Sunday, May 10, 2020

A Wrinkle in Time Necklace (and Earrings)


Upcycled mid-century watch faces back to back are
slip stitched together with 400 C-lon cord 
interspersed with hollow pressed brass beads...


A handmade ceramic clay button closure...



With an accompanying pair of earrings -
lightweight statements for these heavy times...


Ensemble by Barbara Hanselman
Watch faces from Associated Diamonds


Thursday, April 30, 2020

2020 Pandemic Remembrance WindChimes


Whether they hang indoors or out in the garden, 
W I N D  C H I M E S
are a constant reminder of the event they commemorate.




The two above are made with 400 C-lon slip stitch crochet 
with Emily Cohen's hand cut and tumbled coke bottle
rings and cultured sea glass shards interspersed with
Bon trade beads and my handmade clay beads.


All of this series includes Emily's coke bottle rings
- it's the real thing -
with hand dug bamboo-root top supports.
(Detail of above windchime below)


Various glass and clay components are copper wired
in place to form very durable garden wind chimes.
They all also have the addition of small copper bells
in their strands for that subtle tingle...


This last windchime has the addition of tube beads 
made from the bamboo which grows here in
Hanselwoods. 
This 5-strand chime is hand strung on
waxed linen...


Designed by Barbara Hanselman
Please contact bhclaysmith@gmail.com for availability


Sunday, April 5, 2020

The Moon & Stars on a Hooker's Green Sky Components

 I have managed to make four totally different
neckaces from these wonderful components
by Emily Cohen, Catfish Studio, Ormond Beach, FL



Distant Blush Pink Stars
N  E  C  K  L  A  C  E



A Purple Heart Against a Hooker's Green Sky
N  E  C  K  L  A  C  E



Starry Starry Light
N  E  C  K  L  A  C  E



The Green Cheese Moon Has Stolen My Heart
N  E  C  K  L  A  C  E


Thursday, April 2, 2020

Ba-Be Girl Rattle

Ba-be Girl is a Celebration pillow rattle which can
hang on the wall or lay on a table or desk.


 She has a found wood handle and bead accents of clay,
African trades, horn discs and seed beads.


The rattle itself is 3" high  by 4" wide by 1.75" deep;
With the handles and strung accent beads
she is 4.75" wide and 9.75 high.


She is not just a "pretty face," the other side of her
boasts polks dots and green leaves...

BH 435 Ba-Be Girl Rattle $ 85.


This hand-formed CAT FACE RATTLE is all the 
encouragement anyone needs to abandon boring, habitual 
routines. The energy of the Cat supports flexibility 
to change and more open, honest thinking -
 remember Cats more than any other domesticated animal 
are known for their resourcefulness! 
 The aloofness of the Cat translates 
to a powerful warning - the best way to deal with 
difficult situations  is to step back from them 
and gain insight from the distancing. 
 Lastly, the cat is all about mystery, 
an asset which advances the personal power 
of being “mysterious” and creative in all things.




Rousseau Peaceable Kingdom CAT RATTLE with Clay Yarn Ball

This colorfully painted 3.25" high cat rattle
started life as an earthenware pinch pot...


Once bisque fired, he was painted with underglazes
and accented with Designer Liner Underglaze Pens...


His yarn ball was made from earthenware 
clay extrusions dipped in red terra sigillata prior to firing.


Since he is residing in the garden of the Peaceable
Kingdom, he is surrounded by myriads of plants...


Both front and back...


He is only 3" wide by 2.50" deep by 3.25" tall
and quietly rattles when shaken...

BH 433 Rousseau Rattle $165

Please contact bhclaysmith@gmail.com
to purchase

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Ashanti African Necklace/Earrings

Vintage Ghana Seed Beads with Lost Wax Cast
Bicone Brass Beads, Copper Accents





Maxine Manges brought me some African Trade Beads
from South Africa on her last visit to see her father...


This pair has vinyl record Heishi Beads stacked,
blue and orange glass Trade tube beads and
cultured sea glass rings...


And the roundish red beads in the stack are Red Venetian
White Heart African Trade Beads accented with
Wasser glass hangies and Cultured Seaglass discs.

Thursday, March 26, 2020

The Two Faced Feline


Pendant Necklace


Above is the hand painted & waxed side...


And this is the stoneware multi-glazed side...


The woven watch style copper chain is fastened to the
TWO-FACED Cat Pendant at each ear with lobster claws
and is 29" in length which can be shortened...


The pendant measures 2 3/4" wide x 3 2/8" high.
The price is $45 plus $5 shipping/insurance.

Please contact BHClaysmith@gmail.com
to purchase.


Thursday, March 5, 2020

Barbara's Classes Autumn 2020...

Hand Building Ceramic Clay
COMMUNITY ARTS CENTER
Wallingford, PA
Mondays
10 AM to 2 PM



Making Beads in Ceramic Clay
COMMUNITY ARTS CENTER
Wallingford, PA
Thursdays
11 AM to 2 PM


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Hand Building in Earthenware
CHELTENHAM CENTER FOR THE ARTS
Cheltenham, PA
Tuesdays
10 AM to 1 PM



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Making Beads in Ceramic Clay
PERKINS CENTER FOR THE ARTS
Collingswood, NJ




Saturday, February 22, 2020

Thinking Outside the Box...

It's so easy to take the CERAMIC CLAY beads & pendants 
you make to yet another level of Art to Wear...


For instance, the above slip-stitch/crochet necklace
was made with ceramic blob beads, disc beads and 
Spirit Hole beads accented with drilled shell shards
and hand cut cultured sea glass hearts...


This reversible dragon fly pendant was suspended from 
waxed linen cord on which Bon Picasso seed beads, glass 
and semi-precious beads were also strung. The found
stick accent was from the tree where I spotted
the dragon fly initially...


The half round pendants we made work well by 
themselves but they also look great woven to a branch
with waxed linen cord. The copper end caps will
hold the jump rings necessary to attach this to a cord.


All of these ceramic clay beads/pendants were made
in our Perkins Beads in Clay Class, Winter 2020.

Sunday, February 16, 2020

MAYCO Test Tile Results


We began testing some Mayco Stoneware Glazes
on our #112 Speckled Stoneware clay. The above tile
shows 3 different glazes applied over 3 coats 
of SW 130 Copper Jade...