Yesterday was a kiss-the-postman kind of day. He brought me a nice, fat envelope from Bead & Button Magazine with good news - both of my entries for the metal clay category have been juried into the finals of the 2010 Bead Dreams Competition.
As sad as it is to admit, it has become traditional for me to tear my hair out, weep and have at least one major meltdown - during which my little boy comes up to me and asks me if he can kiss my boo-boo better - while trying to complete my entry for Bead Dreams. This year was particularly difficult, as my son and his health has been my priority this spring and the time I have been spending on jewelry was cut down to virtually nothing. I had one piece prepared before his diagnosis, but I sort of kissed the second one good-bye after our hospital stay. That I was ultimately able to finish the second piece is due entirely to the generosity of my family - who helped me free up enough time to work on the piece - and the fact that my son is a remarkably brave and good child. All of which is not to say that I did not follow tradition to a "T" and weep and cry and carry on, et cetera, up until the competition deadline, of course.
Anyway, here's a sneak peek of the first piece I made for competition. You can probably kind of guess the style of piece it is (if you know my work at all). However, after the super-cool, substantial response I received to those ceramic teeth last summer when I posted a pic on the blog (go here to view), I just wanted to follow up and let you know that, yes, I used them and, moreover, I used them all together. :) They do make a statement, right?
Thanks for letting me brag a bit - this has been a bright spot in the year for me, and, well, I couldn't resist sharing.
I am an intellectual property lawyer by training and have a background in English Renaissance literature. I love science fiction. I primarily watch Sesame Street these days and find myself humming "Pop Goes the Weasel" at odd moments (guess why). I can happily eat ice cream in the middle of winter when the wind chill is 20 below 0. I have been making beads and designing jewelry since 2007.
2010 - Winner, First Place, British Bead Awards, Other Finished Bead Jewellery 2010 - Winner, Second Place, British Bead Awards, Metal Clay Jewellery 2010 - Winner, Second Place, Bead Dreams, Metal Clay
2010 - Grand Prize, Gold Medal Winner, Fire Mountain Gems and Beads, Metal Clay, Metal Beads, Wirework and Chain Jewelry-Making Contest
2010 - Finalist, Bead Star, Stones, Plastics and Designs with Heart Categories
2009 - Winner, First Place, British Bead Awards, Metal Clay
2009 - Winner, Second Place, British Bead Awards, Beyond Glass, Handmade Beads and Components
2009 - Winner, Second Place, Bead Arts Awards, Necklace
2009 - Finalist, Bead Dreams, Metal Clay
2008 - Finalist Fire Mountain Gems and Beads Beading Contest, Metal Clay
2008 - Finalist, Bead Star, Pearls
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