  11. Hello!! You are a blog very interisting whith beutiful creations. I like very much.

  12. your work is really awesome...very nice...i am following now

  13. Hai mani doro Tu,ma che belle cose che fai,.Saluti.