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Introduction: Mary Harding


                                                   altered image of ceramic pieces being glazed in my studio

Hello to all you readers of Art Bead Scene.  My name is Mary Harding. I am delighted, excited and honored to tell you that I have accepted  Heather Powers’ invitation  to become a  member of  the ABS Team.  I have long been a follower of this wonderful blog and cannot tell you how pleased I am now to be writing blogs posts here.

I thought in this first post I would tell you something about me.  I am a ceramic bead maker and have been since 1998.  Although I am mostly self-taught, I did major in English and Art History in college and lived in England and Germany for a number of years as a guest and  participant in their visiting artists programs. I moved back to the United States and Upstate New York afterwards and have since been focused on the land in this beautiful rural farming area.   Once I began making ceramic beads, and pendants I found that my interests and inspirations were nature inspired.

 I love colors and enjoy hand painting the glazes onto my ceramic work.  I am especially interested in creating work that reflects the wild, native plants of where I live in Upstate New York.  The area is rich in pasture, woodlands and swamps.  It is these plants that I enjoy hanging out with for endless hours in my studio.  Since my studio is a long enough walk from my house, I see many of them each day as they grow and change along with the seasons of the year.  Right now there are only a few that have managed to stay above the thick layer of ice over our  land.

In addition to making ceramic beads, I enjoy learning about and experimenting with different media.  I like to 
design jewelry using art beads and try out different techniques. My favorites are off loom beading and working with wire.

Free form Herringbone stitch double wrap bracelet by Mary Harding with her handmade  fern frond copper button.

            Wire wrapped necklace by Mary Harding with her handmade ceramic and copper beads and toggle clasp

I am fortunate that I am able to share my experiments, skills and creations with others on my personal blog and each summer in the classes that I teach at the Thousand Islands Art Center in Clayton New York.

      One of the classes I taught last summer at the Thousand Islands Art Center in Clayton, NY.

Here at the Art Bead Scene Blog I will be starting out writing some tutorials and participating in Inside the Studio write ups and giveaways. I look forward to your  input and would love to have you leave a comment about future blog posts you would like to see from me here at the Art Bead Scene.  I am always open to new ideas and suggestions.

                                      Picture of me wearing my Louise Bourgeois  Maman shirt

You can see more of my work in my  Etsy shop and on on my website and Facebook page.

Thanks so much for stopping by.

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20 Comment

  1. Reply
    TesoriTrovati
    January 16, 2014 at 6:17 pm

    We are so glad you are here, Miss Mary! I love your unique and very lovingly crafted ceramic pieces. You package each order with such care (would make a great post!) and I love to see how inputs (from art, nature, etc) show up in your designs as you put your individual spin on them. Looking forward to learning more about you! Enjoy the day. Erin

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    Saraccino
    January 16, 2014 at 6:20 pm

    Your work is so beautiful! ๐Ÿ™‚

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    NuminosityBeads
    January 16, 2014 at 6:24 pm

    Beautiful work. I look forward to witnessing your unique vision here. Thanks for sharing.

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    Sajuno
    January 16, 2014 at 8:01 pm

    What inspiring and gorgeous multi-faceted work. Can't wait to see and hear more in your future posts.

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    Sarajo Wentling
    January 16, 2014 at 9:21 pm

    Congratulations, Mary! Looking forward to what you have to share here on ABS.

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    Lucy Kalstrom
    January 16, 2014 at 10:34 pm

    I enjoyed seeing your work and your fabulous T-shirt. ๐Ÿ˜€

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    Lucy Kalstrom
    January 16, 2014 at 10:35 pm

    I enjoyed seeing your work and your fabulous T-shirt. ๐Ÿ˜€

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    Patti Vanderbloemen
    January 17, 2014 at 2:11 am

    Welcome, Mary! I, for one, am so enamored of all your artful skills and look forward to reading your posts! I find that your jewelry components and the jewelry you make from them are always so creatively beautiful! You are inspiring!

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    sandi m
    January 17, 2014 at 3:51 am

    Congratulations Mary! I've followed your blog for some time. Love the interpretations of nature in your pieces. And, love, love your freeform beadwork – the colors are delicious. Look forward to your stories and tutorials!

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    Shaiha
    January 17, 2014 at 4:50 am

    I have picked up some of your clasps in the past and just love your work! I am looking forward to reading your posts.

  11. Reply
    maryharding
    January 17, 2014 at 7:43 am

    Thank you all for such a warm welcome and for all your kind words about my work. I am so happy to be here at Art Bead Scene!!

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    Linda
    January 17, 2014 at 8:56 am

    Congratulations Mary. I look forward to reading your posts. I love your distinctive and unique ceramics and your color palettes. I always enjoy behind the scenes peeks at artist's creative processes.

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    lake ave
    January 17, 2014 at 2:43 pm

    Dear Mary, It is a pleasure to count you as my teacher, mentor, and friend. Congratulations on this new venture.
    I look forward to seeing your posts! Linda

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    Rising Designs
    January 17, 2014 at 3:56 pm

    Welcome, Mary. I look forward to all your posts. Thanks so much to you for accepting the invitation.
    As always your generous, beautiful, and inspiring nature is so welcome.

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    Marti C.
    January 17, 2014 at 5:05 pm

    Congratulations Mary! Looking forward to your posts!

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    Karen M
    January 17, 2014 at 7:04 pm

    Yay!!!! I am so happy to know that you are now a contributor to ABS, congratulations!

    I follow your work and am always very pleased with the quality of your pieces. I especially LUV your toggle clasps.

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    Kathy Lindemer
    January 18, 2014 at 1:25 pm

    Congrats Mary! I have loved your beads for awhile now. I had no idea before this blog that you also made gorgeous jewelry. Your photos are lovely too! You have it all going on.

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    Marie Cramp
    January 22, 2014 at 9:27 pm

    Love you Mary! Think you are fantastic!!

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    Stories They Tell
    February 3, 2014 at 1:59 pm

    Great to see you here, Mary! I think you'll bring an interesting point of view to the ABS. I've been a fan of your work for so long– you're probably one of the first artists whose work I became aware of when I discoverd Art Bead Scene. Can't wait for your next post.

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    Cindy
    February 3, 2014 at 6:50 pm

    A big belated welcome to you, Mary! I am happy to see you are a contributor now on ABS – what a wonderful addition. I enjoyed learning more about your background. One thing I have known for quite some time is that you are so talented no matter what medium you use – ceramics, beadwork, wire and now polymer too. I look forward to your posts, reading your words and seeing more of your work! ๐Ÿ™‚

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