Sunday, July 13, 2014


I used up some clay this weekend that has been sitting around for a while.  I've been making sure it was staying hydrated but it was time to PLAY!!

A few pendants, a few discs...and colors.  My laundry room carbon just keeps on giving.  

I posted my favorite over on my Facebook Design Page. Come and take a look . 

Sunday, June 22, 2014


No Bead and Button show would be complete without the STASH!!!  Beads, tools, and what-not that you don't necessarily need but can't resist.

This show is the one time a year Cris and I get to see Abe from Afghan Tribal Arts.

Abe is such a charmer!!  I lifted this picture from his Afghan Tribal Arts FB page.
He has some of the most beautiful beads.  Lapis, onyx, jasper...the list goes on and on.  This year Abe showed Cris and I some of his collection of extremely rare beads.  Ones that dated back to Alexander the Great and before.  It was a treat.  I only wish I had taken a few photos.

Jaspser carved into these great melon shapes

Gorgeous lapis

Roman Glass....I love these shapes.  They go so well in necklaces. 

Faceted green aquamarine.  These are stunners!!

I think this is jade.  I love the dark green.  A great complement to the bronze.

The other people we can't wait to see is Ebrima Sillah and Ruth Aschaffenburg from Bead Paradise in Oberlin, Ohio.  
Ruth and Ebrima....I took this picture from the amazing website!!
Ruth wasnt' there this year.....we REALLY missed you Ruth!!  But Cris and I will be coming to visit the store in October!!

I got this truly amazing strand of Nigerian Amazonite from Ebrima this year.  The hard part is deciding if I use them or just hang them in the studio

A few other bits and pieces to round the shopping.  There is so much to see in the vendors you could never see it all.  There is always some treasure hiding in the next booth just waiting for you to discover it. 

Nepalese mala or mantra counters. 


There great glass bead from The Bead Goes On

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Bead and Button Recap

It came fast and left the same way.  Hard to believe it's been two weeks since the show.  Our classes went really well and I hope everyone had a great time and learned some new techniques.  Outside the classroom we were able to catch up with friends.

Setting up and giving a ride to Cris

Cris and YiYi

Eli and I

Great brass and metal clay bracelet by Louise Little

More bracelets made by the class


Twisted bronze wire bracelet

Backside showing the riveted connection

Women using MAPP gas....gotta love it!!

Everyone at work

Bill Struve and Katie Hanrahan hard at work
Katie hard at work


Our students were so creative. A twisted bronze neckwire made in the bracelet class.

Metal clay tube bead bracelets

And then there were mustaches!!

or Frieda Kahlo eyebrows

Needless to say we aren't afraid to look stupid.

Eli and Yiyi are adorable!!
Bronze clay class.  Everyone made such great things.

Great colors and texture.

Pam put together a great necklace

A big thrill to see our earring class on one of the big display columns.

Close up

Remember what I said about looking stupid.  Cris has must have a whole album now of things I put on my head
Panaoramic shot of the show floor and Cris's mangled arm :)

Saturday, May 3, 2014

Big Ass Bells

Bought myself a present.  These are some big ass bells...LOL.  They are very cool and have some great patina on them.

They kind of look like Audrey II from Little Shop of Horrors.

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Legacy: Jewelry Techniques of West Africa

I don't pre-order books...usually because I don't like waiting for them and I don't like giving my money to someone well in advance of getting my book.  I guess I'm an instant gratification kind of girl :)  And I specifically don't pre-order books or videos from artists directly. Sorry...I know this seems like a huge slap in the face to my own group of people.  I've seen a few go well beyond their estimated date of publication....and some never get published.  I've never quite figured out the ethics on that one.  If you take money from someone but don't deliver the product...does that count as theft or fraud...or both??

But I digress.....I heard about this book called Legacy: Jewelry Techniques of West Africa by Matthieu Cheminee

Well...this was a no brainer.  First this is something I can't wait to get my hands on...I mean seriously...I'm drooling. Second it is from Brynmorgan Press...Tim McCreight's publishing house...he always delivers a quality product.  I love Tim.  He is one of the nicest and most generous teachers I've ever had.

Watch the video about the book.  It's amazing.  How many of you file your metalwork on the side of your foot?  After watching this video....I'm ashamed at all the tools I have.  I would love to take a trip through Africa meeting up with the locals artists like this.


Can't wait for the book!!!

Monday, April 21, 2014

The Task of Art...

Quote from Jorge Luis Borges, a writer from Argentina....

"The task of art is to transform what is continuously happening to us, to transform all these things into symbols, into music, into something which can last in man’s memory. That is our duty. If we don’t fulfill it, we feel unhappy. A writer or any artist has the sometimes joyful duty to transform all that into symbols. These symbols could be colors, forms or sounds. For a poet, the symbols are sounds and also words, fables, stories, poetry. The work of a poet never ends. It has nothing to do with working hours. Your are continuously receiving things from the external world. These must be transformed, and eventually will be transformed. This revelation can appear anytime. A poet never rests. He’s always working, even when he dreams. Besides, the life of a writer, is a lonely one. You think you are alone, and as the years go by, if the stars are on your side, you may discover that you are at the center of a vast circle of invisible friends whom you will never get to know but who love you. And that is an immense reward."

Sunday, March 30, 2014

What's your spirit animal....

HA!  You see those quizzes all the time on Facebook.  I came up with my own spirit animal.....Hermit Crab.  I have definitely become a Hermit Crab this winter.  Crusty, cold, grumpy, pale....carrying around my own shell and crawling into it most of the time.

I think part of it has been the extended winter we've had this year and the other part is stress at work. I come home and I don't want to talk to anyone or do anything.  I signed up for a Zentangle drawing class just to get myself out of the house one night a week.  I enjoy doing it and it is very relaxing.  

I did manage to test out some of new shape templates I made.  Making adjustments here and there to get the size and shape just right. 

This last piece is made from a cork that I carved. 
I want to play with the patina a bit more.  Get the recessed areas a bit blacker.  Well...back into my shell for the rest of the day.