Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Hot from the kiln today

Here is a photo of some of the pieces I took out of the kiln this morning. I am putting them on my website under a newly created category, New Work. These pieces will be there for a month. They are one of a kind and are ready for immediate purchase.

Sunday, July 27, 2008

Potsdam Summer Festival

Again this year, the Potsdam Summer Festival Arts and Crafts Fair was on a beautiful sunny summer day. Before and after it rained and sadly it is still raining here in the North Country. The river is so full from all this rain, it looks like our dock is going to set sail. Hopefully not.
The photo above is a shot of some of my hand made bracelets that I had on display.
I want to thank all my friends and customers and return customers for visiting my booth. You made my day. I always look forward to this annual event. See you next year.

Saturday, July 26, 2008

Highlights of my Ceramic Bead Glazing Class

I have unpacked the kiln, packed up every one's beads and sent them off. But before they left, I took some pics so that all could see what we made. It was hard to tell how the beads would come out during class since by the end of the day, all the beads were covered in a pinkish white glaze. So now you can see what your friends made. All of you are so creative!!!

Friday, July 25, 2008

July Art Bead Scene Submission

Here is my bracelet for the July Art Bead Scene Monthly Challenge. I used my handmade ceramic button, raku beads, and a ceramic bird along with some glass beads. The cord is macramed Noro Japanese cotton and rayon. The bracelet is light and comfortable to wear. I love the Noro cord which I bought last summer when the new Fiber Options store openned in a small village nearby. I am glad to find a good use for it and am making another bracelet in another set of colors as well.

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Jewelry Art Exchange with Gaea, Lorelei, Joelle and Jennifer

A few weeks ago Gaea came up with the idea of a Jewelry /Art Exchange on her blog. I learned about this fun project from Lorelei's blog and wrote in to Gaea that I would like to participate. I am not quite sure of all the artists who have joined in but will add their names as I learn of them. So far I am the third person to add to this necklace. Below I have included pictures of the additions as they were made and by whom.

Lorelei's contribution (above) Joelle's contribution (above)

Mary Harding's contribution (ab0ve)

I added a small bird, a red gemstone, the green fiber chain, and the toggle clasp. I have really enjoyed this challenge. Can't wait to see how it turns out. The small bird and the toggle clasp are ceramic beads handmade by me. Now the necklace is going on its way to Jennifer Stumpf .

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Peeking Into My Ceramic Bead Class Kiln

Here is a preview of the beautiful beads created and glazed by my Ceramic Bead Glazing Class that I taught at the Handweaving Museum in Clayton, NY on July 16. This class gave students the opportunity to bring previously bisqued beads they had made or to have a selection of bisque beads that I had handmade to glaze. No wet clay in this class. Just glazes and stains. There are more beads under this shelf that I haven't even seen yet. I will be posting more photos soon. Trying hard to keep the beads in place so that I can read my map and get every one's beads in the right box to return to them.

Right Angle Weave Class

I taught my Right Angle Weave Bracelet class on Wednesday at the Handweaving Museum in Clayton, NY. It was a beautiful summery waterfront day with a great breeze coming in the museum windows. All of the bracelets came out beautifully--9 in all. Attesting to the versatility of Right Angle Weave (RAW) is the variety of the work the students created. Some bracelets were dainty and classy, some organic, chunky and contemporary and some had the distinct vintage look.

The class was a bit large so next time I will suggest a 6 person limit. Luckily 4 of my students drove with me and we got there plenty early and could get a head start.
In addition to having a wonderful class of students, the new Programming Coordinator, Juliann Schindler was so welcoming and enthusiastic that she makes me want to come back again, despite the long drive.

Sunday, July 20, 2008

Jewelry Exchange with Gaea, Lorelei, Joelle, and, Jennifer

I received part of a necklace in the mail the other day which I am excited to be able to contribute to. So far it looks like this:

I can add whatever I want, Gaea tells me. I could even take away, but I would never want to do that. So this afternoon I will be working on my addition. Hopefully it will add up right.

Raku Bead Video Part III