Through Our Eyes Show

Highland artists Greta McDonald, Deb Shea and Molly Forsythe join together to reflect the world as they see it in this exhibit running in Dean Hall at MERA Schoolhouse in McDonalds Corners, Ontario during the month of March.

Vernissage to take place Saturday March 10th from 1 to 4 pm. The show will be on display until the end of the month.

Greta McDonald is known for her paintings which depict birds and animals in colourful surroundings injected with elements of fantasy and bright patterns.

Deb Shea paints from a place of serenity in landscapes from around Lanark Highlands and other environments while reflecting her emotional connection to the place executed.

Molly Forsythe follows musicians, birds, and boats in Lanark Highlands and Cape Breton through her relief tiles.”

Wall Tiles of Musician’s from the Highlands of Ontario and Nova Scotia:

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Critters and Tales Live

It’s Calendar Season –

The 2018 Emmet Calendar is now available. Plus lots of exciting new work.

Craft Sale at McMartin House in Perth, ON before Parade

 

 

Nick of Time
Saturday
December 2nd 2017
10:00 am – 3:00 pm
McMartin House Gore Street, Perth, Ontario
Come and pick up some great gifts before the Christmas Parade. From fine chocolate, locally made jam, children’s clothes and more.

… From a recent FB post:

Finally put 1 of the button machines I was given a month ago to work last night, in time for the One & Only craft fair in Ottawa this Saturday.

These will also be available at the Nick of Time show in Perth Dec. 2nd — & I hope to have time to create more designs by then. – Emmet

Plus other new work…

The Art of Selling on line and surviving

Seems a bit silly to start a blog to deal with my anxiety about trying to sell on the internet… but here I go.
I have been trying to sell, or rather mostly not selling on ETSY since July 2016. I put a great deal of time into focusing on why folks would want to buy my stuff… creating decriptions and tags…. cleaning up descriptions and tags. Photographing my work, and re-photographing to change the look.
I have also invested in advertising via both Google and ETSY to try to promote both my ETSY site and individual listings.
I have thought about what need my beloved critters are solving for the consumer.
Lets get up close to one critter and see what they have to say for themselves.
” Ah – on line life.. Oh to be a bear lumbering thru the wood looking for a bit of honey, or sitting in someone’s room enjoying being in the company of other art-i-facts. But somehow I am stuck in cyberspace. Flatened and put into digital code. “
And indeed I often feel like my bears. Trapped in an on-line world, with images flashing past. A world of chaos, that it infact in opposition with the whole concept of ceramic folk art.  It must be taken in small doses.. and indeed not to be taken too seriously. It is good to have an on-line presence…. if one can manage to not let it overtake ones time.
Art is only about 20% creation. The cleaning of one’s studio and kiln. The making of glazes. The bookwork, and accounting end of life, all take time. The on-line world is just one marketing and selling medium. Data entry and photos to do that marketing just one part of that marketing. It is part of why most work sold on line is re-selling, not creating an selling. It has an art all it’s own. And one should be aware that original work is not easy to sell on line.
It is all about balancing “the life of a bear” with the marketing and design. Sometimes one spends too long in front of the computer… and that is just as dangerous to ones artwork as overworking a painting, or a relief tile.
So – take a walk. For me the ocean is out my door and there are berries to pick and jam to make. No bees to battle for honey., I have it easier than your average bear!
Polar Bear
1 inch Miniature Bears

Creating jewelry cards and presentation boards.

Greetings folks, Molly here.
I am going to share my marketing ideas, in the next few posts. In September I talked about doing on-line photography pictures, on a shoe string. Today I am going to talk about presenting work at shows, pop-up stores or for consignment shops.
This spring developed jewelry cards – that would show off the critters, more than the generic cards I had been using.
Find on ETSY: https://www.etsy.com/ca/listing/467784322/hand-sculpted-miniature-bluebird?ref=shop_home_active_29
Bluebird of happiness earrings
I then found some old oak boards in the basement and persuaded my better half to help me make them into boards to fit the cards in.

 

New Jewelry cards and boards with slots to present them on.
Much better than the old cards:
Old Cards
Caribou Earrings on old jewelry cards
Old generic earring cards, that I put in white cardboard boxes.
This was a dated look, did not highlight the funky pleasure of the earrings and charms, and was more expensive.
I can get these printed off at Staples on card stock, on an as need bases, instead of investing in hundreds of cards and boxes. That I still have around, and think I should be using. The originals are plastic… and my new ones are on recycled paper… bonus!

Woodland Caribou

I have been sculpting Woodland Caribou since April of 2015 when I saw the gala at the Museum of Nature in Ottawa for Our Incredible world series on this noble beasts.

Woodland Boreal Caribou are an animal who have sustained life in the boreal forest region for centuries. When I learned about them I just wanted to share them with folks, so I made miniature critters,to use as an educational tool. To spark interest and conversation.

You can learn more about them by going to the Incredible World Website:   https://incredibleworld.ca/2017/woodland-caribou-series/
Our Incredible World is a educational project. This 6 part video series on Woodland Caribou is aimed for 4 – 7th graders with lesson plans. So great for home schoolers, teacher (there are lesson plans and more resources). A team of 2 teens go and talk to Cree Elders, Scientists and others. They learn about Woodland Caribou habitant. And You will, too. Yeah.
I am writing now because an important deadline is coming up for maintaining the Caribou’s habitant. To quote the David Suzuki foundation:

” In 2012, the federal government gave provinces and territories five years to develop range plans for each herd that show how ranges will be managed to effectively protect critical habitat. The recovery strategy identifies a minimum of 65 per cent undisturbed habitat in a range as the “disturbance management threshold,” which provides a 60 per cent chance of the local herd surviving.

The five-year deadline (October 5) for caribou range plans is coming up fast. And the Forest Products Association of Canada (FPAC) is now casting doubt on the science to further delay action!”   So click on the link below to write a letter.   http://action2.davidsuzuki.org/caribou

 

 

It is what inspired me to create the Caribou charms.
And if wearing this charm can inspire conversations about Boreal Forest, Woodland Caribou, saving habitants in the north, then awesome!  Half of the money from any purchase will go to the David Susuki foundation.

Here are the purchase links:

Woodland Caribou Charm

Woodland Caribou Earrings

Miniature are available by emailing me dirrectly at crittersandtales@gmail.com

 

 

Moose, Canadian Geese, and Cape Breton Ducks

What’s New with Molly’s Critters

Thanks to a challenge from the Water’s Edge Gallery in Baddeck: Canadian Moose

 

Canada Geese

 

Plaid Ducks

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Bluebirds of happiness

Find on ETSY: https://www.etsy.com/ca/listing/467784322/hand-sculpted-miniature-bluebird?ref=shop_home_active_29
Bluebird of happiness earrings

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Tiger Cats

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Marmalade Cat… in memory of my mother’s marmalade cat. A bit wild, a bit crazy and totally loveable.

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Orange and Black Cat – regal with a sense of superiority.

Marmalade Cat is glazed with shino, nutmeg, Albany, clear and bronze glazes. 6″ high x 5″ long x 3.5″ wide

Orange and Black Cat is glazed with cushing yellow ochre and bronze glaze. 6 3/8″ tall x 3 3/4″ long x 3″ wide.

Both are suitable for house or garden. Made from white sculptural glaze for stability. Made to come inside where is frosts and thaws in winter months.
Email me at mollyhforsythe@gmail.com if you are interested in purchasing.

 

Tall Ships

Tall Ship Pins

These Pins were first sculpted from white stoneware clay, they were then bisque fired to 1752 degreed fahrenheit. They were then hand painted with glazes – shown below. They were then fired to 2232 degrees – to turn the clay to stone, for a durable finish. Pin backs are then added to create coat and jacket brooches. Brooches are 2 to 4 inches long, 2 to 3 inches high.

Tall Ship Tiles

These tiles have notches, so they will work well as wall hangings. Each tile is 5.5 inches.  They are completely hand sculpted. The low relief tiles also can be used as hot pads on tables, with the addition of cork corners. As well they can be used with other tiles to create a back splash.

Sculpted from stoneware sculptural clay for durability. Hand painted with underglazes, then glazed for a hard durable finish.

 

Small Critters

I have been spending time mostly on my ETSY site – MollyCritters. In the last year. Keeping that up to date with images of the miniature animals that I have been making, inspired by last year’s February Challenge.

My newest additions are my Turkey Vulture: Miniatures, Earrings, Pendants and Pins. You can see them by clicking on the link.

Here is a small selection of what I have been working on:

1 inch Miniature Bears
1 inch Miniature Bears
1 inch Howling Wolf
1 inch Howling Wolf
Guernsey Cow Miniatures - 3 to 4 cm long
Guernsey Cow Miniatures – 3 to 4 cm long
Red Fox Miniature - with Link to Red Fox Pendants on Easy
Red Fox Miniature – with Link to Red Fox Pendants on Easy
Rabbit Miniature - Link to Pendants on ETSY
Rabbit Miniature – Link to Pendants on ETSY
1 inch Beavers available as Pendants and Miniatures on ETSY
1 inch Beavers available as Pendants and Miniatures on ETSY

 

Critters from February Challenge – now glazed

feb-club-glazerunFebruary Challenge Animals now glazed

February Challenge Critters and my other animals are available on my Etsy site: Molly Critters. Or contact me directly: crittersandtales@gmail.com.