Wednesday, 18 April 2012

Stars in my Eyes...

I have mixed feelings about my postman...


He delivered my tax return a couple of days ago and it's been sitting on my worktable to remind me to block out some time to tackle it. I'd only been in business a matter of weeks last time around so this one is going to be a lot more involved. And of course, I have all my paper work in order - not. But then this morning he arrived with a box choc full of goodies from the lovely Karen Totten of Starry Road Studio and all was forgiven.


I was beside myself with glee going through this mother load with design ideas flashing through my head as I picked up each gorgeous piece. Karen and I have become 'virtual' friends in recent months and it's because of her and the other talented ceramic artists I've met online that I've added ceramics to my bead stash and started pushing my designs in new directions. And it's even better knowing that these came from a lovely and very witty lady too. We share a passion for earthy organic textures and glazes but Karen also mixes it up with the most glorious and vibrant colours - there's not one item here I am even vaguely ambivalent about - thank you Karen I love the lot!


Karen is a member of the Beads of Clay professional artists team of which incidentally, I am very proud to say I am now a design partner. I'm really looking forward to working on challenges with the team members so keep your eyes peeled for news of those. She is also a founder member of the new team blog Art Jewelry Elements so if you want to get an insight into the work of Karen and the other team members, sign up to follow now. Oh, and Karen's pottery is not limited to jewellery so be sure to check out her shop for more great pieces.



Of course there has to be a down side...I'm now completely distracted from today's task to clear up the house which always gets neglected the week before I do a big THEA too shop update. But just a few hours won't make a difference will it...:0)

Happy beading people!


Lesley

14 comments:

  1. Wow...gorgeous!! She's amazing :-)

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  2. Love everything!!! She is on my list of goodies to order! Enjoy your loot it's much better then taxes lol

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  3. Gorgeous beads! I can see why you might be distracted. Good luck with your tax return and house cleaning today.

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  4. I'm a fan too! Her colors are so rich, and I love the variety of finishes. The shapes she chooses really appeal to me too, and the rings! I love the rings. I even keep her packaging because it's so lovely.

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  5. Beautiful beads! I can't wait to see what you create. Push those tax forms to the side.

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  6. Love it all! I am waiting for my order in the post too! Not nearly as large but very exciting also. Love Karen and Theatoo! What a great combo! Can't wait to see your creations!
    Cilla

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  7. Man o'man are you going to be busy with all of those GORGEOUS components! Lucky girl!

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  8. Hi Lesley,
    I got my taxes done right under the wire and it was not pretty. Good luck with your taxes. I love those clay beauties have fun creating with them, congratulations on becoming a new design partner with the beads of clay crew.
    Therese

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  9. I love Katen's work. I have a small stash of her things, but you got a truck-load!!! Lucky lady!

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  10. Oh what fun to see my little ceramic components in your pictures!!!! To think they made it over the ocean... :D

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  11. I love Karen's work too Lesley! So earthy and delightful, I could gaze at her pieces all day long! You got quite the stash from her, I'm very jealous! Have fun creating!

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  12. very delicate pieces put together...they look so beautiful in their soft shades and cute shapes...lovely lose and charming bracelet.

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  13. Oh.My.LOrd. Look at all that stuff!!! I have never bought from Karen - I don't know why, I love here stuff, it somehow just seems a liiiittle more expensive than some other sellers.....I'm sure it's not really but that's what's put me off. These shots may just change my mind....I absolutely love ceramics. Glass is awesome but clay has it's own special quality that I really adore.

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