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Archive for March, 2012

In Living Color

I was in the mood to mix it up a bit today as far as color was concerned, mixing my favorites with some contrasting colors and warm wood tones. These will be available at next week’s First Thursday Artisans’ Party at Wall Candy in Columbia, Tennessee.

The party is on April 5th from 5:30 -8:30 P.M. with live music by Cody “Cash” Huber, plenty of tasty food, wine and YOU!


 



 



My Favorite Colors


 

I don’t know what it is about turquoise and chartreuse. I keep gravitating toward these colors. They remind me so much of being at the ocean and of spring and summer, my favorite place and times of year. I’m picturing these on tan skin in the warm sunshine. They are made from my ceramic elements that I stamped with my hand carved stamps.

Nature Walkabout

The artist is the confidant of nature, flowers carry on dialogues with him through the graceful bending of their stems and the harmoniously tinted nuances of their blossoms.  Every flower has a cordial word which nature directs towards him.  ~Auguste Rodin

This is a video that I took while I was on my walk. I tried to edit out the sideways part in the beginning, but it didn’t work. It’s my first time to try to add a video in my wordpress blog. I need a bit more practice on that. flowing springs

 


 

 




She Walks In Beauty


 

I have this book of Lord Byron’s work that is over 100 years old. It must have been well loved by someone, because the torn cover was hand stitched back together. I was flipping through it to find something appropriate to be a background for a photo of this necklace. Under the heading, Hebrew Melodies, I found this poem. The first line of it was oh so familiar, but the rest I had not heard. It seemed appropriate for this necklace that I just completed with a bride in mind. The focal is a vintage rhinestone brooch and the necklace is Czech crystals and antiqued brass beads.

She walks in beauty, like the night
Of cloudless climes and starry skies;
And all that’s best of dark and bright
Meet in her aspect and her eyes;
Thus mellowed to that tender light
Which heaven to gaudy day denies.
One shade the more, one ray the less,
Had half impaired the nameless grace
Which waves in every raven tress,
Or softly lightens o’er her face;
Where thoughts serenely sweet express,
How pure, how dear their dwelling-place.
And on that cheek, and o’er that brow,
So soft, so calm, yet eloquent,
The smiles that win, the tints that glow,
But tell of days in goodness spent,
A mind at peace with all below,
A heart whose love is innocent!

Along with the crazy storms that have been passing through Middle Tennessee, there have been the most beautiful skies and amazing light shows. I managed to catch the last bit of light hitting the hillside across the road. There was a rainbow too, but it blurred in the dim light. All is calm now…day is done.

Shalom

Shalom is a Hebrew word meaning peace, Nothing missing, Nothing broken, wellbeing, and complete, and used to mean hello, and goodbye.

Stamped porcelain clay with glass, turquoise, and porcelain beads.

Blooms and Green

I tried a little something new. The cabochon on this necklace is a stamped, clay piece from my new clay experiments, as is the toggle clasp. The clay was painted after firing, but I think my next ones will be glazed before firing. I’m really having fun with the clay. This Sunday afternoon will be my first class to be taught at The Royal Brush in Columbia, Tennessee. I think I have one more slot to fill if you want to come and join us. You can contact them at:  931.223.5351.

I also wanted to show off my amaryllis blooms. This is the most that I have ever had at one time. I put some coffee grounds in the soil. I don’t know if that made a difference, but I’ll try that again. A little taste of spring inside.

Come and Get Creative

Well…due to popular demand, I am offering a class at The Royal Brush in Columbia Tennessee. Campbell Plaza, Suite 7E, phone: 931-223-5351. We will be learning to use pottery clay to create pendants and other jewelry elements, using stamps and molds. These elements will be fired by The Royal Brush and then we will return and use them to create our own unique adornments. The two days of the class will be the second and fourth Sunday afternoons in March, from 2:00-4:00 (March 11 & 25). The class may take a little less time than two hours for each session, but if you like to take your time, we will take as long as we need. We will create at least two completed pieces, including a necklace, earrings, or a bracelet. You will also have several pendants or elements to take home with you and create your own jewelry at home.The price will be $25 and everything will be provided, but if you happen to have your own jewelry pliers, it would be good to bring them. Please either call The Royal Brush, or contact me at 931-987-9374. I would like to have at least 3 students to make the class and will take up to 6 people. I know that there are a couple of people who are going to be out of town, but would like to take the class, so if it is still wanted at a later date, we will do it again. I hope to see you there!