2016 has come and gone and we're well into 2017. I haven't been posting as much as I could have, life just gets in the way sometimes. To recap last year: 8 more goats to the project, now through the fabulous Global Friends Foundation so my total is now 25 goats!! I joined the Burlington Fibre Arts Guild at the AGB and participated in their sales and All Guilds Show last year. I also had a piece (well, 3 pieces really - my set of turkey vultures) in the All Guilds Show for the potters as well. I had a successful Garden Show at my studio and for the first year ever, my studio was a location for the Milton Studio Tour in October. I was kept busy with workshops in my studio as well as teaching sessions of pottery and felting in Oakville and Burlington. Artistically, it was a really good year. Onward into 2017!
2015 was a great year for me. My first year in my new studio, which I love, love, love! I had much fun with felting and pottery workshops and I think my participants did too.
I've also added 5 goats to the project that are going to Ghana through Global Friends Foundation. I'm excited to be able to help GFF as they are truly doing great work in Africa! And they are run entirely by volunteers, so donations are not being used for anything but improving lives for those in need. I hope to have some photos to post soon of some of the recipients of our goats. If you are also interested in buying a goat or 2, please visit: http://gffgoat.causevox.com/monika
I hope everyone has a happy and healthy new year, filled with much love and laughter. And perhaps filled with some pottery or felt as well! :)
I have had great fun over the past several weeks giving felting workshop in my studio. The space is working out well and I have replaced the portable air conditioner with a window one that ACTUALLY WORKS so that has helped tremendously in the stifling heat we had late July and earlier this month. I am looking forward to these August and September days being cooler and being able to have windows open to enjoy the summer breezes.
Coasters workshop - cutting out the final coasters...
And here are some of the tapestries created in recent workshops - amazing!!
I've put up another bunch of workshops on the workshops page, so if you're interested in creating your own masterpiece (no experience necessary!!), please let check it out!
I was saddened to hear that after over 50 years, the CHF has stopped operation at the end of July. I feel privileged to have been part of their fundraising effort, having bought 17 goats in the past 2 years. I am now going to have to find another avenue for my fundraising efforts, as I really want to continue to help those in need. Any suggestions anyone??
We have finally finished the studio enough to get workshops into full swing. Hubby did a FABULOUS job in finishing the inside! It's a big, bright, cheery space with lots of windows.
I've just posted 4 workshops and will continue to put more up in the coming weeks. Please check my workshops page for more info!
Thanks to everyone who came out to my spring show in June. It was a great success and I was able to add another goat to my project, so now I'm up to 17 goats! Winners of the draw prizes were Lind H., Sherry Q., Cathy S. and Nikola P. Congrats!
I'm working madly on the inside of my studio to get it ready for workshops and my June 20 & 21 Garden Art Show and Sale. Here's a pic of the outside (messy! with tools & gardening stuff scattered about). It's a gorgeous building (built and installed by www.limestonetrail.com in 2 days!!) and I'm painting the ceiling, then putting up cedar tongue and groove walls, installing light fixtures (although with all the windows, it's beautifully bright in there during the day!), etc.
I'm pricing and packing work for the Hamilton Potters' Guild sale starting this Friday. More details on the sale here.
The yard's a mess after having it dug up to move the septic line last year. The heavy equipment totally destroyed the lawn. That definitely needs more work - regrading and reseeding. Also a pathway to the new studio is in the works. And planting a vegetable garden along the right side of the studio, and...... oh the list just goes on and on and on... I try not to look at the list of stuff to do, it's a bit overwhelming. I just keep telling myself it'll be awesome when it's all done!
Now available - farm series felted pieces! Cow, sheep, rooster, pig, goatRead More
Thanks SO much to everyone who has purchased a ladybug pin or earrings from me this summer and fall.
I've just purchased another 6 goats to bring the total to 13 goats going to Ghana to families in need via Canadian Hunger Foundation.
I've been busy making more little ladybugs in the meantime because most of them have flown away to new homes...
My new studio space!Read More
With the last 2 sales, I've sold enough lady bugs to buy 2 more goats for Ghana! I'm now up to 7 goats. Not a huge number yet, but it's adding up... Thanks to everyone who purchased lady bug pins or earrings at Kaleidoscope in Burlington and at my Garden Art Show and Sale on June 14th.
The weather actually cooperated this year - it was a lovely day. Got to spend time with many great friends. Thanks to all who attended! Here are some photos of the day...
Congrats to the Free Draw Winners:
- Rhonda D,
- Cathy M,
- Lyn L,
- Linda M, and
- Bev T.
I'm thrilled to be featured in the spring 2014 edition of Natural Landscape Magazine!
I have a double page spread in the discover district section of the mag. Lori Sweezey (who's SUCH a nice gal), wrote a really fun article about my tree bling. Check it out if you can. NL mag is available at Chapters and Indigos across Canada or from NL directly here.
Last fall I decided to give some back. I contacted the Canadian Hunger Foundation and discovered their Goat program. Seeing as goats are near and dear to my heart (being one, and all - see bottom of the Goat Project page for details), I thought this was a perfect match!
I've been busy the past few months creating exotic new bling pieces and am now in the slow, finicky process of painting each piece with wonderful bright glazes. Lots of weird pods, vines and leaf-like shapes that are strange yet familiar at the same time - that will be bursting with colour when glaze fired. Right now they look rather dull, but once the glaze melts, they'll be spectacular and ready to adorn the trunks of trees everywhere...
KC, (which could stand for Kouch Cushion at this point) one of my 2 cats, watches the process with feigned indifference - unless I happen to drop one of the round baubles. Then he's in hot pursuit.
Below is a closeup of some Bling that's been glazed. I hope to have much of it fired by the middle of March.
So I've finally gotten around to setting up my website. It is still a work in progress but the bones are there. I will be adding to it regularly, now that the hardest part (getting started) is done. I hope you enjoy!