Claire Heye’s Magpie Gallery Exhibition – “Clay Then and Now”

With a shop located in Arroy Seco, named Claireworks, most would know her work with fine jewelry, which might be her main focus, but back in the 1970s when Haye started out, she quickly made a name for herself with clay.

Clay Then and Now is her new showing at the Overland Ranch Compound, bringing back memories for those who knew her early work. However, with the extradentary designs and fine detail, even those who’ve never heard of her are bound to be inspired by the work. The exhibition took place on the 6th of Oct 2018 where she featured new pieces, all of which were created by clay. As described by the press release, her work is just as skillfully executed and whimsical as we’ve had the pleaser of seeing in the finer details she includes with metal.

Viewers Given A Glimpse into Artists Life

The Press release featured many other details about the artist, giving new viewers a history of the exciting works and where she began. It tells readers about the first ten years of her studio live, which were devoted to working with clay as she would roll out sheets of terra cotta and turn them into interesting, intricate sculptures, which was only some of her first work to get her noticed. Not long after, Haye became known as the queen when it came to construction with slabs, especially with the bigger, brighter and more complex designs, some of which stand as tall as 7’. Of course, this is a major achievement for the artist, especially when considering her work began with smaller items such as table tops.

With the creation of the larger sculptures, Haye found a world of new challenges, which doesn’t only relate to the work and creating these magnificent works of art, but also transporting them, especially the larger ceramics, which became one of her most popular categories. During the 1980s, many of her sculptures were acquired by both private and public collectors, including Baron Thyssen-Bornemisza who acquired some of her work and had it flown over to Paris by private jet.

Late in the 1980s, Haye decided to discover new opportunities and widen her abilities within the art world. She didn’t want to become known just for her work in clay but rather wanted to be known as an artist, including poetry, painting and sculptures of other materials. She found herself creating work that involved painting, creating sculptures from bronze and even a few other avenues of art.

From the work she’s done with bronze, Jim Wagner who’s an artist and fellow friend of Haye introduced her to the possibilities of jewellery. She also had the help of Kit Schuetze to get started within the industry.

As we all know by now, Haye went with the jewellery opportunity and actually started off with just pins of silver, which reflected a lot of her earlier work of whimsical figures. In 1997, she opened Claireworks, which remains her primary focus to this day.

How to DIY With Clay

In 2018, it’s nearly impossible to not hear someone talk about or see a video of DIY projects. A DIY, also known as doing it yourself, the project has grown in popularity so much n the last five years that there are websites and YouTube channels dedicated to showing off fun DIY things to try at home. Which means every tool imaginable from toothpicks, wooden letters, to even rocks have been used. Though, some of the artier people might appreciate that doing a DIY project with clay can create a stunning masterpiece with a personal touch or even just have something fun to do with the kids and friends. Though starting the process of doing your own clay DIY will take some preparation and this list will give you the highlights of how to go about it!

Should I Buy or Make Clay

This all depends on your personal preference. If you’re a person that rather buy premade clay due to whatever reasons, then looking online at art stores or even Amazon could find you a good deal. Just be sure to research what kind of clay that you want to use, and yes, there ate different types of clay: porcelain, stoneware, and earthenware. Each one has it’s different properties, but as a basic rundown – porcelain clay is pure white and is commonly used for pottery, stoneware has more pores and a greyer color what white, and earthenware has a brighter shade of an orangish red and has a thicket feeling. It’s also important to keep into considering how much clay is needed as buying more than needed can be seen as a waste of money.

If you want to go the full DIY path and make your own clay, there are dozens of recipes which can be done at home. Many of them are non-toxic and will allow you to create colorful clay without panting it which just makes the DIY project even more personal and fun. Additionally, there are so many ways to make your clay, some are non-baked, baked, frozen, or left to dry. Always be sure to look at the recipe though as you never want to make sloppy clay that cannot even be used for a project.

Different Kinds of Projects

Now that you have your clay prepared, it’s time to look to some creative DIY projects you can use it for. The first and most obvious step of this is to find what you feel like creating, even if it’s as simple as making clay animals to decorate your home or an elaborate bowl or vase that you want to use.

As some motivation, you can consider making a flower put as your starting clay project. The shape is easy to mold, and you can find so many ways to decorate it. Plus, you can be the one person that can say that you have living plants in your personally crafted pot. Another fun idea is to craft a necklace with your clay. One exciting way to do it is by creating a shape, animal, or a design, customizing it, and finally wearing it or hanging up.

How to Create Polymer Clay Molds

Materials needed to make polymer clay molds: Scrap clay, well conditioned (use a firm clay, like Kato) Tissue blade, sharp Ta…

Materials needed to make polymer clay molds:

  • Scrap clay, well conditioned (use a firm clay, like Kato)
  • Tissue blade, sharp
  • Talcum powder or cornstarch
  • Soft paintbrush
  • Small ceramic tile
  • Acrylic block (optional)
  • Small container with cold water
  • Selection of buttons and charms

[Source: http://craftartedu.com/polymer-clay/polymer-clay-free-classes/debbie-crothers-making-molds] a

How To Use Kato Poly Paste

Use Kato Poly Paste to secure polymer clay forms. What is Poly Paste? Poly Paste is polymer clay in a sticky, paste form. As other polymer …

Use Kato Poly Paste to secure polymer clay forms.

What is Poly Paste?

Poly Paste is polymer clay in a sticky, paste form. As other polymer products, it requires heat to cure.

Poly Paste does not melt or run, making it ideal as a gap filler.

The stickiness of the Poly Paste makes it ideal for bonding odd shaped cured clay pieces or bonding when the two objects are precariously placed. It will grab and hold through the curing process.

[Source: http://craftartedu.com/polymer-clay/free-product-tutorial/kato-polyclay-tutorial]