xo a charmed life xo Clay Jewelry and Art

Life is charmed

Beth Ann Hoover

gypsybeadpeddler

How it all Began-I had been making jewelry and selling it at various venues for about ten years. Buying beautiful quality jewelry making supplies for my jewelry designs had always been important to me and I enjoyed the thrill of the hunt to find them.

After retiring from teaching I made the decision to open my own supply shop on Etsy.
I am delighted to say that I have great customers and have met wonderful like minded people from all over the world through my Etsy experience.

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RED CIRCLE METALS

Suzanne Linquist

As an art history graduate student, what fascinated me most were the metal objects I saw illustrated in books and exhibited in museums. Occasionally, when I was lucky enough to get into a museum’s back room, I could put on a pair of white gloves and pick up a metal piece; a censor, a centuries old weapon or broach, feel its weight, turn it in the light and study the parts that moved. Who made these pieces, I wondered, and more important, how did they do it? To find out, I enrolled in a beginning jewelry class and immediately fell in love. I loved the studio, tools, materials and most of all, the creative act that began with an idea and ended, to my astonishment, with an actual object. The notion of making something was extremely compelling and very different from my bookish past. I began to think it possible to move away from academics and make a career for myself as a jeweler….

Outside my window…11:45pm. Aaaaah. I love NY. XOXOXO (at West 24th Street)

Jana Roberts Benzon has a diverse artistic background in various mediums, but polymer has captured her creative spirit like nothing else….its ability to become just about anything is the height of creative freedom.  Jana has focused on creating her brand of intricate “millefiori” canework and in perfecting her innovative techniques for building and reducing canes.  From those canes, Jana loves creating interesting, dimensional jewelry pieces often evocative of Arabic or old world designs.  While she’ll never leave the geometric symmetry of caning, these days she’s having a great time exploring the world of organic forms and “cutwork”. 

Jana has always loved being a teacher and enjoys teaching polymer clay workshops internationally. 

She loves living in the Intermountain West where she can indulge in her favorite outdoor pastimes of hiking, snowshoeing and exploring. 

Jana’s art is dedicated to her mother..

                                      CIRCULAR THINKING 
There is something comforting about the circle. And oh so beautiful…XOXOXO

                  JOHN STUART ANDERSON

“The Stone Age didn’t end because the world ran out of stones. The Oil Age will end, because we will run out of oil. As a polymer clay artist, I create artifacts of mind, my visions and experience with other cultures, ethnobotanical art that will endure long after the oil has run out. Oil has vandalized this planet. I’m trying to do something that leaves behind a carbon footprint of beauty rather than destruction. And, as a fimo artist who works exclusively with polymer clay, give my chosen medium the nobility it deserves. 

Polymer clay gives artists the opportunity to create graphics in a way that no other medium has allowed. And cross-pollinate graphic excellence with a 3 dimensional form.”

ERICKO PAGE-More beautiful beads…XOXOXO

A self-taught polymer clay artist, Eriko trained in handicrafts and arts in Japan where she studied textile and pattern making. In 1998 she discovered polymer clay, though after taking a class she was disappointed and lost interest right away. Coming back to the art later and using a few books as reference, Eriko developed her own voice through the craft and also found a way of expressing her heritage…

Restaurant week. My life. XOXOXO (at Lure Fishbar)

Restaurant week. My life. XOXOXO (at Lure Fishbar)

ANNIE PENNINGTONArtist Statement-

Inspired by false-color Scanning Electron Microscope images of spores, pollen, plant cellular structures, and molecular growth mechanisms, I create wearable sculptural objects that reference the intricate elements and natural processes that surround us on a daily basis. Commonly overlooked and unexplored, this hidden world contains some of the most complex and delicate lines, forms, and textures from which to draw inspiration. 

I choose to utilize commonplace materials for their textural qualities, color, malleability, and structural integrity. Like the imagery that inspires me, the materials are all around, and they are easily accessible — they can be found at local craft, hardware, and yarn stores. By modifying and increasing the scale of microscopic elements, I create an intimate dialogue between wearer and object, and challenge the viewer to come face-to-face with my version of the natural world.

Donna Greenberg led me to this artist’s stunning work. Now look at Donna’s! XOXOXO