A couple of weeks ago I was lucky enough to win the Art Bead Scene drawing in the September Challenge. I didn't realize how lucky, though, until I redeemed the gift certificate for Shaterra Clay Studio. Sharleen Newland's ceramic pendants are FANTASTIC! I've had them out on my kitchen counter just so I could see them when I walked by...I even took them into my local bead shop so we could all oooohhhh and ahhhhh over them. If you want to see more, check out her blog and then skip on over to her website. I have a lot of them on my Etsy fave listings...it's too hard to pick just one.
I was motivated by my latest adventures with the Pantone Fall 2010 Color Report to bring out the "Golden Glow" and when I was looking through my stash, this donut was absolutely the perfect piece of goldness with a glowing raku finish.
In addition to the Shaterra donut, I used some lampwork rounds from Loupiac de Gatteville and a ceramic round by Natalie Pappas from NKPBeads. It has been a while since I went asymmetric, so I like how the art beads are balanced.
On that note, I'll send a little shout out to my friends on the Beads of Clay blog...I feel like they've opened up a whole new world of art beads that come from earthen clay. Many thanks, Sharleen!!