Saturday, January 26, 2013

Week 4 Make Art


This is week 4 in Sally Russick's 52 weeks of Focusing on Life

Our prompt this week was to make art.

I consider my bead and jewelry making my art.  This week I fired  my stoneware ceramic beads in some new colors .  I was a bit disappointed at first as my kiln did not  fire  right, perhaps due to the extra draw on the electric grid due to our very cold weather.
After some minor remediation, I have grown to like them very much and have plans to use them in a  free form peyote necklace.  I was so happy to discover that my copper clay pieces go beautifully with them and that these seed beads will be the perfect backdrop. 

You can check out the art that all the others made this week  HERE.



30 comments:

  1. I LOVE THE COLORS! I can't wait to see the finished necklace, please show us!

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  2. Mary - those two colors contrast absolutely perfectly! You have some very cool shapes going on here too - I am crushing on those hand rolled discs! A project with your bead weaving AND your handmade beads is a match made in heaven - cannot wait to see it! Although I live quite south of you (Northern Virginia), it is cold here too! My only complaint with the cold is that my "studio" is in my unfinished basement. Although it is heated, one would not know it! I hope my space heater does not blow a fuse in the house! Stay warm, and enjoy your weekend!

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  3. Those are great colors, Mary. Funny isn't it how if it doesn't come out of the kiln the way we had pictured, we think its a failure. But then you put the pieces down for a while and you start to see the potential. Happens to me a lot more often than I'd like to admit. But its part of the beauty of putting things into the 'black box.'

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  4. Ohhhh, I so agree with Lorelei and Patti. Those pieces are just dying to be worked up. The colors and textures are awesome!!!! Can't wait to see a finished piece!!!! And.....I live in Sunny Florida, so I am warm, sometimes to much, would love to do some traveling North!!!!

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  5. Those are lovely pieces, and the colors and textures are wonderful! Can't wait to see what you do with them!

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  6. I can empathize with being disappointed when things don't turn out just as we planned, but more often than not happy mistakes happen to expand our horizons. I LOVE the color of those beads and think you should do that again on purpose!

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  7. I love the colors - it reminds me of the ocean and the beach!

    (I'm #41 this week)

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  8. Those colors are awesome, right up my alley. I love your jewelry and it is definitely art. I cannot wait to see your freeform with these beads.

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  9. Beautiful colors and shapes. The photo alone is a wonderful art piece.

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  10. i love the colour combos and they'll look perfect made into a necklace :)
    have a great week!
    [no. 19 - i overslept]

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  11. Your colors are spectacular!!

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  12. I saw them and thought they were gorgeous. Desert colors.

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  13. WOW Mary,
    Your beads do go very well with the gold iris seed beads I can not wait to see the beautiful free form peyote creations when you are finished.
    Therese

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  14. Great colors and textures! They make for a wonderful art photo. I can't wait to see what you make with these!!

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  15. oh I agree, beautiful colours and textures! that is going to be one heck of a piece. I've sure been struggling to keep warm here too and suddenly hope I didn't interupt anyones art. I never stopped to think about that!

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  16. Those colors are delicious and with the seed beads will make a beautiful something.... Freeform peyote my very favorite thing! Can't wait to see!

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  17. Mary, a happy 'accident' for sure. Andrea

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  18. What a beautiful collection Mary! I love the textural look of your stoneware beads. Those colors are simply yummy together and I can't wait to see them in a freeform piece! Yippee! :)

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  19. A perfect match! They are gorgeous!!!

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  20. The colors are simply gorgeous! Can't wait to see what you make!

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  21. Beautiful collection of beads!

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  22. Very cool that you made new beads. I'm looking forward to seeing your finished creation. The copper looks great with your beads. Looking at others in this challenge has got me itching to make some beads.

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  23. These are some awesome beads and in such great colors - I just want to run my hands through all of them right now!! I can't wait to see what you create w/these,..it's gonna be so pretty I just know it!

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  24. Love the pic of your "ingredients" for your next project. It is as artistic as I am sure your creation will be.

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  25. Love the colour combination and the "earthiness" of your pieces. Art, indeed!

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  26. It's so great that you were able to take something you weren't quite happy with and come up with a solution to love it (them). I'm anxious to see how this turns out!

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  27. Loved the rustic appeal of the beads. Art, indeed!

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  28. What a gorgeous picture - each and every bead is stunning, Mary! I hope you don't mind, but I pinned this beautiful picture to my board of Jewelry and Art Made by Friends on Pinterest! :-)

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  29. Mary, I love your little ceramic works of art and with the copper and those seed beads it's going to be one show stopper of a necklace!

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  30. All the beads look fabulous together and the colors are yummy. Definitely little works of art!

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