Well the last two weeks have been a big blur! Whew...a world-wind tour of the newest and greatest things to offer artists.
Last week, I drove to Los Angeles to attend the largest craft, art and hobby material show in the world. Every year I attend to see what's new, what people are doing with the new materials and how they can be adapted to the metal clay and mixed media jewelry market. I want our customers to have the best and the newest things to make their job easier and most cost effective.
I came away from the show having met fabulous people, having seen incredible new materials and tools and prodding the manufacturers to make cool things for my community! Best of all we have 65+ new items coming in to Whole Lotta Whimsy in the coming months.
On Tuesday, I drove back from L.A. just in time to attend the world's largest Gem and Mineral Show in Tucson. I've seen gobs of beautiful and incredible stones! I managed to pick up some new findings, tools and chain for Whole Lotta Whimsy too!
It's very exciting to find new goodies. Not to mention having seen wonderful and amazing artists showing their newest work. I've got about 4 more days of shows to see. Send me some extra energy, please!
So in order to make room for all this fun stuff, it's time to clearance out the older items. So watch the Clearance Section of the site for some great opportunities to save money. Once it's gone...it's gone!
Also, check out the blog for some fun postings on what I saw at CHA and the gem show.
New Creative Tools Arrive at Whole Lotta Whimsy
The Muse Personality Interview: Lora Hart
Website and Bio
PMC Connection Senior Instructor Lora Hart began working with metal clay at the turn of the century. After nearly 20 years as a busy make-up artist in the entertainment industry, an actor's strike put her career onhold. Four happily creative years later, she began a new and fulfilling life as an instructor in the greater Los Angeles area. Working out of her quaint Venice Beach Studio, Lora is honored that her work has been included in many publications including The PMC Guild Annual, Barbara Becker Simon's Metal Clay Beads, Sherri Haab's Metal Clay and Mixed Media Jewelry and Holly Gage's The Art and Design of Metal Clay Jewelry. This year, Lora has begun an online challenge to make a Ring A Day and started work on the first level of The Master's Registry.
Date started working in metal clay
I like to say that I started working with metal clay at the turn of the century. (2000)
PMCC L1 and L2, Mary Ellin D'Agostino; L3, Sherry Fotopolis; Rio, CeCe Wire; Art Clay Crossover, Jackie Truty. I know that the crossover was after the Albuquerque Conference, but the other's were so long ago I just don't remember. I wish I were made of money. I'd love to take cert classes from a huge variety of teachers. You learn so much from each person just by watching their hands.
Accomplished at what media in addition to metal clay
I'm afraid that metal clay is just about it for me. Other than eye shadow and lipstick - I was a make up artist in commercials for 17 years. I do practice hard metals techniques as often as I can, but I'd hardly say I was skilled. It took over a year to complete a felted purse during my one experience with knitting.
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