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 !!