Friday, June 26, 2009

Merry Go Round - Favourite publication

It's time for another ride on the merry-go-round! Jump on and join a group of artists/crafts-women as they link around the world and tell you a little about their lives in art and craft.

This month's question that myself and other merry-go-rounders will answer is "what is your favourite publication(s)? Is there a book(s) or magazine or website that has become your bible for your craft?

I interpret this question to mean "technical" resources related to how to work with metal clay. While it surprises even me in that I looooooove books and have a wonderful collection of them on metal clay, I think my favourite "publication" is actually an online forum - or two to be precise.

The first one is the yahoo group "metal clay" and the second one is also a yahoo group - "etsy metal clay". Both are forums where anyone can ask questions, post their latest pieces, discuss different aspects of creating with metal clay, learn about new materials and techniques, the business side of jewelry making, or just receive support and encouragement from other artists using the same medium. On the metal clay forum, there are loads of comments and questions every day. I don't know if anyone has time to read them all - but its good to browse through and see what is relevant and of interest to you.

As I have all these books, I will recommend a couple of great ones ....... The first is "The Handbook of Metal Clay - Textures and Forms" by Hadar Jacobson

and the second is "Structural Metal Clay" by Kate McKinnon

Both are great resources and are also quite different from each other.

Please take at look at the responses from the 9 other artists on the merry go round and learn what they read to help them with their art and craft!:

Jenny at Jenny Karlsson design
Nikki at Beaded Zen
Wendren at Wren
Sara at Sara's Texture Crafts
Marian at Florcita
Agathe at Le Bar du Vent
Fabienne at Easterya
Charlotte at FancyPicnic
Lily Pang at Lily Pang Art

Ruth at Birdland Creations


Wendren said...

The forums are a great resource. I never thought of them in that way.

meherio68 said...

Thank you for these tips. I'll be sure to check out these forums... and put the books on my Xmas list.

Easterya said...

Thanks for these tips! I still have a packet of brand new PMC... Can't quite get the courage to try... so the forums are gonna be a huge help!!

florcita said...

Forums are great because the knowledge is constantly updated and new stuff is always added. Not to mention that the interaction with other people is always very helpfull!

Ohhh one day...soon... when I buy my oven..I shall experiment with metal clay as well!

Ruth said...

You'll love the books Agathe. And what I liked most about them is that they give you confidence to try anything.

Ruth said...

Yes - give it a try Marian! There a places that offer kiln services so you don't need to wait to buy a kiln - or fire it with a butane torch to give it a try....

Ruth said...

Thanks for the comments. And Fabs - open that packet! Or else I'll have to come over and have a play day someday!

'fancypicnic' said...

I haven't really gone down the forum route...not properly. I can see that they must work, and be such a valuable resource, not to mention helpful.

I remember watching a demo on PMC, and being captivated...seeing your work, and those books - I'm feeling tempted!!

Sara's Texture Crafts said...

I love a forum... it's my favorite new place to get inspiration and ideas. They will never replace a good book completely, but pretty close!