Meet my talented Bead Soup Partner Silke!

Silver Glass Bead made by Silke

Silver Glass Bead made by Silke

Landscape Bead made by Silke

Landscape Bead made by Silke

I have previously told you about the Bead Soup Blog Hop Party I am taking part in.  Now, let me tell you a little bit about my partner in this swap: Silke from Kirchheim unter Technik near Stuttgart in Germany.

Silke told me that she got introduced to glass bead making via a friend in 2010.  She was taught how to make a glass encasing by her favourite glass dealer, but is pretty much self taught.  She has however attended some classes with a few talented artists/ teachers in the last few years ( such as Angela Meier (Switzerland), Jens Christian Kontrup (Denmark), Michael Barley and J.C. Herrell (USA)).

I asked Silke what her favourite type of beads were and she said that there were two: Silver glass (http://just-beads.blogspot.de/search/label/Silberglas) and Landscape beads (http://just-beads.blogspot.de/search/label/Landschaften).

Silke: ‘ -With one silverglass you can make beads with many different colours. The way how you work with the glass (temperature, ratio between gas and Oxygen, working time) is the reason for the wonderful colours.’

My ‘Bead Soup’ partner has recently opened up a shop on Etsy and I highly recommend a visit: https://www.etsy.com/shop/justbeads4all

I have always admired the other worldly beauty of beads made with this technique.  Silke’s creations are superb and she has promised to send me some for the swap!  I look forward to the challenge and cherish the opportunity to admire her work in real life.

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A bouquet of head pins and pink Santa

Bouquet of head pins

Bouquet of head pins

Pink Santa

Pink Santa

I thought I would post a little snap shot of some new head pins I have just collected from the kiln.  They don’t look like much yet, but I think these will be good fun when they are done:)  Some of them are more of a sort of organic/plant type of design and they will be polished with gilders wax etc.  I think I will add colour to the others with traditional ceramic glaze.

The later collection makes me smile as they are inspired by ‘Nightmare before Christmas’.  I still love that film as much as I did the first time I saw it.  What’s not to love?  Romance, excitement and wonderfully quirky characters!  I especially love Jack’s enthusiasm when he discovers Christmas and examines the ‘evidence’ in his lab:)

I  also could not resist sharing a picture of my daughter Isabella from earlier this evening.  She had just devoured a plate of vegetarian spaghetti Bolognese when she decided to dress up as pink Santa.  She might not be the cleanest child in the world in this picture, but perhaps one of the happiest!  I love this little lady so, so much:)

Ceramic beads

A collection of sets

A collection of sets

Singles

Singles

Close up leaf set

Close up leaf set

Close up blue flower bell set

Close up blue flower bell set

Close up red flower set

Close up red flower set

I thought I would show you my other line of ceramic beads.  These have got a very different look to them compared to the traditionally glazed beads.  They are actually more labour intensive to make as there is a lot of shading, layering and burnishing involved.  I do love the end result though.  They have got an ancient and somewhat mysterious look about them.  Like they have been around for hundreds and hundreds of years and have seen and heard everything there is to see:)

freshly baked ceramic beads

A collection of sets of beads from my latest batch.

A collection of sets of beads from my latest batch.

 

Mix of pendants

Mix of pendants

 

Necklace set

Necklace set

 

Melon beads with flower

Melon beads with flower

 

Zesty set

Zesty set

 

Daffodil set

Daffodil set

I have been meaning to post pictures a lot sooner than this, but life got in the way as it so often does:)

I am taking part in Lori Anderson’s Bead Soup Blog Party for the first time this year (it is in its 8th edition).  It is an event where you are paired up with another jewellery designer and you swap beads, create something from your new beads and then you both reveal your creations on a set date.  The idea is that you are challenged by working with materials you may not have worked with before etc.  Another goal for the challenge is to get people blogging.  Lori is very thoughtful and have paired newbies like myself with experienced bloggers.

I have been paired with a very talented lady called Silke from Germany.  She is a lampworker and creates the sublimely beautiful glass beads (this is her blog:http://just-beads.blogspot.com)!  She has promised to send me some beads she has made and I cannot tell you how much I look forward to admiring her work in person!  I will tell you a little bit more about my blog soup partner in another blog post.

I thought I would post a few pictures of what I make.  I’ll show you some sets of traditionally glazed ceramic beads today.  I will take more pictures tomorrow and show you some of my cold glazed ceramic beads.

I’m so excited!

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This will be an exciting year with many firsts for me.  For instance – I have never blogged before.

I’m about to launch a project I am very excited about, but it is very close to my heart and that makes it scary as well as it means risking failure.  I have decided it is time to be brave and follow my dream of starting my own business.  I have spent too many years trying to be sensible and having a ‘proper’ job.  Is time to come out of a ‘closet’ of sorts: – My name is Annica and I am a creative!

I have tried many different mediums, but clay (metal and ceramic) is the perfect match for me.  I love experimenting with different textures and forms.  It is pure bliss!

I have been making jewellery on and off for as long as I can remember, but it became more of a focus from 2005 and onwards.  My Father became very ill that year and I needed something to take my mind off things.  Jewellery making has become a big part of my life and I have meet some truly lovely people who share the same interest.

What will my business be about you may ask?  Well, I will be making Artisan jewellery components.  Beads, toggles, connectors, head pins etc.  I will be making cold glazed and traditionally glazed items as well as some metal clay components.  It is possibly that I will add new ideas/techniques eventually.  I am a curious type and love learning and combining different materials, so I predict some experimentation:)

I am working on product development at the moment, but also considering things like ordering business cards, banner design etc.  So many things to consider!  There are probably even more things I should do, but I am sure it will all come to me in time.

Pictures?  What does your products look like you may ask?  Well, I will take some pictures and post to the blog to show some examples of what I do very soon.  It is high on my to-do list, but at the moment life mostly revolves around my one year old who has got the flu and a high temperature.  I’ll try to post some pictures as soon as my little boy is well again.

Well, I have actually come to the end of my very first blog post!  Imagine that:)