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Welcome to the Humblebeads Studio - again!
It's been a busy, crazy time over the last few weeks. I've been working on lots of behind the scene projects and working on new beads that will be heading to my Etsy shop soon. One of the themes that have been recurring lately in my beadmaking are borrowing techniques and inspirations from pottery.
I've been a fan of Sgraffito for a while, it reminds me so much of block printing and uses a similar carving technique that I so enjoy. Sgraffito pottery are glazed with a dark glaze on leather hard clay, the dark glaze is carved away to create an image. I love the graphic and folk-inspired look of these pieces.
Ceramic molds and impression-making techniques translate so nicely to polymer clay. I love the idea of creating your own stamps and molds to use as a beadmaker. In another life I would have been a ceramic beadmaking but I'm too darn impatient and want instant gratification and I'm so not techy and glazes seems like a science to me. Thank the bead gods for polymer clay! I can handle a toaster oven.
Both the sgraffito and stamped beads above are part of a spring workshop that I'm teaching in May. You can see the details here. I'm sure I'll be teaching these classes in other places too and hey, if you have a polymer clay guild or bead society in your area consider talking to them about having me out as a guest teacher.
And my last bit of pottery influenced beads are these Wedgwood inspired beads, the ones with the white vines/leaves. I've been having fun making these bead totems in spring colors - inspired by Vanessa Bell's paintings and her Charleston farmhouse.