First Friday Focals

I think torching with friends is one of my favorite things to do. My schedule has not allowed for many play days this past year. First Friday at the studio affords me that fix at least once a month. Last First Friday gave me the opportunity to torch with Katherine, Samma, Sallie and Mike Deering. Next FF is January 7, 2011 from 6 - 9 pm. If you are local, or will be in the area, stop by! We always have such a great time!

Above are a few focals that I made last FF. Katherine Shelby shared her shards. I had not used shards in forever.

Thanks for stopping by, and have a great week!

First Friday Art Walk

First Friday Art Walk is tomorrow night
December 3rd, from 6:00 - 9:00
at the Circle Center Industrial Complex
1125 Brookside, Suite C15
Indianapolis, Indiana 46202
We would love to see you there!

A Little On The Sparkly Side...


I spent a few hours today hanging out at the studio with Samma. I put a few focals in the kiln, but mostly worked on small donut beads for bracelet orders. It's been a while since I've worked on smaller beads, and really enjoyed it! These are really on the sparkly side! I think I will make these in different colors with matching focals to take to the Eiteljorg Museum show.

I hope you are having a great holiday weekend!

Almost a Water Baby

About a year ago, I was presented with a challenge by a few of my lampwork buddies...NO water babies, meaning that no bead gets dunked. (You know who you are!) Well, I was sure tempted on this one. I wish I had taken a before picture. It was one ugly bead! It was wrong from the beginning, so I put a layer of color over it, razor cut, added a layer of dichro, added some silver glass, razor cut again...and then I over fumed it to the point of not being able to clean it off. Staying with the challenge, into the kiln it went.

Tonight I decided to lap it and see what was beneath. It's not the greatest bead, but it is certainly improved, and kind of cool. I'm really enjoying the lapidary process.

Pelican Nebula Inspired Bead

I had the pleasure this weekend to meet Heather Sellers of Dragonfly Lampworks. She came to Indy to take a private class on organic techniques, which honored me very much. She is a very talented lampworker, and makes the most adorable glass creations.

Above is one of the demo class beads. The colors on this one turned out so vibrant! These beads are inspired by Pelican Nebulas, which is also pictured.

Thanks for peeking, and be sure to stop by Heather's blog!

Eiteljorg Museum Winter Market ~ December 4th

I will be doing the Winter Market Show at the Eiteljorg Museum with Julie Miller on December 4th, and will not be listing much for sale while trying to prepare inventory. I will post pictures of beads going to the show. If you see something you like and are interested in, please send me an email, and I will happily reserve list it for you!

If you are local or will be in the area, we would love for you to come see us. The Eiteljorg Museum is beautiful and full of wonderful exhibits. Click here for directions.

We hope to see you there!!

Fresh From the Kiln

Just a few focals from yesterday that I lapped this evening:)

This Morning's Kiln Harvest

sold sold
Here are a few new focals that I made yesterday. The first two I lapped this morning. It is hard to tell that the butterfly focal is lapped as the window is not obvious. However, it really shows off the butterfly.
I hope you are having a great weekend, and as always, thanks for looking!

New Abyss Focal Beads

Here are a few focals from yesterday. They are heavily encased and have so much depth! Goldstone frit sparkles up through the ghostly silver glass that seems to float on the surface. They remind me of the deep ocean floors.
It feels so good to finally get some torch time!

I hope you have a wonderful weekend, and thanks for looking!

Kalypso Focal Bead

Here is a quick post of a bead I made last night using only Kalypso and Dark Ivory. I love the range of colors this silver glass yields!

Have a great weekend!

What a Way FUN Class!!

Paula, Carol, Julie (holding Zing-Zang the studio mascot and entertainment), Gabby, Beth,
Lisa (with the moth on my shoulder) and Sharon

You can always count on a beautiful smile from Gabby!

Julie and Paula hard at work!

Paula and Sharon

Carol and Beth

Beth, the birthday-girl! It was so sweet of Sharon to bring her a cake!

There is always inspiration around every corner. Here is a Pandora Sphinx moth that Samma discovered on the front of the building. His olive green colors are going to make a great bead! He rode around on my shoulder for about thirty minutes, and then I put him back outside to fly away. He is on my shoulder in the class picture above!

Above are a few pictures from the class I taught last weekend at Inspired Fire in Lafayette, Indiana. It was such a great group, and I enjoyed seeing old friends and making new ones! Inspired Fire is a wonderful studio, and Sharon Owens (Owner), was so welcoming and the best hostess! Thanks to Sharon for the invitation, and a perfect class experience!
Thanks for looking, and have a great week!

Bracelet with Electroformed Acorn Caps

We had a class this weekend at the studio, and since I could not torch, I put together a bracelet with beads I made a few days ago. The beads were made with Triton, and frit that I made out of goldstone. The bead caps are electroformed acorn caps from my back yard, and the rings and clasp I made from copper wire. Wow, it had been a long time since I'd made jewelry....or small beads :)

First Friday Art Walk at the Studio

It's been a while since I've posted. I've been so busy with working the j.o.b., and working at the studio. We are making progress, and have had a blast!!

I have only made one bead in three weeks, and I am jonesing!! (Do people still say that?) Tomorrow is a much needed play day at the studio.

Tomorrow night is also First Friday Art Walk!! We would love to see you there!

Butterfly Secret Garden Focal Bead

Here is a lapped bead that I just finished. They ivory encasement is thinner and less distracting. I think this is my favorite one yet. Everytime I make one, I learn something new. I have had the most fun this past year playing and experimenting!!

Have a great week, and thanks for looking!

Class Scheduled at Inspired Fire

Class Notice: I am scheduled to teach a class at Inspired Fire Studio in Lafayette, Indiana on October 23 & 24, 2010. Please check out the "Classes" page for details. Thank you.

Introducing Indy Flame Art Glass Studio

Indy Flame Art Glass Studio (formerly Fuego Loco)

Hi All!! I'm very excited to introduce Indy Flame Art Glass Studio (formerly Fuego Loco)! It has not been easy keeping this news under wraps, and I'm happy to finally SHOUT IT OUT!

NEW Glass Studio Collaboration in Indianapolis, located in the Circle City Center in the Arts District of Indianapolis. Indy Flame Art is a collaboration formed by Jari Sheese, Lisa Atchison and Samma Parcels. Stay tuned for announcements, schedule of classes and more!

We are excited, proud and can't wait to share this fun glass adventure with our friends, fellow artists and students!

New Lapped Focals

I have been working on lapidary beads the past month, and above are three of the latest. I learn something new each time I do one!

I hope everyone is having a great week!! Thanks for looking!

What a Great Weekend!


What a whirl-wind-of-a-weekend! It started with the open house at Inspired Fire. It was a great turn out, with standing room only at times! A good time was had by all. Thanks again to Sharon Owens for the invitation, and to those who spent the evening with us!
A good friend, Dee Sipe, came for a weekend visit. We had a blast torching and lapping, wining and dining, and watching movies Saturday night. It was such an enjoyable visit!
Today I lapped a few more beads, did a little laundry and getting ready for the work week.
Above are a few beads from Saturday. The floral made it's way home with Dee.
I hope everyone had a great weekend, and has a very blessed upcoming week!
Be well, and thanks for peeking!

New Focal Beads


Just a quick post and run. Here are a few new focals from the weekend that I will be taking to the Inspired Fire Open House.
I would love to see you there. Have a great week!!

Butterfly Secret Garden Lapped Focal Bead

Here is another lapped bead from today. I plan to add a very small rasied floral at the bottom of each side. I will post after pictures when finished. (SOLD)

Tomorrow will be spent working on beads for the Inspired Fire Open House. I hope to see you there!

Have a GREAT weekend!!

Featured Artist at Inspired Fire Annual Open House

I am very honored to have been asked to be the featured artist, along with Julie Miller, at the annual Inspired Fire Open House on Friday evening, August 27th from 6:00 to 9:00. Please join us for refreshments, demonstrations and a lot of FUN!
Above are a few of the beads that I will be bringing with me. I will have loose focal beads, change-a-bead posts and some finished jewelry.
Last week was a FUN bead week. On Thursday, Lish Diffendarfer and Dawn Fillmore joined me for the day. We torched and went to lunch. It was so great to see Lish, as it had been over three years...much too long!
On Friday, Samma and Sally came over for a day of glass goodiness! I so enjoy buddy torch time...the sharing is priceless!
Thanks for looking and I hope you have a blessed week!

A Few Before Focals

I made a trip to Missouri this past weekend to visit my father. It is always so good to see him! Above are two beads that I lapped this weekend, that I will add raised florals to tomorrow. I hope to have after pictures this week.

I'm on vacation this week, and have a lot "beady" fun planned!!

Thanks for peeking!!

Raised Florals Added

So, here is the bead pictured below, with raised floral accents added. I'm not sure if I like it better with, or without. I would love to know your opinion! This is my first attemp at "lapping" a bead, and it's really only the second encased floral focal I have done. I'm sure there will be much improvement as I practice in the weeks to come!