Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Seriously Tuff Enough

"Pink Desert", (SOLD), 100% of the proceeds going to Susan G. Komen
"Pink Pillow" Ruffled 2 Holed Lampwork Focal Bead, now in my Etsy shop (for the Cure!). See it with many other pink items for the Cure at Scoutiegirl.

"Pink With A Twist" focal lampwork bead, (SOLD), benefitting Susan G. Komen for the Cure.

"Pink Fire" focal lampwork kalera bead,(SOLD) for Susan G. Komen for a Cure.

Check out the fantastic collection of pink items in my shop for the Susan G. Komen for the Cure benefit this month in my Etsy shop. 100% of proceeds from pink items will go to this wonderful organization. Feel free to shop unrelentingly, and feel good about it.

Get to Etsy, search using "LEST team tuff enough" to see what the Lampwork Etc Street Team is offering in their efforts to help this cause.

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Are You Tuff Enough To Wear Pink?

"Pink Pillow" 2 holed bead, supporting the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation.

If you are, your purchases of lampwork beads and jewelry from the Lampwork Etc Street Team (LEST) on Etsy could help in the fight against breast cancer. During the entire month of October a group of LEST artists are donating nearly 100% of the proceeds from sales of pink items to the Susan G. Komen for the Cure foundation. You can purchase these fabulous artisan made lampwork beads and know that your purchase is helping the fight against breast cancer.

Here's how to find these items on Etsy. From the Etsy home page, type "LEST Team tuff enough" in the search box under the grey banner. Since this event runs through October, check shops frequently for new listings as the pink beads come pouring out of our kilns.

One final note - do remember to get yourself a mammogram!

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Serendipity Versus Tidiness

I hear a lot of fellow lampwork artists talking about cleaning up their work tables, and it makes me feel like I should do this more regularly. I admire artists who are orderly and neat, and have a place for everything. I really do, and secretly, I wish I were one of you.

But I'm not, so I decided to think about the role that disorder (from here on out known as "Serendipity") plays in my art. Could I be a neater person? If so, how would it affect my art? I'm starting to think that it might not be a great idea for me.

When I sit at my torch, many times I don't have a plan. Sometimes, it takes lighting the torch and picking up a rod before I know where I'm going. Colors are often chosen by my mood, or by whim. Sure, there are designs that require advanced preparation, such as those using striped cane, murrini, etc., and I usually have that stuff lying around.

I have found that often my best work comes from using remnants from my Serendipitous table. My predominant style affords it, as I don't usually make clean, tidy graphic designs nor do I often make matched sets of beads. I'm not always able to recall what colors went into a leftover 1" length of twistie, so many times I'm forced to be a bit vague in my descriptions. I'm not being deliberately cagey, just honest. Making a bead can be like a treasure hunt. What can I find in my pile of Serendipity to add just the right finishing touch to my bead? Wow - a little 1/2" piece of encased goldstone - perfect! A tiny corner of foil that blew off my marver - just the thing!

Frugality is another reason I suspect that I don't just take the whisk broom and banish the Serendipity from my tabletop. I will use every bit of a rod until it's gone, using either my tweezers to hold it in the flame, or by attaching it to the end of a new rod. I know it doesn't cost much, but wastefulness comes hard to me. But seriously, do I really need to keep all of those rod ends that shocked in the flame, and sent little 1/4" chunks across my table? Probably not.

How does your studio style facilitate your art style?

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Etsyversary Sale - Last Day!

Travellers earrings (SOLD).

Today is the final day of my 1 year Etsyversary sale, so please come check it out. I've been listing new items all week, and there's plenty left.

Here is a new style of earrings just listed this morning - it's a fun new style that could easily be made with different beads. Are you following the FX series, "The Riches", with Eddie Izzard and Minnie Driver? I named them Travellers earrings because I can envision Minnie Driver wearing them as her character Dahlia.

Anybody know when the new season is going to begin? We're hungry for more!

Have a great day!

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

And the Winner Is...

Ann R! My dog Bodie just picked her name from the bowl, and Ann wins her choice of focal beads from four that I have offered for my Etsyversary drawing. Not one to settle for the ordinary, I was hoping to put the names on something artful - acorns, hazelnuts, you know, considerate of the environment, and seasonal of course, but a long walk in the woods turned up none. So the next most plentiful thing around this Northern California (wine country, you know) home is corks. Each time one of my customers bought an item during my sale I put their initials on a cork, and it went into a big bowl. Then my dog Bodie was given the honorable task of selecting the winner. Thanks, Bodie!

Just got a convo back from Ann, and she has chosen the "Riding the Storm Out" focal in honor of her family and friends in Galveston and Houston. Please check out Ann's Etsy shop of gorgeous custom jewelry.
Riding the Storm out Focal Lentil Bead

Thanks to everyone who has helped me celebrate this happy occasion - I really appreciate your business and am honored to have your support of my artwork. Congratulations, Ann!

Sunday, September 14, 2008

1 Year Etsyversary Sale is On Now!

New Fall Pillow lampwork bead, and new rings of fine silver and lampwork beads, on sale now in my Etsy shop.

My 1st Etsyversary sale is in full swing this week, and I'm thrilled to offer some new work in honor of the occasion. I've been thinking about this for a long time now, and have finally completed some rings made with PMC and my own lampwork beads, and they're included in my special sale. I'm thrilled with how they turned out, and can't wait to make more. In the future I will be playing with more band styles, and with patinas.

I've also listed some pretty cool new sterling silver beads, and they're on special too. Just remember - you need to be on my newsletter mailing list to participate in the sale. Just sign up in the box to the right, and you'll be good to go.

Oh yeah, more on the sale - for each purchase you make before 6pm PST on Wednesday, 9/17, you'll get one chance in the drawing for a free focal bead. The more you buy, the more chances you'll get. I'll do the drawing at 8pm PST.

The winner can choose 1 focal as their prize from among these:

See you at the sale!

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Six Days to My Etsyversary Sale!

I'm so excited about this party! My one year anniversary with Etsy is coming up on September 17th (I hope they got me something nice), and I'm having a huge sale in my Etsy shop for my mailing list customers in celebration of this auspicious occasion.

From Monday, Sept 15 - Saturday, Sept 20 everything in my shop will be on discount - 20% off of 1 item, 25% off of 2 items, and 30% off of 3 items. Here's the trick - you've got to be on my newsletter mailing list for this sale. You can sign up right here, over to the right.

"What Lies Beneath" focal lentil bead (SOLD).

I'm also going to have a drawing for some free stuff on September 17th - everyone who makes a purchase during the first three days of the sale will get one entry into this drawing for each item they purchase.

I've got new work and more new work coming up in the days leading up to the sale, so it's not your normal "clean out the basement" kinda deal. I just wanted to share the Etsy love with my wonderful customers, friends, and supporters who visit me at my shows.

It's been a really fun first year with Etsy, and I can't wait to see what the next year has in store. Thanks to everyone who has supported my art. I'll be sending some virtual champagne your way.

Saturday, September 6, 2008

22 Days Left - Chihuly at the de Young!

If you're anywhere near San Francisco I highly recommend getting yourself over to the de Young Museum to see Dale Chihuly's latest exhibit. It began in June and runs through September 28th, and covers several different themes in his work. Be sure to see the video that includes a behind the scenes look at how his larger than life creations are made. I went to see it in July with my mom and a friend and we were all just blown away by the scale and passion behind this pioneer's work.

Here are a few of my better shots from this amazing collection. For more information about this trend setting glass artist visit his site


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