Monday, December 19, 2011

Congrats to....


SHARON who said "Lovely bracelet, good to see you back in action. My favorite color is aquamarine, the luminous blue of the sea."


Thanks so much to everyone who took the time to comment! It was fun to read what everyone's favorite colors are and I think I learned a lot. I had no idea so many of you liked the warmer tones like yellows and oranges! I will be keeping it all in mind the next time I sit down to glaze.

I did this drawing the old fashioned way - writing out each name and putting them all in a bowl. I was able to include those where not able to comment on the post and left me messages on Facebook, so I don't think I missed anyone. Thanks again for participating and be on the lookout for more giveaways in the future! :)

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Time for a giveaway! Woo-hoo!

Round Rabbit Ceramic Bracelet

I've been feeling extremely thankful these days. Thankful for the help I received after the flood. Thankful for having such wonderful friends who look after me. Thankful for having a wonderful man in my life who makes me feel like the most important person on the planet. Thankful for my loyal and new customers who continue to support me even after months of absence. For the first time in a long time I feel content and grounded. So what should I do with all this sicky sweet happy happy joy joy? Have a giveaway! Hell yes!

Round Rabbit Ceramic Bracelet

I made this bracelet this morning in a mad fury of inspiration. I love it when that happens. I think this is a design I will continue so I thought it would be fun to offer the very first one as a giveaway.

Round Rabbit Ceramic Bracelet

It has all kinds of fun things going on, starting with the oak leaf porcelain focal I made in my last Extra batch. I attached some leather cord and threaded one of my faceted beads on it along with some super chunky jump rings to slide around.

Round Rabbit Ceramic Bracelet

I crimped the leather with a small piece of copper pipe/tube that can be found at your local hardware store. It comes in a coil and can be cut with a normal pipe cutter. I threaded all the leather cord through and just flattened the copper until it was tight. Works like a charm! Also included on this piece is one of my little porcelain hearts, a beautiful lampwork headpin by my friend Kelley of Kelley's Bead Studio, and a sweet little ceramic bead by one of my heroes, Elaine Ray.

Sooooo, how can you enter this giveaway, you ask? It's easy! Just leave a comment on this post and tell me what your favorite color is. Be precise! None of this "my favorite color is blue." I want specifics! "My favorite color is deep sea at sunrise blue!" OK, I'm kind of kidding about the favorite color (not really, I actually want to know). Just leave a comment and on MONDAY, December 19th at noon I will draw a winner. And please feel free to spread the word! I feel like I've been totally out of the loop these past few months and would love to have some new blog readers so please share the link to this post with any and all, on your blogs or on your Facebook wall. I would continue to be the big old sappy, grateful pile of misty-eyed goo that I am today! :)

Small print: This bracelet measures 7 3/4" in length. This contest is open to every single person on the planet. Even the married ones. :)


Friday, December 9, 2011

EXTRA shop update MONDAY at noon!

Porcelain jewelry components

Yay! Everything came out of the kiln looking just spiffy! It feels good to be back to work, and getting this first batch made has done wonders to kick start lots of new and exciting ideas. The Extra shop update will take place on Monday, December 12th at noon EST. As always, you can watch the items as they go up on my Facebook page.

First up are the oak leaf pendants shown at the top. Not entirely new and exciting, but who doesn't love leaves? And these are genuine Finger Lakes Region, NYS oak leaves! OK, that means nothing to most of you and it's really not THAT thrilling, but let's just go with it.

Porcelain jewelry components

When I first made these funny bumpy caterpillar thingys I wasn't really sure how well they would work as components. Now, however, I love them! The holes are small but just big enough to thread beading wire through.

Porcelain jewelry components

They would be awesome as the focal of a bracelet or a spectacular multi-strand necklace!

Porcelain jewelry components

You can't really tell from this photo but these pieces are slightly curved to make them bracelet focals! Woo-hoo! I loooooove this reptilian deep texture....

Porcelain jewelry components

...so much so that I used it on these cool triangular pieces. I only made four, for some reason.

Porcelain jewelry components

In my last update way back in early September I made one piece that had this pattern on it. I had a lot of people ask if I could do a whole batch of them so here they are! I could make these all the time. There is just something about concentric dotty circles that makes me happy. And the way it takes the glaze.....xo!

Porcelain pendants

Pretty and chunky. That's what these pendants are all about.

Porcelain pendant

They are a nice large size and will make a beautiful focal!

Porcelain flower pendants

Last up are these fun little flower power pendants! Smaller in size, they are sweet and pretty.

So there you have it! Hope you all like what you see! Don't forget: The update will start at noon EST on Monday, December 12th in the shop, right here. Hope to see you there! :)

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

And update is coming! Finally.

Porcelain bird necklace

Yep, it's been a loooong time since I checked in. Things are mostly back to something resembling normal in my little world. My house is finally heated which has done wonders to dry everything out. The mold seems to be taking a sabbatical, though I suspect it may return in the spring with warmer weather. We shall see.



In other news...I really need to get back to work. That has been difficult for several reasons, the primary one being that I am still without a kiln. The studio where I work now has two new kilns and two more on the way but due to some really big screw-ups we were sent the wrong amperage and now we will need some major electrical work done. I still am not able to order my own kiln due to some really big New York State screw-ups concerning rebates and flood relief. I won't go into it because I get so angry that I may start to pen my manifesto and plot the downfall of state government... I kid! I kid! (or do I?)
Anyhoo, the photo above shows my very first batch of components in progress.

Porcelain in progress

I must admit that it has been hard to get back to work. Before the flood I had built up a good momentum. It's a bit like chugging along in a train only to be derailed at top speed. (Yeah, I could have come up with a better analogy but after two glasses of wine I'm lucky I can spell analogy...) But I have prevailed and made a fun little batch of pieces!

Porcelain in progress

My friend Maryanne is firing the pieces for me in her studio which is a real lifesaver, though not entirely ideal. However! I will able to have an update on MONDAY!! It's been so long, I wonder if anyone will shop with me. I do worry about that. A lot.

Glazed

I'll be sure to post a preview of the finished pieces hopefully by Saturday, so please stay tuned.

Porcelain and Sterling earrings

I haven't been entirely work-free. I've been keeping myself busy making jewelry with pieces I have in my stash. It's been so long since my focus was pointed in the direction of my own finished jewelry and I must say, I really miss it. My first love will always be making jewelry with my porcelain. I got the Etsy shop up and running again and have been listing lots of new pieces like these earrings shown above. I really enjoy making these extra long sterling ear wires.

Deco Starburst Porcelain Earrings

This is another favorite pair in one of my favorite rusty glazes.

Joan of Ark earrings

I love this pair, too! I call them Joan of Ark.

Porcelain rings

I've also brought back my adjustable and super affordable rings. It's been a while since I listed any, though I'm not really sure why. I need to get on the ball!

Porcelain dragonflies

I'll leave you today with some dragonflies.
Please visit my shop for some holiday shopping! :)