Art Elements Monthly Theme: Swirl


Welcome to my blog post for the Reveal of the Art Elements Theme Challenge: Swirl

I know that I am going to be beyond excited to see all of the talented artists work as this theme is something that is pretty wide  open to interpretation for inspiration. My life every day seems like a swirl – always moving.

Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, PA Illuminated Fountain Show. The week after Bead Fest Philly, Jenny Davies-Reazor, Lesley Watt and I went up to see the night time show. Flowers there earlier in the week also provided lots of inspiration!

The force of the water through the moving fountain heads and at night set to music and lights are a Swirling delight to behold.

A lot of my hand carved texture plates are very swirl inspired. I wanted to use my Now That’s A Jig to play around with the idea of wire making swirls and then using them for earrings (some will be great for holiday ornamentation). I wore these all day and my ears did not feel worn out with weight. They were quite movable while wearing them, and did not get stuck on anything – so they passed my wearability test.

Swirly Beads fresh out of the kiln – future project ideas brewing!

My life continues to SWIRL – nothing like hosting a blog hop theme reveal and having a one day Facebook show going on. I’m going to be computing all day! Marsha Neal Studio in the Handmade Component Bazaar Facebook Group from 10am Thursday 8/30/18 to 10am Friday 8/31/18 EST. If you bid on anything in my show on Thursday/Friday or make a purchase from my Etsy shop, mention Art Elements Swirl and I’ll take 10% off your invoice. US orders over $25 will get free USPS First Class Mail shipping through 8/31/18.

Thanks for taking the time to stop by and see my Swirl Inspirations. Here is a list of the other bloggers participating in the Art Elements Monthly Theme Challenge:

Guest Artists:













Art Elements Team: 





Jenny & Lesley 


Marsha (you are here)


One lucky Guest Artist Blogger is going to be picked to receive this group of items fresh out of my kiln:

I will announce the winner by updating the Art Elements Swirl Reveal post. If you want a chance at winning the monthly artists giveaway, get your blog up and running and keep an eye out for the monthly themes on the Art Elements Blog (announced early in the month, reveal at the end of the month).

16 Responses to “Art Elements Monthly Theme: Swirl”
  1. Alysen says:

    All of your Swirly designs are awesome. Especially the earring components, I just love them!!

  2. Jill Egan says:

    I love all your swirly components, you have been busy. Good luck with your Facebook sales

  3. Tammy says:

    The earrings look fabulous. I love big earrings and I like the way you used wire to hang the beads. I’m sure they have great movement. All of your beads are so delicious. You are magic with glaze. And texture. Thanks so much for a great theme! Good luck with your online shows.

  4. Cat says:

    Such beautiful earrings. The wire components are a wonderful addition to the ceramic components!

  5. Love all your swirls! The colors of the prize are beautiful, I would love to win! Thanks for hosting such a diverse theme month!

  6. Laney Mead says:

    LOVE your swirly beads, they are awesome!!

  7. Karin G says:

    Your swirly components are fabulous and I love the wirework, the earrings are beautiful. Thank you for this great theme!

  8. Anita says:

    Love your components, Marsha – they have gorgeous textures! And I like the clever earrings too – they fit the components perfectly. Thanks for the fun theme this month!

  9. Absolutely gorgeous. Love the variety and the nature-ness of your work

  10. kathy Lindemer says:

    I love the work you did on the jig. The wire works so well with your ceramics, I think I will play around with that design idea. I can see it would be a wonderful addition to an ornament. Thanks for the wonderful inspiration in this challenge.

  11. Marsha thanks for hosting this wonderful theme. I love all your swirly components!!

  12. Caroline says:

    Love your components Marsha and the wirework is amazing. I think I need a jig now!

    Thank you for a wonderful theme. I’ve had fun taking part in your challenge.

  13. LOVE your swirls! And the colors! AND the swirls! Thanks for such a great theme! And gorgeous pictures of Longwood Gardens – it’s been on the list for a long time!

  14. Claire says:

    I love all your designs and beads and when I read the theme you chose, it is really one that describes a lot of your work! I was struggling a little bit with the theme (and now with my blog 😉 ) but as soon as I moved away from the word and rather thought about what it may represent: spirals, movements, tentacles…! it went easier. Your swirly beads also reminds me of tentacles and I love your swirly patterns! I am always impressed with wire work and you created a cool earring design. Thank you for a wonderful and in a good way challenging them

  15. Jenny says:

    This was a great theme – and so many of the motifs I am drawn to fit. Love your new pieces. And Longwood sure is a treat!

  16. Sarajo Wentling says:

    Thanks so much for the great theme, Marsha! I couldn’t love your jiggy earrings any more than I do. What a fabulous idea! I wish that I had thought of that. I need to get busy with using my jig. I think your use of swirls in your ceramics is part of what has always drawn me to them… you were one of my first art bead crushes and I just keep crushin’! xoxo

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