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Shop update today....

 

It's been a busy holiday season for me. With lots of new ceramic goodies getting bundled up into bead sets and listed in my shop. Be sure to drop by...
 

 
 

The Adventure Continues

 

I have explored a number of new ideas this year... I will talk about just a few here. 

Themed Bead Assemblies 

All year, I've been wanting to play with the idea of putting beads together into a themed assembly or composition.

Woodland Winter

 
My first winter living full-time at the cabin. And so far it has been a doozy! Several winter storms over the course of two weeks caused delay after delay in my ceramic firing schedule. Don was busy plowing and working on the new studio. It has been non-stop craziness. But I love living here.I managed to get a load of ceramic beads fired. Here is a preview of a few...

Serpent Mound Revisited


Some time back, while I still lived in northern Kentucky, I made a visit to ancient sites in Ohio: Serpent Mound and Leo Petroglyph Rock. This journey was part of a series of explorations following a vision I had of a Copper Star.

Latest Doings and Makings...

 

I've been slowly getting ready for the holidays with various ideas for beads. Still haven't thought through what I want to do for ornaments. Not sure I will do any this year. Hmm...Here's just a few photos of what I've been up to...First some sketches for sets of beads in a "Holiday Birds" series...

Halloween / Day of the Dead Blog Hop


So....Diana Ptaszynski decided to host a Day of the Dead and Halloween Blog Hop.

Starry Road - New Studio Part II



Some of you may remember my first post a while back, about the new studio my husband and I are building: Starry Road - A New Studio in the Works.

Exploring Ancient Forms

 

I've been playing with a lot of ancient forms and textures lately, along with symbols and glyphs. Really digging this stuff. Once glazed, these will go to Bead Fest, then when I'm back later in August I will introduce these and many others to my shop.

Water, Sand, Shells, Rocks, Beads

This is a reprise from an entry I wrote for Art Jewelry Elements quite a while ago... I wanted to share it on my own blog, mainly for archival purposes, and to continue this thread of exploration into rocks and shells, in future posts. Enjoy!I collect things from the shorelines where I have lived. Shells, stones, feathers...When I was small I was fortunate to live on or near the Gulf Coast. I have many memories and sensations of sand, sea and surf. The smell of salt water, the sea critters I encountered: crabs, starfish, and even dolphins. It was magical. This has been a source of inspiration for me...Gulf Shore Days - me sitting on a rock
My friends  
Me and my sister  
Beachy Beads!
More Beachy Beads!
No less magical were the shores of Lake Superior - the largest fresh water body of water on Earth - we moved there when I was bout 9 years old. A true Inland Sea - full of majesty just as powerful as any salt-water ocean. Here I encountered places and stones of astonishing color and texture.
Rocky shore
Water worn rocks
I have many memories of living in Lake Superior country...
Me, age 11 or 12
Me and my sister an... yes I really did run around barefoot all summer.
Me again, meeting Paul Bunyan at Hiawatha Forest...
My baby brother Jake asleep fishing, while one of the great ore boats passes - little does he know here, his little rock perch is about to be engulfed in a wave from the wake  of this mighty ship. But don't worry, he survived and is perfectly okay now. :)
But mostly I remember the ROCKS - like the ones I collected at Agate Bay or Pictured Rocks shore...
Rocks
Rock-strewn shores
Rocks
...polished by water
Superior-tumbled rocks
Rocks bathing in the watery froth of Superior
A glimpse through the crystal clear waters
Sorted rocks - amazing color!
I sometimes step back and wonder at how incredibly similar the shores of the Gulf Coast Ocean are to the shores of the Inland Sea - Lake Superior, or as I have come to know it:  Kitchigami.
Though I no longer have the actual shells I collected from the Gulf Coast, I do have several stones from Kitchigami. They are incredibly important to me, and they are my muse...
My collection: nature inspired forms, colors, textures... my source and my creation
What are you sources of Inspiration? I'd love to hear about them!
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