Recharging the Artistic Battery

the bead theif 2012Just came back from a weekend retreat that the Miami Valley Lampwork Bead Artists (MVLBA) put on. It was a blast! We hosted two great teachers – Marjorie Langston and Terry Hale – and I think all of our heads were filled to exhaustion.

I always come back from a retreat and/or class totally jazzed artistically (well, once I recover from lack of sleep and too many adult beverages). Although, I seldom come home with a masterpiece, I always come away with new tricks, new ideas, connect with old friends and maybe make some new ones. I find that I’m excited to get back in the studio to try to put the new tricks and ideas into my work. Often these outings get me out of ruts or help if I have been feeling blocked. Will post some pics of the results soon.

I’m going to Asheville N.C. on Thursday for another retreat (yes it’s a busy month – hope the hubby and cats remember who I am when I get done). It’s one of my favorites – Fire on the Mountain – and this time they have asked me to demo. Little more pressure to be in the spotlight – must remember to talk while I’m working!

P.S. The photo included in this post is piece I made while taking a class with Deb Karash at Arrowmont. It’s one time I think I created something really nice DURING a class. It’s called “The Bead Thief; My Alter Ego.” Ha!

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Not a Flowery Girly Girl

grey polymer clay and glass drop pendantI’m not really a flowery type of person.  Don’t get me wrong, I like them in my yard and I like it when I get them from the man who promised to bring them to me on occasion.  I don’t make pretty flower beads or jewelry. But yet the manage to show up anyway.  They are usually more in the form of “Botany gone Bad.”  And this is a prime example.

I was teaching a little bead embroidery class to a couple of friends, and this was gonna just be a sample.  Ended up really liking it and of course I had to muck it up with some glass. Totally my usual grey/green color palette: not what I would call “pretty” colors.

Lovely Polymer Clay Cab by Priscilla Lane actually started out in life as a button.  Hope she doesn’t mind.

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