Back from Berks!

 Berks Bead Bazaar! 

What a fabulous time was had by all! There was threat of impending snow-mageddon, again… This was my first time vending at this great local show – I loved every second of it! My regrets: not buying any cabs; and not taking more pictures. But here it is: 

My territory

My home away from home: earthenware, stoneware, and polymer trays piled high. Class samples for Beadfest. And a great visit from dear friend Sally Russick. (Also great to see Sue Kennedy – who I have to thank for one of these booth pix.) 

Porcelain and glass

Porcelain and glass: (Clockwise from top left)

Louise Mehaffey, Joan Miller‘s robot cuties, Alice St. Germain beads, Joan’s sea creatures, Louise’s display. 

Marsha and Dona

Marsha Neal beads and seed pods at D7 Studios; torched copper and whimsy from Dona Jones. 

Staci !

My friend Staci and her amazing polymer creations. Happy to have her as a neighbor.

And a huge shout out to Diana of Suburban Girl Studio, and Patti Cahill – also neighbors. What a great weekend sharing time and space with these fellow artists; sadly with no pictures… 

Greg's cabs

Um – these are the cabs I wish I had… from Greg Graupp

Berks loot

But these are the treasures I did bring home! (Clockwise from top)

Top: Polymer and metal from Staci Louise Originals

Porcealin and stoneware form Marsha Neal Studio

Lampwork by Alice St. Germain

Enameled stunners from Anne Gardanne

Seed beads for my new obsession from Leslie of Twisted Sistah fame. 

Wee tiny porelain cabs from Joan Miller

Gorgeous ceramic pairs, and cabs from Diana/ Suburban Girl Studios. 

 

Thank you Joan and Louise for organizing a great show, and welcoming me into the collective. It was a pleasure, and made work truly fun! Sorry to be so breif – I have beads to go gaze upon… 

 

 

 

 

 

Fall festivals….

 

For man, autumn is a time of harvest, of gathering together.  For nature, it is a time of sowing, of scattering abroad.  ~Edwin Way Teale

 

Although Fall doesn’t officially start for a few weeks now,  years of teaching full time have set my body’s clock to equate September with fall. Here in Delaware we had a wee little earthquake and danced with Irene as she made her way up the coast. Now rain and cooler weather are welcome signs of the season. Fall is my busiest festival and show season as well. After the hectic pace of teaching ceramics summer camp, I spent August on vacation and in the studio. And I am finishing up projects here and there, firing kilns and packing up tiles and shrines up for…

Bethany Beach Boardwalk Festival: I love the ocean after Labor Day. Still gorgeous as always, clear skies, warm sand. Come to the beach one last weekend after the crowds have died down! This one day show is on the Boardwalk and Garfield Parkway, a large and impressive collection of artists and crafters. The annual silent auction contributes its proceeds to art departments of local schools., a generous and worthy cause. The festival runs 10 – 5 on Saturday the 10th. Details can be found here. 

Artsfest: Annmarie Garden on Solomon’s Island MD hosts this fantastic two day show on September 17th and 18th. Music, wine tasting, artists galore – all set in the lush park and sculpture garden setting. So worth a day trip! I adore my location on the wooded path, set among the trees and the shade! I have many artist friends I  look forward to seeing each Spetember, catching up, bartering…(10-5 each day. Details pictures and directions: here. 

Art on the Avenue: This one is exceptionally exciting for me this year. I am returning to Alexandria VA on October 1st – and I am officially selling my jewelry and wearables! I am permitted to bring tiles and shrines as well, as I have in past years But I am spreading m wings and I will have ceramic pendants, mixed media pieces, earrings… a divers e offering of unique hand crafted wearable. I started out metalsmithing and painting in college, and I am in many ways returning to my roots! Hope to see you there! (Sat. October 1st, 10-6 pm. Details and directions: here

earrings galore!

But that is not all. I have a few other irons in the proverbial fire: 

I will be donating a piece to the Small Art, Big Auction annual fundraiser at the DCCA. Artworks are to be 12 x 12” and there will be diverse offerings in every media. It is a fun, creative fundraiser for this Wilmington DE arts organization, and who doesn’t have just a little available wall space? 

And classes! Are you interested in trying your hand at clay? metal? Bookbinding? Here is a short list of what and where I will be teaching in September and October; there is something for everyone. Hope you can join me!

September 20& 27th – “Fly away home” ceramic sculptural tile at the Art Studio, Newport, DE

September 28 & October 12 – Ceramic finger labyrinths at First and Central Presbyterian Church in WIlmington DE

October 11th – Resin collage jewelry workshop at the Art Studio.

Stay tuned for updates on other fall classes in the next month or so…Until then, a sneak peek! 

glazing labyrinths

Glazing ceramic labyrinths…

Fly away Home

“Fly away home” in progress…

student work resin

Student work from last fall’s resin workshop. 



 

 

 

 

 

Holiday weekend: shows, summer, beach, neighbors…and water ice

Shadey view

This was my view a week ago – Saturday July 2nd, to be exact. I cant believe a week has gone by already! Yikes! Last Saturday was the St. Peter’s Fine Art Show in Lewes, DE. It is one of my regular shows, that I enjoy, and this weekend was even more perfect – the weather cooperated! Take a look at that sky…

St Petes view 2

There’s a shot of my street. Honestly – it was such a nice day, smooth at set up, sunny, and don’t forget the water ice. Its a St Peter’s tradition for me. That afternoon lull, when you are feeling a little sleepy… It was great to see familiar faces, and to meet and chat with new customers!

St Petes

One beautiful little incident: a woman was very drawn to a ceramic pendant – a crescent moon and star. She initiated the stealth buy; it was for her daughter, who was going to catch up with her any moment. Yet in the brief time we shared – she told me her daughter was adopted, and she had said to her from the beginning to the present – “I love you to the moon and stars.” She wanted her daughter to have the pendant, as she was away at school, majoring in art. It means quite a bit to me, when people are moved by the work I do – even something as simple as a pendant. And that she felt compelled to share that with me, inviting me into her trust in our short interaction together. Thank you !

mer tiles

My new tile: the split tailed mermaid made her debut at the show. She is a confident mermaid, a bit sassy. I quite like her!

St Petes view

I did stroll my block – sadly I wasn’t able to take a stroll through the whole show… But I met some wonderful neighbors!

(Speaking of block… block printing!) I had to meet Jennifer of Home Sweet after a customer shopping in my booth raved!!! about her block printed fabrics – even unwrapping and showing off her purchases. And I couldn’t agree more. Gorgeous work, bold, colorful, great design, great craftsmanship. 

printer display

Scraps of fabric in a bowl… you mean I can have one?! Like a treasure! And a very green business card as well! You can find her at her site and on Etsy

Printed sample

Off the Wall

There you see the lovely and charming Peri of Off the Wall Art. I couldn’t ask for a better neighbor as we explored the Square up credit card services for the first time. ( Review: quick, easy, generally brilliant. Stylus recommended.) Her work is very creative, very fun. Colorful, whimsical, and heartfelt; it draws you in with a strong sense of “joie de vivre”.  Wonderful sayings – not overly sweet, but endearing and sincere, and often punny. The two cards below show you what I mean: “Be who you arrrghh!” (Piratical words of advice!) “We all laugh in the same language” I just love them! Check out her site – great work for kids, or the inner child in all of us. 

Off the Wall art cards

It has been a busy week – we stayed at the beach to visit the ocean, and enjoy the Fourth…unpacking after the show, Oops, caught a summer cold, clean the house… and get ready for the second session of clay camp starting tomorrow! Did spend a few quality hours in the studio yesterday. Stay tuned to see the results! It wont take a week before I post again, promise!

 

 

A to Z: E is for Excited! Ecstatic!…and Etsy

We went to Barnes and Noble last night, as we often do, for a coffee, relax, browse a little… There is was. I had seen a copy but it was exciting to see it for real out on the newsstand. 

newstand

That little yellow butterfly in the center – mine! I had submitted a variety of pieces in January, and received word that pieces were selected. Needless to say I am very excited. 

And a little frazzled – to be honest. Are there any components for sale in my Etsy shop? Did I list any after finding out I had been selected – so they would be ready to sell in April at the release of the publication? You can guess the answer. I had it on my to-do list, but it always seemd like there was enough time, do it later…

My view today: 

desk view

I am listing items on Etsy. It is my job. 

Lunar hare

I get giddy with excitement when I look at that picture of my Lunar hare pendant larger than life! 

mag page

Those are also my pieces at #1 on this page. A hi fired stoneware textured heart and an earthenware pendant/charm. Yesterday I loaded a whole small shelf into the reduction glaze kiln at the studio. I didnt count the pendants 100? More? (cue evil laughter) I cant wait til Thursday! More pictures then, I promise!

For now – back to listing on Etsy!