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Call for Entries: Bead Dreams 2010

Joan Miller‘s “Mermaid and Sea Creatures” 
(made from porcelain&porcelain slip)
FIRST PLACE, handmade beads and buttons, Bead Dreams 2007
Categories this year

I, as are many other ceramic clay artists, am happy to see the first category return. Tonya Davidson of Whole Lotta Whimsy (fellow clay artist) is the sponsor of this category.

1. Handmade Buttons or Beads – NEW for 2010 – A unified collection of 4 or more buttons or beads in any media including but not limited to ceramic, raku, resin, bone, etc. (This excludes lampworked, glass, polymer clay, metal clay, and beaded beads.)

2. Wirework – NEW for 2010 – This category will include jewelry, accessories, handmade beads, jewelry-related objects and sculptural objects that are made predominately with wire or in which the primary techniques used are wirework techniques.

3. Lampwork / Glass This category will include beads, buttons, components, jewelry, or jewelry-related objects that are 85% or more glass made by the applicant. Entries that use someone else’s glass beads or components should be entered in the Finished Jewelry category.

4. Polymer Clay: This category will include beads, buttons, components, jewelry, or jewelry-related objects that are 85% or more polymer clay.

5. Beaded Objects or Accessories: This category will include a non-jewelry item or accessory, including, but not limited to, purses, shoes, sculptures, or wall hangings.

6. Seed Bead Jewelry: This category will include beaded beads, a piece, or an ensemble of jewelry, that is predominantly seed beads or bugle beads, including, but not limited to, necklaces, bracelets, earrings, and rings.

7. Crystal Jewelry: This category will include a piece, or an ensemble of jewelry, that is predominantly machine-cut crystals, including, but not limited to, necklaces, bracelets, earrings, and rings. Jewelry made using fire-polished beads, or cathedral beads, should be entered in the Finished Jewelry category.

8. Finished Jewelry: This category will include a piece, or an ensemble of jewelry, that is made from materials such as, but not limited to, glass beads, crystals, semi-precious stones, wire, metal clay, seed beads (piece must be less than 50 percent seed beads), found objects, etc.

9. Metal Clay: This category will include beads, buttons, components, jewelry, or jewelry-related objects that are 85% or more metal clay.

Deadline for entry is April 5, 2010
Entries are only taken online.
Click here for the application.

Get your Buttons & Beads On and enter!

Bead and Button Show
Marketplace June 11-13 
Classes begin on June 6.

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5 Comment

  1. Reply
    donna
    January 22, 2010 at 3:26 pm

    I wanna enter. 🙂 Thanks for the info.

  2. Reply
    Tania - Jet Designs
    January 23, 2010 at 12:45 am

    Thanks for the link – I will check it out. I wonder if they take entries from Australia!

  3. Reply
    Pretty Things
    January 23, 2010 at 3:38 am

    I love to see this category open up! And I love Joan Miller's work – I have a fair amount of it, including a mermaid pendant like the one in the photograph!

  4. Reply
    Joan Miller
    January 24, 2010 at 1:46 pm

    I am thrilled with this new category. Thanks so much for sponsoring it Tonya. BIG HUGS.
    Not only can ceramic bead and button artists enter again but it is an open category that allows for mixed and other media. Wow, promoting creativity who'd a thunk it 🙂

  5. Reply
    Casey Sharpe
    January 28, 2010 at 4:09 am

    This makes me want to make beads. Not usually my forte, but tempting. I do like a good challenge!

    Hm. I guess beads made from sheet metal would go in the first category and not the metal clay category.

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