Sunday, April 02, 2017

Inspired By Reading Book Club: Where Did You Go Bernadette?

                         Where Did You Go Bernadette by Maria Semple   Close up of its book cover

Just a few days ago, the Inspired By Reading Book Club had its 4th Birthday.  I  have enjoyed being a member since day one but have to admit that I have not participated much in the last year.  I wanted to post for the March selection, partly because it was my choice for one of the books this year, and also because I just loved reading this book and was inspired.  My inspiration came primarily from the part of the book that had to do with Antarctica.  It was my favorite part and the landscape I knew least about.  It seemed so surreal and so very QUIET.  During this time I had come across a ceramic blue glaze that I thought was the perfect color for Antarctic ice in sunshine.
.  I checked out some pictures and there it was that ice cold beautiful blue in the water around this iceberg.
                                       I made the beads out of porcelain ceramic clay.
                                         Iceberg blue ceramic beads by Mary Harding

The story of the rest of the inspiration for this necklace is rather long but I will keep it short. My fellow team mate at Art Bead Scene, Michelle McCarthy  of  Firefly Design Studio came up with a challenge last month based on a necklace designed by Lorelei Eurto in the book she co-authored with Erin Siegel: Bohemian-Inspired Jewelry. You can see that post HERE. I was intrigued and purchased some ultra white peanut beads and some white O rings. Then the light went off: I could use them with these blue beads and create a cold antarctic atmosphere. I more or less did that. I changed up Lorelei's design by making some handmade chain with soldered links that looked ice like as well. When I put it all together, I folded the necklace in half to intensify the juxtaposition of the icy elements and here is what I got.
In case you noticed the two toggle clasps, that could be an error or it could be a nod to the zaniness of Bernadette, the main character  in the story!!
Where Did you Go Bernadette is a fun and heart warming read.  I hope you will try it out.  You can check out the other creations this month in the Inspired By Reading Book Club Facebook page HERE.

Thanks so much for stopping by.

Sunday, January 29, 2017

New work this week.

 I have been busy this week making new work and loving working with stoneware and porcelain.  For the first time ever, I tried out some  underglazes on the toggle clasps seen here.  I was so pleasantly surprised how they turned out.  They sold very quickly but more are in the works and will be ready in about a week or so.

These two stoneware heart charms  were also made using some underglaze

This set of connector and feather is made from porcelain ceramic clay.  I love the creamy translucence of this clay body.( no underglaze on these.)

An up close picture of the connector bead in this set.  It is like looking through a glass bottom boat--one of my peak memories of childhood in California.  There seem to be some of these memories that I am always seeking to reproduce in my jewelry components.

Set is also made from porcelain clay.   I like this color combo. These sets are not yet ready for parting from me.  But I will attempt to make more soon.
A porcelain leaf that is handbuilt by me.  Also sold fast but more coming after  next week.

                           Another porcelain leaf in steamy fall colors.  Still available in my Etsy shop.

 Stoneware Toggle Clasp in Green and Rose in my Etsy Shop as of today.
       Stoneware multi color toggle clasp.  Love the way the colors floated and mixed together.  Sold
Another stoneware multicolor toggle clasp   just listed this morning in my Etsy Shop.
1850's Barnwood in Stoneware.  Stained. A really woody texture.  In my Etsy shop now.

I will be preparing for participating in this cool event at the Remington Museum this week so I won't be posting mush on the net.  Wish you could visit me at this show.

Thanks so much for stopping by here today.

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Inspired by Art Bead Scene's January Painting by Egon Scheile

Egon Schiele  Field of Flowers
I am so excited about this month's inspiration painting on the Art Bead Scene blog that I made this flock of daisy flowers seen below.  They are gesture images that express the fresh air and sunshine of summer.  Currently I have two of these for sale at Artisans Create Together Alumni Trunk Show (update sold) and one on my Etsy Shop (still available).

                                         Wild Daisies   Inspired by Egon Schiele's Painting
                                                          Wild Daisy by Mary Harding
                                                    Wild Daisy  by Mary Harding

And sort of in the same vein I made a few more porcelain leaves:

                                                        Porcelain Leaves by Mary Harding
These colorful leaves are hand built by me out of porcelain clay.  Each one is a unique piece as I do not use a mold to make them.  There are still a couple available  On the Artisans Create Together Trunk Show ( ending at Midnight today, 1-26-17, but I will be adding 2 more later today to my Etsy Shop from my current kiln firing.

I hope you will stop by the ArtBeadScene blog and participate in this month's challenge.  Follow this LINK for all the particulars. There are still a few days left.  The deadline is Jan. 30.

Thanks so  much for stopping by.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

And The Winner is.....

And the winner of a signed copy of Maya and The Turtle A Korean Fairy Tale is ....
                                   Carol Shull
                          Congratulations Carol!!

Thank you all who participated in this celebration on Soma Han's new website.  You are all so appreciated!!!

Friday, December 16, 2016

Giveaway to celebrate an exciting new website

Deadline for participating in the Giveaway extended to Jan.10, 2017

                                           Deadline extended until Jan 10, 2017
Soma Han, the illustrator of the above pictured book has recently launched a website.  She is an accomplished artist who is commited to illustrating chilren's books about different aspects of Korean culture to reach out to children of Korean ancestry and to all children in general.  Today I am excited to be able to promote her work with a giveaway of her book,  Maya and The Turtle. This lovely book is a retelling of a fairy tale handed down to Soma through her grandmother and mother when she was a child growing up in Korea.  The copy you receive will be signed and "chopped" by Soma and can be personally dedicated to the person you choose.  I am  honored to have been asked by her husband and co-author of Maya and The Turtle, John C. Stickler,( my brother) to celebrate Soma Han's new website with this giveaway.   In order to have your name included in the random draw to pick the winner of this giveaway, I am asking you to go to her website and take a look at some of her illustrations in the Books or Gallery category ( see screen shot below  for how it will look) or watch the slide show that will scroll by you

                                             screen shot of Soma Han's new website

 and tell us in the Comment section below which one you liked the best by Jan. 10, 2017.( Please be sure to leave a way for us to contact you .) Soma will be reading all of your comments and will surely be pleased to hear from you.

Soma Han and  her husband and co-author John C. Stickler at a book signing including Maya and the Turtle and  her other titles:  Tigers, Frogs and Rice Cakes, a compilation of Korean Proverbs, and Land Of Morning Calm: Korean Culture Then and Now.

I have great admiration for Soma Han's artistic and cultural accomplishments and so appreciate you joining me in celebrating her new website by participating in this Giveaway and leaving a comment below by Jan 10, 2017 The  winner will be chosen by a random draw on Jan 11, 2017.

Thank you so much for stopping by.


Monday, December 12, 2016

Ornament Blog Hop

Art Bead Scene is having its 6th Annual Ornament Blog Hop today.  I have been wanting to make some Christmas Tree ornaments for several years now but just didn't get to them.  So this year  I  set aside some time.  I decided to make them from porcelain clay and  use some of my own texture stamps for decoration.   I looked thru my stash of cookie cutters for a Christmas tree shape and found a small one as seen  in the picture above and went to work.  Since porcelain clay requires a slow drying time to prevent warping, I began work on these several weeks ago.  I also wanted to make some bigger trees for ornaments and found a design I liked in a metal cutter and made the next set of Christmas trees seen below.  

These were also an experiment in glazing and I love how the colors came out.

Next I wanted to do a set of  photo transfers onto polymer clay.  I chose some Victorial Floral images for these trees seen below.

These Victorian Floral image ornaments can be hand colored or left black and white.  I like the quality of the black and white so I have not colored them.  

All of these ornaments I made lend themselves to being hung on a tree or a wreath with a simple hook or ribbon.

I hope you will visit the other blogs in this hop.  

Thanks so for stopping by.

Happy Holidays!!!!


Tuesday, September 13, 2016

My New Work in Fall Stringing Magazine

Toggle Clasp by MaryHardingJewelry
Sustainable Weeds Series: Purslane by MaryHardingJewelry

Whimsical Ear Wires by MaryHardingJewelry

All of the above pieces are in this Fall Issue of Stringing Magazine.  I am so pleased to be published in this special Annual Shopping Guide edition!

I am working on making new work and restocking some old favorites and filling some orders after not being in my studio for 5 months due to a broken ankle last Spring!!  It sure feels good to be back.

Whimsical earwires in progress by MaryHardingJewelry

Toggle Bars in progress by MaryHardingJewelry

I am planning on updating my Etsy Shop late in September.  I will post the actual date when I know that I will be ready.
Thanks so much for stopping by!!

Raku Bead Video Part III