I wanted to share with you some of the treasures that I brought home from Beadfest. As I may have mentioned – I am thrilled to be a part of this creative community, and found the environment of Beadfest invigorating. I came home with materials, artist beads, and ideas to last me a good while. I do have a tendency to live with the new materials for a while before incorporating them into new pieces. The artist beads and focals are handcrafted by colleagues, fellow artists; I want to share their information here – we all support each other with marketing, blogging, social media… wherever we can. And although I have unplugged these last two days in an effort to feel restored before I dive back into the studio – I am inspired to create with:
Cabochons – S&S lapidary
Gems – Shivam imports. (Labradorite, citrine, garnet, labradorite, spiniel)
Dakota stones – onyx, ?, dragons blood jasper, moss agate, apatite,?, amazonite.
Gorgeous enameled components from Carol Myers of Carol DeeZigns. Carol is the FIRST certified “Painting with Fire” instructor!
Lampwork “stone” – Kerry Bogert of Kab’s Concepts.
Polymer Buddha – Barbara Bechtel of Second Surf
Matte finish lampwork beads – JoAnne Zekowski of Z Designs in Glass
Moon/ocean lampwork focal – Jan Onipenco of Molten Mayhem
Left: Ceramic components by Mary Hubbard of White Clover Kiln
Bottom: Bronze pieces by Staci Smith of Staci Louise Originals.
Right: Ceramic and raku pieces by Diana Ptaszynski of Suburban Girl Studio
Andrew Thornton sculptural bronze components and focals. Andrew was one of my Bead Swap partners…
And – one of the highlights of Beadfest is the BEAD SWAP organized by Diana P. of Suburban Girls Studios. My lovely partner this year was Sandy Miller – and she showered me with goodness! Interesting that it was the ceramic artists I knew, and the lampwork artists that I am thrilled to be introduced to… I was tempted to unwrap one wee parcel each hour Saturday afternoon, but I quickly lost that will power and dove in:
Thank you to all my artist friends for doing what you do, sharing it with the world, and pursuing the (not always easy) path or a self-supporting artist! Until next year…