Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Painted Desert

Picture the Sun setting in the distance as you witness the elegance of the colors of the Painted Desert - reds, yellows, the layered colors in the rock formations all around you. This bead will take you on a journey to the Grand Canyon in all it's beauty. If you've never been there, you can certainly experience what it must be like by holding these beads in your hands. God's creation is sometimes just unexplainable - you have to behold and soak it in to truly understand..Listed on EBAY today - Suzanne Hansen Art Glass - Painted Desert

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Cupcake Anyone?

Took a class on Sunday learning to make small off mandrel (not beads) sculptures. Much fun. So yesterday I headed for the studio to see what I could do on my own. Mom was baking cookies in the house and I was making glass cupcakes and baking them in the kiln!

Not hard to see the progression during my day. When I finished I was exhausted making petals, leaves, frosting, cupcake cups with a pering knife cutting little ridges in the glass to simulate the cups, getting the lil cakes in the oven before they cooled off - dropped a few on the floor getting them to the oven and scurried to save them, such a hectic life I lead. Searching to find the petals and leaves that broke off to melt them back on the cupcakes before they cooled off again. My My - well ENJOY! Hope you can have a little cupcake chuckle with me.

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Beads of Courage

I had a wonderful opportunity today with the Bead club. Glass beads artists are invited to create one of a kind beads for children who are undergoing treatments (cancer and other life threatening diseases). When a child completes a treatment - they are awarded a bead toward an ongoing string of beads as a symbol of courage.

My bead club met at Pratt School of Fine Arts - who donated studio time, glass and kiln for members who sat together, had fun, shared knowledge and then donated created beads to the kids.

I was a bit intemidated by the world reknown glass bead artists who contribute, Leslie Thiel, Kimberly Afleck, Cheryl Matson, and many others who were making these incredible glass beads for the kids. While I, did my best and then reached for my bead box and contributed as many beads as I thought the kids would love to donate to the cause.

It was rewarding and just humbling to be a part of something much bigger than myself to children who will choose a bead they love most to remember their courage in their life battle against a killer who just WILL NOT WIN in their lives.

Get involved in something that is bigger than you!


Friday, March 26, 2010

Fish Fish - here fishie fishie

Manuela Wutschke is my inspiration and secret mentor ;-). I love her beads so much. Go to her website and buy her beads!!! She is an incredible Glass Artist. This bird is her trademark...I'm copying big time. I hope she can forgive me - when you are a newbie all you can do is copy the Masters - right?

Saturday, March 20, 2010

New Canapy Knives for April Show

I haven't posted beads for a while and I have been busy making them. These little knives are for the Bead show at the 5th Avenue Glass Shop downtown Seattle. Enjoy

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Sunday, March 7, 2010

Shark's Tale

As I studied this focal bead all I could think of was a "Shark's Tale". Probably because I went to "Alice and Wonderland" this weekend and my mind is still in Wonderland. These beads will be heading for Ebay soon as I get my account up and running soon - as soon after the Oscar's I can get myself into the groove ;-)

Enjoy! hugs

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