It has been such a pleasure to work with these characters and the ideas in the book of the Hobbit. As I usually do, when I decide on a piece, I see it before I begin the creative process and rarely change from my original idea. I wanted to incorporate my study of clay and pottery into the piece and new that there had to be a Hobbit house. Remember them from the Lord of the Rings movies? Well, they are already building more for the upcoming Hobbit movie. I'll find the link and post it.
This was actually the second Bilbo I made. The clay shrinks in the two firings and I thought that the first Bilbo was a might big. I reduced the size by on fourth inch and I was happy. The first Bilbo has gone to live with a dear friend. The one in the photo was just over 3 inches tall. He wears two colors of silk dupioni and has a suede yellow vest. His little pipe is polymer clay.
All of my tiny creatures are fully cotter pin jointed and are weighted with copper or steel pellets so they feel quite substantial for their size and can be gently posed.
Tuesday, August 31, 2010
Saturday, August 21, 2010
Tuesday, August 17, 2010
Monday, August 16, 2010
Here are more of the fabulous pieces from the gallery of TBAI 2010. If I haven't mentioned recently, TBAI (Teddy Bear Artists Invitational) is a teddy bear show held each year in Binghamton, NY. All the artists invited to participate create a gallery piece based on the theme (this year is was Children's Literature). When a piece is sold, half the selling price goes to the Ross Park Zoo which is there in Binghamton to aid their Endangered Species Program. I have more gallery photos and some of the fun and frolics that go on during the 3 day event that I'll post later. The tags that you see with green stars on them indicate that the piece is 8 inches or under. The two categories for voting were 8 inches and under and over 8 inches.
Sunday, August 15, 2010
I'm home safe from my 500 mile road trip (500 miles one way, that is) to the TBAI (Teddy Bear Artists Invitational) and am exhausted! I have tons more photos to post and will do so tomorrow. I just wanted to pass along a phrase I saw on my journey: Advice from my dog: Keep it Simple: Love Everyone!!! Don't you LOVE it???
Saturday, August 14, 2010
I'm up again and about to enjoy this last day of TBAI. Breakfast is at 8 and the show begins at 10. I sold most of my bears last night but do have a few left on the table for today. The folks attending the whole convention get an hour's shopping on Friday night before the banquet. I don't have time this morning to write about each photo, but if you want any information, send me a message and I'll try to find out for you. My piece was bought by Sue Quinlan who owns a bear and doll museum in California. Sue has collected several of my gallery pieces through the years. It's so nice that lots of people will get a chance to see the Hobbit when they visit the museum.
I'm thrilled to report that my Hobbit gallery piece has won first place in the 8 inch and under category. Penny French's "Lion, Witch, and the Wardrobe" won first place in the over 8 inch category. The evening's activities included a banquet, judging of the fabulous hats, and the auction of two pieces in addition to the announcement of the People's Choice awards. As luck would have it the photo I took of my own piece didn't turn out well, but I have a ton of other photos of the gallery which was just wonderful this year. As it's past midnight, I will wait until tomorrow morning to post them. The download to Blogger is particularly slow and I'm pretty tired. There was an hour of shopping for the people who attended the convention but the main show is tomorrow.
Friday, August 13, 2010
The last photo is of some of the folks posing with their "mad" hats on! Everyone had so much fun!! Some of the hats were really inventive.