Sunday, October 24, 2010

Welcome to the...

Beads-of-Clay Open Studio Event...This is my first year participating so I'm excited to see how it goes.  This stop is your beginning of three hours of giveaways, shop sales and meet the artist time. Without going into it too much, I will give you some links to take you where the excitement starts.  I've also given you a sample of what's for sale in my shop.  Buy One, Get the 2nd item of Equal or Lesser Value at 50% off.  Just click on either link below to take you there....




A little about me...

As a child I was obsessed with Harold and the Purple Crayon...guess it was because he was so incredibly creative when it came to problem solving.... On library day, if I found out that I couldn't renew my favorite book because someone else wanted their turn, I would smile on the outside, but on the inside I was stressing that some little 6 year old would desire that book as much as me. I checked out many sequels, but they just weren't the same.

Thinking back, I'm not sure why I didn't just ask my mother to buy it for me. Must be that deep down I was enjoying a little competition with another potential Harold fan at the same time. My sister bought me the book later in life during some rough times and I still keep it within reach. I wasn't able to draw my way out with a purple crayon, but I kept looking forward which brings me to where I am today.

I'm a special education teacher and have been for 26 years. When not teaching or spending time with family, I enjoy my evenings and weekends creating ceramic beads.

I'm kinda like Harold when I sit down to form beads or glaze them. While I've got the clay in my hands, I just start forming until the idea of what it will be feels right... Then I just go with it. Same thing when I'm glazing.... I look at my bisqued sets and try to envision what will make it different. I've tried doing the whole planning thing (writing down what I do, sketching an idea on paper) but it just doesn't work for me...

At 50 years old, I'm throwing in the towel and giving up on wishing I were a better planner. I'm just not!

And you know what.....I'm OKAY with that!

Here are some items from my shop:


8 comments:

mairedodd said...

i love the open studio event! takes a lot to keep me near the computer on a fall weekend - but this is an event not to be missed!

sharon said...

I looove everything I see here! Great stuff!

Marsha Neal Studio (Marsha's Garden Blog, Marsha Minutella) said...

Wonderful intro… I have siblings that teach Special Ed students - and I know how much I appreciate them and all that they do for those kids. It takes a special kind of person with a kind heart and understanding to work with kids (and people in general) that need extra attention, guidance and help. And I admire you for that. Your beads are pretty darn nice too!!! Thanks for sharing so much!

Sandra said...

I love this event! And love your work as well!

Boot ~C said...

congrats on being a part of this today, have fun!

SummersStudio said...

Hi, Mary Ann!

TesoriTrovati said...

I am a Harold fan too. And there is nothing like the original. I love the idea that you can make your world what you want it to be. That is quite comforting. Thank you for sharing a bit about yourself. I am fascinated.
Enjoy the day!
Erin

Aleksandra Micić said...

You are so sweet and I am so glad to learn more about you! Love Harold and feel like him too still! And the best way to make things is to follow the moment of inspiration, planning can do some good sometimes but it doesn't work for me either! Lots of hugs from me! Sandra