Friday, August 14, 2009

Lentil soup


I made these beads just before I left for Portland and they were waiting for me when I got back and opened the kiln. I had sort of forgotten about them until I cleaned up my table. These are a little fiddly to make. But as we all know, I like fiddly things. They are made from very very thin slabs of porcelain and molded over a measuring spoon. That's right, nothing is sacred in our kitchen. It is all fair game in my studio.
I can see these as focals in a necklace or bracelet. I just can't see the design very clearly because I do so little jewelry design. I'd love to see them made as pendants with a collection of charms off the bottom and a heavily wrapped wire loop at the top. The vision is just there at the edge of my fuzzy brain. And someday I just might get around to doing just that. But for now I'm concentrating on finishing some of those big barnacle pots. 6 done now, 1 to go, and only 34 to go before studio tour.
Oh in case you are shocked at a morning post from me. My computer cracked a mental last evening and so did I. But the computer fairies have been in to do a little counceling and magick and all is right with the world.
The whip cracks and I am back to the studio. Jeesh, my boss is so hard core. Isn't a Friday morning off OK once in a while?

18 comments:

Lorelei said...

Oooooh pretty! I love the beads, you are just amazing! I bought a few. I'm excited to play around with them. They'll make cool focals in a bracelet too!

SummersStudio said...

Thanks so much Lorelei! These are fun to make. BTW, aren't you supposed to be cleaning house?

Silver Parrot said...

oooh...love those! I'm off to buy some, too, if Lorelei left any for the rest of us, that is ;-)

SharonP said...

Very pretty, and tempting! I am working on a necklace with the coral Sea Things pendant as we speak. I should have it photographed by tomorrow morning. Have fun with those beautiful pots (in your nightie)!

Mellisa - Chinook Jewelry said...

Ok now I'm a little frustrated!

Those are just knock out gorgeous...I've tried to do hollow lentils a few times and have not yet been happy with the end results- I always end up with a slightly wonky shape or muck them up!

SummersStudio said...

Kelly, it wasn't Lorelei. Any way there will be more.

Sharon, I can't wait to see what you've done. See what others do is in fact my favourite thing about making beads.

Mellisa, thanks so much. You know lovely comments from other 'potters' is always such a warm fuzzy kind of feeling.

Gardanne said...

Check out my blog I am making pmc lentils, they would look great with the porcelin.

kelleysbeads said...

These are so gorgeous, LeAnn! I would love to see a step-by-step photo journal or a short video of how you work with porcelain. Is it the same as clay? Not that I'd really know the difference since my medium is glass, but I'm intrigued about how you do what you do :D

SummersStudio said...

Anne, I'll be off to look at your PMC! I do know that the bronze and copper are not working like porcelain as far as lentils!

Kelley, what a good idea! I just emailed something similar but I do think we all learn something from how others work in other mediums. Thanks for the great idea.

The Joy of Nesting said...

LeAnn as always so incredible!!! The little lentils aren't in you store yet?? I would love to claim the amazing blue and cream one PLEASE if it's still waiting for a home!! :) I also need to get a note off to you on a couple of other pieces I've decided I can't live without. :)

Wow six pots already!! You dear friend are my hero!!

Pattie ;)
Mazatlan Mx.

Prairie Emporium said...

LeAnn, Very cool beads!!! I see you have none left on Etsy, I think they are popular.
It is good to have you back.

sharon said...

Everyday you amaze me LeAnn with something more beautiful than the last.....these are all soooo gorgeous. I'm speechless!

Gaea said...

Really beautiful! I'm an everything, including the kitchen sink, gal too!

SummersStudio said...

Pattie, those beads are gone but I'm making more over the weekend.

Sharon, thank you but I'm actually pretty ordinary.

Gaea, clay people have a tendance to lay claim to everything within reach I think.

Marie Cramp said...

Hey LeAnn,
I think you are going to have to make some more I think I "NEED" some of those. I absolutely LOVE them. Have a great week!

Marie

Cindy said...

LeAnn...already gone? :-( I can't wait to see what you make over the weekend. These lentils are gorgeous. I like your design vision..I'd love to make a necklace just as you described! Can't wait to see more.
Cindy
www.sweetbeadstudio.com

stregata said...

Hey LeAnn, these are amazingly beautiful - but you already know that! Missed you while I was away. I do hope you are going to make more of these wonderful lentil beads.

robin dudley-howes said...

Such pretty work. Very feminine and delicate.
robin