Saturday, July 28, 2007

Art Bead Scene Poll

Hey everyone - over at The Art Bead Scene we are conducting a poll to see if we can get to know our audience better. Click here and cast your vote - Please!


Thursday, July 26, 2007

New Items at The Bead Parlor

If you are anywhere close to Bloomington Illinois, make sure to stop by The Bead Parlor and take a look around. I just sent a new shipment to Shelley and she has it out and on the floor already. Here is a peek at what is there:

While you are at The Bead Parlor, take a look at the large selection of metal seed beads they carry in the store and online at:

Here are some sample ideas of what you can make with those beauties!

I have never worked with metal seed beads, but given that metal and clay are both naturally occurring on our earth, I bet they would look great together!

If you see Shelley or Diane at The Bead Parlor, tell them I said Hi!

- Elaine

Monday, July 16, 2007

Featured Designer: Bethany Chaney

Bethany Chaney

Take a look at what Bethany Chaney has done with some ceramic Elaine Ray "shards" and doughnut. Aren't these lovely!!! You can see more examples and purchase her work at Grace Farm Studios. Take a peek - Bethany made these amazing pieces using North Carolina's homegrown Longleaf Pine Needles. This is a very old traditional way of weaving baskets - one that takes great care and even more time! Hats off to you Bethany for helping to support one of North Carolina's historical crafts.

Bethany can be reached at: chaneyb2 at .

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Crafter's Flea Market

Some of the Triangle's favorite designers and artists have banded together for an amazing several-times-yearly sale of handcrafted goods and craft supplies in downtown Raleigh. You'll find the latest designer offerings as well as the hard-to-find materials they use to create their wares. Some of the many items you'll find include fabric, beads, jewelry, paintings, pottery, baby gifts, knit items, clothing, paper goods, personal care products, photographs and accessories. You'll also find one-offs, samples and discontinued items at great prices!

Many local area designers, craftspeople and artists who believe in doing things by hand. Stop by to see all the wonderful talent showcased in this great event!

The parking lots of Ornamentea at 509 N. West Street and vicinity, Downtown Raleigh. New spaces now added across West Street!

Simply Beads - August 2007

I've been seen!

Melanie Brooks Lucas wrote a great article about ceramic beads in this month's issue of Simply Beads. She explains the differences between clays commonly used to make fired beads and pendants. In that article she points out that one glaze can look quite different when applied to different types of clay. Here are some examples:

Thanks for taking a look!

- Elaine