Tuesday, August 31, 2010




amazing. today a tree fell in the front of our school. it was a stately oak. I'm so sorry to see it go, but it has to go and so does the other oak. Safety is important at a school. Luckily this fell while kids were in classes. THUNK! it took out the flag pole too! I think of when this tree was planted and all the students who walked under it, how many hugged each other, or kissed. How many art classes drew a picture of it. Who enjoyed it's shade.
My plans are to be sure we plant a new one in it's place. 30 years from now, we'll drive by that 'new' tree and be happy to see it there.

Sunday, August 29, 2010

favorite beads

It's hard to show beads today since they are in the kiln! I've been getting ready for a show next weekend on Saturday.A blue grass and acoustic festival at Redbone Willy's
Does that sound like fun or what? So I'm working on some rings and bracelets mostly. Maybe you will show up at the festival for some fun!
In the meantime, here's one of my favorite sets of beads. In my shop on Etsy!

Thursday, August 19, 2010

back to work

Teacher work days today, tomorrow, Monday, and Tuesday. Then the bright shiny faces will show up!

Hard to believe this is my 35th year of teaching. Actually 36 if you count the year of substitute teaching. Amazing. If I put the entire 'sea' of faces together, what would it be like?

and umm.... I started teaching when I was 5 years old. yes indeed. That makes me 40 years old right now. hahahahah

a gecko bead for your viewing pleasure. In my Etsy shop.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Again picture taking/editing is the bane of my existence when posting to Etsy. These beads were such a challenge that I finally put them on top of my shelf above the fireplace, and wow.. the natural lighting there made at least the best picture I have gotten of these beads after working on it for several days. who would have thought after trying several different backgrounds, different places setting up the light tent, different lighting, that this worked. Not perfect yet, but better!
these beads make me think of hard candy. The bright transparent colors. It was harder to take a picture than to make them! They are in my shop on Etsy.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Warm weather

It's been a tad warm in my studio (half of the garage) and the window AC keeps it 'ok' for the morning, but by afternoon I look much like this picture. Beads anneal through the afternoon and by evening I have some to clean. It takes me a few days to make enough beads to be in a good set, so little is on Etsy that's new. But I'm working on it!!
In the afternoon, we have been enjoying some of the fun that the Charlotte area has to offer and have been rather busy. We saw 'Inception' the other night at the I-Max. Great movie. My kids mentioned how much they liked it. It's nice to get recommendations from them because they have great minds and imaginations. I love to hear what they like and their book and movie recommendations are usually spot on.
It's the last week of summer vacation and we need to enjoy it as much as we can! We'll be back to work late next week with our teacher work days.

Saturday, August 7, 2010

the 'eyes' have it. lampwork today!

These are crazy! I was messing around with a couple odd pieces of glass and look at these 'eyes'!
The little bubble is from poking the hot glass with a tool and then putting clear glass over it. An easy way to have a cute little accent in a dot. The heat and glass worked together, reacted, and these dots make me think of eyes with the variations of color and depth.
It's always fun to melt glass because the fun just doesn't end!

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Schedule of Classes

Here are the classes I will be teaching at Gaston School of the Arts

always on Tuesday evenings 6:30-8:30

oct 5 and 12 caged bracelet as shown in my previous entry $60 plus $15 materials fee

oct 26 and Nov 2 Introduction to Silver Soldering We will make a patterned silver ring
saw, forge and finish silver. solder with pallions and paste solder $60 plus $10 materials fee

more coming!!

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Back at home, and fall classes

We arrived home in NC last Sunday and this past week, I taught a kid's jewelry class in Gastonia. It was fun. The kids did all kinds of projects and it was neat to watch them use their new skills and creativity. It seems the biggest hurdle for them is to slow down and let glue dry. LOL

I'm setting up my classes for fall at Gaston School of the Arts. Tuesday nights 6:30- 8:30 on the listed dates, I will offer two week classes that are project oriented.
That's the goal anyway. That way, for students who took a class before, they can pick and choose classes that have projects they are interested in. There are no classes in September because I have two shows that month and can't deal with teaching at the day job, doing two shows and teaching an evening a week. Teaching one night is not bad, but the set up takes a bunch of time, putting together materials and packing.
The first session in early October is the bracelet pictured here. I think we'll have time to make either some earrings or wire rings too.
The cost is $60 plus a kit cost of $15 which includes all the wire and a set of my lampworked beads. These bracelets are so pretty and the skills taught in making them transfer to many other projects you can do on your own.
The class isn't up on the website yet for GSOA but feel free to call to sign up! We have a lot of fun together!