Friday, December 14, 2007

What's new, pussycat?

Sorry, I couldn't resist that title since I'm a closet Tom Jones fan. However, I love the Red Hot Chili Peppers more than any reasonable person should so making assumptions about my taste in music will only lead you to chaos and confusion. Since the world has enough of that right now, let's talk about clay and cats. Evidently there's a connection between the two since cat hair "inclusions" seem to be mentioned pretty frequently on pc message boards. Personally, I'm not a cat person but I do like other peoples'. One of my favorites was made by a very talented guild member of mine here in West Virginia, Chris Henry. This is actually a bottle of hope and I love the deco feel to it.
Judy, of Artsy Clay in North Carolina, makes some fun and quirky jewelry pieces and cats are a recurring theme in her work. She has an Etsy store, as well. I thought this guy was great and I love his bored and slightly disgusted expression.

This polymer clay toy made by Klara Kubesova of the Czech Republic brought back memories. I remember having a toy similar to this as a child. Klara works in lots of different media and polymer clay is just one of the many things she enjoys. She has a tutorial on her website showing how she put this little collapsible cat together. Very clever!

A few months ago, I had the pleasure of visiting the enormously talented Jeanne Rhea in her home in North Carolina. She's created a diorama, which is an ongoing project, called "Cat-tharsis" and it's one of my most favorite pieces of polymer clay artwork. The details in this work are simply incredible and Jeanne's remarkable sense of humor shines through loud and clear. She explains her motivation for this piece and includes lots of detailed photos of the more than 100 cats included in the work here on her website. Be sure and check out the lava lamp filled with floating cat heads and the great cat clock. Jeanne is one of those people who are truly born to be an artist and it was an incredible experience to view her artwork in person! Be sure to check out her Etsy site to purchase a piece of work from this talented lady.

Have a wonderful and creative weekend!


Christie said...

Darn you for instantly getting Tom Jones stuck in my head! But you immediately redeemed yourself by mentioned RHCP. So now I'm humming Give It Away and all is good. :) I think I'll listen to them if I make it to the clay room today. Yay!!

That red cat BOH is AWESOME. And the collapsable kitty...I'm going to check that out right now.

Molly said...

Yuppers...that BOH cat rocks.

I knew what it was the moment I saw it, before I kicked my butt down the street for not thinking of it myself.

Have a great weekend Kim!

Judy said...

Thanks a million for including me on your blog!

Jeanne Rhea said...

Wow! It is so nice to see Cat-tharsis on your blog. It is still a work in progress---going on ten years now! I still have a list of cats to add.

Love the other cats shown, too! Thanks for the mention on your blog.

Chris said...

Thanks for posting a pic of my BOH cat. I am ME-WOWED by the kind comments.

Judy said...

I love Chris' bottle of hope! She is an incredibly talented doll artist and has brought so much to our guild! - Judy

Chris said...

Thanks so much Judy for the cool compliments. Love you lots!

Raven's Clay said...

OMG, Klara's Kitty Toy brings back memories of Stocking Stuffer toys just like it! My favorite was a black kitty... similar to Klaras!

Thanks for a Purrrrrfect post and the fond memories, Kim! Just in time for the Holidays!

Merry Happy Holidays to you and yours, my dear!

Jackie said...

I love your work! I'm glad I found your blog.