Interlude in Vermont

by Libby on October 22, 2012


Bethel, Vermont – misty morning view from the B&B

Ok, this is the third time I have tried to write this post.  I don’t usually have technical difficulties with Google Chrome or with WordPress, but apparently I am so woefully out of practice writing on this blog, now I am having trouble I never experienced before.

Recently, I traveled to Vermont, land of my college days to take a four day workshop on working with bronze metal clay at the home studio of artist Celie Fago. It was lovely visiting Vermont in the Fall.  A couple of weeks past peak, I positively soaked up the smells and sights and general ambiance.


Grace Hill Farm, which sadly doesn’t have a web site.

I stayed in a wonderful Bed & Breakfast, a first for me.  I enjoyed the social aspect of chatting with other guests over breakfast or an evening fire.  The innkeeper’s adorable yorkshire terrier was a delightful and tiny treat.  The almost complete absence of a cell signal and a very intermittent wifi signal were frustrating, but being unplugged isn’t all bad.


My fired bronze clay links.  I chickened out and didn’t join them.  I’m thinking of joining them with peyote stitch bands eventually.

I’m on the fence about working with bronze clay.  I haven’t done much with any metal clay in years and I’ve always found it a bit frustrating.  The process made me itch to be work in sheet silver again.  I’m not dismissing the material entirely.  I am going to fire my last couple of pieces from the workshop and see how that goes.

We began the workshop with a half day lesson in polymer clay tear away textures.  Unfortunately the art I had brought with me to Vermont wasn’t suitable for the process.  It got me doodling on my ipad and I’ve just surfaced from spending several days doodling and tweaking black and white images.  The iPad is really great for this.  I’m going to use some of the images for tear away and some for etching metal and some for polymer clay transfers.


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Jenn October 23, 2012 at 9:08 am

Very cool! I can definitely see those sketches being great for etching, both on clay or on metal, not to mention as stamps if one were so inclined.

So…. what advice can you share about doodling on the iPad? I know “there’s an app for that” but wonder which is your fave?

Libby October 24, 2012 at 10:15 am

I should probably write a blog post about ipad doodling! I’ve tried a number of apps from notebook apps to drawing ones and my overall favorite is iDraw. It’s pricey but worth it. Then I find Adobe Photoshop Express App the quickest way to invert the colors if necessary.