I was one of two winners at Art Bead Scene last month for my "Fracture" earrings, my entry in the Marc Franz challenge. My prize was a gift certificate from Julie's shop, Outwest. I used it toward the purchase of these beauties. I specifically asked for the eight apricot beads, and left it up to Julie to make up a mix of Southwestern colors to complete the order. I could not be more pleased with her selection. Thanks again, Julie!
When I opened the package, I think my jaw really hit the floor. Folks, this is my kind of beautiful. I just had to stand and stare at them in awe for a few minutes.
I can't really describe, and the photo doesn't show, how stunning they are. The colors are mouthwatering. My brain started churning with ideas inspired by the texture and colors.
I'm calling this collection Native Flowers, and they are part of my Southwestern Landscapes Series. These are a few of the pieces I created after being inspired by Julie's work. She's my new favorite glass artist, and a super nice lady.
I painted several different sheets of translucent (Premo) clay with chalk inks and alcohol inks, let them dry, and used my controlled marbling technique to make very thin sheets which I layered onto my favorite faux bone veneers.
I wanted the bone to show through the translucent clay, and I am really pleased with the result.
I wanted to take a minute to thank all of you who purchased my faux turquoise mosaic pieces. The pieces from all three batches sold out, and I hope to have more in a few days. Thank you so much!
I really do have the best customers in the world, many of whom have become treasured friends as well.
Several of the pieces are on their way to Australia, and my customer didn't even mind paying the new, ridiculously expensive U.S. postage rates for 1st class international mail.
That's devotion for you!