Wednesday, April 30, 2008

How much time does it take?

Saguaro, a new goddess in my Etsy.
The Flaming Hot blog topic of the week is, "To run your business, how much time do you spend doing things other than create?" The answer, alot! Promoting ones self takes up time and energy pretty much every day. Listing new items, taking photos, uploading everything. Checking stock, ordering supplies. It never seems to end! I love glass and beadmaking, I wouldn't trade it for anything. But a little more free time would be nice once and a while!

Monday, April 28, 2008

My favorite bead

I rarely get moved by one of my own beads, but this one speaks to me. It reminds me of walks on the beach, looking into tide pools at low tide. As a kid I spent alot of time at the beach, I wonder if that's why this bead speaks to me more than others. Anyways, I love the colors and find this one very soothing!

Thursday, April 24, 2008

How much time does it take?

This weeks Flaming Hot blog topic is "To run your business, how much time do you spend doing things other than create?" My answer ALOT! Aside from making beads there is assembling finished jewelry. Promoting yourself, which I find takes up alot of my time. Doing shows, taking photos for online sales, applying for shows etc etc. I love working for myself and being able to melt glass, but it can be hard to budget your time well. Plus when the glass muse leaves it's very hard to get motivated again!

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Busy weekend!

I spent last weerkend in Pt Townsend! I had a blast! Andrea, Kathy and I went to La Conner for a trunk show for Sticks. I fell in love with a chair but decided to have one made more in a southwestern style. Little did we know we'd drive through three snow storms to get there and home again!

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Double Helix Glass

I have been playing with Double Helix glass alot lately. I love the way the heavily silvered glass fumes the ivory glass, causing the crackling type effect. Here's a few of my favorites!

Saturday, April 12, 2008

Spring Sleeps!

The boys love sleeping in the warm spring sun. Redman was acutally sleeping when I went to get the camera. By the time I got it he had gotten up, and was bugging Cruize to get up! Cruize did finally get up but not before having a good roll.

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

New pictures!

I am almost completely caught up to re taking my photos with my new camera! I have a couple new listings on Etsy, some fun daisy beads for spring!

Monday, April 7, 2008

On The Annealer Auction Site

I am back with auctions on The Annealer Auction site. There are some fantastic artists selling on there, realy worth checking out. This is Fossils the bead set I have on auction there right now.

Saturday, April 5, 2008

New goodies!

I've been spending alot of time playing with Double Helix glass. Here's a few beads I've done with it., all are in my Etsy. The focal bead has large dots of Psyche. Psyche is heavily silvered glass so it fumes the ivory, I just love that look! The earring pair are done with a twistie of mixed Double Helix glass heavily encased.

Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Just Beads Artist of the Month

I got a lovely email last night from Paul Rouleau, he is artist of the month on Just Beads. He took his first beadmaking class from me at Glass Smith here in Victoria. There is a fantastic bio about him on their website. I have to say it really is neat to hear what people do with beadmaking after their first class. Reading his bio put a HUGE smile on my face!

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

LEST Feature Artist Kari Carrigan

As a member of the LE Street Team I am going to feature a artist interview on the 1st of every month! This months feature artist is Kari Carrigan. Here's a little insight into Kari Carrigan of "Wee Gems".

How long have you been working with glass? I have been working with glass for 4 years now. My husband and I took a class together for our 10th Anniversary. I wish he would come out to the studio more often, but then again, that would mean less torch time for me!

What is your favorite thing about working with glass? I love the way that all stress seems to melt out of my body when I am working. I turn on the music or an audio book, and I can work for hours without realizing it! I have been known to run out to the torch to just pull stringers for a few minutes when I find myself getting stressed from the normal business of being a Mom to 4 kids. I light up the torch, and all seems well again. I think it is because of how hypnotic the glass can be. It is amazing to me that the solid rods become molten and with heat, tools, and a little imagination the glass will take on the form that I want for it. Okay, well most of the time it works that way, sometimes you have to follow the glass’s lead!

What's your favorite piece? I love florals and sparkle. I tend to kill the flowers in my yard even when I am trying hard not to. Luckily my black thumb seemingly has no effect on glass, as I am able to make them bloom in whatever shape or color I desire.

What's the hardest piece you've ever made? Hmmm, that is a hard question. I suppose it changes all the time. Whenever I try to push myself to try new techniques or ideas, they often don’t come easily. My angels and frogs are good examples of this. They were hard to make because they were different from what I was doing and what I was comfortable making. They pushed me to try different skills, and that is a good thing! Sometimes the hardest thing is getting over the mental block of believing I can’t do something. I didn’t think I could do frogs, I have wanted to for a few years, but was just too scared to try and fail. It took a friends suggestion, an hour or so of housecleaning to find the tutorial (why did I put the book on that shelf?), and finally a feeling of “why not just try” to get me to make my first frog. Now that is all I want to make! If everything came easily, there wouldn’t be a challenge or any way to grow as an artist.

Who do you admire in the glass world? There are so many! I have been fortunate enough to have taken classes from Larry Brickman, Kimberly Affleck, Stephanie Sersich, and Andrea Guarino who are wonderful teachers who not only just “teach” techniques, but rather share their passion for their art, pushing students to find their own voice in what they create. I also love the work of many other artists including Amy of AK Designs, Gelly , Amber of Naos Glass, Anastasia, Kristi Brokaw, and many more. That is what is so great about glass. We all use the same materials, but we each add our own vision and skills to the glass to make it our own.

What's your favorite inspirational saying? “The world is but a canvas to the imagination.” Henry David Thoreau

What's one thing you've never done you always wanted to do? Very fine and intricate stringer work. I just don’t have the patience needed to do the practice, practice, practice needed to get my skills to that level….yet.