05
Apr

chasing glazes – testing

Glaze // I'm chasing the perfect aged turquoise. I'm getting there… I tested a variety of ten glazes last night (not ALL turquoise!). I've made some modifications to a few, and firing again now. Easter creative awakening![Image description: white hand holding a tall line textured glaze test tile with a matte turquoise glaze, with glaze running down the right side slightly. The glaze breaks a slight brown on the edges.]..#GlazeChemistry #CanadianCeramicsStudio #experiment #glazy #CeramicGlaze #GlazeTest #TurquoiseGlaze #CopperCarbonate Posted by Intagrate Lite

23
Nov

sketchbooks

Sketchbooks // my sketchbooks are full of circular doodles, some dreamy in colour, other greyscale. Soon they will morph into each other and the panel will be full of circle and pattern and colour, thinly contained chaos. Just the way I like it. ..#doodle #meditationdrawing #zentangleart #ink #coloredpencil #CantStopWontStop #CalmYourMind Posted by Intagrate Lite

19
Nov

reuse

Reuse // With my Calgary Public Library card, I receive free online art classes on creativebug.com and the one I'm currently enjoying is the "Altered Book Daily Challenge". I'm not doing anything daily necessarily however I am having some fun trying new techniques. I found an old art textbook, and tada away I go. I've cut holes through layers of pages. I've pasted images inside. This morning, I gessoed some pages (white and black), and worked on the strangeness that is painting on a much difference surface than I've ever experienced before. I used some gouache and black pen, however my standard water resistant ink isn't so water resistant on gesso! Some things need to be approached with flexibility and a shrug, and this book is the best practice for playing and experimentation. I highly recommend the course, and finding a way to reuse old textbooks and books for those of us that maybe hold on to books for longer than they are ever useful, for anyone. ..#calgarypubliclibrary #creativebug #zentangle #ink #doodlesat5am #gouache #alteredbook #reuse Posted by Intagrate Lite

17
Nov

all the tiny pumpkins

Stress // To combat stress, I've found a couple of techniques that are serving me very well. The first, I have been painting pumpkins (see my igTV video from Sept 20 for instructions so you can too!) They are getting teenier. It is the calmest way that I've ever combated inner angst.I've also, for those looking for a more aggressive outlet, taken to always answering the phone when it rings. When a scammy phone call comes in such as CRA warning they are arresting me, I press 1 to be connected to the human scammer, close my eyes, take a deep cleansing majestic breath, and push all my horrifying anger into the telephone in the longest loudest from-my-toes scream that I can muster, then hang up before they can respond. I feel better using both of these techniques. If you live with others, warn them before you try #2 or they do come running. ..[Image description: a white hand holding thick watercolour paper square. On the square is a painting of a single orange pumpkin with green stem. A sunflower can be seen in the background behind the hand]..#combatfraud #covidstress #backtoschool #SaveAISH #watercolourpainting #pumpkin Posted by Intagrate Lite

17
Nov

do any art

Do any art // My many parts have come down with some sort of illness, or I've eaten something off, or aliens have implanted something fun, and then my head, never one to be left out, has begun to ache so I'm not able to turn to electronic amusements this evening to distract myself. In my woeful wailing, and caterwauling tantrum of wanting to do things, I'm working on wee cards for an exchange. I just want to send Encouraging Pumpkins to everyone in the world. I'm writing on each card some of what I'd like to hear, especially today.Have you ever done a card or gift exchange with strangers? Do you have any encouraging phrases that my pumpkins can impart to their recipients? I'd love some assistance to make these pumpkins a welcome gift.Not seen in the photo is the amazing glittery fabulousness of @ffrench watercolour pans I'm using in combination with the set that my mother gave me, which is seen in photo. #watercolor #ink #postcard #cardexchange #spoopy #pumpkin #lsg..[Image description: watercolour set next to a small painting on paper of an orange pumpkin with text "spoopy pumpkin is proud of you. Also happy Halloween." There is another painting on paper of an orange pumpkin tucked behind.] Posted by Intagrate Lite

24
May

Product Photography in our kitchen

Product Photography in our kitchen We have been spending our Sunday mornings hosting Instagram and Facebook LIVE from our studio. On May 24, 2020, we took everyone behind the scenes to watch how we create our photos for our Etsy shop. LINK HERE–> Correction: we use compact flourescents, not LEDs as mentioned in that video. Resources: Overall plus camera settingsI love this bang on post about product photography from Shopify. It covers lighting if you don’t have lights, using reflectors, images to capture, and camera settings like ISO, F-stop, and white balance. I reset my white balance before every session which greatly reduces my time needed in post-processing in Photoshop. I do need to crop and resize photos for Etsy after each session and I do not want to do any other editing because it takes TIME and that’s not something we have enough of, so I try to get the photos right the first time. Resources for Light Boxes:The Camera Store – In this time where small local businesses are suffering, I really encourage you to look at your local brick and mortar camera shops for light boxes. In Calgary, we have the Camera Store, and they have many models. The one closest to the one we demoed is the 60cm x 60cm. They also have a 100cmx100cm and 150cm x 150cm for larger projects Amazon – if you can’t find anything local, this is a good option. Or… make your own lightbox with instructions from a post we wrote quite some time ago: We hope you enjoyed the video! If you have any questions, drop us a line at cara at chasingfirestudio dot com or through Instagram.com/chasingfirestudio

24
Mar

paper presents

T O G E T H E R // I've made some bookmarks to mail out with orders, putting my emptier schedule to better use this week with more useful activity and less useless worry. I'm very lucky to still be working during the day, however, our evenings of hustling to rinks, field houses, art classes, knit nights, and errands has softened to a slower rhythm of walking the dogs, playing board games, making art, making food, knitting and crocheting. I've never sat so much in my life. We are learning A New Way, Together.#covidart #zendoodle #bookmark #ink Posted by Intagrate Lite

26
Jan

sketchbooks

All of my sketchbooks have in-progress drawings of fish right now. Real ones, imaginary ones, cartoony ones, realistic ones. Live for a month with near daily swimming among fish (and often multiple times per day), and it makes my brain want nothing but to be back among creatures of the sea and that watery peace. A sergeant general fish hasn't come up to my face to say hello for over a week and I'm quite forlorn about the whole thing. I suspect that my pots might be covered in fish after our annual "Clean This Terribly Messy Studio" event this week as we prepare to hurl ourselves into 2020, inspired and ready to get some fun new things on our shop shelves. #puertomorelos #watercolorpencil #ink #inprogress #fish #watercolourpencil #fishdrawing #art #artpractice Posted by Intagrate Lite

02
Jan

20 for 2020

What's on your 20 for 2020 to-do list? I made a list "101 Things To Do in 1001 Days" a decade ago. The timeline was long but also very achievable to plan for more complex items. I threw crazy things on the list, and a strange thing happened. They started to become reality. I started to make them happen. When friends mentioned embarking on an epic road trip, I voted for Yellowknife because visiting the North West Territories was on my List. We did it. I learned to knit because of that list. I read award winning books, swam more often, saw live music, strengthened relationships, tried online friend making, visited Banff, but also bought all new underwear, sheets, and tried a pedicure. I threw all sorts of things on the list and then watched myself manifest.Today, I'm looking for a smaller list of 20 things for 365 days. What's on your list? #HopeIsNotAStrategy #20in2020 Posted by Intagrate Lite

03
Dec

alcohol ink cards

I'm making holiday cards. What're you doing?#alcoholink #yupo #letitflow #cardmaking #fingerstainsfordays Posted by Intagrate Lite

09
Jun

planning for succulents… in clay

Taking a moment on the patio to draw out some succulent designs to carve into two yarn bowls later today for the fun @the.ceramic.school June Challenge. I love the variety of succulents and I have some perennial versions in my yard, just as my grandmother did. I added some String of Pearls off the Mother Hen… maybe I should add a chick? I’ve also got one of Jason’s mugs full of tea to wake my sleepy brain after it was busy all night, dreaming of sculpting jackalopes after yesterday’s day with @ipotlisa Our wee one’s nickname is “Jackalope” so I guess it wasn’t much of a jump. My day job will be really eating into my studio time this coming week – I have ideas I want to experiment with!#ceramicsyyc #ceramics #canadianceramics #albertapotters #makersmovement #pottery #calgaryartists Posted by Intagrate Lite

05
Sep

Sept 8 – Prairie Fibre Festival in Lacombe!

Come say hi on Saturday in Lacombe! Llamas, Yaks, Alpacas, Sheep, one Angora, and one Mohair will be in the booth with Jay. Be there early to get your hands on the limited supply of mugs!

01
Jun

Now for sale on-line: slipper soles!

These come as separate heels and toes for maximum placement flexibility, and range in sizes from baby to large human. Currently available in gray and medium brown colours. https://www.etsy.com/ca/listing/618134283/slipper-soles-nonslip-leather-bottoms

25
Jun

Calgary Stampede – See us July 13-16

We are in booth #20 from July 13-16 at the Calgary Stampede Maker’s Market! The Maker’s Market will have rotating artisans in three blocks during Stampede, and we will be present beginning the LAST Thursday morning (July 13) through the final weekend. Bring on the mini donuts! Local and Canadian handmade products available in the BMO Centre during the Calgary Stampede. Chasing Fire Studio & Sea Turtle Fibre Arts are booked in for July 13-16, however the market runs the entire length of Stampede in BMO Hall A! Sea Turtle Fibre Arts: https://seaturtlefiberarts.com/ Chasing Fire Studio: http://chasingfirestudio.com/ Maker Market Info: http://westernshowcase.com/maker_market.html    

03
Jan

carved flowers

Winter flowers #detailshot #ceramics #yyc