Tuesday, April 24, 2018

“Meet the Makers” An Artisan Craft Fair, Sunday, April 29th at the Hub of the Hubb


Shop Local, Shop Homemade!


Come shop and meet local artists from Central Mass 

Sunday, April 29 

9:00 to 1:00pm

At the Hub of the Hubb 

Located in the Wellness Hub Building 

1 Main Street, Hubbardston, MA.


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Beer Tasting 11:00am – 1:00pm


Book Signings by 3 Local Authors


10 Local Artists/Craftspeople


I am excited to be a part of the first “Meet the Makers” event!  Please stop in to say hello and see all the wonderful items the shop has to offer. Each artist will be displaying and selling their own work. I will have a variety of work created using my handmade lampwork glass beads and fused dichroic glass.

For more information: 

Below are examples of my work:





 










Sunday, April 1, 2018

Upcoming Show: Glass Art and Bead Extravaganza - April 14th, 2018

Hello Friends!

The New England Chapter of the International Society of Glass Beadmakers is hosting its annual GLASS ART and BEAD EXTRAVAGANZA, on Saturday April 14th, at the Regency Hotel in Boxboro, MA.

Glass Art and Bead Extravaganza

April 14th, 2018
10:00am – 4:00pm

Regency Hotel
Boxboro, MA

Admission: $3.00

Glass Art and Bead Extravaganza showcases members’ unique styles and a variety of  glass techniques used to create their work.

I will be participating in this show and will have an assortment of Flameworked and Fused Glasswork for the home and personal adornment. Some of the items I will have for sale are: 

Lampwork Glass Beads (Focals and Sets), Jewelry, Bookmarks, Pens, Key Chains, Scissor Fobs, Hair Sticks, Gift Items and much more!!


Hope to see you there!

Below are some examples of work that I will have available for sale:























Thursday, October 19, 2017

The Bead Affaire - the Best Bead Show in Town!!

Bead Lovers!  Come join the fun at Beadesigners International’s Annual Bead Affaire, October 21st, in Watetown MA!

Louise Erskine and I will be selling our handmade glass beads and finished work created using our glass beads.  

BDI Bead Affaire - Beadesigner - Bead Affaire

October 21st, 2017
10:00am – 5:00pm

Armenian Cultural Center
47 Nichols Ave
Watertown, MA

Admission: $6

Printable $1 Discount Coupon:  Beadesigner- Bead Affaire - Discount Coupon



Goddess - Pate de Verre  
Alaskan Northern Lights Glaciers   - Lampwork

Sea and Sky - Lampwork


 I have recently been inspired to work with Fusing Dichroic Glass 


Ripples - Fused Dichroic 
Fireworks - Fused Dichroic
Hummingbirds - Fused Dichroic
Impressionism - Fused Dichroic




Monday, October 9, 2017

Upcoming Show: Applefest at Wachusett Mountain - October 14th & 15th !!!

Hello Friends!

Louise Erskine and I are excited to be selling our handmade glass art at APPLEFEST this weekend at Wachusett Mountain, in Princeton, MA.

We will have an assortment of Flameworked, Fused and Slumped Glass Art that we've handcrafted ourselves; work for the home and personal adornment…

Some of the items we will have for sale are: 

Jewelry, Ornaments, Sun Catchers, Bowls, Wind Chimes, Bookmarks, Key Chains, Scissor Fobs, Hair Sticks, Appetizer Trays, Candy Dishes, Spoon Rests, Tic-Tac-Toe games and much more!!

We will be indoors in the Main Lodge.


October 14-15, 2017
10:00am – 5:00pm

Wachusett Mountain
Princeton, MA


Tickets:
Adults (12yr and up)
$11 Advance, $14 Door

Children 6-12
$6 Advance, $9 Door
*Children 5 & under are FREE
(… more ticketing and event information on their website)


Examples of work that will be available for sale:









We’re looking forward to seeing you there!!






Friday, February 17, 2017

Beads on the Trail - 2017

Hello Friends,  

Set of 5 Beads I created for the "Beads on the Trail - 2017" Project
I joined in on a special bead adventure that I'd like to share with you: Beads on the Trail 2017. There was a call for beads to support children with cancer or serious illness. These beads are to travel with mushers on the 1000 mile long Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.  Each artist who signed up for the challenge made a set of 5 Alaskan themed beads.  At the end of the race, one bead will be kept by the musher and the other 4 beads will be used to raise money for BOC and go to the children in the BOC program.  Below are pictures of the beads that I created and sent along to Alaska. 

Being a part of this event has added to an awakening I’ve been feeling lately. The need to be an advocate, to help others; that this life is precious, and I need to focus on what matters most to me.  Helping others has always been at the core of who I am, it brings me life.  Sometimes I get lost, but re-awakening is humbling and refreshing.
  
Beads on the Trail 2017 is organized by Beads of Courage (BOC) with the help of Artmosphere Studio, the goal of this annual event is to connect Alaska's Last Great Race (Iditarod) with the kids in the Beads of Courage program, who are in a race for their lives. Mushers share the strength and courage they need for Iditarod in honor of the children who will receive the beads they carry on the 1000 mile long Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.  

Beads of Courage has a unique goal; they are a non-profit group that supports children with cancer or serious illnesses and their families. BOC acknowledges each treatment undergone by a child by giving them a bead.  Each child’s bead collection grows and represents badges of courage and honors the wars they are fighting with their illnesses; fighting for their lives.  To learn more about Beads of Courage: http://www.beadsofcourage.org
  
Artmosphere Studio, in Anchorage Alaska, is a shared working studio space.  They are open for classes and special events by appointment. Artmosphere Studio is working with Beads of Courage in 2017 to send beads on the Iditarod Trail for the 6th time.    

Also volunteering and helping with the organization of this event are the Hot Headed Honeys:   Alaska’s first co-op of lampwork artists dedicated to promoting lampwork art and artists in Alaska and providing creative and business resources to  co-op members.  
  
The Iditarod:A race covering 1000 miles of the roughest, most beautiful terrain Mother Nature has to offer. She throws jagged mountain ranges, frozen river, dense forest, desolate tundra and miles of windswept coast at the mushers and their dog teams.  Add to that temperatures far below zero, winds that can cause a complete loss of visibility, the hazards of overflow, long hours of darkness and treacherous climbs and side hills, and you have the Iditarod. A race extraordinaire, a race only possible in Alaska.  The race starts in Anchorage, in south central Alaska, to Nome on the western Bering Sea coast.”  This year's race starts on March 4th.  To learn more about the Iditarod:  http://iditarod.com/about/










Monday, October 24, 2016

The Bead Affaire - It Was a Blast!!

Wow, that was fun!!  Thank you to all the people who came out to the Bead Affaire in Watertown on such a gorgeous day!  One of the special perks of vending at the Bead Affaire is that you have prime seating for your own personal “wearable art fashion show”. It is always a joy to see what beautiful pieces people are wearing, be it a necklace, bracelet, pin or article of clothing. 

One of my greatest enjoyments is helping a person find the special piece that will enhance or complete a look.  This fuels my need to continue with my own creations.

Catching up with old friends always fills my heart with happiness; many thanks to those that took the time to stop by and say ‘hello’.

Below is a necklace that Robin Pass put together after the show, including a single translucent aqua blue bead she purchased from me.  I am always excited to see how people incorporate my work into theirs...  Beautiful work Robin!!

Necklace created by Robin Pass

Sunday, October 9, 2016

The 38th Annual Bead Affaire - October 15th, 2016!

Hello Friends!

It is once again that special time of year! The weather is crisp and the nights are brisk with the stars twinkling brightly in the evening sky.  The leaves are turning stunning colors and all of this means that it is time for the very BEST bead show in New England, the Bead Affaire, sponsored by Beadesigner International.

The Bead Affaire has an amazing line up of bead artists and bead vendors with something for everyone. You will find handmade beads, natural stone beads, imported beads, beaded objects …. old beads, new beads, big beads, blue beads….  and me!

This will be my 2nd year back to this wonderful show that has meant so much to me over the years. 

My Ocean & Moon Series - Collaboration with Chris O'Connor

I will be sharing a table this year with my good friend Louise Erskine.  She  has been working with all forms of glass for many years, starting out her glass adventures with stained glass and today has mastered flameworking, fusing, pate de verre and decorative painting on glass (to name a few of her talents).  She will have a great selection of work available for sale.  Here are a couple of examples of Louise's work: 


"Louise's Smiles are Frowns turned upside down"
.... more of Louise's beads... 




I have been increasing my hours at the torch, having more fun and getting more and more back into the swing of things.  My goal is to find my ‘Zen’ place again, where flameworking is the cure for anything that ails me. 

I will have beads, pendants, beaded goodies: bookmarks, key chains, pens, finished necklaces and ribbons and chains to accompany a pendant or bead.  I will also have a couple of copies of Paul Engle’s  book ‘Conciatore’ and a few of Emilio Santini’s little bottles, vessels and earrings.    

I am very excited about the prospect of seeing old friends and meeting new bead enthusiasts!  Stop by and say ‘hello’!


Mark your calendars
for


October 15, 2016  10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Armenian Cultural and Education Center

47 Nichols Ave., Watertown, MA

Admission is $6:00, for a $1.00 off admission - print the coupon on  BDI's website:  Bead Affaire Coupon  
 A list of vendors can be found here:  Bead Affaire 2016 Vendor List

Below are two necklaces that Chris O'Connor and I collaborated on. 

 I will have both pieces at the show.





I hope to see you at the show!