Friday, September 30, 2011

An act of kindess

by Kelli Pope

As you may recall from previous blog posts, I started making ceramic beads last year. And I LOVE it!!! My love for handmade ceramic beads started when I found a WONDERFUL artist named Mary Ann Carroll on Etsy. The rustic natural colors spoke to me. Strangely enough, she was the one who encouraged me to try making my own. Not only did she encourage me, she sent me a tutorial, clay and tools so I could see if I liked it before I made a big investment. Then she fired the beads for me. Recently she fired another batch for me before I finally bought my own kiln. I'm not sure I can express to her how much her kindness, encouragement and help mean to me. And we've never met!! We've actually only spoken by phone once. The "art world" is not always a kind and sharing place. There is a lot of worry about having ideas stolen or copied, and competition for sales can be very stiff. Mary Ann's kindess has been a beautiful gift to me.


She and I had numerous e-mail conversations, while I was in the bead buying stage, about the joy of making and wearing handmade. And then her brilliant idea of this website and blog were born. I am amazed today, by how it has grown, and the incredible talent that has joined us. The kindness, and willingness to give abound in this group and I am just so very honored to be a part of it. Mary Ann's dedication to our group is just astounding. So Ms. Mary Ann, this one's for you.........

handmade beads (red on black clay) by me with hand hammered, flame painted copper, on an antiqued copper chain

I hope you feel the love when you wear it :)


May you all experience and give kindness daily !!

9 comments:

KJ said...

Great post, it made me smile. It makes me happy to hear about the generosity of others. Well done Mary Ann.

Izzy said...

That's so sweet!

D'Arsie Manzella said...

What a great gift for her and how awesome that she would help you realize your passion for clay beads! I love that red on black~ Will you be selling your beads?

Abeille à miel said...

what a beautiful story, and yes - I agree that she is a star!

Kelli said...

I plan to just use the beads in my jewelry, but I'm sure I could make acceptions for special orders :)

sasha and max said...

Really nice story- I've only met MaryAnn in the virtual world. I can say she sure has a heart of gold expressed by devotedly promoting hand made. Lovely necklace, Kelli, and the beads are very sweet :)

MaCarroll Beads said...

I'm touched :o) Thank-you for all of the kind words. You're a natural, Kelli! xxoo
MaryAnn

mairedodd said...

that is just beautiful all around - the help, the gesture, the friendship...

Gerry said...

Loved reading this post....this is what life is all about!!!!

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