North Carolina hobby gathering

I took this picture to remind my husband that he doesn’t really have it that bad. My own collection lives in one small corner cabinet.

I spent this past Saturday in Chapel Hill at a gathering for Carolina model horse hobbyists. It was set up as an informal sales and swap meet, but I didn’t really have anything to sell or swap so I went primarily to socialize. (If only I had remembered that I have storage closets full of old “bodies” from my long ago remaking days!)

It was great fun and it turned out that I am not the only one who thinks the model horse community needs more non-showing events. I have long thought that we needed these to build healthy ties among hobbyists. One should get a sense of belonging when around people with shared interests, and the online nature of our activity isn’t always condusive to that.

Here are Maggie and Jenn (“delacroix” on Model Horse Blab). Maggie is smiling because she still thought she was going home with fewer horses than she came with when this picture was taken!

I was also able to meet Maggie Bennett, who had recently moved to North Carolina from Maryland. Maggie is probably best known for sculpting micro minis like this little Arabian. She brought a bin full of these pewter castings, and they were a big hit with everyone who attended.

She also had a whole host of new micro sculptures with her. It was really interesting to see the originals, which had been done in a combination of Gapoxio and Green Stuff. (I think I have those brands correct!) The reddish brown coloring on some of them comes from the primer.

It was really interesting to hear how Maggie sculpts these guys, and very tempting to come home and give it a try! Certainly they are great as studies for larger works, which is often what Maggie uses them for (in addition to having them cast in pewter). It struck me that tiny horses like this might also be a good testing ground for working with putty again. I have in recent years sculpted almost exclusively in non-hardening clay, but I have often thought it would be wiser to switch to something that hardens because that makes the original easier to cast.

At the end of the gathering, we decided that we’d return in November for what we’re calling “Myopia Madness”. Attendees will pay a flat fee of $20, and will get their choice of pewter micro and access to all manner of tools and supplies for painting them. We’ll then spend the day painting together. I am really looking forward to it. I haven’t used “cold paints” (the term we ceramists use for anything that doesn’t fire in a kiln) in many years, so I am probably going to muddle it all up. But I am thinking that if I succeed in painting something that small, all these little bisque Imps are going to look much, much easier!

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6 Responses to North Carolina hobby gathering

  1. delacroix3721 September 14, 2009 at 2:39 pm #

    It was so nice meeting you, Lesli! The day was lots of fun, I can’t wait till November! : )

  2. Lesli Kathman September 14, 2009 at 2:58 pm #

    I enjoyed meeting you, too! I just wish I hadn’t talked so much, so I still had some voice today. 🙂 Talking is my vice…

  3. Carol H. September 14, 2009 at 8:03 pm #

    This sounds so cool, and what a great way to meet fellow hobbyists!

  4. Becky Turner September 14, 2009 at 10:35 pm #

    darn I wish we had something like that here! I may just have to somehow get some of the locals together to do something like this.. instead of shows do swaps and painting and sculpting or casting how too’s.. it would be lots of fun! I just dont know many in our area yet but .. sounds like you guys had lots of fun! wish I could have gone..Id love to meet you Leslie and would have been fun to talk with maggie about her micro sculpting and pick her brain some.. ( sounds kinda goulish doesn’t it? must be getting closer to halloween! lol) ..I had been wanting to try one this small myself! like im not already blind enough as it is! lol good name for your get together! lol thank oyu for sharing htis with us and the pics… wow what a collection! no way would I have room for more than one shelf of that! I will have to show that pic to my aunt.. she gives me a hard time with the small amount I have and most of them for for sale eventually! lol…
    Rebecca Turner

  5. Marge Para September 15, 2009 at 1:29 pm #

    Check out this link… talk about Myopitic Madness…

  6. Maggie Bennett September 23, 2009 at 6:43 pm #

    That was a lot of fun indeed! The caster just told me that the mold for the new micros is made and came out great, so we will definitely have them in for Myopic Madness.

    Oh, and it’s Apoxie Sculpt and Green Stuff. 🙂

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