"Natural History." I overheard a couple visitors muttering as to what this actually is - it's a belt buckle! A belt buckle!
Okay, as you can probably tell from my most recent blog post, I did make it to the Bead & Button Show for a few hours yesterday.
I'm afraid I made some kind of weird mistake - I thought I had photos of all of the metal clay finalists, but I don't. The exhibit was modestly busy when I attended, and I didn't want to get in anyone else's way, so I took rather fast photos of each of the pieces, and I must have missed a couple. I'm really annoyed with myself. As a result, though, in an effort to be fair, I'm just posting photos of the winners plus my personal favorite piece from that category (and I don't mean mine - which is above, yay). If you were a finalist in the metal clay category but don't see your photo here, please feel free to leave a comment or email me - if I have a photo of your piece, I'll be more than happy to send it to you. After metal clay, I've posted photos of the winners in the seed bead category as well as a couple from beaded objects, which was my favorite category this year.
On to the winners:
I know, I know - the photo quality isn't that high. Sorry! This is one of Christi Anderson's delicate hinged boxes with a sepia-tint photo within.
Ruth Baillie's bracelet and Louise Duhamel's spinner ring (below) were my personal favorite pieces from metal clay. I ordered a photopolymer plate kit about six months ago and have yet to break it out of its box. I think I'm inspired to give it a try now! I love the beautiful, crisp images in Ruth's bracelet, and the subject matter is so sweet.
Another lovely, organic piece from Carol Babineau.
This spinner ring is just fab! I love a good concept piece and I can't imagine a better subject for one than a little vinyl and Rock'n'roll. This ring was one of my two favorites from the metal clay division!
Okay, Susan Mandel requested that I jot down the names of the winners in the seed bead category, so I decided to take photos of those winners, too:
First place is Hatsumi Oshitani from Japan.
Second place is Kathy King (sorry, I accidentally cut off Kathy's exhibit card when I took this photo!).
Third place is Sherry Serafini's necklace.
Pssst! And here's Sue Mandel's piece. Isn't it gorgeous?
Finally, here are a couple of my personal favorites:
My absolute favorite from the exhibit - it made me laugh. I love it! Sushi by Linda Rettich.
I also love this one - note the beaded heads of garlic. Lucky totems by Yoshi Marubashi.
Well, yes, I do have a tendency to love beaded food. And miniatures. Bakery by Nobuyo Chiba. I'm sure the Short One would have loved this one, if he'd been with me.
Phew, I think this must be the most image-heavy blog post I've ever done... That's it for Bead Dreams 2009 from me. I'll post about the marketplace tomorrow...