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January 2, 2020

Happy New Year! I’m starting the 2020 in Asheville, NC. While touring the River Arts District the other day, we ran into the lovely Barbara McGuire, author of “Foundations in Polymer Clay Design” and “Wire in Design”. If you are at all interested in polymer clay and you don’t have these books already, you are missing out! Go get you a copy!

She ment...

August 31, 2019

I was recently invited to display my work and give a short  talk at Salon Arlington, a small, bi-monthly forum for artists – both visual and performance – held at Village Sweet Bakery in Westover, VA.

The Salon was the brainchild of arts enthusiast Michael Chapman, who wanted to host an event where local artists could show their work in an informal...

April 2, 2019

Today is the anniversary of ASd's first ever show, Handmade Arlington 2016.  In December of 2015, my company announced that they were merging with another company, and subsequently splitting into three.  That's right-from two to one to three.  So much uncertainty, right?

Around the same time, my friend Julie Jernigan (aka "Jules' Jewels")...

March 21, 2019

You may have heard me start (more than) a few stories this way: “So I met a man in a bar in New Orleans...”  

But, seriously, that’s how my years-long exploration of polymer clay jewelry really began. 

Here it is, the real true story of how I found polymer clay, in maybe 1993 or 1994:

I met a man in a bar in New Orleans – yeah, I realize it...

February 27, 2019

So I saw these beads from my favorite glassblower and had to have them.  (I wish I'd taken a pic of the beads before, but I didn't.  Oh, well.)  It took me a little while, but I came up with a plan for them.  First, I had to mix the clay to the right colors:

(Yes, those are the color recipes scratched into the clay pieces for future r...

January 25, 2019

Toward the end of last year, as all of the "year in review" stuff started cropping up, I saw a new-to-me one called "Year of Color" by Makelight.  What it does it take all of your Instagram photos and pull them into a graph like an Ishahara color test plate.  (Remember those color blindness tests that you did in grade school?  The ones that were a...

December 31, 2018

Well, it's that time again, when everyone is doing their year-end synopses.  (If I were going to be really original, I'd do this in July, right?)  I blogged here considerably less  than I did last year....only 13 entries.  But our Instagram side was on fleek, with over 75 posts and more than 1.2K likes!  (The image above is our Instagram Top 9.)  S...

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