Friday, January 30, 2009
I always hope to improve with every firing as I am always trying new things and hopefully perfecting my skills, defining my voice, and looking to the future.
Hope is good! Hopefully this kiln load is good too!
Thursday, January 29, 2009
Here it goes:
1 I live with my two small daughters and husband.
2 We have 3 laying hens and a carnival goldfish named Goldie.
3 We are all waiting until I am old enough to get a dog.
4 I am as shy as can be.
5 I love brown and wear a hat with a brim.
6 I am constantly working on some new crazy project. See #8
7 I cannot eat in the dark.
8 I bought myself a handyman class for my birthday this year. (We’ll see how that goes)
9 I volunteer at two places every week.
10 I want to learn everything.
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
Oh boy, I have been busy! Left to right-
I have made some new "shelves" for my kiln so that I can try to make some shank buttons and because my kiln shelves are getting covered with glass.
I have some new glass colors recycled from my great friend Carleen Morrow, Isis Glass... I could use some more colors, reds,yellows,oranges and would love to know some tricks on breaking glass. I prefer to recycle cast-offs from stained glass artists~~~ Free jewelry or components for your glass trade!!!
Next in line are some fun hand built jewelry connectors, Fresh Pods, and last but not least I threw some platters/shallow dishes. I have a fun idea for them! I can't wait!
Saturday, January 24, 2009
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
Monday, January 19, 2009
Sunday, January 18, 2009
This features one of my Wheel Thrown Glass Fused Cabochons.
I made the Focal on a potter's wheel, making concentric circles in the wet clay.
The Piece itself has been fused with Stained Glass during the Kiln-firing process. I combine many kinds of glass (clear, opaque, milky, and different colors) The Glasses become liquid and bleed into each other in the kiln swirling ands blending at the edges. Finally as I cool the kiln the glass fractures and crackles but with a smooth glass top. The crackling refracts light and glistens in the sun.
It can be worn as a pin on your hat, scarf, jacket, purse, ect. ect. but also and most commonly worn as a necklace. The bail suits most chains, cord, omegas, string, ribbon. So this piece can be worn in so many ways and with your favorite neckline. The photo is to show how the pendant will hang on a semi rigid cord, on a chain it hangs lower but with the same invisible setting look.
This piece comes with your choice of around 10 different necklaces to wear it on. I typically offer a magnetic clasp metal cord or a black or clear rubber cord with my pin pendants, but they come in many lengths and types so please contact me about them
Saturday, January 17, 2009
Tell me, Do shank buttons usually come in a set number?
By exploring my wardrobe it seems that the button loop goes horizontally. Is this correct?
I would love some feedback!
Thursday, January 15, 2009
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
It's always this time of year when I invite spring into the house. I have lentils sprouting for dinner and flower bulbs sprouting for my spirit.
Even though it's the coldest time of year, I find these bundled up and shut in times to be full of personal growth and discovery. What else is there to do? This is quite a natural look. I love these wooden beads! They are sure to become even more rich with age.
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
Friday, January 9, 2009
Today I am packing up my beads for the Beads of Clay and Ceramic Arts Forum winter swap. I have to say that I am A little disappointed on how they turned out! Previous pieces in this design have been well, a lot glitzier! Had I more time I would re-fire them.
I love these swaps! Sometimes a deadline is the only thing to get me out of a funk. Now since I'm not satisfied I'll make more until I think they are perfect. Just the kick in the pants I need!