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I’m struggling to know where to start with this post! Jewellery or beads? Let’s start with beads. As I mentioned last time, I recently started making ceramic beads. I did ceramics when I was younger – here’s a porcelain piece I made years and years ago, which sits on my parents’ mantlepiece –
but my knowledge and technique were in need of some refreshment, so I started doing a class. This quickly snowballed into me taking clay home, then acquiring my own materials, then more materials, and so on.
My current favourite trip out is a visit to Bath Potters, my conveniently local-ish pottery supply place; a trip that is made all the more enjoyable if followed up by lunch in a country pub. I’ve just finished work on a huge batch of beads. (Apologies for the slightly blurry shots!)
There was much glazing to be done. As you can see, it was all conducted in the orderly fashion typical of my workspace.
Anyway, after several weeks and a good amount of traipsing to and from the studio of my wonderfully obliging pottery instructor, for numerous firings, this morning I picked up a fully finished bumper load of beads. I couldn’t have been more excited.
(The abject creatures on the left belong to my dog, in case you’re wondering… And, yep, that’s my finger just below them!)
Obviously, I haven’t had chance to photograph them individually yet. I’ll be back next Thursday to share some images of the results! And I’ll be adding them to my currently bare bead shop
in the near future.
As you’ll see, looking at those pictures of my workspace, not all the clutter was clay based. As I was concentrating on making beads I had little opportunity to make jewellery. But did that stop me buying more beads? Ha! Once I’d got the clay out of the way, I spread out the haul that had accumulated.
Profligate? Moi?! I should note in my defence that these accumulated over a fairly long while. There’s a good few art beads amongst the gems and czech glass.
I found time to have a bit of a making spree whilst waiting on some firing. Here’s just a few pieces made using some of these new goodies. A pair of asymmetrical earrings –
A simple but sweet bracelet –
And another pair of earrings – I can’t decide whether they need more doing to them. What do you think?
Finally here’s the first item I’ve made using some of my new ceramic beads. These are from an earlier firing. There’s some crazing but I’m happy to live with that! I quite like it… Anyway, I’ll be holding on to these.
I’ve paired my birds with some Gardanne
lampwork drops. I hope these will encourage you to comment below and enter this week’s giveaway. The prize will be a for-now-mystery bundle of my new beads – which will certainly include at least one bird! I’ll share a shot with you on Thursday. The question to answer if you want to enter, is: If money and space were no object, what piece of equipment or tool would you most like for your workspace? I’m trying to work out how to house a kiln!
Bye for now, Claire