Wednesday, January 21, 2015

The Beach House and The Artist's Mark

We survived! What a year! I'm back by the ocean, only the one off the east coast this time, the same ocean I swam in till I was 7. I feel I can wave to my cousins in Sola, Norway and they might see me and wave back. There's something about coming back to the familiar, like putting on an old sweater that bends exactly where you bend. It looks right, smells right, sounds right, and it feels right. I have posted a bunch of pictures at the bottom so you can see the studio, the home, the view, the surroundings, and the moods of the sea. That feels right, too! The Arctic Fox asked if I found the storms and surging waters depressing or unsettling. These suit me. They suit my moods, fire my imagination and I find I sit and watch nature unfold in all it's power and beauty and can't be bothered with television. There is even a sound, quite distinct, that you hear when the tide comes in.

The new (old) studio is up and running and working perfectly. I can get as messy as I want! I have room to dance and there's even the odd little field mouse that shows up to see what I've been up to.

Hello, I'm back! Thank you to all of you who have patiently hung in there. I hope to share some interesting things with you this year.

To start, here are some very rustic, hollow beads. They fascinate me. Pods. In the garden. In the studio. Claire Maunsell gave a 1-day surface technique class in Montreal last spring and I'm so glad I was able to take it before the move. She's a lovely lady, talented, totally forthcoming, and a great example of "mining a vein". Look her up (she has a blog,, a flickr site and an etsy site).

This is my starting point for this year in polymer clay:

The bead we made in the class using various surface techniques:

The goal, in taking any workshop, should be, not to do identical work to that of your teacher, but to apply what you've learned to your own work, thus broadening the creative application.

Here's the subsequent development in my own work:




mounted as a pendant





These beads are all hollow, looking substantial but light in weight, yet very strong!

Here is our new place:

Unaltered photo!!!!! Sunrise on the salt marsh, from the deck.

same time, rotating 45 degrees, ocean view from the deck, tide is out.

view from living room window, tide is in

Some of our neighbours enjoying the sunlight on the crumbling pier.

other neighbours going for a stroll on the beach

"MY red cliffs"

tide is in


View of The Arctic Fox (in yellow, bottom right), pier and house from 800 feet out (low tide)

165 year-old house built by Capt. John Ross with beams and planks from a ship that went aground in St. Mary's Bay, across the street

The Artist's Mark, my new studio! Painting

metal and wire work

more painting

polymer Art


  1. Fabulous beads, and fabulous location, house and studio.

  2. Absolutely gorgeous! I love these bead very much and enjoy your adaptations! The way you've incorporated them into your jewelry is stunning!

  3. Love your work, workspace, where you live AND your comment about applying what you learn in a workshop to your own work!

  4. Living by the ocean is such a dream come true! Water - sigh.....

    Your studio is fabulous! Another dream come true!

    And your work is incredible! Taking from your teacher and making it your own. Well done indeed. I'm glad I followed the link and carried on. I feel like I've made an incredible journey today from Alberta all the way to the east coast and beyond!

  5. Welcome to the Atlantic coast, Vickie! And I love the pods :)

  6. So good to hear from you. You really have a great view to inspire you! Bonne année créative 2015.

  7. Hi Vickie, Great to have you back. I've missed reading your posts. Looks like you have moved to a very inspiring place. The beads are beautiful. I'm a big fan of Claire Maunsell. Too bad she lives so far away from me. Wish she had some tutorials or books. I like her BlogSpot too. Looks like those type beads could be worked into your Saga of the Sandsweeper. Your new location seems to have a lot of material for the Saga. Waiting for the next episode.

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