Each week one of our contributors gives you a sneak peek into their studio, creative process or
inspirations. We ask a related question of our readers and hope you'll leave comments! As an
added incentive, we offer a prize each week to encourage you to participate. The following week a winner is chosen at random from all eligible entries. And here are the results from last week!
Congratulations to Erin S
She was number 21 out of 27 that was chosen by Random.org
Erin S has won a special focal bead, custom made by Julie Wong Sontag of Uglibeads, from her "boreal forest" series. Please contact Julie to claim your prize!
I am a vendor in Artisan Alley at Bead Fest in Philadelphia next week. So I have been creating ceramic beads, pendants, cabochons, bracelet toppers and earring pairs like a wild woman! I do give myself lots of time to create and design fun new things for my display. Because I have been vending there for 5 years now, I often get the "What's new?" question. Well, I don't want to answer "nothing." So about 6 weeks out from the show, I take slower selling designs out and introduce new things to my customers. I enjoy that part. I pay attention to trends in fashion and on etsy and Pinterest. Plus, I have to dig it! But, no matter how much time I think I have given myself, the "I'm running out of time panic" sets in. That's where I am now. But, I manage to get things done, even if I am firing my kiln the night before I leave for the show.
I also sell my beads wholesale, and I have some wonderful businesses that sell my beads for me. One is Cherry Tree Beads and I received an order for 192 beads three weeks ago. Yes...I can do it! This is what the order looked like before I wrapped it up for shipping
What a relief when that box went to the post office!
This is a tray of green ware or non fired ceramic cabochons and a few beads. These go into the kiln for the first firing at 1920 degrees to turn them into bisque. Then they look like this:
This is how I produce for a show. I get out the glaze color and lay whatever beads I want to paint that color by the jar. It is faster and produces a nice assortment of bead designs and colors in my display. I use wood skewers to hold the bead while I am glazing and stick the skewer in the wood holder to dry. It keeps the bead and my fingers neat!
My husband hung these shelves in my studio for my show trays to sit on. I can see what trays are low or what colors I need to fill in the display with. The top shelf is too high to easily see, so I put random stuff up there. Don't we fill up every inch of space in our studio?
This is a fun owl bracelet that will be part of my jewelry sample display at the show. I made some more owls to put in my bracelet topper tray so people can take them home with them.
These are still green ware, but I have plenty of time to finish them, right? Lol Thank you for reading about my show prep and please visit me in booth 550A if you are going to the show.
So my question to you is, Do you work well under pressure and deadlines, or do you prefer a more easy going approach? Leave your comment below and next week someone will win a $20 gift certificate to my etsy shop, www.fireflydesignstudio.etsy.com