Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Meet our Members: Willow and Me Jewelry

My name is Lisa and I am the "me" half of Willow and Me Jewelry.  The other is Willow, my siamese cat and constant companion.  I live in Ellsworth, Maine, (near Bar Harbor/Acadia National Park) and I've been working with metal clay since 2006.  I received my Rio Rewards PMC Certification in March of 2009, and I love to experiment with new designs and techniques.  I have also begun teaching beginner's classes and have discovered a new love in that.

Most of my designs are inspired by nature.  I'm lucky to live in a beautiful area, surrounded by nature, and close to the sea.  When walking, I am constantly on the lookout for inspiration in the form of flowers, leaves, etc.

Note to our members, if  you would like your mini-bio on the blog but haven't submitted it yet, convo it to Lisa at willowandme.  Thanks!

Friday, July 23, 2010

Challenge Winner!

Thank you to all who voted in our most recent challenge:  Patriotism.  We had 160 votes!  The winner is:

I Heart My Country by Betty of Faccia Felice

The top three vote getters were:

The Runners-Up:

North America by Ghislaine of GS Creations

Scales of Justice by Jennifer of Envy Designs Jewelry

Congratulations to all!  We will have another challenge in September.  In the mean time, look for our giveaway coming soon.

Monday, July 12, 2010

Challenge: Patriotism

The Metal Clay Heads team has a challenge every other month, to foster creativity and to encourage us to try new things.  Each challenge is chosen by the winner of the previous challenge.  Janie from LifeArtDesigns was our winner last time and she has chosen "Patriotism" as our theme this time.  Below are the entries.  Please vote on the voter to the right.  Voting will be open until July 22 at midnight, EST.  The winner will be announced the next day.   Also, commenting on this blog will give you an entry in our first ever giveaway next month!

The entries are:

Scales of Justice by Jennifer of Envy Designs Jewelry
The scales of justice usually held by the goddess Themis, or Lady justice. I have to thank my husband for this idea.

 North America by Ghislaine of GS Creations:
My July challenge piece. Since I am Canadian and I live in the U.S. and my son is both Canadian and American I decided to honor both countries.  I created this fine silver pendant with the maple leaf representing Canada and the Stars for the U.S.

Memory of Holland by Esmerelda of SilverBlueberry
It has part of a Dutch poem that for me is Holland more than anything else.  I added red, white and blue (rubies, quartz and sapphires in the front, freshwater pearls in the back) for our flag color.  The translation of these first sentences is:

Thinking of Holland
I see wide-flowing rivers
slowly traversing
infinite plains,

It's written by H. Marsman

Remember September 11 by Tammi of My Brown Wren
This is my third try at the Etsy Metal Clay Heads July Challenge on Patriotism.  It is an artistic rendition of the Twin Towers.

I Heart my Country by Betty of FacciaFelice
This is the piece I designed for the Metal Clay Heads Team Bi-Monthly challenge Patriotism.
I used the signature red, white and blue colors on a fine silver heart to express my love to my country.
The star is the state where I'm living in now - California.

Patriotism and Hope by Anise of SeavBeach Designs
This one of a kind piece was created for my MetalClayheads Team Challenge. The theme being patriotism. Having grown up in a military family, there was no question as to what patriotism meant to me.

American Flag Earrings by Erin of Heartsabustin

Lady Liberty by  Patsy of OxOriginalArtJewelry

Polish Coin Necklace by Terri of Nineteen Thirteen
One clear cubic zirconia and one red lab corundum garnet have been added to the bail to represent the Polish flag. The words "SUPA DUPA" have been added to the back...this can either represent "Super Duper" or "Nice Butt" which is my very loose interpretation of a Polish saying my grandmother used to repeat!

America the Beautiful by Lisa of Willow and Me Jewelry
This pin was made for my Metal Clay Heads team challenge.  The challenge was to make something patriotic. The first thing I thought of wasn't the flag or the national anthem, but the song all Americans learn in grade school: "America the Beautiful".

Please vote on the gadget to the right and comment below if you would like an entry into our first ever giveaway next month!

A note about the photos.  Some of the pieces are listed in the artist's shop, while others are not.  Where they are, they were linked to the shop and can be found by clicking on the photo.  The others were taken from their uploads to the Metal Clay Heads group on Flickr.  They, along with alternate views of the items, can be seen here.

Friday, July 9, 2010

Meet our Members: Nineteen Thirteen

Nineteen Thirteen:

Hello! My name is Terri and I have been a metal clay addict for two years. :) By day (and often by night) I am an equine veterinarian. I live in Wisconsin with my husband, dog Vinnie, and cat Annie. My shop is named after the year my grandma Rosie was born. Creating metal clay jewelry has allowed me to combine my love for art and animals. Custom pieces that evoke the love of people and animals are my favorite projects.

Note to our members, if  you would like your mini-bio on the blog but haven't submitted it yet, convo it to Lisa at willowandme.  Thanks!

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Meet our Members: Sweetleaf Sisterz

Sweetleaf Sisterz:

Thanks for the welcome! A little bit about myself...I live in Ohio with my husband, 3 dogs and a horse. I share an etsy shop with my sister Denise, who lives in PA. We both love working with metal clay and exploring new ways to create with it. I am excited to join this team and share ideas and creative thoughts.

Note to our members, if  you would like your mini-bio on the blog but haven't submitted it yet, convo it to Lisa at willowandme.  Thanks!

Monday, July 5, 2010

Meet our members: JKistler Studios

JKistler Studios:

I started making jewelry because I finally couldn't resist all the neat stone beads. First made Christmas gifts, which were well-received (and more requested every year!).  And some for me of course (I wear jewelry more now that I make what I want). Then decided I wanted to make jewelry that was uniquely *mine*, and had ideas about making horse designs, and took an Art Clay Silver class at the local bead shop. I love it! I have always been into art (and crafts) and horses.

Note to our members, if  you would like your mini-bio on the blog but haven't submitted it yet, convo it to Lisa at willowandme.  Thanks!

Ali Bali Jewellery's Cuff to Appear in Metal Clay Artist Magazine.

This absolutely gorgeous cuff by AliBali Jewellery will appear in the upcoming Metal Clay Artist Magazine.  Congratulations!