Tuesday, 30 June 2015

A Touch of Colour to Cold Porcelain Sculptures

I had posted in my blog about meeting my idol Meire Bari . So she was amazingly generous to give me a sculpting lesson and share a few tips.

I also had the privilege  to examine all her beautiful Cold Porcelain creations first - hand !! they were breath taking and while her photography skills are great.. her creations actually do not need any enhancements.. they are spectacular by themselves !!

The thing is that the colours she uses make them look so 3-dimensional.. I wanted to learn more about that too..but unfortunately we did not have much time... but she did use coloured clay to show me the sculpting lesson..they were just freshly sculpted when they travelled the same day, back to India with me...

It was not easy carrying them even when they were packed so well for travel.. I had an energetic 8 year  old to hold on to.., and another bag !!

The pic on the left is how they look after they are dry.. I had to repair two ears that had nearly come off... and the one on the right, which is the sculpture I made, had a light hollow  at the base of the head.. and the head was tilted... so I left it at that angle . still I do not think that it detracts any from the cuteness quotient !!

The big pumpkin is a bit dented too..but that could be because of my inexpert modelling ..instead of what happened during transportation...!! Meire's pumpkin just looks so perfect..Thank God !!

Once the sculptures were dry., I decided to paint mine ... I did not want to change anything on Meire's sculpture...

 SO here is the little guy all ready to be painted...

I only did the very basic tint on the face . just a bit of blush effect and darker highlights..

gave a touch of white to make the underlying colors pop .

I decided to give two effects for the two pumpkins.  Just wanted to see how it would look and which one I preferred...

The small pumpkin was kept more realistic in tints and basic tone..but since the bigger pumpkin was already with a patch work and a tiny heart on it I just made the most of highlighting the segments and then giving the sections a huge shade of yellow..

Cold Porcelain sculpting by Swapna Dinesh
Cold Porcelain Sculpting by Swapna DInesh

I also put in a tinge of green ... I think it is Okay for a first try.. please let me know what you think.

Friday, 19 June 2015

More Inspiring Artists : Meeting With The Columbus Polymer Clay Guild .

There are a lot of clay groups on facebook. And I had been following a few . Once our trip to USA was decided, I realised that one of the group I was following, was the Columbus Polymer Clay Guild and I was going to live the major part of a month in Columbus... ..but I had just a day's chance to meet the members since they would meet on the second thursday of every month.

So... I decided to try for an invite. And within no time, the reply came back in affirmative. I was just ecstatic. A few days later I got another message from a member, Steve Winland who asked me to carry along a few of my own pieces, that I could show the members. !! That was a bit daunting...I knew the calibre of the members..so it was a tough thing for someone inherently shy, like me..but this was a chance like no other...

And so, May 14th, I duly presented myself at the venue..and was immediately put at ease by the very friendly Vicky, whose full name I never caught. And then one by one the other members started arriving..and most of them did not look surprised at my presence. Then I found out that it had been announced at the previous meeting, that an artist would be coming from India, on a visit...

The meeting commenced with a showing of the members' various works. Then they invited me to show the pieces I had with me, and explain about them.. they were so casual that it did not feel like I was in the midst of  strangers. 

There was an amazing demonstration by Nicole Willis  on caning techniques. The ladies gave many of their spectacular pieces to be photographed. 

 I could not make up my mind on which piece I liked the best.. !
 The lovely ladies !! The very talented Carole Smithers was so warm and friendly, she wanted a picture with me.. :)

And Beth Curan, who I later learned, was the President of the Columbus Polymer Clay Guild, gave me a token of her own creation to take home...

So at the end of a beautiful 2 hours, I came away, thrilled no end, and also feeling blessed to meet such brilliant creative people ..so many of them at once.. it was overwhelming... !!

Thursday, 4 June 2015

Meeting with an Inspiring Artist...Meire Bari

I just returned from a month's vacation in USA .. and there are quite a lot of posts due..but I decided to start from the last and a really amazing piece of good luck that I had..

As any of this Blog's followers would know, I do post about artists who inspire me and there are quite a few of those... when it comes to Cold Porcelain, Meire Bari was a strong favourite... her work just made me drool.. here are a few of her creations

I have been following her work for quite a few years, and when I knew that I would be visiting USA, I decided to try my luck and asked if I could meet with her..and she readily agreed....

It was during the last but one day of my return too India, that I finally got the opportunity to meet her... Our first intro was definitely one of a kind... !!

She was just so warm and welcoming from the first instance..that I was just glad that I overcame my natural reserve and decided to get in touch with her.. But the best was yet to come...!

I was hoping that she would share some instances of her creative journey with me and maybe let me see a few of her works... what happened was much beyond all of my wildest imaginations..!

Withing minutes of meeting me, she invited me to her work space and asked me to just feel at home and go through all her work. !As I was admiring a beautiful piece modeled like a patchwork doll, she just casually gifted it to me, and she also gifted my sister and brother-in-law, who had accompanied me, two more of her lovely and unique creations.
And while we were just standing , struck by her generosity, she was offering me a lesson in sculpting, absolutely free.. !! We had already made some plans for the day, so I had to decline..and I was flying the next evening... 
But I just could not let this chance of a life-time go..so asked her if there was any way she could spare a few hours of her valuable time to give me a lesson the next morning.. she readily agreed, and I spent a couple of  the best hours of my creative time with her. 

She did a completely new sculpt, just to give me a lesson... and then did a step by step demo. Then she gave me a lot of invaluable tips to improve the quality of my work.. not only that, once I had finished my own piece, with all the materials and tools provided by her, she gifted me the one she made too , and had it safely packed for transport to India. !!

Then she also gave me a whole lot of tools , some of which I had never even come across, and a bunch of magazines that she had collected, with step by step instructions on sculpting...
The piece below is what I made... and I am pleased as punch about it !!

Her generosity knows no bounds..and the most valuable of all to me, was her friendship!! So free and unconditional.. once one reaches adulthood, it is not easy to find such unfettered offers of friendship... We had similar thoughts on a lot of things, not just our creative sensibilities...

All her pieces are unique and abound in fun and really showcases her talents.

A Brazilian and Indian, we met in USA... !! I guess it was meant !!

Some day, I hope to pay this generosity forward in much the same spirit. For now, I would be happy to just come half-way close to her talents...