Thursday night’s reception at Boston Bead Company was fun! What a wonderful opportunity to show some of my beadwork in Harvard Square. I also had the chance to talk about my creative process to those who were interested and perhaps new to bead embroidery. Here’s a quick pic of Carson Eddy, the shop owner, and I.. We had a great time checking out all of the gorgeous seed beads currently in stock for the Fall Seed Bead Trunk Show!
After the reception, I went out with friends sporting my latest micro-beaded poodle necklace. This piece is so much fun to wear & it really commands attention. Perhaps I should make more beaded dog collars! :D
If you are in the Boston area, and would like to learn how to do bead embroidery, Boston Bead Company has added a beading class with me to next month’s calendar! :O
Register now for this 5-hour workshop. I will be teaching some basic bead embroidery techniques, as well as how to make an adorable Pink Poodle pin. This workshop will be held at the Cambridge store one time only. Class will be held on Saturday, October 27 from 10am-3pm. Six students maximum, so register early! H0pe to see you there! :D
Last week, I tried something new! Friends & I took a 4-hr. private lesson in beadmaking at Diablo Glass School here in Boston. We learned how to make lampwork (flame work) beads. What an awesome way to spend the day!
We had a great teacher named Peter who showed us some basic techniques. At first it seemed a bit tricky to melt the glass rod in the torch with one hand and turn the mandrel with the other hand at the same time, but this just takes lots of practice. You also have to remember to keep the glass in the flame to keep it hot, otherwise it can crack right on the mandrel! :/
Here are the first lampwork beads I made. I was bummed the bumpy bead on the right broke in the kiln, because it was perfect when I put it in. I am happy with how the others turned out for my first attempt at working with glass.
I do plan to go back and make more beads. There’s definitely something about working with an open flame that makes you forget all about life’s worries.. And, I now have a greater appreciation for those who choose to make lampwork beads for a living. Working with glass is not easy, as the final product is the result of bit of luck & and a lot of magic! :D
Also, just a reminder to those in the Boston area, you are invited to join me for an artist reception this Thursday at Boston Bead Company in Harvard Square from 6:30-8pm. Please click HERE for more info! Hope to see you there! :)
Finally, a quick pic from Friday night’s reception at the Cambridge Art Association’s 11th National Prize Show! What a fantastic event and what an honor it is to be a part of the show! :D
Also, for the first time, the Cambridge Art Association allowed artists to take out an advertisement in their full-color exhibition booklet. All proceeds support the Cambridge Art Association, so I decided to take advantage of the opportunity. I designed my own ad! How does it look? :D
If you happen to be in Harvard Square during the month of June, I hope you’ll stop by the Kathryn Schultz Gallery to check out my beaded M1 Abrams military tank, entitled ‘Imminence of War’. Please check the Cambridge Art Association‘s website for hours and directions. The show runs through July 5th, 2012. Thank you for your interest in my beadwork!