Monday, January 31, 2011

One World One Heart Event

Welcome ~ I'm so happy to be participating in this event! I'm Lisa Boucher from Tuftonboro, New Hampshire where the world is one fluffy pile of snow at the moment. It's absolutely beautiful!
Winter is probably when I am the most productive with my creative endeavors since I spend so much time indoors.  My passion is creating with clay ~ primarily beads and jewelry.  I also enjoy making functional pottery, but making ornaments and wearable art such as earrings, pins and necklaces seems to be where I gravitate.
One World One Heart Event seemed like a wonderful opportunity to meet other creative souls, share some of myself, and reach out and see what's going on out there!
  As part of the event, all participants are having giveaways on their blogs. 
All you need to do is comment on this blog post to have a chance at receiving my giveaways, and the winners will be announced on February 17th.
The peace dove ornament, heart earrings and heart pin are my giveaways for this event. They're all my original designs made from white kiln fired clay.  They also all have a mother of pearl luster overglaze, so they've been fired three times.  Imagine that!
It's a pleasure meeting you and thanks so much for stopping by!

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Soup Starter Extravaganza!!

It's here! It's here! My bead soup blog party mix arrived! What a thrill to receive my beads from my bead soup partner Emanda Johnson from Artemisia's Studio!  First of all, the box everything arrived in was a piece of artwork in itself.  I knew I was in for a treat.
And I was right.  What a gorgeous group of beads Emanda selected.
I love these colors and the way the light reflects off of them.  Emanda is a Textile Artist, Jewelry Designer, Art Historian and Lecturer from Denton Texas.  It's very clear that Emanda loves quality beads and knows a lot about them.  This is going to be a bead education for me!
Emanda was kind enough to clearly package and label all of the different types of beads for me.
And I'm really glad she did, because I am more of a large hole bead jewelry creator with my ceramic beads.  I've always admired these smaller hole bead species and am excited to learn about and play with them.  It will definitely be a challenge, but I'm looking forward to it.

Here's a few closeups of the lovelies ~ 
Dyed Fossil Beads - Soak in Soapy Water?!  What's That all about? I will investigate ~~~
Look at these beautiful jewel tones!  See what I mean about the light reflection ~~?
This silver heart toggle is incredible ~ Love it.
And last but most definitely not least, I couldn't have hoped for a more amazing focal bead than this jewel toned dichroic glass pendant. See how the colors change depending on the background and how the light hits it....
Wow - Thanks so much Emanda!  I Love your taste in beads! I can't wait to get started putting them all together.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Valentine's Jewelry Sale ~~

I thought I would share a peek at the results of some Valentine's Day Pins, Pendants and Earrings, Toggles and Beads I showed I was working on in an earlier post this month.
I finished my special order gold star pin, as well as my heart earrings with the scallop shell impressions.
Be sure to stop by my Valentine's Sale in my Clayworksnh Etsy shop for 30% off all Hearts, and Selected Pink and Red Pieces until February 5th.
I'll be listing even more Valentine's Jewelry in my Clayworksnh Etsy shop throughout the next couple weeks.  Scallop shell design hearts with mother of pearl luster in all shapes and sizes, and more!

Sunday, January 23, 2011

~~ Bead Soup is Brewin' ~~

It's Soup!  Bead soup that is ~~
A Touch of Teal and a Pinch of Purple ~~
A Smidge of Silver and a Splash of Glass ~~
A Dollop of Coral and a Slather of Orchid ~~
These are few of my favorite things....
Here's the ingredients I'm sending to my Soup partner Emanda for the Bead Soup Blog Party!  I'm looking forward to seeing what Emanda cooks up with this batch of goodies! 

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Bead Soup Party Time!

I'm very excited to be participating in my first Bead Soup Party!  This event is hosted by bead jewelry artist Lori Anderson who has paired up each participant with another bead enthusiast.  The bead soupers send their partners a focal bead, clasp, and complimentary beads which the partner will mix in a dash of their own bead stash to create a finished piece of jewelry!

I was very happy to find out my swap partner is Emanda J from Artemisia's Studio.  Emanda and I share the love of the sea, and I am fascinated at her knowledge and love of nature and wildlife.  Emanda is an artist and art historian from Dallas/Fort Worth Texas, and she creates gorgeous earrings with lampwork beads,

beautiful prayer bead jewelry as well as incredible colorful angel wings from pewter.
She's also a quilter and enjoys all types of art mediums. Emanda says her jewelry designs and other creations are inspired by her knowledge of medieval and renaissance art and architecture. 
Art Quilt Older than Stonehenge

I can't wait to see the batch of beautiful soup elements Emanda is whipping up to send my way!  I'll be sure to update you on the beads and the end result!

Emanda's beautiful creations can be found here in her Artemisia Studio Etsy shop!

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Happy Fresh Love Fish

This happy bunch of frolicking fish are happy to be out of the kiln and practicing their Valentine's Day synchronized swimming routine. 
There's rumors that some new romances are evolving already.
You just can't stop love. 
Some are just meant to be together.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Hey! Valentine's Day is Coming!!

OK, I admit it, I pretty much live from holiday to holiday.  That's what I do.  It keeps the creative juices flowing.
I just finished cutting some heart pendants and snowflake earrings out of white clay.
I'm participating in my first Bead Soup Party so I thought I would come up with some new pendants to choose from for the event!
I have a special order for a star pin, so I made some shapes for that.  While I was at it I made some heart earrings with a scallop shell imprint and some other goodies.
Here they are after sponging the edges.
And of course, tis the season, I painted some little heart earrings and some Valentine Fish Pins!! Here they are with clear glaze, ready for the glaze firing.
As soon as there is a pathway plowed to the garage where I have my kiln, I'll be firing them up!
Go Ahead - Have a seat in the cafe and I'll bring you a Cup o' Joe.