News Day – Tuesday: Blue Rose Necklace and More

 Welcome to News Day – Tuesday;  the day for updates on my shops and other relevant or irrelevant  news.

Shop Updates:

I almost forgot about News Day – Tuesday.  Almost, but not quite!  So here it comes, just a bitty-bit late!

“Blue Rose” Necklace:

The Blue Rose Necklace was made during some no-customer-traffic times while I was doing my Sunday shifts at  Catwalk Gallery.  I think it will be super cute with a tee and jeans, but it would also work well with casual work attire.  The ceramic rose and accent bead were made by Yoli Miramontes of Yolanda’s Clay.  I knotted the beads on blue cotton cording and added brass chain at the back.  The chain makes it easy for me to adjust the length, if a customer prefers a shorter length.  I also just happen to like the warm look of antiqued brass.  I’ll be adding this necklace to my Etsy shop later today.  The Blue Rose Necklace has now been listed in my Etsy shop!

Handmade blue ceramic necklace

Blue Rose Necklace

close up of artisan ceramic pendant and matching bead

Blue Rose Necklace

Other News:

I am honored and delighted to announce that I am now part of a team of  11 regular contributors to the Art Jewelry Elements  blog.  All the other members of this team create their own amazing art beads and/or components. We have team members that are lampwork glass artists, ceramic artists and metal smiths.   Many of them also design jewelry.  I will be writing from the point of view of someone who almost always designs with art jewelry elements, but who does not actually make her own beads and components .  My topics will include how to design jewelry that features art beads and components,  eye candy from some of my favorite jewelry component artists, tips for selling, shows etc.

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My first article for Art Jewelry Elements will be posted on Oct. 12th. After that you can look for my posts every other Friday.  I hope you’ll consider following AJE.  It’s a great source of information and inspiration!

We also have a Facebook page where you’ll find more inspiration, links to interesting articles, info about sales that we or other jewelry artists are having and photos of the most current work by the members of the AJE team.  If you want to find the Art Jewelry Elements blog, you can always click the AJE button on my sidebar to get to the site.  I’m looking forward to this new adventure in my creative journey.

News Day – Tuesday: High Tide

 Welcome to News Day – Tuesday;  the day for updates on my shops and other relevant or irrelevant  news.

Shop Updates:

 

“High Tide” Necklace

I made the “High Tide” Necklace earlier this summer and shared it as part of the Beads Of Clay reveal, but I’ve only just now listed it in my shop.  This necklace would make the perfect birthday or Christmas gift for someone who loves the ocean!  Shoot, I love the ocean–it would be perfect for me!  lol! 

High Tide Necklace

High Tide Necklace

The somewhat abstract depiction of high waves with a setting sun is so unique and striking! I just love this one-of-a-kind pendant by Porcelain Jazz.

"High Tide" Necklace

“High Tide” Necklace

Other News:

Happy Autumn!  This is my favorite season of the year, and I plan to enjoy it to the fullest, until it eventually gives way to the rain, drizzle and gray skies that the Seattle area is so famous for.  We’ve had a long drought this summer and actually the forests and gardens are in desperate need of the rain.  I decorated the house for Autumn last weekend.  Our dahlias are bravely holding on, even though they are longing for rain.  I love flowers, second only to beads, so I created 3 autumn bouquets for our house.  Here’s what is now in the front hallway.

dahlia arrangement

…or 2nd, 3rd, or 4th day of Autumn!

No Lion!

On the way to see the Terracotta Warriors, we stopped at a large craft store where they sold intricate silk weavings, ornate carved furniture, lacquer ware and porcelain objects.  I fell in love with the detailed work on this little lion, as I watched a woman making one similar to him.  The body might be from a mold, but all the detailed scrolling, each individual tooth, the eyes etc. are added on by hand, before it is fired and glazed.  I picked this little guy up to admire him and the shop owner told me the story behind this particular figure.  “These lions”, he began, “are considered good luck in China.  You can put your money and your most valuable jewelry inside the lion.” (The mention of jewelry got my attention right away!).  “The sharp teeth protect your valuables from theft”, he continued.

Then turning the lion around and pointing to the area under the tail, he added, “And, see, there’s no hole in the back, so your money and jewelry can’t come out!”

That sold me!  I bought the little lion and brought him home with me!