I love to cane. If not for incidentals such as bathing, eating and sleeping, I’d make cane 24/7. I think it’s because I’m a rebel (ok, a rebel with OCD). I need constant opportunities to experiment and grow, and that’s what millefiore caning allows me to do.
A Technique for Clay Caning
After my first five years of making cane, I had a dream. In the dream I “saw” millefiore stretched and bent and molded into three dimensional designs. I immediately had to try it and it wasn’t long until I fell in love with it and gave it a name: Scayning (sculpture plus caning). Scayning is a no-stress technique that puts an end to perfect slicing, endless reduction, and wasted clay. Here’s why: In scayning, the slices are used in many different ways. A thick slice can bent and pinched and thinned at the edges to create graceful sense of movement. A thin slice can be rolled up or padded from underneath with scrap clay. Large pieces of cane can be used individually and reduced pieces can be combined right on the project. There are endless variations; and you can adapt scayning to any size project.
For a free tutorial of the cane shown here, click this Youtube link. Don’t mind my hair in this one; I sprayed it with Static Guard right before the shoot. (Tip: Don’t spray Static Guard directly on your head.) There are lots of other vids there, so enjoy!