Wednesday, November 30, 2011

December Special, Free Shipping

To help with holiday expenses, I am offering free shipping in my store for the month of Dec.
enter code SHIPFREE1 at check out.
Also, it is First Friday Art Walk again this Friday!  Has a month gone by already?
Discount code BOCFFAW for 10% off

Friday, November 25, 2011

Cyber Monday SALE

I am giving away these beads, enter a comment at to win them plus other wonderful clay pieces from other artists.
Shop my store this weekend and through Tues. morning for 25% off entire store.
Use discount code BOCCYBER

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Etsy Team Columbus Giveaway

Shop at any of the listed stores this coming weekend Black Friday through Cyber Monday and be entered to win!
Details here:
I am giving away these earrings

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Starry Windy Moon

Check out my Etsy store for my new man in the moon pendants

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Art Bead Chain Tour

This chain of handmade beads will be traveling around the country.  the idea is to enter by leaving a comment on the blog.  If you win, the chain will be shipped to you.  Take 30 beads, then add 30 more of your own, and ship the chain to the next winner.  Sound like fun?  Here is the link to enter:

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Beads of Clay First Friday Art WALK

Visit my Etsy store starting now, through Saturday morning, and use discount code BOCFFAW to get 10% the entire store.
links to other participating stores at

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Raku Bird Necklace

One of my customers, Sharon from Gypsy Jewels, created this wonderful necklace with a bird pendant that I fired in raku

Monday, October 17, 2011

New Raku

Check out my Etsy store for wonderful new raku pieces

Friday, September 23, 2011

Beads of Clay GiveAway

Visit to enter this fabulous giveaway!

Friday, September 2, 2011

Etsy First Friday Art Walk

Use coupon code BOCFFAW to receive 10% off my store on the first Friday of the month.
Visit for more links to participating stores.

Monday, August 29, 2011

Beads of Clay CYBER sale

Shop my Etsy store until tomorrow morning

Use coupon code BOCCYBER for 25% off

Visit to find additional stores participating in the sale

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Another Giveaway

 Another Giveaway!


There is huge giveaway, including one of my
 ceramic tree pendants, that is being
sponsored by contributors to the Beads 2011
 magazine published by Interweave.
A real tresure trove of goodies!

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Spring Giveaway

Spring Giveaway 
Ok, it's time to sponsor another giveaway! Here's how to enter:

Visit my Etsy store at Peruse my listings in the ceramic pendants section. One listing will contain a secret phrase. I will be changing the phrase and the listing place from time to time. Email me the secret phrase. Once a week I will draw a name to win 2 free pendants from my store. You agree to have your name added to my email list for advance notice of sales and specials. I will draw a winner starting 5/22/11 and for the next 4 weeks.Limit 1 entry per person per week. Good Luck!

I have been having fun combining my ceramics, semi-precious stones, and beads with wire to create ready to wear pieces. Here is a picture of a pendant I made with a ceramic base that I made especially for wire wrapping. I put a hole in the center and 2 on the sides. The center flower is an antique brass flower shape with a Czech glass flower bud in the center. I do these designs free form. What fun!

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Beads 2011

I've been told some? one? of my pieces are in the Beads 2011 issue.  I haven't received either the magazine or my pieces back in the mail, and I haven't been able to find the magazine, though I've checked Hobby Lobby, JoAnn and Walden Books!  It will be a nice when I finally see it...

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Lisa Lu Jewels Necklace

One of my customers, Lisa Lu Jewels, won a design contest on Love My Art Jewelry, featuring one of my Hawaiian Shirt pendants.  see the necklace here:

Congrats Lisa!

She will also have a necklace design featuring one of my pendants published in Bead Trends Sept 2011

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Stringing Magazine Fall Issue

I just received an email from the editor at Stringing magazine.  They will be publishing my necklace design, 3 Leaves Lariat, in the fall issue.

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Fresh from the Kiln

I call this series "Hawaiian Shirt Pendants"

Tree design with blue and crystal border

"Purple Bud Pendant": Purple buds on a blue and green background with crystals

Blue Lagoon Dragonfly

Desert Lizard Pendant

Another Hawaiian Shirt in a different colorway
These will be listed in my Etsy store

Monday, March 14, 2011

More Raku - Pendants

This one sold already
This sold already
I call this Hawaiian Flowers

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Raku Buttons

We finally had a warm day yesterday in central OH.  Warm enough to raku!  I discovered this winter that cold temps dull the glaze colors, just in the short trip from the raku kiln to the smoking pot.

Here are some beautiful buttons that I glazed and raku fired yesterday afternoon.

Sunday, March 6, 2011

2nd Give Away Post

Tesori Trovati (Erin) has been selected as the winner of my second drawing.

I really got elaborate on this one!
Leave a comment below for the 2nd give away drawing.  Win a $25 gift certificate to my Etsy store.  Good Luck..don't forget 25% off my store til tomorrow morning, discount code BOCMAR1.

BOC Open Studio Tour

My first winner is Lorelei Eurto.  Lorelei you have a $25 gift certificate in my Etsy store.  Choose what you want, don't pay.  Congrats! 
Hi, welcome! to the Beads of Clay 3rd Annual Open Studio Tour. I will be showing some pics of finished jewelry using my clay beads and pendants. Start leaving comments on my post at 1:00 to be entered in the 1st drawing at 1:45.  Drawing at 2:15. The prize is a $25 gift cert to my Etsy store.
Also, use discount code BOCMAR1 in my store until tomorrow morning to receive 25% off your total purchase.

Click on the Open Studio Tour Logo to the right to go back to the main page.

These photos show one of my dragonfly beads, with free form wire wrapping to create a pendant.  The instructor turned me on to the wire, it is a square coated wire, non-tarnish and affordable, ($2.75 for 5 feet), dead soft 21 gauge, Para wire. I strung the necklace with tiny metallic Delica seed beads.  I tried larger beads and felt that they detracted from the focal; I wanted something complimentary but simple.  There are 2 strands of delicas, one shorter than the other.


I've been downstairs working.  How versatile is wire?  Here I have used it to wire wrap
a donut and turn it into a pendant.  I used a small wooden donut
in the center, threaded wire through a bead and dropped it in the center.

I took a wire class last week at at a LBS, Gahanna Bead Studio. I made this wire wrapped black onyx cab.  This is a jumping off point to creating lots of wire wrapped focals.  The class lasted 2 hours, but I was able to make another one when I got home in about 10 min.

Here's another idea.  Use wire to make a fancy bail. 
 I wrapped
and twisted the wire around a bird charm.

What an inexpensive way to make a pendant. Wrapped
with antique bronze square wire.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011


Ok, I wrote everyone's name down on 2 sheets of paper, cut the paper into little squares, and chose a name.

And the lucky winner is....Cerena Leigh!

As a big THANK YOU to everyone who entered...and as my discount offer for the BOC Open Studio Tour: I am offering 25% off my entire Etsy store from now until Monday morning, March 7.  Please use coupon code BOCMAR1 at check out to receive the discount.

And please take note.....there is another give away this Sunday, March 6 from 1 to 4!  I will be giving away 2 $25 gift certificates to my Etsy store during the Beads of Clay Open Studio Tour.  All studios in the tour will be offering discounts and give aways, and there is one big giveaway at the BOC blog,  Hope to hear from you on Sunday, I will be blogging live.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Win a $50 Gift Certificate to my Etsy Shop

I've been hard at work in my studio this winter and have many new pendants and beads in my shop,

I would like to increase my blog following and my customer base, and to this aim I am offering a giveaway that is good until Feb. 28. Winner will be drawn randomly on March 1st.

To enter, simply sign on to follow my blog, and leave a comment here with your email address.  If you already follow my blog, just leave a comment with your email address.

It's just that simple!  Good Luck!

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

February Special

To all my customers, thanks for loving my work!  To celebrate Valentine's Day and to say "thanks"  I am offering 15% off my entire etsy store through Feb 14.  Just enter LOVE1 in the coupon box at check out.

Monday, January 24, 2011

Art Bead Scene Challenge Necklace

I decided to enter the January Art Bead Scene challenge. A picture is posted and the designer is supposed to create a jewelry item inspired by the picture that includes a hand made bead/s or pendant.

I call this So Sunny Yellow, and it's not colors I would normally use, so it was a good challenge for me. And I really like it!
It's about 24" long, I used vintage etched glass millefiori beads that I got at a bead show a long time ago.  Swarovski, czech glass, and small gold vermeil.  I made matching earrrings.  I wired 2 of the vintage bulls eye beads into the center of 2 of my CERelements sun shaped pieces.

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Pebble River Leaf Pendant

When I took this out of the kiln, I was amazed by it. I thought "did I create this? It looks like a painting!" Everything came together just right in this hand carved design of a leaf floating on water.

Leaf is glazed with celery green with moss green accents, bordered with golden brown, then dark brown, with more celery and golden brown on the border.

Sunday, January 2, 2011

January Special

Happy New Year!
January Special in my Etsy store: free shipping to all domestic USA addresses and $5 flat rate international.
Check out all my new pieces:

Please visit my Sat. Jan 1 post on: to get a free tutorial on how to use my curved bracelet focals to make a trendy leather cuff bracelet.