Saturday, October 25, 2008

Shrine from Raeven's Nest Art Retreat

Last weekend, October 16-19, I attended the first ever Raeven's Nest Art Retreat in historic Cedarburg, Wisconsin. The weather was glorious, an almost perfect weekend weather wise. I took three classes, spent a lot of time with my friends, and enjoyed every minute of the weekend. The most ambitious project was creating a shrine with Lauri Mika as instructor. The class was challenging, exciting, and ultimately fulfilling as I was able to make and complete (not always something that happens!) a beautiful shrine.

The shrine is made of handmade and colored polymer clay tiles, glass and mirror tiles, and assorted findings including buttons, charms, and other miscellaneous things. It is all glued down to a square wooden frame. The picture below shows the shrine in process. After making and decorating tiles, we began to assemble the shrine in order to work on placement of the tiles, figuring out what else we needed to create for the finished project. Although I give away the majority of things I make, this will be staying here with me!!!!

Next year the Raeven's Nest Retreat will be held the third weekend of October
- hope to see you there!