July 2013

Coloring Porcelain

I recently became fascinated by the work of Chris Campbell and her use of Mason Stains to color porcelain, as shown in this beautiful platter she created...Urban Conflux, by Chris Campbell I was very pleased to see that she offered an online lesson in coloring porcelain. I eagerly read it and followed up with other research. Then I ordered a small set of stains to start my own experiments...
Using small bits of porcelain, and with the proper precautions of wearing gloves and a dust mask, I mixed and wedged several color samples. 
I got a huge kick out of making a rainbow palette of beads...
I next played with techniques to combine different colors to make multi-colored beads...
I barely dipped my toe into coloring porcelain, but I see tons of possibilities here! After I get through Bead Fest in August I plan to spend more time playing - stay tuned!

Quizzical Old Sketches...

In cleaning up my files I came across a folder of old sketches - from about 5 years ago... Many of these I posted years ago on my sketch and meditation blog Postreason. Makes me think its time to revive that old blog and start sketching...
Ocean Embracing Sun
Worlds Becoming
A series I called "Heart Buds"...
Curious swirling spiraling sea creatures...
Pod shapes and segmented forms...
View Through the Portal
Glowing Moon Flower...
Strange segmented shapes, worm holes and planets, oh my!

Starry Road Studio at Bead Fest Philadelphia !!!

Coming SOON! I will be a vendor at Bead Fest in Philadelphia August 23 - 25. I am SO excited. This will be my first bead show, and this is a BIG one! Come see me at Booth # 373, along with my daughter Nellie Thomas and her WoolyWire.Be sure to print out the pass at the bottom of this post - it will save you $10 - you get in for $5 instead of the regular $15 rate.
Here's your pass - be sure to bring this for your discount!
Hope to see you there!