This week’s happenings….

It’s been a super busy and exciting week!  The main highlight was that I was on our local television station doing a short demo of making my glass beads.  I was so nervous before I got there, but the crew was so friendly and welcoming that my butterflies went away!

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Lights, Camera, Action!

The show was filmed at one of our local resorts, Abaco Beach Resort.

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I have not seen the show yet, but they are going to send me a copy of it!

I have also been finishing up the last of my fall themed items, and firing some new spoons as well as some other new hand-built pottery items.

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Last Saturday, Da Market, was postponed due to inclement weather, so we are going to try again THIS Saturday, November 1st.  Hope you can make it out to see my new items!

Just HAD to Share!

In a few days I will reveal all my pumpkin creations, but when I opened the kiln this morning I feel head over heals in love with a few pieces, so I am just going to have to share them with you!  Opening that kiln after many hours of firing NEVER gets old.  It’s just like Christmas morning every time!

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Ceramic Jewelry Components

First, here are some new jewelry components, and of course some of them had to be pumpkins!

But…..the real excitement came when I saw these…..

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Pumpkin Spoons

PUMPKIN SPOONS!!!!  Completely hand formed by me!  I haven’t done much hand forming since college, which was far too long ago to mention!  Since then most of my ceramic pieces have been from molds, but I am excited to get back to hand building and throwing on the wheel.  Even the smell of the clay and glaze makes me happy!

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Small Pumpkin Spoon for sauces or dips

I will have these, and hopefully a few more (if time and BEC permit) at Da Market on Saturday!

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Larger Pumpkin Serving Spoon

The great thing about pumpkins is they are great to use from Halloween to Thanksgiving!

Anyway, I have got to get back out to the pottery cottage and make some more SPOONS!!!

Things are getting busy around here…..

Classes are in full swing, private class spaces are filling up and holiday show times are getting closer and closer.

The next scheduled class is *Introduction to Metal Clay*, on Saturday November 1st, 10am – 2pm.

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Check out the *Classes* tab at the top of the page, or email for details about this class.  This class is designed to be an introduction to using metal clay, which is a clay that when fired turns into fine silver.  Students will also learn some basic wire working techniques and make the charm bracelet pictured above.

I am still creating Halloween and Fall items.  Some need firing, polishing, glazing and are taking a bit longer than others.  Hopefully they will be ready soon.

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Halloween decorations have crept into the classroom to make everything BOO-tiful!

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My first event will be Da Market at the Bahamas National Trust’s Office, in Marsh Harbour, on October 25th, 9am – 1pm.  Come out and do some early Christmas shopping and see some of my newest items!

See you at a show or in class!

Class Updates

Hello Creative Friends!

*Fun with Machine Quilting & Binding Class* ended on Wednesday.  The last class was on binding your quilted pieces.  Everyone did a great job and at the end of the course they all had their favorite methods for quilting and binding.  In the binding class they learned hand and machine methods.

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The next class is *RagTime Quilt*.  I am happy to say this class is already full!  I am a happy girl when people sign up early so I can get organized early!  Thank you for making my life run a bit more smoothly.

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Other classes are starting to fill as well, so if there is a class you are interested in taking please contact me as soon as possible to reserve your spot!  Don’t forget I also do private and semi-private classes upon request, and you can contact me for more details on these.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Fun with Machine Quilting & Binding Class Progress

*Fun with Machine Quilting & Binding* Class is almost over; one more class left on Wednesday.  I have taught this class four times now and it is still one of my favorites to teach.  Probably because I enjoy this part of the quilting process so much!  The ladies in this class are working so hard, and doing so well.  Here are a few photos of some of their free motion pieces from last week.

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Free Motion Quilting Samples done by students.

They are doodling away on their machines and having fun, sometimes forgetting to breathe!

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Free Motion Quilting Samples done by students

I am sure the homemade 10 Cup Cookies with coffee and tea helped get them through the stressful parts of class!

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Homemade 10 Cup Cookies

Tomorrow they come for the final class to learn several different binding methods.

Check out the class schedule by clicking on the tab at the top of the page.  Some classes just have a few more spots left and some are full, so if you want to join us contact me.

Pumpkin Sneak Peek

New pumpkin creations are slowly creeping out of the studio.  I am looking forward to doing a major reveal of everything a bit closer to Halloween.  I am early because I am so excited about pumpkin season.

So for now I will share a few bits and pieces….

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Glass Pumpkin Pendant

I am happy with how these pieces turned out!

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Glass Pumpkin Earrings

Stay tuned!

Pumpkins! Pumpkins! Pumpkins!

If any of you know me, or have been following me online, you will know that I am totally OBSESSED with pumpkins!  The season to decorate with pumpkins {Halloween and Thanksgiving} just doesn’t last long enough for me!

I am in the process of designing some of my own pumpkin pieces {quilts, placemats, beads, plates}, but while I wait for those to be finished I found some really cool patterns online that I used.  Check out my versions in the pictures below.

Pumpkin pincushions!

pumpkin pins

For the pincushions I made some glass head pins with a pumpkin-fall theme.

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A Jack O Lantern Wall Hanging which uses paper piecing.

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Click on the links to make some pumpkins items for yourself!  In the meantime I will get back to designing and finishing my own pumpkin creations!