Wednesday, November 6, 2019

More Crochet-ing with Beads...

...Found this really nice waxed cotton bead cord 
at Blue Santa Beads, Media, PA. I t has a nice twist
to it and is not overly waxy to the touch.

This is the C-lon 400 cord which works nicely with
my glass and ceramic bead pieces, found objects, etc.
I did get a bit carried away with this one which
ended up being over 8 feet long - 
What a Wrap!

Saturday, November 2, 2019

A Necklace for Yvonne

A simple piece of driftwood found on Martha's Vineyard
transforms one of my reversible clay pendants into
a natural statement asking to be worn...

Autumnal Earrings

Clay Beads made in my Monday Bead Class
are transformed into earrings...

Stoneware slabs accented with Robin's Egg
Underglaze, suspended from Mykonos bails.

Perferated Scroddled Stoneware Slabs
suspended from the same Mykonos
bails and 16 gauge copper rings.

Handcut tumbled glass discs by Emily Cohen
Catfish Studio, stack nicely over extruded
stoneware ovals accented with terra
sigillata and underglaze.

Friday, November 1, 2019

Crochet a Necklace with Beads

If you can do a chain stitch 
and nothing else crochet-wise, you're in business! 
Simply gather together all those 
leftover beads you have enmassed from past projects,
load them onto some S-lon cord and you're good to go...

Your finished necklace will look more like this
when you wear it especially if it is over 72" long!

Sunday, October 20, 2019

ORANGE, It's Not Just For Halloween Anymore...

Speckled orange Wasser glass shapes 
arrived from Emily Cohen yesterday, just in
time for Autumn earring fashioning...

Many of my Spirit Hole discs have a touch of this 
unryhme-able color, so including an orange
Wasser shape in them was a no-brainer...

The flecks on the orange glass are complimented
by shades of green, so Coke bottle sea glass
was a natural go-to...

Thanks, Emily

Wasser Glass Swiss Cheese Shapes Make Fun Earrings...

All of my Wasser glass & beach glass 
components are from
Emily Cohen, Catfish Studio...

Even the lavender JADE semi-precious retangles
in the above pair came from Emily...

Talk about wearing something folks will
have to gab about 
- coral, aubergine & turquoise -
Oh, MY!

Or this sophisticated pair called, 
"Give Me a Hand,"
complete with two grey cat heads...

All fun and easy to wear AND
bound to start a conversation!

Sunday, October 6, 2019

Thursday, September 5, 2019

Making Easy-2-Wear EARRINGS

The Spirit Hole discs I made are slowly
becoming samples of EARRINGS I will be offering
as prototypes at an upcoming workshop...

The Workshop on the crafting of these earrings
will happen on a to-be-announced Saturday this Fall  
at the Community Arts Center in Media, PA

Participants will be able to choose a one-of-a-kind pair
of my handmade reversible stoneware discs 
as well as complementary components... 

I will then demonstrate how to make the wire swings,
head pins and custom sized jump rings needed to 
complete the designs of mine which inspire them.

So they can go home with their very own pair 
of Easy-2-Wear Spirit Hole Earrings!

Components include Wasser & Beach glass beads, 
stackable discs, 2-holed copper charms or buttons, 
seed bead spacers, blackened steel or copper wire,
all of which will be available from Barbara. 

To recieve more information on this,
email me at

Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Spirit Hole Clay Beads...

These hand formed & hand decorated disc beads
measure approximately one inch across
and make Easy-2-Wear earrings and necklaces.

They are decorated on both sides but not always
with the same designs...

Being finished on each side makes them work well
suspended from either a necklace or earrings...

AND these are available for sale on my Etsy site:

Sunday, August 4, 2019


So I found some cultured beach glass
components I really like and had
to use them in some earrings...

In the two pairs above I used the Fish bones 
in black and "Coke Bottle aqua" as well as
the aqua sea turtles.

The enameled shells (finished on both sides)
are from Gardanne and are accented
by copper fish skeleton connectors...

Last but not least are two more 
hand cut contorted hearts in marigold
glass accented by Wasser mottled
top squares and drops...from Emily
Cohen, naturally!

Have a Heart Earrings

The thin stoneware hearts above and below
are cut from my own clay shards by
Emily Cohen of Catfish Studio who also
supplied the colorful Wasser glass
hanging under them...

More hand cut glass discs, hand cut clay
 and glass hearts from Emily Cohen
married with each other, wine charms
and cultured beach glass...

Wine & Beer Themed Earrings

A Bit of the Bubbly Champagne Themed Earrings...

And of course, the Heineken Earrings
complete with a bottle opener charm...

Wednesday, July 31, 2019


Looking into a pinch pot can be a fascinating

But quite different from seeing one
from the outside!

Terra sigillata, underglaze lines and raw clay
add to the wonderment of the exterior...

Inside: Mirror Black glaze with waxed resist squares
(look carefully and you'll see them)

Bronze Chocolate syrup look in;

Subtle green infinity lines out...

Multiple matte glazes of red and black...

Scroddled clay with carved lines outside
accented with red copper stain... 

But inside, an explosion of deep sea blues!

Several participants chose to layer glazes inside...

Or use the same glaze on the inside 
as well as the outside textures...

And some like Judy made their pots into
catchalls with interesting textured collars...

Sunday, July 7, 2019

Make 'n Take Workshop

Every few months, Nadia Bond and I do 
a ceramic component workshop at
Blue Santa Beads & Boutique in
Media, PA. 

Participants are encouraged to select from our
components, then as they watch (and learn)
our techniques, we fashion their choices into
"Clay to Wear"

This July 13th event will feature my wire and waxed
linen wrapped spirit hole discs as pendants, 
always reversible and light weight for wearing...

Another technique which will be demonstrated is
my copper coiled 'SPRING' bail and the wire wrapping
of semi-precious stones such as Labradorite
and rough cut Lapis Lazuli chunks (above).

New earring designs using Spirit Hole discs made
from hand decorated stoneware clay will also
be featured...