Monday, February 11, 2019

Not a Headpin In Sight!

Beach glass shards tumbled smooth and 
drilled with holes can make an awesome
pair of earrings!

This time it's beach glass buttons which
take center stage as an earring
component. Hand formed and decorated
ceramic clay discs hang in the balance...

Red Wasser glass - lightweight and festive - 
suspended from a decorative copper bail and 
brushed copper ring...

There's that red Wasser glass again, this
time along for the ride with incredibly thin
clay discs transfer printed with rice paper

Hand Formed Headpins & Earrings

Many earrings are 'built' on a headpin.
In the above pair, the hand formed headpin
was made with a spiral bottom design
to carry the hanging clay squares...

This entire earring is made on a headpin;
if you look carefully, you will detect the flat
copper spiral under the last disc which is
really the bottom of the headpin...

This headpin (with a eye pin top) has a simple
diagonal square bottom which holds my
hand painted spirit hole disc under the clay
carved tube bead above it.
Each spirit hole disc is accented with a pair 
of wavy copper spacer discs... 

Friday, February 1, 2019

More on Making Earrings...

I love making earrings with my many Spirit Hole discs...

...accented with Wasser Glass shapes

and hand cut faux sea glass hearts from Emily Cohen.

The combination makes a fabulous 'look-at-me'
pair of earrings...

Not to mention lightweight and easy-to-wear!

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Time for Making Earrings...

Since I am doing an Earring Workshop in February
at Gallery on Park, Swarthmore, PA, it seemed
like a good idea to bone up on certain skills...

I also wanted to use some of the beads I intend
to share at the event to make samples of earring

Not all the earrings I made include clay beads;
but they do show techniques which work either way.

Amethyst slices and semi-precious beads can make
quite a statement!

Friday, January 25, 2019

Trunk Show + Make and Take

This Saturday January 26th, 2019 
at Blue Santa Beads & Boutique in Media, PA

Featuring the work of 
Barbara Hanselman and Nadia Bond. 
For a $10 fee, Barbara or Nadia 
will fashion their components purchased by you 
from the Trunk Show into "Art-to-Wear. 

This runs noon to 4 PM.

Hope to see you there!

Wednesday, January 2, 2019


What could be more fun 
than spending three whole days 
simply playing in the mud!

On day two we began making Oliver boxes many of 
which were transformed into teapots on day three...

Not to mention discovering stencils, rice paper transfers,
engobes and dropbach trays... We were so involved
the first day that we didn't even take a single picture!

These are only pictures of work made in the hand building
room; there was wheel work and things also happening
in the new Annex...

We did decide that three days is just not long enough...

Oh what fun!

Community Arts Center Clay Camp
Wallingford, PA
January 2nd through the 4th, 2019

Thursday, December 27, 2018

January 12th Workshop

My first workshop of 2019 
"Making Ceramic Shards into Necklaces"
will happen on January 12th from 1 to 4 PM
104 Park Avenue, Swarthmore, PA 19081

This hands-on opportunity will familiarize you with many
ways to create Art to Wear necklaces with up-cycled
Pottery Shards...Each of these pottery shards 
is a piece of ceramic vision! 
They are an imagined bowl, cup or platter 
headed for the Holiday table or that special pitcher 
used to serve maple syrup on Sunday mornings.  
But somewhere en route to their continued existence,
 they met with an insurmountable hurdle. 
This in no way lessens their value 
as a symbol of a dream. 

Each tumbled smooth tactile clay shard 
embodies the process it took “to become” 
and to make one into a necklace to wear
 is to share in this inexplicable experience.
Please contact Martha Perkins at the Gallery
to reserve your spot!

Sunday, November 25, 2018

The Holiday Sale at Cheltenham Center for the Arts

I think it's nice to have some idea 
of what you may find at a Fine Craft Showing...

Reena Brooks will have a delightful selection
of colorful handmade scarves...

There will be many bowls to choose from
made by Lucia Welsh, Ellen Pine Litwin and
Carol Allen...

Trust me, you can never have too many BOWLS!

There will be pots that pour and pots with lids...

And MUGS, 
another thing you can never have
too many of...

There will be Clay-to-Wear by Barbara Hanselman
and inventive jewelry by Yvonne Pagel...

AND Amazing Mixed Media Artwork...

So come either Saturday December 1st or 
Sunday December 2nd, 2018 between
11 AM and 4 PM to meet the makers...
Cheltenham Center for the Arts
Ashbourne Road, Cheltenham, PA

Plan to pay with cash or check...thank you!

Sunday, November 11, 2018

A Holiday Sale 2018

I do very few Craft Shows anymore but
I wanted to support the Cheltenham Center for the Arts 
where I teach a Tuesday morning hand building clay class 
and this seemed like a good way to do it. 
This will be an intimate gathering of local artists 
who love what they do and who want to share it with you...

Hope to see you there!

Thursday, November 8, 2018


The perfect gift (filled with flowers) for the person
who considers herself one...

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Featured in November...

Two of my best selling INTAGLIO mats 
are Bordered Ginkgo & Paisley.

The Paisley design is the surface patterning 
on this Shamanistic Rattle
with found wood handle...

Both of these mats can be purchased on my Etsy site:

For the month of November, they will both
be available with free shipping!

The Bordered Ginkgo Leaves tray above 
was made by Linda Selwood,
a good friend and clay student at
Community Arts Center,
Wallingford, PA.

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Where You Can Fine My Work...

The Gallery on Park

Martha Perkins has recently opened an intimate 
gallery space where you can see my Clay-to-Wear
as well as some of my more functional clay work...

BeaDazzle at Community Arts Center
414 Plush Mill Road, Wallingford, PA

BeaDazzle carries my clay shard necklaces...

Each of these pottery shards is a piece of ceramic vision!

They are an imagined bowl, cup or platter headed for the 
Holiday table or that special pitcher used to serve maple
syrup on Sunday mornings. But somewhere en route
to their continued existence, 
they met with an insurmountable hurdle. 
This in no way lessens their value as a symbol of a dream. 
Each tumbled smooth tactile piece of clay embodies 
the process it took “to become” and to wear one 
is to share in this inexplicable experience.

Wayne Art Center

The Wayne Gallery Shop has a great
selection of my Clay-to-Wear...

Blue Santa Beads Trunk Shows
and Saturday Make & Take Happenings...

The Cheltenham Center for the Arts
Gift Shop and Holiday Sale

Let me be the first to announce...
The Cheltenham Holiday Sale 
Saturday December 1st and Saturday December 2nd, 2018 
from 11 AM till 4 PM each day

I will have mostly jewelry at this but will also
bring along some functional clay work
and celebration Rattles...

Be sure to visit the Arts Shop as well!