Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Project for Ireland

I have been busy working on projects for the book and for the Beadventure ( in Ireland in September. I finally finished the necklace called Macha. I am looking forward to returning to Ireland to see Cheryl and teach for Beadventure. My first trip to Ireland was with Beadventure some time ago so it is a special place for me.

I also just finished another project for the book called Artemisia. I know the earrings are large but I just love big earrings! They were inspired by the inlaid Cosmati floors found in the churches here in Italy.

Two classes are now on CraftEdu ( - Scepter Beads and Coin Pearl Earrings. More projects will follow for this online workshop website. Donna Kato has done a wonderful job putting this all together.

I am returning home tomorrow refreshed and with new ideas - can't wait to get in the studio!

Ciao for now!

Monday, May 3, 2010

Tracy & Maggie In Italy

Hello Everyone! What a great trip Tracy Stanley and I are having in Italy. It took more than a volcano to keep Tracy and my Beadventure group from coming. Tracy taught a wonderful workshop in Montefiridolfi in Tuscany. We stayed at a lovely villa/winery and had a great group of people. I fell in love with Siena and the history behind the Palio. We met with Dario Castagno (author of many books about Tuscany) and had a delightful time.

Tracy and I are now in Naples and just returned from Pompeii and Oplonti with Aldo. I am so enjoying seeing designs and motifs from a metal artist perspective (Tracy not me).

Pictures to follow soon. Tomorrow it is off to downtown Naples and then off to Capri!