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Suzann Thompson
Author of Polymer Clay for Everyone

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March 23, 2001:
(Logging at 23-MAR-2001 20:55)
** SUZANNKNITS:suzann just joined "Polymer Clay For Everyone: Guest Suzann Thompson" (6 members now) **

sunni> there she is!!! our guest!!
suzann> good morning
sunni> you awake yet suzann?
suzann> almost
suzann> I used to stay up at least this late working, but not since my daughter started school.
sunni> ok gang - shall we begin? please refrain from salutations as people arrive and leave. please refrain from side conversations. for private conversations use the "/send" feature.
sunni> i would like to welcome suzann thompsom, author of Polymer Clay For Everyone now being published in its third country!
suzann> So if you already have The Polymer Clay Sourcebook or Pate Polymere Pate FIMO, you won't need to get Polymer Clay for Everyone
sunni> Suzann - what are the other countries this book is printed in?
suzann> In England and France under those different names, and all with different covers.
sunni> how's it feel to be an international author?
suzann> It feels great, but a little unreal, because I'm still the same old me.
sunni> *grin* i don't think that will ever change!! have you found being published opens doors for you?
suzann> Oh yes. Since the book was published I've been able to make a lot more contacts a lot easier. It's like having a book proves that you can really do something.
suzann> Course lots of us can do something without having a book...
sunni> *grin* do you sell your polymer clay work?
THERTYATE> How hard was it creating your book?
suzann> Not so far, because I usually only make stuff for publication. But the house is slowly filling up with pc jewelry and eggs and other stuff. Soon I'll have to find a place to sell it.
suzann> It was hard and easy. Hard because I had a very short deadline--only four months to design and write everything. Easy because I love to design stuff.
sunni> four months? holy cow!!
sunni> where can we get the book, Polymer Clay For Everyone?
THERTYATE> So you didn't have an idea then have to badger publishers...wonderful!
suzann> I know!! I worked very hard and it took me a while to recover afterwards.
sunni> did you work on it every day?
suzann> It's available on amazon and should be in bookstores by the end of the month.
sunni> Tell us how you got started with this book, why you put it together, what the inspiration was for it, and what did you learn?
suzann> Not only didn't I have to badger the publishers, they had already decided to publish the book and were looking for an author.
sunni> Who are the publishers and how did they know of you?
suzann> I made a schedule chart of what I had to do every day and then I had to stick to it. Unfortunately, I always put off instruction writing whenever possible, so it all piled up at the end. It's not
suzann> my favorite part.
caneguru> suzann, is any of your work available online for folks to see?
suzann> I heard from another author that the publisher Hamlyn in London was looking for an author. So I called them and said "Here I am!"
suzann> Only old work is online at the British Polymer Clay Guild site.
caneguru> thank you
suzann> Oh, also Jewelry Crafts has one of my necklaces at their site
sunni> What goes into the making and publishing of a book over in england?
suzann> Inspiration--the publisher already had an outline, so I mostly worked to that. It was nice cause it actually freed me up to concentrate on designs.
sunni> So they gave you something to work off of! great!
suzann> what did I learn--writing books is hard work!!! I sometimes wondered-what did I get myself into???? Also learned that when someone is going to take closeup photos of your work, it better look good.
caneguru> did the publisher provide the photographer? Or did you have to find one yourself?
suzann> publishing books in England--same as everywhere else really. I designed, made and wrote. Then sent projects to the publisher for photography. They also edited my text and laid out the pages. I
suzann> got to proof the final layout. Then it went to the printer in Singapore or Hong Kong.
sunni> How did you pick and choose which projects to enter into your book? Are they all your own ideas?
Elissa> How much freedom did you have to determine the content of the book?
suzann> To have the publisher do the photography is unusual. I think it may depend on what sort of book it is (like is it for a fee or does the author get royalties).But I'm glad they took care of it.
suzann> I designed all the projects. My text was so long that a couple were left out, but that was the publisher's decision.
caneguru> How many projects are in the book?
suzann> The pub gave me a list of chapters and a tentative list of items, but I got to make minor changes.
sunni> if you had to do it over again, would you have more pictures
suzann> about 35 projects
caneguru> with 35 sets of instructions?
suzann> I would have a lot more stepbystep pictures. But you have to make all the steps separately and I just didn't have time.
suzann> yes, that many instructions.
suzann> also a chapter on techniques and materials
caneguru> guess who's gonna be camping out at the bookstore? :)
suzann> thanks!
sunni> Do you feel like the process of writing a book has helped you in your artwork in any way?
caneguru> do you have a favorite project or projects in the book?
suzann> Hamlyn, the original publisher, marketed the book overseas. I don't quite understand the mechanics of it, but Rockport bought the rights for North America.
suzann> My favorite is the sun and sea clock. It uses a mosaic technique I learned from Sue Heaser
sunni> that is a neat clock!!!
caneguru> the pietre dure? (or however it's spelled)
suzann> the book really opened me up to doing different kinds of projects. Before book, I only did pclay jewelry.
sunni> so now, do you have a slew of ideas for new directions?
suzann> no, pietre dure is different, like stone inlay. Mosiac is cutting little pieces and placing them with a craft knife. Not as awful as it sounds.
suzann> Yes, I've really gone into decorating eggs in a big way. Also I like covering glass jars and bottles. You know, home decorating stuff.
caneguru> are you coming to the States to promote your book?
sunni> uh oh. covering eggs and glass is addicting!!
sunni> Do you have any more books, articles or videos in mind?
suzann> Yes, thanks for asking. I'll be in Texas next month to visit guilds and sign books. I'm open to scheduling other trips, too.
suzann> you said it, sunni
sunni> where will you be and when?
caneguru> If you can work Seattle into the trip, drop me an email
suzann> lots more books, some about polymer clay and some about other stuff like knitting and crochet. Now to find a tame publisher! I do articles all the time for Jewelry Crafts and a couple of English
suzann> magazines.
Royce3> Could you talk a bit about the details of the photography? Getting the pictures had to be a lot of work.
suzann> April 3, pclay button workshop for the Dallas Handknitters Guild, 7:30 p.m, Walnut Hill Recreation Center.
suzann> April 11: Demo and book signing at Austin Polymer Clay Guild, 6:30 p.m., library at 2200 Hancock Drive.
suzann> April 14: Demo and book signing at South Texas Polymer Clay Guild, 12:30-4:30 p.m., Central Public Library, 805 Comanche, Corpus Christi
suzann> April 17: Demo and book signing at Texas Art Supply, 2-4 or 5 p.m., Montrose Blvd, Houston.
sunni> how do people get in touch with you for scheduling their guilds?
caneguru> ah, that would simplify it. Thanks sunni
sunni> :)
suzann> the publisher did the photography, but I'll tell you my favorite photos. The glow in the dark eyeballs--they photo'd them glowing!!! The earrings with gold leaf on them--that picture is wonderful.
suzann> and the photo of the decorated frames--the candle is reflected in one of the frames. That's my little girl in the framed pictures.
suzann> e-mail me, I guess. Sunni, how do we go about that?
sunni> will you have access to your email account while stateside?
sunni> if so, just give us your email account here and it'll go up on the board at pcc.
caneguru> If I can get your email, I'll pass it on to my guild's VP of Programs
suzann> yes, I think so. I won't have time on this trip, though, unless the group is in TX. But I do plan trips the US two or three times a year.
sunni> we can also post it, i think, to the NPCG.
suzann> my e-mail is
caneguru> thank you. And of course, you'll be here next year for Ravensdale with Sue, right? LOL
suzann> I'd love to go to Ravensdale. Sue is a polymer clay powerhouse, isn't she?
caneguru> yes indeed she is :)
suzann> I think I've learned most about polymer clay from Sue, though Nan Roche and Donna Kato's books have been very valuable to me.
caneguru> Do you know the USD price for the book?
suzann> $16. it's paperback in the US. I'll repeat that if you already have the Polymer Clay Sourcebook it is the same book.
caneguru> I've never seen the Sourcebook.. I thought I knew (and owned) ALL the titles, too. :)
Anna> where is it available?
suzann> that's its title in England.
suzann> sunni-you asked what I learned--I also learned that finishing is so important to the look of a project. Learning about sandpaper opened whole new worlds to me.
suzann> Also, when I found out that you can bake clay over and over, I was able to make much more detailed projects. Parts of that mini fireplace in the book was baked at least 10 times.
sunni> 10 times!! that's good to know. the fireplace was just super!
caneguru> Suzann, when was your book first published? And have you updated it for the latest publishing? (New clays, new technologies, etc.)
suzann> Thanks! The minis were the hardest part for me. I had heard that miniaturists were very particular about detail... that made me tense!
suzann> It was first published in 1999 in England. I submitted an update for the US edition, but I don't know whether it was included. Publishers don't always listen to authors!
sunni> what was the hardest part of putting this book together for you?
suzann> writing instructions and staying up very late at night. My daughter was just two when I started the book, so I was a mom during the day and a writer at night and on weekends. Thank goodness for my
suzann> great husband, who helped me make time to work.
sunni> what was the most fun?
suzann> I always 'think' I take adequate notes when designing a project, but when I go to write the instructions, I find that they weren't as adequate as I thought.
caneguru> do you think you might do a video some day?
suzann> The most fun was designing the projects and also trying to make sure that the book had a well-rounded look.
Elissa> Suzann, which project do you consider your biggest triumph?
suzann> I sat down one day and said, Okay how many blue projects do I have, how many red projects, and so on. I wanted to make sure the book had a good range of colors.
sunni> suzann - let me post an aside to the audience.
suzann> the sun and sea clock was the biggest triumph. The miniatures were minor triumphs--it was a miracle that I didn't quit after making those!
sunni> gang - to see the book, go here:
sunni> so working small is difficult for you?
suzann> I got used to working small, but yes, it was hard. The worst was the fear of not getting the details and the scale right.
caneguru> Do you work in a particular clay brand?
suzann> I try to use the brand that is best for the project. How's that for a waffly answer???
Elissa> Do you have any plans yet for another book?
caneguru> works for me! :)
sunni> that's delightfully ambiguous!! which clay do you prefer or do you like all of them?
suzann> I have a knitting and crochet book planned. Another polymer clay book would be great.
sunni> Caneguru asks: do you think you might do a video some day?
Royce3> Do you have a background in any other art forms: drawing, painting?
suzann> If I had to choose, it would be Premo and FIMO. I like Sculpey for clay gun work and mold-making
suzann> I would do a video if someone asked me to. But it wouldn't be something I would pursue.
caneguru> what kind of oven do you use for curing polymer clay?
sunni> would you consider workbooks for individual lessons like kat dewey has done?
suzann> My background since age 7 is in knitting and crocheting. I'm not trained as an artist, but I have been doing crafts for a long time.
Elissa> How did you become interested in Polymer Clay?
suzann> I used to use a fan-assisted oven and had to adjust the temperature accordingly. Now I use a small regular oven. Never travel without my oven thermometer.
suzann> probably not any workbooks. I like the feel of many, many pages.
sunni> :)
caneguru> is fan assisted oven what we would call a convection oven?
suzann> But I did a leaflet several years ago--Folk Art Beads for Design Originals. About 19 mostly millefiori designs.
sunni> are those available in the USA?
suzann> elissa, I saw Maureen Carlson's work at a conference in 1990. "I know how to do that!" I thought. The next Christmas, I asked my husband to give me a FIMO sample pack (no Premo back then), and that
suzann> was the beginning.
Royce3> Does your book contain a lot of information about mold making?
suzann> I think convection and fan-assisted may be the same. at least very similar
caneguru> my husband just confirmed that (about ovens, Suzann)
suzann> yes, folk art beads is published in the USA.
caneguru> Is the folk art beads leaflet published by "Hot off the press"?
suzann> a small section on mold-making with items you already have. Donna Kato's book has a much more extensive chapter on mold-making.
sunni> when you started out in 1990, did you do a lot of mimicking or did you do variations on known stuff?
suzann> no Design Originals (Fort Worth, TX), the rivals of Hot Off the Press.
suzann> from the beginning, I designed my own stuff using techniques I learned from books. But you know, I already had a lot of experience designing for knitting and crochet. I think once you know how to
suzann> design, you can transfer that knowledge between media.
sunni> Who would you say has had the greatest influence on your work?
suzann> the first design I ever did was published by Jewelry crafts in the early days--funny to look back at it now.
sunni> what year was that in?
suzann> greatest influence--Sue heaser for techniques. She knows so much, and all you have to do is ask. But Nan Roche's book was my first greatest influence.
Elissa> what would you like to be diong five years from now?
suzann> must have been 1993? The first year Jewelry Crafts was published.
suzann> five years from now--writing books and making art. I do a lot of textile art--making knitted wallhangings and decorating them with all kinds of things including pclay.
sunni> so you do incorporate all your crafts with one another!
caneguru> Suzann, I just did a websearch on your name. Are you the same person who does afghan patterns?
suzann> some of my quilted knitting is on the Delphi Textile Forum under past articles.
suzann> yes, I love mixing media! That may be the next frontier for crafters--combining all their skills in one project. yes, those are my afghans.
sunni> cool!! i'll hafta check it out. have you considered knitting or crocheting the superflex?
suzann> no, hadn't thought of that--I guess there's so much yarn to crochet that I don't need to make more! having said that, I just learned to spin...
sunni> cool!!
Royce3> Are you going to make some of your work available for sale while promoting your book? Will integrate the two efforts?
Royce3> you
suzann> I had't planned to do that, but now you mention it that is a good idea.
Royce3> ok
suzann> what do you think--on the internet or just as I go around to the guilds for book signings?
sunni> do you plan to go into sales of your goods eventually?
suzann> not on a big scale. don't like to make multiple copies of things. But what I hope to do is sell what I do make at prices that make it worth making.
sunni> i'd drag them all with me and sell them at the booksigning!! they'll probably go like hotcakes.
Royce3> I think so too.
suzann> okay
caneguru> Do you teach much color theory in the book? I see you've taught that to crocheters.
suzann> the other thing I want to do is possibly license my designs for someone else to manufacture.
suzann> no color theory in the book. I'll put that in the next book. Jewelry Crafts has published a couple of my articles on color theory and use.
sunni> how many articles do you have with JC?
caneguru> wonderful. I'll have to backtrack my JCMag articles :)
Royce3> Well, I gather you don't intend to encourage others to exactly copy your designs. Some authors suggest that it is all right to copy and sell their published designs at craft shows and the like.
suzann> a lot--I was a contributing editor for a while, so had articles in almost every issue. Then in 1996 I slowed down--combination of having a baby and moving to england. But now I'm back on track.
caneguru> are you not originally from Great Britain, then?
suzann> I'm a Texan.
sunni> how did you end up in england?
suzann> royce, I think any person could be inspired by my designs to create their own to sell.
Royce3> Fair enough.
suzann> my husband got his PhD and applied for a job teaching in Sheffield. he got the job and we moved! We always knew we would move after he graduated, but we didn't know it would be so far!
caneguru> So many American clayers in Europe! :)
caneguru> well, I shouldn't say that.. I only know one other LOL
suzann> luckily, I was already designing and writing freelance, so I could move that kind of job anywhere.
Royce3> I get the impression that those of us in the polymer clay community haven't been embraced by the art community at large. Any comments about that?
suzann> there are lots of americans around. I know Margaret Reid best. But there are a lot of european clayers too. the british polyclay guild is three or four years old now.
caneguru> That's the woman I was thinking about. (Margaret)
caneguru> I have an AMAZING mosaic she did for me
suzann> margaret's good.
suzann> royce--I have lots of feelings about crafts in the art community--and they're very complicated. Let me think a minute how to summarize them
Royce3> ok
sunni> ok!
suzann> I think we're getting closer to acceptance, but we have to work at it. Let me use quilters as an example. Quilting is very well established now as an art. Why? Most people who know about those
suzann> things say it all started with an art quilt exhibition at the Cooper Hewitt Museum in New York.
sunni> and?
suzann> (I think it was the cooper hewitt). the fact that the exhibition was at such a prestigious place rubbed off on quilting and made it prestigious by association. It deserves to be prestigious
suzann> anyway--art quilts can be breathtaking and they are definitely art.
Royce3> Agreed
suzann> I think to be accepted in the art world, we need to put polymer clay where people go to see art.
Elissa> Amen!
sunni> so it's a matter of getting some of our art into the limelight.
caneguru> We need more K. Dustins to get our stuff out there in "respected" venues
annie> I agree 100%
suzann> We've been doing a lot of exhibitions, but almost always in venues that we choose. Somehow we need to get our work into a big museum, probably in new york.
Royce3> I suppose there's a necessity to enter polymer art into mixed media events--some of the more prestigious festivals around the country? Might that be a good start? It might be easier to start there
Royce3> than at a museum.
caneguru> We need to get some stuff in the Met Museum of Art
suzann> exactly! get it in with other art when we can. That's what I try to do with my knitting.
caneguru> do you do a lot of buttons
caneguru> >
caneguru> ?
sunni> so you don't do just clothes and afghans with your knitting, you do fiber art?
suzann> I do a lot more buttons now. I wish I could redo the button page in my book with the new ones.
Royce3> I think most major cities in the U.S. have what we might call "high energy" festivals--ones that are highly promoted.
Royce3> Those might be the places to start.
suzann> Now I do fiber art--got tired of writing instructions AND I wanted to make stuff that would be acceptable as art.
caneguru> Do you mean like the ACC shows, Royce?
suzann> yes, and also probably the NPCG should appoint someone to start a publicity campaign to bring pc to the attention of museum curators.
Royce3> I'm not familiar with that designation, Caneguru.
caneguru> American Craft Counsel shows. High end juried shows
Royce3> ok
Royce3> Yes, that would be the kind of event I'm thinking of, Caneguru.
caneguru> Suzann that's a great idea (re: NPCG)
suzann> it's also a matter of networking. It's amazing how far a network can reach if you just put your request out there.
Royce3> Can you expand upon what you mean by networking, as it applies to polymer art?
caneguru> Yes. I also find it helpful that some of our artists are making it into very high end publications
Royce3> I didn't know that Caneguru. Can you give some examples?
caneguru> Kathy Dustin has been on the cover of Ornament and Lapidary Journal
sunni> suzann - how would you put your request "out there?"
caneguru> and LJ has had many articles
caneguru> on polymer
Elissa> Not to mention smithsonian!
suzann> I bet someone here or among our pc friends knows someone who works at say the Met Museum of Art. That person knows someone who is in charge of collections. That person knows someone in charge of
suzann> curating exhibits.
Royce3> If you have the chance, Caneguru, please post the dates. I would like to read some back issues of those publications.
suzann> high end publications are good, too. Gotta get that work out there.
sunni> ah! i see.
caneguru> I'lTxe what I can do Royce. And you can call me Linda if you like :)
caneguru> I will see what I can do, that is
Royce3> ok
caneguru> (durned Delphi)
suzann> sunni--to get your request out there, you have to talk. I mentioned to Sue and others that I wanted to write a book. The publisher of my book had first asked sue to write it, but she didn't have
suzann> time. So she thought of me. But she might not have if I hadn't said something.
sunni> so the sharing we do on the pcc message board and the email lists is spot on!?
caneguru> it helps, sunni, I'm sure
suzann> yes, but even further than that, becuase our message board is read by people who already love pc.
sunni> so go to a classic arts forum.
sunni> or jewelry
caneguru> I make a point of wearing some of my best stuff (of other artists) into galleries to lay groundwork for later :)
sunni> or publishing
sunni> walking marketing!
suzann> yes!!
caneguru> you bet!
caneguru> I talk to the gallery people.
Royce3> I know there's a lot more good exchanges of information on this message board than one fines on some of the message boards dedicated to more established mediums.
caneguru> of course we have a great gallery in Seattle that is quite polymer savvy
suzann> it's a job you have to work at all the time. we can all do it.
Royce3> Linda, does the gallery in Seattle have a website?
suzann> one of the challenges is that polymer clay is so accessible to everyone, that often people think of it as a children's craft (they certainly do here in england). But you know, children paint, too,
suzann> yet painters are considered artists.
caneguru> I'm afraid not. It's called Facere (with an accent acute on the last e)
Royce3> That
caneguru> Write and ask to get on their announcement list
caneguru> often they have polymer artists and send out nice postcards
suzann> the British Polymer Clay Guild is having our first big exhibition next year at The Colour Museum in Bradford, West Yorkshire. That should open a few eyes!
Royce3> That's a very good point, suzann. A lot of folks don't seem to understand the flexibility of the medium. But , in some ways, that may work against us. I think some people have the mistaken notion
Royce3> that polymer clay is too "easy."
sunni> it seems water colors have breeched the gap between children and artists. now we need to figure out how. and your recommendation is networking! visibility.
sunni> is The Colour Museum online, suzann?
suzann> it is, you should be able to find it by searching.
suzann> it's a great museum--the first floor all about how we see color. The other floors have exhibits about dyeing and other color industries.
sunni> ecellent. do you have the date for next year's exhibition?
Royce3> ty
sunni> thx linda!
suzann> March-may 2002
caneguru> fastest search in the west :)
sunni> :D
suzann> don't know exact dates yet.
> CANEGURU:caneguru blows off her fingertips
sunni> =8D
sunni> suzann, are the guildmembers preparing now for the coming event?
caneguru> the place looks fantastic!
sunni> are you a guildmember also?
suzann> yes, we've invited a number of british and european artists. and we're encouraging members to send slides and photos for selection. We decided to limit exhibitors to europe and UK, because the
suzann> customs thing is such a pain.
caneguru> Suzann, has silkscreening on polymer started up in Europe yet?
suzann> Yes, I'm a member and also on the 'committee' which is like the board of directors.
sunni> will you have an entry into the exhibit?
suzann> haven't seen any silkscreening on pc.
caneguru> woohoo... give it time Suzann :)
suzann> Oh yes, I'm one of the invited artists--that's one of the advantages of being on the committee!
Royce3> I get the impression that the quality of the various guilds varies widely. Is that he experience of the rest of you folks?
caneguru> rank has it's privileges :)
suzann> i'll probably see it in Texas next monght.
annie> Susann, not to change the subject....but do you use a finish on your pieces?
caneguru> couldn't say, Royce. I only know my guild and the sister guild in Oregon
annie> if so what kind if you don't mind sharing.
suzann> no, I mostly leave them plain, because I like the finish of the clay. I do sand quite a bit, though.
annie> Oh, thank you. do you buff then?
Elissa> and buff?
Royce3> Unfortunately, there isn't a guild in this part of the country--southwestern PA. I have started discussing the possiblity of starting one, but I'm sure there's enough interest. Possibly things will
Royce3> change in the near future.
suzann> there are lots of skill levels in our guild. I think that's the way it should be--the skilled people inspire and teach the beginners.
caneguru> absolutely, suzann
suzann> buff sometimes. I'm very lazy
annie> :-)
Royce3> I meant to say I'm not sure there's enough interest in a guild.
suzann> you might just have to start one and see who shows up.
Royce3> Yes
annie> do you sand up to the 2000grit?
Elissa> Royce, If you build it, they will come!
caneguru> Post a sign at a Michaels or something to see if folks are interested in meeting... if folks show up it could lead to a guild
Royce3> I like that, Elissa!!!
suzann> re: buffing--shiny surfaces sometimes obscure the color. I like to see the color, so I go for the matte surfaces.
suzann> only 1000 grit.
annie> ty
annie> do you mix your own colors?
caneguru> what grit do you start wtih?
suzann> sometimes mix my own. I start with 240, but I wish there were a coarser grit available here.
caneguru> courser than 240?
annie> you don't think 240 is course enough?
suzann> it's pretty coarse, but some of my eggs start out pretty rough.
sunni> coarser?
caneguru> do you do any micashift work?
sunni> ah.
suzann> no micashift. I love the colors, so most of my work is based around color.
caneguru> Ah, but you can micashift colors :)
suzann> you got me there!
Elissa> Suzann, are you into translucents?
suzann> yes, for mokume gane. What great buttons mokume gane makes!
annie> do you have a favorite color family? brights, bolds, pastels, earthtones?
suzann> Lately I've been doing a lot of polymer patchwork, where I make polymer 'fabrics' and then cut them up and piece them together.
caneguru> do you use leaf in your mokume?
suzann> bright and bold!
annie> YES! :-)
sunni> fabrics? would you mind sharing how you do that?
suzann> yes, leaf. People really love to see demos of mokume gane. They're so amazed when they see the first cut.
annie> do you have a favorite translucent to use in your mokume?
caneguru> Mokm&is like fingerprints. Everybody does it a little different. :)
caneguru> Mokume, that is
suzann> roll out a sheet of pc. decorate it with little dots or flowers or grated clay. I've just sent a patchwork project for polyform's website, but don't know when it will be up.
suzann> whatever translucent I have in my box at the time.
sunni> thanx, i'll look for it!!
caneguru> Suzann, do you ever get creatively blocked? If so, what do you do?
suzann> in my book there's a patchwork mirror frame and egg.
sunni> do you find any differences amongst the different translucents
annie> great question canegure!
sunni> !!!
suzann> blocked, not really, but sometimes I get in a rut. Then I go look at books for a while or walk the dogs or just start making jellyroll canes in different colors and see what I can make out of them.
caneguru> Doesn't take long to get close up and personal here :)
suzann> I'm not a translucents expert.
annie> :)
sunni> ty
caneguru> Thanks!
Royce3> So, do you do your most creative work at night, Suzann? It's almost 4:00 AM where you are.
suzann> Sue Heaser published a translucents comparison in one of the British PC Guild newsletters. It was pretty good, but I can't remember a thing about it now.
Elissa> Well, we all have our different areas of expertise, which makes networking so valuable for us!
suzann> Used to work at night, but now my daughter is in school I work during the day. I went to bed very early last night and will probably go back after this.
caneguru> you're doing great for such an ungawdly hour
Royce3> We certainly appreciate your efforts on our behalf, suzan.
suzann> it took me a while to get my fingers working!
annie> Then you must be a very special person to do this for us, thank you very much!
caneguru> when did you say the book would be hitting our bookstores?
sharon> cane, i got my copy from barnes and noble a couple of weeks ago
suzann> thank you for saying I'm special--it's so much fun to talk with other clayers, it is all worthwhile!
caneguru> really? Cool. I should mail order it then
Elissa> It's here already. I have reserved a copy at B&N.
annie> it's on line right now at amazon!
sunni> it is at right now at:
caneguru> ok ok... what's a little more melted plastic? LOL
suzann> the publisher said it would definitely be in big bookstores by the end of March--glad to hear it's already at B&N
caneguru> I work a couple of blocks away from Borders..
caneguru> I'll check there first
Royce3> I love Borders! Great coffee and pastries, Linda.
suzann> speaking of melted plastic--when I was making the mini Christmas tree i forgot to check the oven setting. turns out my family had been making toast earlier in the day, and so my poor tree got
suzann> toasted and I had to start again.
suzann> we might get borders in England! It's causing a big stir.
sunni> oh no!!
Elissa> Suzann, what would you say has been the nost recent thing you have learned?
sunni> elissa - technique wise?
caneguru> I had my polymer disaster with a toaster oven... and stopped using it immediately therafter
suzann> I'm thinking...
Elissa> I was pertaining to technique, yes.
annie> mine to canegure...but i never start a piece now without checking first
caneguru> Annie, I burned a whole tray of stuff.. and had to air out the whole house. It was terrible.
Elissa> I burnt 66 hearts once. :(
caneguru> yikes
annie> i have a pic of my burned boo-boo mess on pp.....thought i was gonna be fumed to death!
Royce3> Not cool.
suzann> I think the late (early?) hour must be catching up with me, because I can't remember! I learn stuff all the time by doing. At our last Polydays (the british clay conference) I learned about the
suzann> wire mesh stuff. That is great, but haven't used it since.
Royce3> I guess it is pretty nasty when it burns.
Elissa> some of themn turned out great though! I call them my "Phoenix" hearts!
caneguru> I know what the latest thing she learned is!
suzann> what??? tell me@
caneguru> LOL
caneguru> Miki! :)
sunni> Is there anything you can think of that we may not have covered or that you would like to talk about?
suzann> yes, I learned that I love chatting!
sunni> *grin* warned ya you'd have fun!
sharon> suzann, i have a question
miki> i guess i missed the whole chat?
Elissa> Does that mean we will see you in our chat room?
sharon> well, a couple
suzann> just repeating that I'm going to be in Texas to sign books and anyone close is welcome to show up. I'm willing to schedule workshops with guilds and guess what--I only charge travel from Austin, TX
suzann> (not from England).
Royce3> Well, as "broadband" becomes more available, full Audio Visual presentations will become the norm.
sharon> yay! texas!!!
suzann> sharon what's your question?
sharon> just in austin?
suzann> Oh no--does that mean we have to wear better clothes to chat in?
caneguru> Clothes? oops
Royce3> Afraid so, Suzann. We guys will have to shave.
suzann> Dallas, Austin, Corpus Christi and Houston
suzann> shall I post the dates again?
miki> you mean we can no longer chat nekkid?
sharon> suzann, have you used the golden antler skinner on mokume gane?
sharon> yay!!! houston!
Royce3> Awwww, do what comes natural , Miki!
sunni> no - we've got the dates and will post them in bold!!
caneguru> good girl
suzann> not on mokume gane.
sunni> golden antler? whuzzat sharon?
annie> golden antler skinner? I'm clueless on what that is
suzann> do you like that golden antler--I was pretty proud of that, but my mom said that antlers' colors go the other way around--light on the inside instead of light on the outside.
sharon> well, if you get her book, you'll find out!
sharon> ;^)&
annie> ah ha! :)
sharon> suzann, i think it's gorgeous the way it is!
sunni> i have the book but haven't had time to read anything, just look at the pictures!! LOL
sharon> suzann makes a cute leaf cane too!
Royce3> Putting the book on CD might be neat.
suzann> I love the pictures best anytime. I was a biology major at the univ. and it took me years to figure out why--I loved the pictures!
caneguru> I can't wait to have this book
suzann> then I could sing the text!
sunni> linda - it's worth every penny.
caneguru> Suzann, there was a virus swap a few years back...
sharon> i second that!
caneguru> virus canes
caneguru> you would have loved it
suzann> I'm smiling big over here in Sheffield.
suzann> I'm glad you clarified that it was canes.
caneguru> LOL
sunni> boyzNgurlz, our time is up. i would like to take this opportunity to than suzann for getting up in the middle of the night just to talk with us!! it has been fun and very informative!!!
Royce3> A great chat!
caneguru> Suzann thank you very much for coming. I really enjoyed chatting with you
suzann> It's been my pleasure, believe me!
annie> yes THANK YOU! and you too sunni!
caneguru> hope you'll come back .. often
sunni> :)
sharon> thank you suzann! your book is great!
suzann> thanks, I'll definitely check in more often.
caneguru> good deal!
Elissa> Thnks a million, Suzann!
Royce3> All the best to you, Suzann.
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