Clay camp and a kiln unloaded…

Argh

Welcome to clay camp. 

Well – its my primary focus for the next 5 weeks. I have up to 24 students in 2 age groups. Ages range from 6-17. They are with me for 2 weeks – one of creating, sculpting, wheel throwing, hand building; and another of finishing, glazing, decorating. 

And in my off time – I am making things like mad in preparation for Beadfest in Philadelphia in August… 

Last Friday I did a post over at Art Jewelry Elements blog about the loading of the ^10 high fire reduction kiln. We unloaded today! It was a great firing. Not a ton of reduction – so out copper bearing glazes flashed more green then red. Simply beautiful in my opinion!

The big reveal

The first thing I saw this morning!

kiln pix collage

Taking it apart – shelf by shelf. 

porcelain components!

I am so happy with my organic porcelain charms! There are coral prints & sea urchin, in 4 colors. And I didn’t “Lose” any stuck to the shelf or chipped, etc. Many of them have 2 holes. I want to make earrings with dangle, and bracelet links… 

Coffee is done. Headed to the studio. I’d love to hear what you think!

 

Beadfest or Bust!

 

Beadfest or Bust

In case you were wondering wher I had been – I have been in the “glaze cave” as I afffectionately call the basement studio. I have been glazeing all day every day and firing the kiln daily as well. All in preparation for my first national bead show. Its a convention really. Beadfest, Heard of it? It is August 17-19 at the Greater Philly Expo Center (actually in King of Prussia). Classes, demos, book signings, and a huge retail sales area. Bead mecca. Bead porn. 

And I will be there at #454 in Artisan’s Alley. 

A group of my fellow beaders/designers… and I decided to host a sale in all of our shops. Because there’s nothing else going in my life this week, right? (wink, wink). Please take a look and support the artists in their endeavors if you are so inclined! We appreciate it!

Melinda Orr ~ Melinda Orr Designs ~ 15% off w/coupon code BEADYGIRL ~ Enter for the Leather Bracelet Kit Giveaway on the blog

Etsy: www.orrtec.etsy.com

Blog: www.orrtec.blogspot.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/melindaorrdesigns 

 

Lorelei Eurto~ Lorelei Eurto Jewelry ~ 20% w/coupon code BEADYGIRL

store: www.LoreleiEurtoJewelry.etsy.com

blog: http://Lorelei1141.blogspot.com/

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/LoreleiEurto

 

Karen Totten ~ Starry Road Studio ~ 20% off w/coupon code  BEADYGIRL

Blog: http://starryroadstudio.blogspot.com

Etsy:  http://www.etsy.com/shop/ktotten

Facebook:  http://www.facebook.com/starryroadstudio

 

Marsha Neal ~ Marsha Neal Studio  ~ 10% off your entire purchase from my Etsy shop including the special SALE section that has items marked down 30% off.

(Marsha is my bead show guardian angel/consultant!)


Every listing purchased during this date from Marsha’s Etsy shop will get entered into an additional drawing for a $25 Marsha Neal Studio Etsy Shop Gift Certificate (see her blog for extra info).

Etsy: http://www.etsy.com/shop/MarshaNealStudio

Blog: http://www.marshanealstudio.blogspot.com/

FaceBook: https://www.facebook.com/MarshaNealStudio

 

Staci Lousie ~ Staci Louise Originals ~ 20% off w/coupon code BEADYGIRL

Etsy: http://www.stacilouise.etsy.com

Etsy Components: http://www.etsy.com/SLArtisanAccents

 Blog: www.stacilouise.blogspot.com  

 

Sue Kennedy ~ Sue Beads ~ 20% off w/coupon code BEADYGIRL ( My BEADFEST neighbor!)

Etsy: www.suebeads.etsy.com

Blog: www.suebeads.blogspot.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/SueBeads/241806885873855

 

Lisa Peters ~ Lisa Peters Art ~ 20% off w/coupon code BEADYGIRL (sorry not applicable for RING KITS) 

 Etsy: http://www.etsy.com/shop/LisaPetersArt

Blog: http://www.lisa-petersart.blogspot.com/

 

Jenny Davies Reazor~ 20% off w/coupon code BEADYGIRL

Etsy: http://www.etsy.com/shop/jdaviesreazor

Blog: http://www.jdaviesreazor.com/blog

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/JDRshrineart

 

Mary Hubbard of White Clover kiln: coupon code BEADYGIRL

Etsy: http://www.etsy.com/shop/WhiteCloverKiln

Blog: http://www.whitecloverkiln.blogspot.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/WhiteCloverKiln

 

For me – the shop is sparse, I admit it, but its all been about Beadfest prep: 

earring pairs

 

glaze table.

 

Happy Shopping!


Wednesday – Work in Progress

Just a quick update – what is actually happening this week? Some people blog a Wordless Wednesday – here is a Work-in-progress Wednesday. I try to be in the ceramics studio on Mondays and Wednesdays. I work at home the other days – on everything from mixed media, glazing, jewelry…

So here is the clay in progress: 

Celtic flora tiles

Here are the initial sculpted pieces – a set of tiles depicting the four Celtic plants. (Scottish thistle, Irish shamrock, Tudor rose, and Welsh daffodil.) They are rough at this stage, and obviously one tile short. When the clay is a bit dryer and firmer, I will carve in details and neaten everything up in general. The shamrock is tough, it is such a simple plant, I may take out the four leaf and enlarge it even more. They are 5″ square, and will be ready for fall shows. 

Yesterday was a glazing day. I moved things up to a temporary spot in the dining room; it was too lovely a day to be in the basement for hours. (Now when it gets hot – I love the basement!)

goddess pendants

From an Indian goddess icon, these are half way there. The color to bring out the details and a transparent glaze will be applied over that. 

Plate-o-pendants

I wish I could say I got all these done! – but they are also awaiting their clear transparent coat of glaze…

Milagro pendant WIP

These milagro eyes are my current favorite. I have a finished one I wear almost every day… 😉

But there is more to be done:  the chipmunks for Robert, the buttons for Noelle, and the molds for Cooky… and that glazing to finish. Back to work. Maybe I will load the kiln before dinner…