~EARTH DAY EXTRAVAGANZA~

This Saturday is the Earth Day Extravaganza, at Pete’s Pub in Little Harbour.  The event runs from 11 am until 7 pm.

There will be kid’s activities, artists selling their creations, and delicious Pub food.  I will also be demonstrating my glass bead making using bottles that would have normally been thrown in the trash. Below are some earrings and pendants that were made using glass bottles.

It is going to be a fun day! You do not want to miss it!

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My season is coming to a close, and I am looking forward to having some free time to work on some new ideas.  I get very inspired while I am doing shows, and always am bursting at the seams with new ideas.  Sometimes I will take a little time and work on something new, just to keep my sanity, during my busiest time.  It is amazing how therapeutic it is to create something without a deadline looming over your head.

Someone gave me some scrap wood, which I thought I would turn it into a fancier sign.  They got really fancy and turned into paintings!

 

I am really loving working on the Bahama Mamas again, and have lots of new ideas for them.  Below are some of the first quilts I made with mamas.

  

I am still fiddling with a glass Bahama Mama.  She is just not quite where I want her to be yet in glass.

Have a creative week!

Octopus Pottery Set ~ Special Price

A few weeks ago I made this octopus pottery set as a special order.  Since its completion the customer seems to have disappeared, or changed their mind.  So I am going to offer the set at a discounted price, if anyone is interested. {Note to self ~ get payment for special orders}

The dessert/bread plates are normally $25 each, and the dessert/salad bowls are normally $35 each.  That would be a total of $240 for all the pieces at regular price.  I am offering it 25% less than the regular price, so the set can be purchased for $180.

All pieces are hand painted, and are food and dishwasher safe.  Contact me for further questions, or to view the pieces.

Have a creative week!

A Couple Tutorials

I have had a few tutorials published in the last month.  If you are a glass artist, or jewelry maker, you might want to check them out.  They are both online, digital magazines. Soda Lime Times is a publication for lampworkers.  Artisan Jewelry Times is a publication for jewelry artists.

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Both publications are very inspiring for glass and jewelry artists.

The Soda Lime Times article uses glass and metal components, and the Artisan Jewelry Times article gives you a taste of making your own ceramic components for your jewelry pieces.

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Happy Creating!

Valentine’s Pay it Forward

Five years ago, for the 14 days leading up to Valentine’s, I posted a heart themed item and donated a portion of the proceeds to a program in Abaco that feeds primary aged school kids that go without lunch.  I have decided to do that again this year.

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My first item is a pair of pink and turquoise earrings.  They are $55, and the earwires are fine silver.  25% of this sale will go towards the program that gives lunch to children in need.  This earring design is a little different from most of my earrings.  It is a design I learned when I was at Beadcamp, in January, in Stephanie Sersich’s class.

Hope you follow along for the next 13 days to see what I create.

Glass on the Move!!!

Happy Holidays!

Dreams really do come true!!  Over a year ago I had the idea to do a mobile glass studio.  Something I could take to shows so my customers could see how I make my glass pieces, because usually when I stand at shows and say “I make all my glass pieces”, most people look at me like I have three heads.  I have also found that when I have had the chance to demonstrate how I make glass pieces, that I sell a lot more.

The original plan was to build the studio from scratch.  That was supposed to begin this past summer, but my husband and I were busy with work all summer and it never happened.  I knew about this mobile shop that wasn’t being used, and I had asked about it on several occasions, but was always told the owners were not interested in selling.  I thought I would ask one last time at the end of October, and they were ready to sell!!!!

On November 1st I purchased my gypsy caravan to be the Bahama Dawn Art Glass Mobile Studio!

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Here she is making her trip home.  First she was a food truck, then a souvenir shop and now she will be a mobile studio!  She is completely outfitted with electrical, outside lights, even roof ventilation!  She just needed a little TLC and some paint to be revived.

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(Above: a before shot!)

Before her first showing, at Island Marketplace in Treasure Cay last weekend, we were able to get painting done, my work bench installed and some painting done.  Eventually I plan to have two work stations for students to try out the process, and have some beads to put on a bracelet.

(Below: an after shot, but still a lot of work to do!)

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She is nowhere near completion just yet.  As you can see, I had to pull out some old paintings just to make it look colorful and cover some areas that have not been addressed yet.

Shelving needs to be put in, my kiln and glass rack need to be installed, and to the far right a larger bench for the student work stations needs to be built.  We will get there, and for now she is serving her main purpose which is allowing me to demonstrate.

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Hope to see you at a show sometime soon!

There have been a few changes to my show schedule also.  The Holiday Show at Pete’s Pub has been rescheduled for Saturday, December 17th.  The Open House at Bahama Dawn has been postponed until the new year, probably sometime in February.