Tuesday, July 20, 2021

It Must Have a PAST...

The ceramic pot shards used to make these
reversible fun-to-wear pendant necklaces
had another life entirely before this one...

The thick red glass hand-cut heart hangie
on this piece was found sunning in the sand...

Beach glass finds, Plate & Pot Shards...

If you plan to flaunt it and wear it
be sure it has a PAST!


Saturday, June 26, 2021

Pottery & Plate Shards

 July 24th 2021 from Noon - 4PM,
Blue Santa Beads & Boutique, Media, PA
will host "The Allure of Porcelain Blue'
a WORSHOP by Barbara Hanselman
on upcycling Vintage plate shards
into Art-to-Wear...

The pot shards in these first four pictures
are from ceramic plates, pots & trays which met
untimely mishaps in their functional existence...

Their breakage in no way detracts from their
appeal to be worn; the creators' energy shines
through their tragedies...

Their continuance is credited to the craft artists
who saw their potential to become even more
than they once were...

Vintage Blue & White Shards from English 
Johnson Brothers, Coaching Scene Plates,
will be featured at the Blue Santa event

As well as assorted Ceramic Clay Shards from
area Clay Artists. All of these shards spoke to
Emily Cohen and Barbara Hanselman, insisting
on the validity of their continued existence...

We're sure they will speak to you as well!
Barbara is also offering Workshop participants
the chance to transform their own broken & chipped
heirloom dishes into finished shards they can use
to create that special piece to wear...

Simply bring your sized plate shards to the shop
before the 4th of July with an indication on them
as to where you want holes drilled in them.

These raw plate shards ARE QUITE SHARP
so handle them carefully. The easiest way to
break them into small enough raw shards to use
as jewelry components is to place them in a
folded towel and whack them with a hammer.

Notice that shards don't have to match, only
complement each other to be used as earrings.

This pair was made from pot shards which had
patterns on each side, making them reversible!

Sunday, June 6, 2021

Windchimes for the Deck & Garden

This is the latest three strand strung windchime I have
made for showing at the Philadelphia Flower Show.

These two which are totally copper wired together, 
are both at the Gallery on Park, Swarthmore. PA
but not for long...!

The wired ones take twice as long to make but are well
worth it when completed.

These two made during the Pandemic both
feature Coke bottle rings cut and tumbled smooth
by Emily Cohen, Catfish Studio.

These are also on their way to the Flower Show
Booth 123, Marcia Reiver Ceramics.


Wednesday, June 2, 2021

2021 The Allure of BLUE

Whether it's handcut BLUE Vintage Wasser-glass Hearts
from Emily Cohen, Catfish Studio...

Or a Subtle Wash of BLUE Underglaze on Ceramic Clay...

Or Tumbled Daiquiri Freeze Glazed Stoneware Shards...

Or Deep Azure Blue Sea Glass Hangies...

Or Blue Celadon Porcelain Shards from Karen Sacks...

Or Ocean-mist Beach Glass Under Stacked Amber...

You'll LOVE the WEARING of the BLUE!


Friday, May 28, 2021

The Philadelphia Flower Show

The Philadelphia Flower Show will run June 5-13.
it’s going to be outside In FDR park
for the first time in 193 years.

Thursday, May 13, 2021

Ancient Roman Blue Glass Bangles...

...can lead to so many things...
Accents on earrings made from hammered copper ovals
and vintage blue and white plate shards, for example!

The blue Roman glass didn't make it into this pair
 but the Karen Sacks tiny pottery shards
make a lasting impression on their own.

These plate shards were from a European collectible dish
and sent to me by Emily Cohen, all ready to go -
The ancient Roman Blue glass bangles
 make the perfect companion here,

As well as with these reversible scroddled ceramic discs
in their own subtle blue hues...

These discs make a statement of their own
as they dangle from simple brushed copper rings!


REVERSIBLE Clay Sculptural Earrings

I really love seeing earrings which look good both 
coming and going...

They can be worn either way as well by simply
inserting them in the ear lobe front to back...
or back to front!

The examples here are all made from stoneware clay,
unglazed and open to accept aromatherapy oils...

The sculptural aspect just happened when I discovered
leftover clay pieces on my work table.

They were so interesting I couldn't throw them away...

So this is what they became!


Wednesday, April 21, 2021

Currier & Ives Plate Shard Pendants Celebrating the Garden!

It's amazing how many interesting shards 
can come from a single broken plate!

In 1923 the early works of Currier and Ives
passed into public domain, making them available
for reprint or duplication.
Many companies took advantage
of the charming lithographic images to enhance
their products but none more successfully than
The Homer Laughlin Company.

From the late 1940s to the mid-1950s,
The Homer Laughlin China Company produced
a line known as Americana.
Although their line of Currier & Ives was short lived,
it is recognized as the first ware of its kind
to successfully translate the transfer patterns
found on expensive English china
onto quality everyday dinnerware.

However, it's a fact of life, that things break. 

The countless shards from one Currier & Ives 
Americana plate still contain the creative energy 
which brought about it's inception, 
so to transform the clay shards into clay-to-wear 
simply means that someone gets to experience
 the artistic visions of the original makers.

Plate Shard pendants are also wonderful carriers of
essential aromatherapy oils!


Monday, March 22, 2021

Stoneware Shard Neck Wrap

I have been hoarding these paperthin shards from some
of my favorite pieces which met disastrous ends and
now they have become a piece of wearable art! 


Saturday, February 6, 2021

Cameroon Inspired Necklace

The African Millefiore beads 
which dominate the top neck cord 
and each hanging strand 
were the gift of Myrle Borine. 
The large rich brown stoneware bead 
in the center of the waxed linen neck cord 
was made by BHClaysmith as were 
all the many ceramic beads in the strands.

  The eight necklace strands or tassels 
are complete with Salwag discs, hand cut glass discs, 
carved horn/bone beads, Czech glass elephants, 
wood bi-cones, metal beads, glass seed beads, 
African powdered glass beads and Trade beads. 
Black leather cords wrapped in copper wire finish
the sides and attach to a heavy copper chain 
which can be shortened if needed.

Monday, January 25, 2021

Amy Hart SUN GOD Pendant

An AMY HART Vintage hammered silvertone 
Sun God face pendant 
suspended from a bamboo root topper, 
Bon seed beads, 1930's sandcast Trades, bamboo beads
 and natural mine rough amber chips...
The Sun God face is 4 1/2" round 
suspended from a 5 3/8" dried bamboo root.


Saturday, January 23, 2021


Pictured above, both sides of the Tatanka Wicasa
Necklace pendant...

At the Oklahoma City National Memorial,
the site of the 1995 bombing of the Federal Building, 
stands the Survivor Tree. 
The Survivor tree is an American Elm
whose leaves adorn my Tatanka Wicasa pendant.

A Talisman Pendant with Two Faces
looking in opposite directions 
personifies change as well as transitions;
it suggests being able to see into the past with one face 
and into the future with the other.

Double faced beads are symbols of a ‘middle ground’ 
where the individual can feel centered 
and exist totally in the now.

A pendant made up of two separate ceramic rings
united as one with comfortably-wrapped
copper wire coils. Irregular Red River Jasper stones 
& rounds spaced with Bon trade seeds 
make up the necklace from which
the interlocking circles hang...
The earrings have opposing lizard accents.