Inside the Studio with Claire Lockwood of Something to do

Each week one of our contributors gives you a sneak peek into their studio, creative process or inspirations. We ask a related question of our readers and hope you’ll leave comments! As an incentive, we offer a prize each week to bribe you to use that keyboard and tell us what you think. The following week a winner is chosen at random from all eligible entries.
Congratulations to Carolyn!
You have won a £14 of credit to spend in one of Rebecca’s shops, either Songbead or The Curious Bead Shop!

So, it’s been a very beady old week here. I’ve spent the lion’s share of it with mud on my hands.

As you can see, I’ve been building up these precariously balanced trays of greenware. I’ve been doing a few experiments, like trying applying colour directly onto the unfired clay.

I do hope these colours come through the firing okay – fingers crossed! I’ve also been working on lots of new designs. So, I thought I’d share a selection with you here today.  They’re all waiting to be fired before I can start decorating them any further.
So, that’s what’s been happening in my studio this last week. I’m really looking forward to getting some colour on these. I have lots of new glazes to try!  In some cases I’ve settled on what colours I’ll use but in some cases I’m still unsure. Which brings me to this week’s question. I’m not going to ask you for your favourite colour(!), but I am curious about your favourite colour combinations. Sometimes we get stuck in our ways when it comes to the colours we put together. So, I’m looking forward to hearing other designer’s favourite colour pairings. The prize this week is a good ol’ mystery bundle of beads.
So just comment below, giving your favourite colour combinations, to be in with a chance to win!

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33 Comment

  1. Saraccino
    July 17, 2015 at 9:04 am

    I may be quite boring… because give me all shades of green, blue and turquoise and I am in! Summer, ocean, storm, sky, water, growth… there may be a reason why these colours speak to so many including myself 😉

    I also love deep purple, intense red, bright orange in any combination… but theblues/greens… especially in glass and ceramic *just sighs*

    Btw I love your new designs!

  2. Ann Schroeder
    July 17, 2015 at 9:23 am

    I love seeing some of your work in progress! I like somewhat unusual color combinations that pop. Something like mustard yellow with teal or chartreuse with sky blue.

  3. Dawn of LaTouchables
    July 17, 2015 at 10:41 am

    Those insect forms are so extremely beautiful–I'm hoping I can snatch one. And the experiments with the colours has me intrieged.

  4. beadrecipes
    July 17, 2015 at 11:14 am

    I love colour and I love putting unexpected combinations together. I really like to put a pop of colour into a piece, a splash of yellow among blues and greens for example, or a single red bead here and there, some lime green with purple.
    Love those new designs, I'm sure the mystery pack will be wonderful!

  5. Jess Green
    July 17, 2015 at 11:22 am

    I love Purple and Green followed by Turquoise and Lime – in fact I use these colour combinations far too much and get frustrated by my tendency to reach straight for these nice comfy colour pairs. I'm on a mission to find some new combinations to stop my shop stock looking a bit dull and same-y colour wise xx

  6. Mokki
    July 17, 2015 at 11:38 am

    I'm often drawn to cool colours. Deep purple, teal and blue in winter. Lilac and pale green in summer.

  7. Kathy Lindemer
    July 17, 2015 at 11:53 am

    I love purples and greens together. I also like turquoise and orange a lot.

  8. Karen Z
    July 17, 2015 at 12:21 pm

    I love teal/turquoise with orangey-red… I have lots of variations on this theme. Yet I'm attracted to earth tones in others' creations. Go figure!

  9. Katherine Thompson
    July 17, 2015 at 12:36 pm

    I get so jealous when I see your pictures of greenware and the process of clay work. I will get back to it though, soon I hope. I have learned a lot about myself as I make beads and jewelry. I have to say I use a lot of turquoise with the copper or rusty pinks. My personal color pallet is black,cream, or taupe, red, and silver.

  10. Deb Fortin
    July 17, 2015 at 1:12 pm

    i have several colour combos that i use frequently . copper and plum; blue and green- in the aqua ranges; but for kicking things up a notch i LOVE Lime-green with Plum/purple , it makes my heart sing.

  11. Blue Kiln Beads
    July 17, 2015 at 1:46 pm

    Now that's tricky, I like turquoise and lemon yellow, purple and orange, teal and grey…..

  12. Sarah
    July 17, 2015 at 2:02 pm

    I love pale blue and aquas with a hint of lime green and coral for summer! Beautiful pieces – can't wait to see them finished!

  13. Michelle
    July 17, 2015 at 3:51 pm

    My niece moved to Salt Lake City, UT, recently and the pictures she's been posting on Facebook are just stunning. The beautiful blue of the sky combined with sparse white clouds, the reddish tint in the soil and the bright green trees. It's just gorgeous and makes me want to go there.

  14. freshbakeddesigns
    July 17, 2015 at 3:55 pm

    Browns and blues or orange and blues are my favs. Thanks for a chance to win some of your gorgeous work!

  15. Boni Linnemeyer
    July 17, 2015 at 4:26 pm

    I love purple and acid green!

  16. Linda
    July 17, 2015 at 6:40 pm

    Purple & copper, green and amber, magenta and green, burnt orange and magenta, chartreuse and purple. I could go on, but I'll stop! 😉

  17. Kristina
    July 18, 2015 at 2:10 am

    I love the new beads. I hope they turn out alright. Color combos I like are Purple and gold, Gray and orange, pastel pink with forest green, and hot pink with spring green. I've been out of touch with pink for a long time and am finally becoming comfortable with it again.

  18. Sarajo Wentling
    July 18, 2015 at 2:16 am

    I have to go with either teal and orange or turquoise and orange.

  19. Bijoux Gems Joy
    July 18, 2015 at 3:17 am

    I love the blues and greens of nature. They make wonderful colour combinations but really pop when there is an unexpected spot of yellow or orange, especially when it's a bit of a brownish orange, or sunflower yellow


  20. Terri
    July 18, 2015 at 3:48 am

    Oh I do hope your beads turn out the way you envision them. Seems I play with all colors..but my favorite color palette is the tranquil colors of the beach…from the various sandy colored beaches to the equally varied blue waters…yum!

    July 18, 2015 at 11:16 am

    I adore Caribbean blue/tangerine tango, chocolate brown/mint green, turquoise/red, pink/grey, electric blue/yellow.
    Thank you, I lover your work!

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  22. Kristen
    July 18, 2015 at 11:25 am

    I love shades of blue and yellow together. Ahhh….. I can't wait to see your finished beads!

  23. Susanm
    July 18, 2015 at 12:19 pm

    Great beads – can't wait to see how they turn out. I like contrasting colour combinations – black with a pop of red, dark blue with bright pink, purple with lime green, ocean blue with orange.

  24. Dawn of LaTouchables
    July 18, 2015 at 1:13 pm

    I forgot to mention my favourite color pairings–I like trying everything out at least once–so if it looks like it won't work, I'll try it. But when I look at my work, I see that blues and reds dominate.

  25. Laurel Hanson
    July 18, 2015 at 7:24 pm

    I love green and lavender/purple together. Also red, orange and deep purple. Love all the cool things you're making and can't wait to see the finished products!

  26. OnMyPawz
    July 18, 2015 at 10:58 pm

    I love crazy combos! Pink and orange, purple and green, blue and yellow =)

  27. Elizabeth
    July 19, 2015 at 12:54 am

    I'm in love with teal, lavendar and lime green as a combo. I recently had to update my OS on my cell phone and lo and behold my calendar colors changed to this combo. It made me so happy I openly squealed.

    I guess I would sum up that I usually aim for the cooler colors of the spectrum although I do make myself work at the warm end just to shake myself out of ruts.

    Good luck all!!

  28. Debra Gibson
    July 19, 2015 at 4:08 am

    Hello Claire'!
    Great bunch of bead's ! Love ! As for favorite colors! Purple and blue, turquoise and coral come to mind but gosh ! I love COLOR and love your work !
    Thanks for the chance to win !!!!!

  29. thecolorofdreams
    July 19, 2015 at 11:14 am

    All your beads look amazing even though they are not finished yet.
    I love black, white and red, pastel shades of pink and green. I also love the ocean colors of deep blue and sea green.

  30. Divya N
    July 19, 2015 at 2:30 pm

    Oh I live for color and color combinations are my forte. My favourites vary all the time – but here are some of them – red with dark blue and silver, green and pink, red with amber and olive green and finally blue, purple or lavendar and green. I hope you find them interesting

  31. Erin S
    July 19, 2015 at 4:37 pm

    I'm an earth girl–olive green, rusty brown and bone is one of my favorite combos, as is a muted palette of teal, sage and ivory.

  32. Klassy Joolz
    July 19, 2015 at 8:35 pm

    Love your work and especially those insects. I seem to like purples a lot. Lime Greens and greens with purple are also a favorite.

    Looking forward to seeing the finished items!

  33. Carolyn
    July 20, 2015 at 4:20 am

    I love Autumn colors but I don't really stick with those colors. A few of the combinations I like are: Brown and pink, Brown and aqua, yellow and brown, cobalt blue and yellow, and a lot of the colors that the other ladies mentioned.

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