Trunk Show Preview ~ A Few More Fresh Out of the Cooker!

Here are a few more electroformed beads fresh out of the cooker! These will be going to the trunk show this weekend.

Trunk Show This Weekend at Bead Angels

I will be joining local lampwork artists Julie Miller, Camille Richards and Mary Van Hoy this Friday and Saturday, August 1st and 2nd, for a trunk show at Bead Angels. Thanks Connie for the invitation! Here are a few of the beads from last weekend that will be offered:

Winter White

Pastels and Brown

If you are local, please stop by and say hello! We would love to see you there!

ARTWORKS Gallery ~ Muncie, Indiana

Artworks Gallery in Muncie, Indiana has invited me to be the featured artist the month of October. How exciting! In keeping with the theme, "Turning Over A New Leaf", I plan to concentrate on electroformed leaf beads. The reception night is scheduled for Thursday, October 2, 2008 from 5:00 to 8:00 PM ~ It would be wonderful to see you there! ( Address information )

Indiana State Museum

I wanted to wait until it was official to share this bit of news. I was contacted by the Indiana State Museum a few weeks ago, and honored with an invitation to participate as an Artist in Residence the month of November. It is very exciting that the art of lampworking will be represented at such a beautiful museum, and I will do my best to do it justice.

Each Saturday the month of November, I will give a two hour presentation/demonstration on the art of lampworking. They will also display an exhibit of my work and offer my beads for sale in the gift shop. I am currently working on a Powerpoint presentation, as well as new bead creations to show. Click here for Presentation Dates and Times.

New Beads from the Weekend!

Here are a few beads fresh out of the kiln!

Thanks for looking, and have a great week!

Working with Copper Mesh

I have loved seeing all of the beads posted lately using copper mesh, so thought I would give it a try. Here are the two beads I made yesterday using the mesh, and I'm pretty happy with the results. I'm going to play with it a little more today.

Blue, amber, ivory, hand pulled cane, silver plum dots, CZ's and copper mesh.

Amethyst, ivory, hand pulled cane, silver plum dots, CZ's and copper mesh

I apologize for not getting beads listed this week as intended, but it has been very busy around here! I will try to get a few posted soon. Thanks for the inquiries and interest.

Pastel, Elegant Organic Focals

Here are a few more focals from this weekend, to be listed later this week:

Colors of soft lilac and mint green, laced ivory, dots and CZ's

I hope everyone is having a great week!

New Beads Fresh From the Kiln

After about six weeks of very limited torch time, I found a few hours this weekend for some much needed glass melting. I have a few upcoming events that I need to start preparing for.

Here are a few new beads from yesterday, to be listed later this week:

Ink blue, amber and "laced" ivory accented with ink blue and silver plum dots and CZ's

Amethyst, amber and "lacy" ivory accented with light brown dots and CZ's

Light blue, amber and "lacy" ivory accented with light brown and silver plum dots and CZ's

Upcoming Events:

Connie of Bead Angels, a local bead store located in Broad Ripple, Indiana, has invited a few glass artists to do a trunk show on Saturday, August 2nd. The last event at Bead Angels was a wonderful experience, and I very much appreciate Connie extending the invitation again this year.

The Indiana State Fair is just around the corner, and ISLAGA has again this year sponsored Lampworking categories in the fine arts division. All entries are due July 31st. I think it's very exciting that lampworking is represented as a fine art!

Also, I'm very honored to have been invited to be the featured artist the month of October at an art gallery in Muncie, Indiana, and will post more details at a later date.

Enjoy your week!

The Trip to Lafayette, Indiana

I headed up to Lafayette, Indiana this past weekend for a class with Jim Smircich. It was a good class which mainly focused on shaping and heat control. The class was sponsored by ISLAGA, the glass group I belong to, and we all knew each other well. We rented the house next door instead of staying in a hotel. We definately had a great time Saturday night!! It was wonderful to see everyone!!
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FRONT Row: Jen Cameron (yellow shirt), Lori Smith, Jim Smircich, Barbara Collins
BACK Row: Heather McWhorter, Dawn Bushman, Julie Oberlin, Me, Tobi Gummer, Carol Blumenburg, DeeAnn Sipe

1) Barb at the torch 2) Tobi, Jim, Carol and Barb

1) Jim and Carol 2) Lori Smith

1) Carol Blumenburg 2) Heather McWhorter

At the restaurant Saturday night
1) Julie Oberlin, Dawn Bushman and Tobi 2) Sharon Owens and Barb Collins