…after almost 9 months away? For me it was reading that Genevieve Williamson, whose blog I follow regularly, was going to spend some time in Maine. “Where?” I asked, in her comment section, hoping that a trip to my little island might be in the cards. I have admired Genevieve’s polymer clay work for years, starting with finding her Etsy site, Jibby and Juna, and then finding and reading her blog.
I started working with polymer clay over 20 years ago, learning a lot about making my own canes and beads from a book called “The New Clay” by Nan Roche. Once I got my hands on metal clay, I left most of my polymer work behind, but I never stopped looking at it. The polymer clay world has progressed and expanded in amazing ways. Check out some of Genevieve’s work from her Etsy shop:
I love her colors, her carvings, her design….her whole approach to the medium.
When Genevieve responded to my query, it turned out they were planning to stay in Friendship, about a 2 1/2 hour drive away. Her family has a history of visiting Maine islands and they thought it would be a manageable day trip to spend a day on Little Cranberry. Yippee! For so many reasons.
The first being that I finally cleaned up my studio. I’m always curious about another artist’s studio space, and I wanted to be able to show Genevieve my tiny studio without all of the clutter. (When my creative energy was renewed from her visit, I benefitted myself with an organized spot to get back to work.) The second reason the visit was a plus is that I got to see my island through new eyes. I live in one of the most beautiful spots in the world, but it is still the place where I do my laundry, pay bills, plan meals, and work. It’s easy to lose sight of so many wonders, until I have a chance to start showing it off to someone who is appreciating it all for the first time.
We fit a lot into a short number of hours. Starting with a prearranged visit to Ashley Bryan to see his studio, his dahlia paintings, and hear how he makes his stained glass window panels from sea glass and paper mache.
Ashley spoke of starting his dahlia paintings last October.) He showed his stained glass windows in progress:
And talked about making his puppets.
(I can’t believe this is the only picture I have of you guys! None of Genevieve, but here is her husband Kyle, and sons Ben and Samuel, before we headed back to the dock for some lunch.)
The very best reason to have Genevieve come to Islesford for a visit, is that we opened the door on a new friendship. It felt like I had known her before, and I know we will keep in touch. As I introduced her to friends at the restaurant or people we met on our walks, they asked, “How did you meet?” We laughed and responded, “We met on the internet!” Thank you for your visit and for inspiring me to get back to blogging. You are welcome to come back any time. I hope we meet up again before too long.
8 responses to “What draws you back to blogging…”
Oh, how I loved to read this story (and Genevieve’s blog). So glad you got the blogbug again. One day I’ll visit Maine and hope to meet you too :-)
Helga, yes! I would love to have you come! Maybe when you are taking a class at Haystack (after you didn’t get to a few years ago) you will come up here. It’s not too far away from there. But so far away from the Netherlands. It will happen, I know it. Are you going to the Metal Clay Mojo?
No, no MC Mojo, this year is not a travel year. But I might be in Maine & Canada next year. I am plotting with my sister to do a roundtrip in the North East of the USA.
If you are in Maine next year you definitely need to come for a visit! Keep in touch so we can plan to see each other. That would be cool!
I used to be such a blogger, but I’ve lost it. You remind me of the lovely reasons to reconnect. Maine is on my wish list (I’ve never been there), and if I make it I will try to connect with you in person. Off to check out Genevieve’s blog.
It feels good to reconnect after so long. 8 1/2 months of “no blogging” is no longer hanging over my head. I just have to keep up with it.
Now, my dream is to have as many jewelery designers as I know online come to visit my little island! Then everyone will want to come back and then we could all have some kind of retreat. Well, one step at a time. It was great fun meeting Genevieve, and I would love to meet you in person too. Put Little Cranberry Island on your “to do” list.
I have thought about you and your incredible art often – welcome back! I think we all go through periods of “blog…what blog?” I know I do! Beautiful beads on this post – and other fine works of art! You do live in Nirvana…would love to see it in person one day! Sounds like you all had a wonderful time, and now have a lifetime connection!
Thanks, Patti. I love your new site and seeing all of the new work you’ve been doing. The copper tube bangles are especially cool. I can’t imagine bending that tubing and lining it up to solder! Please let me know if you are ever coming up this way. It would be fun to meet!