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:)