Wednesday, September 29, 2010

New Bracelets and New Toggles

Right Angle Weave bracelet with my handmade tumbled stoneware beads.  The seed  beads are compliments of Auntie's Beads. They were sent to me as a promotional gift as part of their Blogger Program.  They are a size 6 Japanese seed bead.  Great color.  I got to choose the colors.

Another view of the bracelet.  All of the ceramic beads are my handmade stoneware tumbled beads.  I think they go particularly well with the the Auntie's Beads seed beads that I picked out.

This is one of my new stoneware toggles.  The toggle bar has been customed designed for me by MissFicklemedia.  I love it.  And I have many more.  What a color match.  And I can hang a dangle from it.
Another bracelet using my handmade tumbled stoneware beads.   In this bracelet I have added a couple of copper stamped rings and a copper toggle bar that I stamped with the word ART.

Here you get an overview of the whole bracelet.

And a closeup of the seed beads and the stoneware beads.

Both of these bracelets are chunky statement bracelets.   

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Pretty Harvest Color Inspiration

Fresh picked from my garden      Green beans, raspberries and cucumber.
Beautiful comes in small amounts.  I love the color combination of the greens and the raspberry.
The beans are part of my second planting and are coming in in abundance.  These raspberries are a surprise. Have a great Sunday.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010


I love the way sunflowers grow

 and cascade

and make beautiful patterns with their seeds

and wear the most intense color yellow

                                                 and shades of brown and rust and burgundy

                             They are my favorite flower in my garden and the only one I planted this year.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Shopping Maine

When we were in Maine this summer I visited some important shopping sites and took this great pic of the well known boot.

And visited the other great store in Freeport--Beadin' Path

And bought these beauties to keep my memories of summer warm during the cold months ahead.  Patchy frost predicted tonight.  It seems that summer just stopped from one day to the next around here.
How about where you live?
But wait, I just hear the newest weather report.  We are getting a reprieve this week with temps in the 60's and 70's.  Maybe I can get in one last swim.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Two Thistles Two Treasuries

My two new stoneware Thistle pendants have been showcased in two different Etsy Treasuries in the last few days.  This Teal and Beige piece is currently in the Etsy Treasury called Whistle for the Thistle put together by dancingwired

My  beige and turquoise stoneware pendant has been in a Treasury put together by Etsy seller glistenbyerin called from Sand to Sky.  It sold on Sunday and now my Teal one is in its place making it in two Treasuries at the same time.  WOW. 
Thank you so much including me in these Treasuries ladies.

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Looking into My Studio Today

I took this picture today so I could participate in the 2nd Saturday State of Your Studio event on the Beads-of-Clay blog.  It shows my glazing area in the front and on the long counter with the green rolling pin, my wet clay working area.  I make sure to keep the two areas separated.  Some folks even have a separate room for glazing to be sure that there are no clay particles floating around that might land in the wet glaze.  My studio is almost below ground level so it is very damp which is good in a way.  The clay doesn't dry out too fast and air may be too heavy for little particles to travel very far.  As you can see I use coffee cans with skewers to suspend the beads while I am glazing them.  In the tray are some bisqued pendants that I will be hand painting and then glazing. 
Thanks for stopping in.

Thursday, September 09, 2010

New Toggle Clasps in my Etsy Shop

Stoneware, Tomato Flower
stoneware, brass hand stamped bar
I have been listing quite a  few new toggle clasps in my Etsy Shop today.  Hope you will take a look

stamped copper

                                                             Stoneware  tumbled

                                                            earthenware clay, copper bar

                                                         earthenware clay, hand painted

Monday, September 06, 2010

Photos From Labor Day Weekend Trip

Early morning sunrise  

More sunrise

Sunrise over wave breaking

The beach in full sunlight

View from a bluff of Prouts Neck

Close up of a breaking wave


Me very happy to be at the ocean

Wednesday, September 01, 2010

Art Museums: Renewal for the Mind's Eye

When I think about renewal, I think of what I can do to give me energy and creative ideas.  In a perfect world, I would live near the beach and go for long walks and look for seashells and interesting stones.  I did that tirelessly as a child and it was an important part of my development as a person  and artist.   Now that I live quite far from the ocean, I have found other means of renewal.  I go to art museums and look at paintings, mostly paintings since the  1850's.  Living as I do, closer to Canadian cultural centers than ones in the US, I often go to the National Gallery in Ottawa or the Museum of Fine Arts in Montreal.  Once you enter these great centers you meet the most wonderful Canadian artists, painters especially.  Would I have ever heard of the Canadian Group of Seven, otherwise ?

                                                     Tom Thompson  Autumn Leaves

 Would I have ever seen paintings by the incredible Mark Aurele Fortin?

And how do I turn renewal into art beads?   I find color combinations I had not thought of before 

and paintings of trees that I feast on with my eyes.

I have found that these renewal experiences began working their way into my art work.

 I began carving tree pendant molds

And most recently I made two new molds from carvings and pressed them into stoneware clay, fired them, stained them, fired them again and tumbled them smooth.

I have always liked the expression, "the eye sees before the mind knows."  It seems that leaves, flowers, plants and trees have become my seashells of renewal in adulthood.

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