Wednesday, March 23, 2011
Woot Woot! Exciting news: This spring you can shop my trunk show by phone! Specific details are to follow but the basic plan is that you will call a special beady hot line ( 919 210 7271 ) from a phone that can receive picture text messages, my good friend Julie (also known as Chelsea Girl Designs) will shop for you, texting pictures for your visual approval, then your order will be passed on to one of the super helpful staff members at Ornamentea who will call you back to get payment and shipping particulars. Go to Ornmentea's web site for shipping information – keep in mind that they offer free shipping on all orders over $50.00!
I gotta get cracking at taking and posting pictures!
This is nowhere near a complete "list" of the glazes I'll have with me this weekend at Ornamentea, but it is a good sampling. There will be strands and loose beads. Hope to see or hear from you then!
Tuesday, March 22, 2011
There is only this handful of these with the lace imprint. Pretty, I think. Good friend, Julie reminded me to make some.
I'm gearing up for my trunk show at Ornamentea on Friday and Saturday. I'll be glazing all day today, then the last kiln load will fire tomorrow. Remember that Lorelei Eurto will be there Friday evening teaching a class called: Designing Without Limits I'm looking forward to excessively peeking in on the class to catch a peek at the beauty that is sure to be happening in there!
See you then,
Monday, March 21, 2011
When ever I end up with beads that turn out with yucky looking glazes, they go into a box where they eventually get reglazed (and sometime reglazed again) as I try to salvage the beads. Sometimes the beads just end up looking worse and worse, sometime they get so much glaze on them it all just runs to one side, but sometimes I end up with some lovely looking beads..... This picture doesn't really do justice to these glazes, but I'm liking these - even the red ones! Now the real trick is to see if I can recreate this color combination again in time for Friday!
See you at Ornamentea then,
Friday, March 18, 2011
Wednesday, March 16, 2011
This bead is another story. Many of you know how I work - think of a new bead shape, make just a couple and see how it is to glaze and fire them, then make a handful more to get a success / failure rate, and then decide if I want to make them in production. But not for this bead - I was so excited with the first flash vision in my head I didn't bother to think it through and just jumped in and made 100 in each color of clay I use (buff, brown and white). My plan was to glaze the flat side and leave the skinny edges of clay showing, sort of opposite of my washer beads. As soon as I attempt to glaze the first one of those 300 beads it hits me - this won't work! The glaze will run and stick to the wire in the kiln unless I'm super, super, super careful when applying the glaze and use only glazes that don't run. Well, I'm not capable of being that careful and most of my glazes run. Hmmmmm - I can't just toss out 300 beads so I figure I'll just glaze them same at the washer beads and say good bye to the shape forever.
BUT - now I'm loving the shape and edges so will most likely make more and more of them.
Hope you get to meet these new beads at my trunk show on March 25th and 26th at Ornamentea. Lorelei Eutro will be there on Friday teaching Designing Without Limits. Get in the class!