As I blogged last week, I went to Bead Fest this year...and fell in *love* with ceramic beads! I went to Bead Fest with the intention of buying some handmade beads, because I simply don't have the time to make enough lampwork on my own for the jewelry I create. So this is how I really stumbled for the first time into the ceramic world!
My first purchase came from White Clover Kiln...I was supposed to still be in the "overview" mode where I walk to whole show and make decisions after I have surveyed what's available. However, when I stopped at Mary's booth, my self-control finally evaporated. I fell in love with her bead caps, and the delicious colors of her glazes.
Next, I knew I had to get back to Suburban Girl Studio...I had set my sights on her Egyptian pharoah and scarabs...but was still undecided on what else to get...because I wanted one of everything. Diana was very patient as I stood there looking...and looking...and looking. I can't wait until she re-stocks her etsy store, so I can get some more of her beads soon! I have had the teardrop beads dancing through my brain the past couple of days, so I think those will be the first I use!
By this time, I was running out of time--the show was closing for the day. So I made a couple of mental notes and knew I would be shopping during the break between my classes on Saturday!
During the break, I found some very cool bead pairs and a focal by Marsha Neal. The picture does not do the colors justice!
And finally, I had been eying a dragonfly pendant from Joan Miller ever since my first walk-through on Friday. I decided I *had* to have one, or else I really would regret it! So this will be made into my own personal piece! I absolutely love him!
I am so happy to have had the chance to buy such beautiful beads from talented artists. The pieces I make with be gorgeous, no doubt!