Friday, July 30, 2010


What happens when you put a tray of beads out in the sun to dry and forget about them until after the rain storm?


Wednesday, July 14, 2010

And now for something completely different...........

A couple of years ago I took a class with Chris Campbell, a local potter who is nationally know for her work with colored porcelain clay. The murrinis I made in class were intended to become plates, bowls and vases, though those items never quite materialized and the clay sat idle with all its lovely potential wrapped in damp cloths and plastic. I realized that if I was ever going to set that clay free for the world to see, it would have to be in bead form. Each bead is hand rolled with attention given to balance the colors of clay, which leads them to be nonuniform is size, but uniform in pretty. Visit Chris's web site for more information and a beautiful tour of color at

The beads are available for purchase at Ornamentea (the shop) and will soon be available on .

Thanks for helping me set this lovely clay free to go out and beautify the world!

Friday, July 9, 2010

Look at what Cynthia made - I am going to beg to wear this at my trunk show this fall! Many of these beads are available on Ornamentea's web site and there is even more variety at their store.

elaine ray's garden - featured the summer issue of Stringing

That is quite the bit of beads ..... I'd like a pair of earrings to match. I think a butterfly would come and sit on my shoulder. Thanks Cynthia - it is just beautiful!!!!