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April 19, 2011

Note From Tonya
Where do you go to collaborate and connect?

New creative tools arrived!
Discounted and clearanced books

Feature Article
Muse Personality - Candice Kiesow

Note From Tonya

Tonya Newsletter Picture Where do you go to meet up with other creatives to collaborate, debate, and ponder ideas? The bohemes gathered at Cafe Guerbois and today we meet on Facebook and Twitter.

In Paris, late 19th century, the greatest artists of the time (and maybe ever) gathered daily at the Cafe Guerbois. Claude Monet, Auguste Renoir, Frederic Bazille, Alfred Sisley, Edgar Degas, Paul Cezanne, Edourd Manet and others would meet to banter ideas and share thoughts (often heated once resulting in a duel) about art. This passionate group was also referred to as The Batignolles Group.
Great artists are collaborators. Collaboration is the combustion chamber for new ideas and techniques. It is those relationships, communities and mentors that help to guide and grow new ideas, and techniques.

As artists we spend our day in the studio/office and then the evenings are spent caring for family/self. We live in a fast-paced, "do more", world. We don't have time for hanging out at the local cafe. To take the cake, we beat ourselves up for taking some time on Facebook/Twitter to reconnect, to be social!

Facebook and Twitter however can be an essential tool in creating community, in finding a mentor, in growing as a person and as a business. It's an outlet or a virtual cafe/place to share what you are working on, share photos, share interesting articles, ask for advice, etc.

This week, I'm starting a series on quick tips for creating a new Cafe Guerbois. Join me on (my blog) for learn how to bring social media into your studio. Learn what it can do for you and what you can do to be part of a new community of heart-centered creatives.

Creative Blessings,

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New Prices on Books

We are making room for the new books coming out this summer. I love new books! All books have been discounted further and many have been moved to clearance to make room.

The books in clearance are at cost or below! Get them while they last. Don't forget we offer domestic media mail which means you save money on shipping books as well (no non-books/videos can be included in the shipment).


Note From Tonya

Muse Personality: Candice Kiesow

Candice Kiesow Pearl PieceDate started working in metal clay:
In August of 2000, a friend & I ordered a kiln, Tim McCreight's first video and some PMC+, which at the time was $29.50 for 28 grams, to teach ourselves metal clay. Looking back, we made a few mistakes along the way.

Certified: (what clay, year and with whom)
CeCe Wire in 2002, and Mary Ann Devos in 2004, original PMC and PMC+

Accomplished at what media in addition to metal clay:
I consider myself a "multi-media" artist. My formal art training includes ceramics, jewelry, printmaking & graphic design. I am still a ceramic artist, and primarily a jeweler.

Website URL and Short Bio:
I began with ceramics, at El Camino Junior College, in California in the 70's. Later I studied printmaking, graphic design, and jewelry in Denver. I worked as a graphic designer, before computers. When our department got a Mac and it changed everything. I quit my desk job in 2000 to create full time and be at home for our son. I also make lampwork beads when I feel like sitting for 3 to 4 hours. I teach kids art camps in the summer and I am a perpetual student and take classes whenever I can.

To read more of this great interview with Candice, click here.
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