Out of show season is the time to build up my stock of beads, pendants and findings. I am very blessed to have studio space and a supportive husband at home, but am also blessed to have a FABULOUS sister, who supports my creative passion. Sue lives about 2 hours from me on a wonderful spread in Kentucky. Her place is a "retreat" for me. I escaped to her place last weekend, and could feel stress start to melt away as I pulled up the long driveway to her house. She and her husband Jim allow me a "studio" away from home. I arrived with clay and tools, ready to play for 3 1/2 days. I made beads, beads, charms, pendants and more beads, while she delighted in making pendants. I have no idea how many we made, but it's definitely a huge stash. (We probably could have made more, but breaks HAD to be allowed to love, adore and hug her 4 dogs who hung out with and inspired us. :o)
First bisque firing cooled in the kiln
pendants waiting to be glazed
left-very small sample of the hundreds of beads
right- small charms and links
36 oz bowls of pendants, beads
Boy, do I have a lot of glazing to do!!!
Next blog, I'll show you how some of the finished product looks with some of Steve's enameled headpins***