Mingling with Polymer Clay Artists at the Fraser Valley Bead Show

Cindy Lietz and Linda Gross “Those business cards are very cool! Fabulous idea!” ~Melinda-H

A few days ago I showed you some handmade business cards that I used at the Fraser Valley Bead Show. This is a local event which takes place annually not too far from where I live. It’s a small show with only about 50 vendors, perfect for mingling and stocking up on supplies.

This year I had the good fortune of bumping into Linda Gross, a polymer clay artist and teacher who lives and works about an hour North of me in Deep Cove, British Columbia. That is her and me in the photo above. She teaches out of her home and sometimes has big name guest artists do workshops there as well.

Coming up in November she will be having Julie Picarello over, to teach her famous Mokume Gane technique. Although I won’t be attending the workshop, it would be great to meet Julie. I hear she is awesome. I’ll have to check with Linda to see how long Julie will be in town for, to see if there would be time for a visit.

As it turned out, I ended up getting to the Bead show late in the second day of this 3 day event. That was a bit of a mistake since everyone appeared to be pretty exhausted. It made things more difficult to strike up conversations with people. I’ll be sure to remember next year to come in the morning.

Overall though, the show was worth attending. I got to pick up a good supply of Niobium Wire as well as some new jewelry tools. But the highlight was definitely getting meet Linda who I’m sure I will be chatting with again soon. She has a wonderful, larger-than-life personality.

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  1. aims, 25 October, 2009

    The gals from Strung out on Beads were at that show Cindy!

    How I’d love to be taking that mokume gane course. It’s a technique I really am fascinated with.

    Unfortunately – we aren’t heading back for a while as far as I know. I can’t do the passes when they’re covered with snow. I’m too much of a scaredy cat.

  2. Cindy Lietz, 25 October, 2009

    That’s funny Aims that I didn’t realize they were there! I didn’t have a lot of time to browse, was way too tired myself (as you may be able to tell by my photo) and since I was only looking for wire and a few tools I didn’t carefully peruse the booths with the beads very well.

    Another good reason to go to a Bead Show in the morning when everyone isn’t so tired!

  3. Nevena, 26 October, 2009

    @Cindy Lietz: Cindy, every time i see a photo of yours – you very much remind me of Kim Cathral, one of my favourite actresses.

  4. Lisa Crone, 25 October, 2009

    Hi there! I just spent the last 15 minutes or so perusing your blog, I love how you have it set up! VERY nice and conducive to reading through lots of posts quickly, fabulous!! Everything you write about is great and very informative even for people who are not a polymer clay artist, but just someone who likes to craft!! :)

  5. Cindy Lietz, 25 October, 2009

    Thanks Lisa. I appreciate you taking the time to share your thoughts.

    If anyone is interested in reading some more tips about how to easily navigate through this blog web site, the link by my name will take you to another article that may be helpful for you.

  6. Claycass, 25 October, 2009

    I would love to take that MG class also. I have loved Julie’s style for awhile now.

  7. Helen Sperring (honeyclay), 25 October, 2009

    Hi Cindy, My Spliced Flower Cane was a big failure. Are there even amounts of clay in the two skinner blend plugs? I did everything the same as the video and it didn’t come out right. I had a blob of green in the middle surrounded in white topped with a thin line of blue around the petal. When I squished the log together, my skinner blend was hardly noticeable. Are there any tips you can give me? Help, Honey

  8. Cindy Lietz, 25 October, 2009

    @Claycass: I love her style too!

    @Helen: That’s too bad you’re having trouble. Sounds to me like you may have added too much white to your blends and not enough of your color. That’s no problem though. When that happens, just cut off a chunk of the white side of your blend before you roll it into a Skinner Blend Cane. There really should be only a little bit of white in the center, with the rest of the cane being the blend. If there is too much white in both blends, you won’t see the contrast in the middle when you splice your two canes together.

    Another way to avoid this problem, is to use no white at all and use four colors for your blends instead. For example, you could use green and yellow for one blend and turquoise and blue for the other blend. Then for sure there would be a contrast and you would see the stripes in the cane properly.

    If this doesn’t fix the problem, send me a photo and I can see where you went wrong and set you in the right direction.

    Don’t despair! It can take a bit of practice to get your canes to look right. The good thing is, you can always use this ‘messed up’ cane for the many ‘scrap cane’ projects there are on this site. Click the link by my name to head to a post with some more info on that. Or type the word ‘scrap’ into the search box at the top of the page for even more articles.

    Good luck and let me know how it goes! :-)

  9. Carrie, 25 October, 2009

    Holy Cow! I have a lot of catching up to do! Been gone to Cancun for 2 weeks on my honeymoon! Saw some INCREDIBLE flower cane work in some jewelry shops! Lots of inspiration! And BTW Cindy, if you are in need of some inspiration for color recipe palettes, I took some great flower pics down there!

  10. LindaG, 26 October, 2009

    Cindy – how lovely to see us together! It really was a highlight of the show for me to meet you after following you for the past couple of years. Your online personna is such an inspiration – I can not believe the amount of information you are able to provide and on such a regular basis. You are the Tutor-Queen and it was a real joy to meet you!

    There are one or two seats left in Julie’s workshop if anyone wants to contact me, just let Cindy know and she can provide you with my private email.

    I look forward to hosting a workshop with you as the featured guest instructor Cindy – that would be very cool indeed – cheers!

  11. Polyanya, 26 October, 2009

    I’m busy preparing for my local fair mid-November too, hence my lack of input recently. Just wanted to add my ravings about Julie Picarello and how much I admire her work, hear she’s writing a book at the moment, due out Autumn 2010. I’m really envious about you being able to meet etc.

  12. Cindy Lietz, 26 October, 2009

    @Carrie: I was wondering where you were. Congratulations on getting married!! Hope you had a wonderful time on your Honeymoon. Yes, I would love to use your flower photos for color recipe inspiration! Any beach photos or sunsets etc would be awesome too. Anything you want. I’ve done palettes before using other members’ photos, like the Curiosity Cactus Palette that was created with a photo from Jeanne Collins of Arizona. (See recipes link by my name.) So glad to have you back. Hopefully it won’t take you too long to catch up!

    @LindaG: Thank you for the kind words. And I agree… we should talk about doing a live workshop. I’ve been so focused on doing my online teaching, that it’ll probably take someone like you to get me back to doing live events. In my earlier days, I used to teach 3 or 4 classes a week. The personal interaction with students in that type of setting is wonderful.

    @Polyanya: Still not sure if my schedule will work to meet up with Julie, but I’m crossing my fingers! It sure takes a lot of work to get prepped for doing a Fair doesn’t it? Good luck. I hope you have a lot of success with it!

  13. Penny, 26 October, 2009

    Well I am very envious of that mokome gane workshop – however we have a workshop of our own coming up in January. Helen Cox (well known for putting on ‘Play Days’ in Britain has invited Sandra McCaw from America to tutor in the Nottingham area on 23rd and 24th January (if anyone is interested there are, I am told, limited place left – just google for ‘Helen Cox McCaw Cane’) She is demonstrating her fabulous and well known cane.

    Meanwhile ‘Cindy’s girls’ are meeting again, and would love anyone else to join us – we are meeting at the NEC on Friday 6th November. There is a sort of walled in garden (surrounded by glass) in the middle of the complex – we reckon to meet at the entrance at 11am (that way anyone who wants to arrive earlier can mooch around the Craft Exhibition that is on. We want there to be more Cindys girls, so I hope you can make it!

  14. Ken H., 26 October, 2009

    Now that’d be a course I fly out to the west coast for, a personal class with Cinty Lietz!!!!! :)

  15. Cindy Lietz, 26 October, 2009

    @Penny: Great news about another meet up! Wish I could be there too. Hey, maybe you could send me one of those buttons and I could pretend. That would be so fun! That will be great for you to meet Sandra McCaw! She is another one of the clay gurus that would be wonderful to meet!

    @Nevena: Thank you, you are so sweet. Someone else has told me that before, though I can’t really see it myself. Very flattering she is a beautiful actress!

    @Ken: That would be fantastic! I of course will let you know if a workshop gets put together. Would be great to put a face to the name!

    * Just talked with LindaG and her, Julie and I may just be able to meet for a bite to eat on Friday which would be awesome! Will let you all know all about it later.

  16. Elizabeth, 26 October, 2009

    I would love to come out to a class, but it’s a bit far. Does anyone know of any polymer artists in Calgary (or area) that offer classes?

  17. Polyanya, 27 October, 2009

    Thank you Cindy, I am a bit nervous mind. But I am envious of your meet-up I hear she’s a lovely person, we actually look alike (speaking of lookie-likies).

    Glad to hear you’re all meeting up again Penny.

  18. Ken H., 27 October, 2009

    I have a picture I use for auditions, how do you load the photo so it’s used next to my comments?

  19. Cindy Lietz, 27 October, 2009

    @Elizabeth – I don’t know of any polymer clay classes happening in Calgary but if something comes up, I’ll let you know.

    @Polyanya – I learned from a personal development trainer once, that you should be feeling somewhere between excited and nervous for stuff like that… so it sounds like you’re in the zone :-)

    @KenH – Glad you asked about the comment photos – they are called gravatars. I will be doing a special post about this as soon as I get a chance. It would be great to see more faces replacing those those sideways G symbols beside all of the wonderful comments here at the blog. Anyway, to answer your question, you can follow the link by my name for instructions on how to upload your personal gravatar. It’s really easy to do! In fact, here’s what Jaime-H said after getting her pic uploaded…

    “Heyyy! Thanks for the tip on getting a gravatar. Wasn’t hard at all! I wondered how to do it but never managed to get around to asking. XOXO Jamie”

  20. Ken H., 27 October, 2009

    @Cindy Lietz from How To Add Your Own Comment Photo: Thanks I just did it, I hope I added the photo correctly. Thanks Cindy!

  21. Ken H., 27 October, 2009

    Well, I guess I did, because there I am staring back at myself. :P

  22. Cindy Lietz, 27 October, 2009

    Nice to See you Ken :-) Hopefully others see this and follow your handsome lead.

    By the way, for anyone who has privacy issues with not wanting to show their face online, Gravatars can be pictures or images of anything you like… like your favorite bead or something like that.

  23. aims, 27 October, 2009

    Elizabeth – I was told by a salesperson at Michael’s in Red Deer that there are polymer classes in Calgary. I know there is a group that meets there as well but will have to do some research on that.

    If you hear of anything let me know too okay? I might be able to brave driving down in the snow.

  24. Elizabeth, 27 October, 2009

    Thanks Aims – I’ll keep my eyes open for classes in Calgary! I’m glad to know some might exist!

  25. Elaine R, 02 November, 2009

    Hey Aims, Elizabeth

    I recently moved from Calgary to Swift Current but I ‘commute’ regularly. I had taught classes on polymer clay in Calgary over the years and there are a few other people who do clay (attached to the doll and minis groups mostly) in Calgary, Red Deer and Edmonton.

    If you guys are still interested we should get together one of the next times I’m in town and do a little claying :)

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