Bead and Button Show Bead Preparation

I have been in bead making mode – whenever I can get the time to focus on it. Even if it is a few hours. If it is les than that, I usually end up cleaning or prepping for when I do have a window of time. I love getting "into" that creative production mode, and get very grumpy when disturbed…

So here are some images of my making and glazing pieces for Bead & Button show stock.

I even love loading my kiln (or rather, find pleasure in a loaded kiln, packed tight and organized). I can’t help it – I just love the order of it…

And I love seeing things as I create. Random stacking of pieces…

And while firing pieces that I expect somewhat uniquely consistent results from, I still like to throw in some glaze tests. And to fiddle with some simple jewelry designs.

My work will be in two booths at Bead & Button. I will be selling my work through Thornburg Bead Studio (booth #610) and Yvonne of "My Elements" will have some of my teeny tendrils at her booth as she unveils some special little pieces at this show!

Lots of awesome collaborations will be taking place at this show – I can feel it!


There are times where days vanish…
But I try to capture the silliness of each day.

Sometimes it’s just taking a picture of a jolly rancher blue tongue to show it to dad later when he gets home from work…

Sometimes it is taking photos of the wild child as he refuses to listen to anything I have to say (No! Indoor hotel fountains are not for splashing in…)

And sometimes I get little escapes to see good friends (Lisa Goodman at the May 3 Art Opening at Bellefonte Arts).

Then it’s back to running around crazy fun kid times outside…

And inside (that energy just goes non-stop!)

But I would not wish any of it away…

My today was spent with kids, pulling and packing orders, swim lessons for Riley then nap, pull & pack more orders, soccer with Chloe & Riley, shipping orders, dinner, chill out time, shower, then bed. Thankfully tomorrow is supposed to be a Marsha work day after getting them off to school.

After finishing up orders in the morning, I pray for some studio time (and that I am not forgetting something important or get an emergency call).

Deep breath…
Looking forward to tomorrow!

Art Loop Friday

It’s here! First Friday, and I’m excited to get out if the studio and hang with real, live people!!! And see awesome art of course!

Here is a peek at what I’ve got to show off at Bellefonte Arts this month!

And a nice little write up in The News Journal (thanks Karen for grabbing an image for me!)

And some little accent pieces for your garden made of steel and ceramic. Outdoor use may need regular sealing of steel to prevent rusting.

Now to go make up additional signage and grab some snacks for the opening!

Look for pics on Instagram with #FirstFridayEtsy and #DelawareEtsy to see what is going on this weekend with art related – whatever…

Terrarium Pieces for May 3 Art Loop

This Friday I will have my new little terrarium sculptures on display for the Wilmington Art Loop at Bellefonte Arts in Wilmington, DE. The opening is Friday evening from 6-9pm and my work will be on display for the remainder of the month.

Here is a little insight into how I create these little sculptural landscapes…

Floral foam is cut to the right thickness and shape.

I spritz the moss with some water (just because it has been sitting in the bag from the garden center for a while). And I easily pull it into shapes to fit the vessels.

This is an extremely messy process.

And each piece is tended to and cleaned up.

Working on a bunch of these together is pretty fun and allows for that feeling if creativity to settle in.

Then I pull out my trays of little terrarium pieces and create these little interactive environments.

Then when done, I get to pack them up and get them up to Bellefonte Arts. They will be displayed on the gallery coffee table (it’s a hip gallery!)

So that is the next step – display…
I’m pretty psyched for this Art Loop. It’s always just exciting to be out and around people that like art too!

Squirt Bottle Floor Cleaning

Silence or giddy laughter from both children usually means they are up to something they probably should not be doing…

Like grabbing my water bottle (Riley is obsessed with water bottles!) and spraying it at his sister!

Then she grabs the mop we use when we get heavy rains and water in the basement (she gets that from me – loves to sweep or mop – it’s relaxing and you get results fast) and starts making clean areas on the floor.

Who wouldn’t be giddy getting squirted with a water sprayer inside the house?!

And that they are not getting in trouble (they know I have limits though)…

Like when the spraying water starts to get close to my slab roller – hold up!
Too crazy!
That may get rusty in the inner working part areas…

Thank you for cleaning the floor and being silly about it…

Now give it back!
And don’t even think about squirting your mother – lol…



Ceramic Artist. Garden and Nature Enthusiast.

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