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I'm a mother, wife, grandmother, daughter, sister, friend. I'm a self-taught potter. I make beads from clay and jewelry from my beads. Follow me on my online journal as I toss around ideas from my life and from my studio.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Bead Table Wednesday

It's Bead Table Wednesday. On my bead table are two necklaces I put together in honor of Spring. I had a little box of beads from Mary Harding that I received in a swap quite a while back. That little box has been sitting in my swap drawer. I have always been mesmerized by the color combo and knew I wanted to use them together. I got this Wildflower Heart Pendant from Mary and a colorful assortment of beads. Red, bright apple green, a yummy little dark lavendar bead, and the prettiest blue beads, all Mary's ceramic beads. I know I've looked at that box about 700 times literally but then one day I look at it again, and a design is born. I think it was those little orange glass bows that I picked up somewhere that perfectly matched the color of the wildflowers in Mary's pendant that brought the whole color scheme together for me. Plus I had some green silk ribbon with unfinished edges that went so well with the green beads. I added my pink ceramic beads and some copper findings and I absolutely love this necklace. I'm wearing it today to a March Birthday Lunch with my pottery group with a lavendar cardigan. Gorgeous. Thanks Mary!!

I was still in the Spring mood and I put this bright little number together. It's lovely too. I might have to deal with all the threads in my unfinished edge silk ribbon, though.  I like the look but not sure everyone else will.

Happy Beading. Happy Spring.

Friday, March 25, 2011

Three Beautiful Things

I love this blog. Every day she writes about Three Beautiful Things that have brought her pleasure. They are simple things. So here goes mine:

1. It's pottery day. I get together with my pottery group on Fridays. Good work and good therapy.

2. I get to go see my table today. A young friend is crafting a table for me using some metalwork that came off of my grandmother's house after she died.

3. Dark Chocolate Truffles. I had a dark chocolate truffle this morning with my coffee that I had saved from last night's dessert. mmmmmmmm

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Emotions in Earth Project - The Form

At Beads of Clay we are doing a year long project called Emotions in Earth. The goal is to make some form of body adornment. It does not have to be classic jewelry or even have to be wearable but it should reflect your emotions, your life, and of course should be made of fired clay. I have a friend who does ceremonial face masks for people. She makes a mask of your face with the same stuff they make casts out of. Then you cover it with plaster of paris and decorate it to reflect your feelings. I had been trying to get together with her to do my face mask for some time. But when I started thinking about my Emotions in Earth project, I realized I also needed a form for my project so I had her do that for me at the same time. Here she is getting ready for the ceremony.

And here I am, after being covered in this material. It was actually quite soothing. It doesn't take long to dry but you have to stay perfectly still while it dries. So very relaxing. Looks pretty eery. 
So for my Emotions in Earth project I had decided I wanted to make some sort of breastplate. I think because of its proximity to the heart where your emotions lie. I love the way this form turned out. After I finish with it as a form, I think I'll hang it in my studio. I just love the way it looks.

And here is my face mask. Willette says the first thing she does with the mask when she removes it from the person is hold it in her hands face down and give it to the person in their hands, face down so they are holding their face. Then she has them turn it over. Some people are kind of freaked out by holding their face. Some people will give it right back to her feeling uneasy about holding it themselves. And some people don't like looking at their face. It's not like looking in a mirror. Something about the 3D image doesn't hide anything. People don't really recognize themselves that way. I thought it was all very cool. It's very weird looking at your own face that way. Almost like what I imagine it would be like to have an out of body experience and see yourself for the first time.

So this is the beginning of my project, Emotions in Earth. I am very excited about this project and now that I have my form, I'm ready to get started. Stay tuned....

Monday, March 14, 2011

The random number generated from comments on my blog was number six!! Congratulations rockcreekcreations. You won my little brown bird bead and my yellow new leaf pendant.  

And Christine Hendrickson followed the link to my facebook page became my 36th fan. 36 was the random number generated from my facebook page so she wins my little blue bird sculpture and  my green leaf pendant with recycled glass.

Send me your addresses so I can get these to you. Thanks for the comments.

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Beads-of-Clay Open Studio Blog Tour

Welcome to the Beads-of-Clay Open Studio Blog Tour. This is an annual event and there are lots of participants who are having sales and giveaways on their blogs plus a huge giveaway at the Beads of Clay Blog. So check them all out. But first:

The theme for this years Open Studio Blog Tour is Signs of Spring. Well of course there are fat little buds and tender new growth, birds and nests and eggs and flowers and green grass and warm breezes...but really, all of that is just Mother Nature's way of Spring Cleaning. Through the winter leaves have fallen off of trees covering the ground but now it's spring so in swooshes Mother Nature and blows those decomposing leaves around making way for new growth and green grass and flowers and those fat little buds begin to appear again on the branches of the trees and it all starts all over again. So I figured if Mother Nature was doing her part I better follow suit and do some spring cleaning of my own. So here is a picture of my bead table before...

And after.

The only thing on the table now are my two sets of giveaways and a box with my BoC giveaway donation on it's way to Mary. So leave a comment below about your Spring Cleaning experiences in the past or something you'd like to tackle in the future. Here's what you'll win. My little brown bird bead and my square yellow new leaf pendant.

I'll do the random number generator thing and pick a winner when I get back. Please leave your e-mail address so I can notify you. Or check back here on Tuesday. That's one giveaway. Then go to my facebook page, there's a link on the right,  click the like button on my page, and you could win this. My square green leaf pendant with recycled glass and my little blue bird. He is not a bead. Just a bird. For more of my birds and leaves and other things go to my etsy store http://www.cindydolezal.etsy.com/  and mention this Blog Tour and you'll get free shipping and a 10% discount.

Happy Spring!!!!