Happy New Year!

So that’s another Christmas over and here we are on the verge of the new year – I hope you’ve all had a wonderful festive season and are full of excitement about what 2017 will bring…

Although 2016 has not done anything particularly horrible to me personally (other than the fact that I will be seeing the new year in from the sofa and toasting it with cold remedies!) I do feel like many of us are carrying the weight of the seismic changes we’ve seen in many areas and sometimes find it hard to stay positive. I have no answer to that other than to say I retain my own sanity through my creative work and interaction with associated communities that are so important to me.

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Art Elements Component of the Month Reveal – Kristie Roeder

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This months Art Elements component challenge was a little different as out components were contributed by a guest designer Kristie Roeder, who provided this gorgeous selection of ceramic and glass pendants. I managed to snag the lovely aqua green one top left.

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I really wanted to bead embroider this but it’s a rather large piece and I knew I would get carried away and end up with it being unwearable. So I either had to treat it as decorative art or pare it down somewhat – I chose the latter.

The pendant itself is so stunning it really doesn’t need very much to make it shine so I’ve kept it really simple. The pendant has a loop attached  but I decided I wanted to create a beaded bail so I started off by flipping it and adding a lampwork headpin by Jen Cameron to the loop. I then threaded some very fine wire with seed beads and wrapped it around the loop.

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The bail was created by threading seed beads onto Fireline and wrapping it around the pendant three times. Add some toning 3mm leather cord, choker length and there you have it…a simple but striking statement piece.

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Huge thanks to Kristie for sponsoring this challenge and for the opportunity to design with her work. I hope you will use the links below to check out the designs made by the other participants.

Enjoy.

Guest Designers:

Sarajo Wentling

Lola Surwillo

Beti Horvath

Kate Kemp

Art Elements Team

Susan Kennedy

Lesley Watt

Claire Fabian

Jenny Davies-Reazor

Jen Cameron

 

Time To Let Go…

Whenever you make things for a living or even as a hobby, it’s inevitable that eventually you’ll end up with an over-abundance of ‘stuff’ that takes over any available space in your home. Unsold stock, test pieces, supplies you couldn’t do without but have never used. This has long been a topic of conversation amongst the team over at Art Elements, so much so in fact that we’ve recently launched a Facebook Destash group called Art Elements Extras.

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And The Giveaway Winners Are…

Many thanks to everyone who took part in the giveaway and for all your lovely comments which I very much appreciate. I’m now delighted to announce that the lucky winners are..

Cathy Mendola and Sally Thake

Congratulations ladies and I will be in touch shortly!

New Work for Autumn…And a giveaway!

So now that I have this lovely new website I thought I’d better set to and start filling the shop up a bit. This past week has been a marathon of glazing, firing, photographing and listing and I’m completely pooped! It’s been a very busy couple of weeks getting this project up and running but it leaves me with a nice sense of achievement and feeling pretty happy. Now I’d like to share some of that ‘happy’ with you so I’m having a little giveaway…

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