Wednesday, January 30, 2008

More Etsy fun for StudioÉLAN!

by Eleanor Hendriks

I had some Treasury thrills yesterday! -First of all, I got to make a treasury -this has become harder as the number of treasuries sometimes soars over 500. Second, my treasury was used as the front page (the first thing people see when they enter the Etsy website) within hours and it was up during the evening for most of North America -so it was seen by many! Here's how it looked (at least for a while -it kept changing around while it was up)...

Not a speck of clay in it, but fun all the same.

Later on I got a nice note from a Toronto artist who goes by the name RatGirl, to thank me for featuring her necklace and she put the page on her blog. I think the World Wide Web is aptly named and I am enjoying being part of its weaving!

The Matryoshka collection wasn't the first treasury that I made that became the front page -this one was....

I didn't realize how rare it was to get chosen for the front page yet then -I think this may have been only my second Treasury -and now the competition is even more fierce with so many treasuries to choose from every day! So I guess I'm feeling a little boost because "they like me, they really like me!!!" Silly, huh? I do like that they didn't mix this one up when it was on the front page -perhaps it was left alone because the layout was so important to how it looked. I wish that the Matryoshka collection was left alone too -even though the layout wasn't so obvious, I did choose it very carefully and didn't like the variations that were generated by Etsy. Hmm.. I wonder if it was a human making the changes or some piece of clever code?? I don't mind insulting a computer for poor aesthetic choices but I'd rather not dis a human!

If you don't get what I'm blathering on about here you'll have to pop over to Etsy and check out the Treasuries to see! Each collection on the list is chosen by an Etsian and its rank in the Hotness list is determined by the number of people who click on the items featured. Caution: major timewaster website ahead!

Monday, January 28, 2008

So Cool!

by Eleanor Hendriks

At least that's what I hope you'll say about today's post!

These are pictures of a few of my zoetry sculptures that live at StudioÉLAN. I'm posting them here for your entertainment and as reminder to me that I'd like to make some more of this type of work soon!

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Strange Noises are Coming from the Studio Again!

by Eleanor Hendriks

The second of the sculptured jars is nearly finished -I'll just give you a peek here...

The strange noises are coming from ocarinas I've been experimenting with -We'll be making these in class over the next few weeks. I can play an 8 note scale on this lovely fellow...!

...and the more mundane products of a pottery studio -berry bowls and mugs in progress this week ...

I love looking at boards full of freshly made pottery!

Thursday, January 10, 2008

A Blast from the Past

by Eleanor Hendriks

I found this while unpacking some boxes of books for my studio library earlier this week...

October 1996 the date says!! It makes me want to sing -"she's just a young thing and cannot leave her mother.." and check out those glasses!

The caption says "The 10th Annual Elora Arts Council Studio Tour featured the work and crafts of 21 artists and artisans in the Elora and Fergus Area this past Saturday and Sunday. Pictured left, Fergus potter Eleanor Hendricks at the wheel..." (Yes, they did spell my last name incorrectly!)
I participated in the Elora Fergus Studio Tour for 11 years until we moved from Fergus to Fenelon Falls in 2007. I'm looking forward to being part of the Victoria County Studio Tour here this coming fall. I'll be sure to let you know when and where!

In class notes: this week saw the start of the winter round of classes -welcome to Angela and Lee Ann and welcome back to Sandy and Ross. They deserve a prize for braving the north(ish) Ontario winter to come out to classes from now till the end of February (don't worry -I've built allowances for snowdays into the plan!) I'm looking forward to another great class session!

Sunday, January 06, 2008

Small Disaster at StudioÉLAN

by Eleanor Hendriks

I came in to the studio earlier this week to find a plastic wrapped blob lying on the floor. Unwrapped it revealed this...

...leaning, misshapen and rather unfortunately cracked.

Luckily, I had six others to work with and my first session with the first one ended like this...

Not done yet, stay tuned!
(I did wrap up and keep the disaster -maybe it will get to be the ugly cousin and end up being the most interesting of all!)

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