November 2017 all the way up to March 2018

 

During November 2017, I had a stall at the Disc World Market. It was a really fun event with interesting things happening throughout the day. Any Terry Pratchett fans would have had a ball and many many of them did.

There were so many recognisable characters that I spent most of the day grinning at the ingenuity of people. "Foul Ole Ron is known for his Smell, so strong the capital letter is fully justified. In fact, Ron's Smell has evolved a personality of its own, and can be found without Ron, attending opera performance or visiting art galleries." - Terry Pratchett, Soul Music

I spent the months of September and October preparing for the Disc World market. I made all kinds of interesting and fun items. The plan was to also offer workshops for people to do on the day so that they could experience the clay and get to express their creativity.

Thank goodness I had things to sell as the only workshop was a gorgeous snail made by a very gossipy, talkative little girl. She loved it and I loved making it and I loved having her bubbly chatty company.

I learned a lot from this market. Probably the most important lesson of all was that it is absolutely essential to peg one's gazebo down. A gusty wind came up and blew mine many meters back. Luckily, the stall next to us had a kind gentleman who brought out some pegs and anchored my gazebo firmly. Unfortunately, once we had started to pack up (hurried on by a vicious looking storm) and the pegs had been removed, a few very big gusts came up and twisted my gazebo into a monkey puzzle. When we left there were many white skeletal remains of gazebos looking for all the world like a modern art installation. Regardless, I am glad to have had the experience and enjoyed myself immensely.

 

Whenever I go to a social event where I take my own alcohol, I take one of my decorated glasses along. My theory is that with a custom made glass, no one will "accidentally" steal my drink. A few weeks ago, I went to a function where a friend was visiting from America. I told him about my theory and he replied that he could guarantee that my glass would be stolen by the end of the evening. Well, his prediction was 100% correct (except that I actually gave him the glass). He said he is sure that people will pay lots of money for art glasses such as these and he would find out when he got home. I have not heard back from him yet (except to tell me that he had enjoyed a glass of wine in it) but hopefully I will be sending many of my glasses to the US and earning lovely dollars for them. 


All of this "news" seems so old now. It feels like it happened a whole lifetime ago but I still think it's interesting, so I'm keeping what I wrote.

Since then there has been Christmas for which I made tons and tons of gifts, a very happy friend who I helped to make a ceramic sculpture she had made stand more firmly and various other similar little things. The most exciting development however is that I have finally started selling my products at Clearwater Crafters Market. Not only am I selling my products and art there, I have presented a really fun workshop there too where I had children ranging from about six years old to around about my age. They all made gorgeous little Easter themed items and we had tons of fun.

There will be loads more workshops, in fact, the next one has already been scheduled for 5 April. We will be making Dragon pendants which is by far my most popular workshop. The basic idea centres around a little clay dragon protecting his treasure by curling around a glass cabochon. I love presenting this particular workshop as the final products are always very unique even if the basic design is the same.The workshop will start at 10:00 at a cost of R99.00 per person. You are welcome to book your place in store or by email at clr@craftersmarket.co.za.

This past weekend, we presented just such a workshop at a six year old's birthday party. It is hard to believe that such little bodies can generate so much noise! Phew, they were loud! Never-the-less, from feedback I received, they all seem to have had an awesome time. I have been told that the birthday boy has refused to remove his from around his neck and insisted on taking it to school. I love happy customers like that.

Polymer clay is a super fun and very enjoyable medium to work with. It's very versatile and the application possibilities are practically endless. ClayologieTM is my clay of choice. Not only is it manufactured in South Africa, but it is also of very high quality and has a fantastic range of colours and other clay related products. I'd love to get the chance to show you if I haven't done so already. 

Please drop me an email or send a Whatsapp so that we can set up a workshop for me to show you how much fun this medium is. You can also pop onto my website and see if there is a workshop you would like to attend. The link to take you directly to the workshops is: Workshops and the link for my upcoming schedule is here: Workshop schedule.

If you would like to host your own polymer clay workshop at your home, drop me a line and let's see what we can put together. I'm always open to suggestions of what you would like to do and would really love your feedback.

Also, remember that as a facilitator and stockist, you can buy any of your polymer clay supplies from me. 

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Kind regards, The Mudd Craft Staff
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