Glazed Clay and Enameled Copper – in combination – Unique Handmade Jewelry

Clay components paired with enameled copper pieces make these earrings unique. I have matched the glazes with complimentary enamel colors to create one of a kind pairs of earrings. Today, I made a few pairs of mismatching pieces that will be glazed to match one another in color, but not in shape. The pairs in the photos will be at the Farmers Market in Florence next Sunday along with many of my finished clay pieces.
Come by and see art as well as produce 10-3 at Florence Mill in Omaha next Sunday August 9th.


Heating Up with Summer Art

My kiln and torch have been heating up this summer, just like the midwest weather. This week will be in the 90’s! I had an outdoor show in Lincoln this past Saturday. I had an umbrella up over my table which didn’t cover me the whole time. My neck and shoulders are a little pink and tender as they had a little too much sun. It’s not all that bad, though.

Back to the torching and kiln firing… Yesterday, I torched my first pairs of what will end up post earrings. I just love the dangle ones so much, I hadn’t thought about enameled post pairs. As soon as they are assembled and carded, I will post a photo.

I have another new project with my clay that I am so excited to offer to my customers. I am making oil dipping dishes with a raised area in the center for grating a bit of fresh garlic. I went to a local oil & vinegar shop and purchased some olive oil and balsamic vinegar. The quality is so very good. I picked up a 3-pack of oils for a friend who will be getting married later this month. I will send her a set of 4 dipping plates and the oil gift set. I also purchased a bottle of oil to use at my summer farmers markets that I will be attending as a vendor. Customers can see how the dishes work and sample some of the great oil (and garlic) during the show.
Happy Monday!!

Omaha Summer Arts Festival Downtown this weekend!

Omaha Summer Arts Festival is this weekend! I am very excited to be a part of this show since my art will be part of the Smiling Turtle Art Spot booth as a participating artist at the Smiling Turtle Art Spot. Another thing… we will have live demonstrations during the course of the weekend… I will have my torch on Saturday from 1-2:40 to demonstrate my enameling onto copper. VISIT: Torched Fusion for more on my enameled jewelry!

LINK: Omaha Summer Arts Festival for more show information

Visit Creative Clay Cafe in Elkhorn this Saturday, May 31

Spring is a wonderful time to head out to the local outdoor events for some fresh air and shopping. The WHISTLE STOP COUNTRY STORE will have their Shopkeeper & Friends Antique and Artisan Market on Saturday, May 31 from 9am – 4pm. I will have my clay goods as well as my enameled copper jewelry (visit: TORCHED FUSION) there. I cannot wait for this event to arrive! Hope to see you there!

Some items to consider for purchase:
CLAY DISHES (some with moisturizing lotion bars)
VINTAGE SNACK TRAYS (painted & paired with clay toothpick holders for appetizers)

Thanks for coming!! Handmade on Charles Street

photo-2Thanks for braving the elements and helping make our Second Annual Handmade on Charles Street a success! We moved the show indoors and invited customers to join us for browsing, buying, eating and visiting… Now onto the warmer weather…FINALLY!!

I will have my clay items and also enameled copper earrings (see Torched Fusion) at

    Antique Picks and Crafty Chicks

held this coming Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 180th and Military Road in Bennington.

Have a great Mother’s Day weekend!

Enameled Copper Earrings

This torching is so addicting!
More photos coming this weekend… Perhaps a shot of our solar patio / garden lights with handmade clay pieces.

COMING UP: May 3 & 4
…home show featuring handmade art & crafts all made by local artists.
7746 Charles Street

More posts to come related to what you will find at our show.

Torch Enameling – My First Try…

…So I sold my old giant workhorse kiln with the idea that I would use those funds to begin a new adventure. Copper enameling!! (I still have my baby kiln, no worries…) Fired up the torch today and fired some enamel powder onto some copper. This is a “process.” you might say, but it sure is fun to see instant results. Unlike testing my patience waiting to open a kiln that has taken hours to fire…

Embellishment will not be a problem. I have sooooo many beads that I have collected over the years. Some are a part of both of these pendants.

My May home show will have some of these and also lovely jewelry selections from other artists. More posts to come!