OCTOBER 14, 2018 AT NEWTON CENTER HARVEST FAIR, JDCARTSTUDIOGIFTS PARTICIPATED.
THE FABRIC ON THE TABLE WAS NOT ON EXHIBIT, BUT I WOULD LIKE TO MENTION, THAT SEVERAL YEARS AGO, I EXPERIMENTED WITH BLOCK PRINTING ON FABRIC. I MADE THIS QUILT BY PRINTING THE DESIGN ON COTTON FABRIC USING WOODEN BLOCKS. I THOUGHT YOU MAY FIND IT INTERESTING.
I ENJOYED PARTICIPATING IN THIS EXHIBITION. IT WAS A VERY LARGE EXHIBITION WITH LOCAL ARTISTS AND FROM MANY DIFFERENT STATES IN THE US. APPARENTLY, A FAVORITE ANNUAL OCCASION. IT WAS WELL SUPPORTED AND ATTENDED BY THE COMMUNITY. I HAD SOME VERY ENCOURAGING COMMENTS ABOUT MY WORK.
I HAD MY OWN TENT FOR THE FIRST TIME AND WAS ENCOURAGED BY THE COMRADERIE AND HELPFUL ATTITUDE OF MY FELLOW ARTISANS. THEY NOT ONLY HELPED ME IN PUTTING UP THE TENT BUT HELPED IN THE DISMANTLING. ARTISTS ARE VERY SPECIAL PEOPLE... VERY KIND AND CONSIDERATE. I AM VERY GLAD I PARTICIPATED AND I AM LOOKING FORWARD TO NEXT YEAR.
This is a pot that I picked up from the Pottery School where I bisque and glaze my pottery. It is 32.5 inches at its widest girth and 12.5 inches at its rim. It is hand built by pinching and then using coils closer to the rim. When it was leather hard, I then burnished it to a glossy finish. Then I let it dry for several weeks before taking it for bisquing. It is now ready for glazing and I am planning to decorate using underglazes and the surface of the pot as my canvas. The results should be very exciting and surprising. I will keep you abreast of my progress and show you the results.
I told you, my audience, that I would update you about the progress in decorating the pot that was described in my last post. I decided to use its surface aś a canvas and below is the result. I painted it with glazes as an undercoat and will then complete the process with a clear glaze inside and over the whole pot. It is currently waiting to be fired. I am looking foreward to seeing the result, as it is always a surprise to see the effect of the application of heating at temperatures of up to 1600 degrees Fahrenheit on the chemicals in the different glazes. There are so many variables that one cannot really predict what the end result will be, which adds to the excitement and anticipation.
COMPLETED POT: Sialia Mexicana Anisodontea #1
Please see below the completed pot after it has been hand built by pinching and some coils at the rim; bisqued, decorated using underglazes, glazed with a clear glaze, fired in an electric kiln at Cone #6. What do you think? I do think I should simplify the name which I will do at a later date. I am thinking SIAMEXANIS. What do you think?
JDCARTSTUDIO/GIFTS was for the first time a part of Needham Open Studio on May 5-6, 2018. It was a meaningful learning experience for this artist. I enjoyed the opportunity not only to meet the public but allowing them to see my work space and even doing a few demonstrations of my Polymer Clay process. Below are some of my work that were on exhibition.
NEEDHAM OPEN STUDIO WILL BE HELD ON SATURDAY AND SUNDAY MAY 5TH AND 6TH 2018. JDCARTSTUDIO/GIFTS WILL BE PARTICIPATING IN THIS EVENT. THE STUDIO IS LOCATED AT 30 CHAMBERS STREET, APARTMENT D, NEEDHAM, MA 02492. YOU WILL HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO MEET THE OWNER OF THE STUDIO, JOAN CAMERON AND HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO SEE THE ARTIST AT WORK, AND, IF YOU DESIRE, TO PURCHASE A PIECE OF ART WORK FOR YOUR COLLECTION. IT PROMISES TO BE A WONDERFUL OCCASION. PLEASE COME!
THEN THERE WAS CLAY--Polymer Clay:
I have always been fascinated with pottery, ceramics and anything made of clay. Whenever I would go to museums, that was the first place in the museum I would gravitate to, as if by magnate. I admired all kinds of pottery, modern and ancient. I was fascinated by the craftsmanship, the skill, and creative thinking required to make from some piece soil or call it what it is "dirt", such magnificent objects, whether they were created for utilization or aesthetic purposes.
I also liked to window shop and admire the pottery, especially when visiting a small town and touring the local artist shops. I admired anything handcrafted from clay. So then, it will come as no surprise then, to tell you that I wanted to work with clay. What is truly amazing, though, is that when I finally had the opportunity to actually do something about satisfying this desire, I discovered the most amazing kind of clay--Polymer Clay. When I say: "I discovered it", of course, I do not mean to imply that I was the first person to apply clay in this way. By sheer coincidence I went to the library and looked at a video and saw an artist making beautiful objects with this nondescript piece of gooey stuff. I watched several videos, mesmerized by the process, bought a book, bought some tools, the Fimo and I was on my way to practice my new art form.
Hand crafting with Polymer clay as with anything worthwhile doing, takes time, but then, we know there is no substitute for time. The journey, however, is pleasant, relaxing and the result surprising every time and delightful. I hope you agree with me when you observe the beautiful jewelry I have crafted and the other objects I have made from Polymer Clay on my website JDCARTSTUDIOGIFTS.com, and you may want to add some of them to your collection or give them as gifts to your loved ones.
I will be writing much more in detail about the products and the process in future posts.
FIRST THERE WERE THE PAINTINGS:
When I was a child growing up in Jamaica I always enjoyed doing crafts in school. We learned to quilt, make molds, embroidery and many other kinds of crafts. I always loved making things and found much pleasure and relaxation in doing so. I was first introduced to paints when in college and I went to the art store and bought all the tools that the teacher of my art class recommended. I was immediately delighted with the prospect of learning how to express myself artistically. Because of life's unforeseen occurrences, I did not devote as much time to pursuing my artistic goals. As a matter of fact, I did not have a goal from an artistic point of view. Whenever I wanted to relax I would take out my paint set and dawdle. Then I began to draw and practice making many mistakes and sometimes getting frustrated. I began seeking for help and found individuals who were very encouraging and offered help.
One of my teachers was an artist in my community who helped me in a very unusual way by telling me to experiment, and not be afraid to make mistakes until I find my way. I did not understand what she meant at the time, but I think I agree with her now that I have matured.. The only way to learn is to experiment and practice. I have done that, and my only regrets is that there were times when I was disappointed in my work and did not persist when I should have just pressed on. Months later when I would look at the same painting, I would say aloud, in surprise: "I like that painting!" "Why was I so unhappy about it?" I think I have learned to understand the process and have adapted and become more comfortable with the media and my own artistic expression, albeit, imperfect as it is. There is always room for growth and progress-- that is what makes the journey so interesting and appealing.
The paintings that I have included on this page indicate to me that I have made vast progress. I remember when I used to be out of control when painting with water color. I have become much more comfortable with this medium and though I still need to improve, I am glad that I did not give up.
I like painting with oil because I understood it more quickly and it is a little bit more forgiving, I think. I try to learn from the masters, and of course they make the journey enjoyable, but requires purposeful concentration with deep motivation. The result is however very rewarding and makes the burden of the journey lighter.
Joan Cameron was born in Jamaica, West Indies and emigrated to the United States and is now a citizen. She has lived in the New England area since 2000. She has had one-person shows at local venues in Boston and one in New Rochelle, New York. She was a member of the Hyde Park Art Association when she lived in Hyde Park, subsequently moved to Needham in 2012.
Ms. Cameron’s work has been exhibited at several group shows: Wellesley College—Group Exhibit; Marina Bay, — Summer Group Exhibit, juried show; Hyde Park Art Association’s —Group Exhibit; Boston Town Hall — Juried Show;
Awards/Honors: Honorable mention 2004 Boston City Hall Juried Exhibit.
Ms. Cameron attended Mercy College located in Yonkers, New York for three years to pursue a BA degree, and took some art classes while there. She also took some art courses at the North Light Schools of Art via correspondence. She studied with the late Antoinette Greco, an artist, when she lived in Wappinger Falls, New York State.
She attended Career Development Women’s Studies; A Unit of the State University of New York at Cornell University, completed one-year certificate. Sponsored by The New York State School of Industrial and Labor Relations, September 8, 1981-June 22, 1982.
Massachusetts Community College, one-year, studied Administrative Medical Coding.