Remember when I was talking about making more glass in the kiln? Well I have been busy making new ones and I wish you could feel the glass in your hands and see it in the light, it has such internal texture. I love the clean roundness of it and thought I would share some pics of what I have been making…
New glass out of the kiln… one pair of earrings from some of it… more to come…. You can see more fused glass on my website at SharonOrellaDesigns.com
Just lately I have been working on a new line of pendants. Using Glass and copper and sometimes sterling silver, I am creating pendants that carry light. At least that is how I think of it. Carrying light means that they are somewhat translucent and have great color and that they light me up when I look at them… LOL! Of course they feature all of my favorite colors! I have a scrumptious red orange, beautiful blue greens and some trippy black and whites. Today I toasted some glass that looks just like warm butterscotch to me… not the store kind but the homemade butterscotch… it is just so warm and yummy that it made me hungry just taking it out of the kiln.
I am make my own bails for some of the pendants, and really enjoying the process. The copper ones so far are my favorites, and I found a great chain to hang them from. You can see what I have available on my website at https://www.sharonorelladesigns.com/
I am still adjusting my photos to remove the SO Art Studio name, as I have decided to simplify my little handmade business by changing over to Sharon Orella Designs for my jewelry creations. I will continue to make my copper artworks, but am really enjoy improving my jewelry bench skills. So coming soon, I will gear up my website to showcase my jewelry and continue making some lovely new items. I also have begun moving some of my jewelry onto Artfire as they have a great google search engine submission and they feed Amazon as well. I will still be on Etsy but it is nice to be in few places for folks to find me.
I am always on the hunt for hand bags, purses, accessories that hold more accessories, by whatever name you call them, they are essentially bags. Here are some of my favorite hand crafted bags made in America. My criteria, you ask… well… Leather construction, bags must be lined, have a good shape and plenty of room. (Each image is a link to where you can purchase the bag, if you are so inclined)
Madeline Chadwick Handbags Based in Los Angeles
Genuine leather. Silver hardware. Two open interior pockets and one zipper pocket. Custom lining.
Handmade by ValhallaBrooklyn Larch bag in buttery soft and sturdy black pebble grain premium grade cow hide
Handmade by ContraBandCouture Butterscotch brown with, Two pockets on the faux gator inserts outside, front and back along with three pockets on the inside paisley print lining.
Handmade by DahlingAccessories
Red rose super soft lambskin lined with gray woven fabric. Ruffle flap at front with steel spike details. Inside flap is grey Italian leather. Magnetic snap closure. Red leather reinforced crossbody strap that can be tied at end to adjust length. Inner pocket. Fully lined. Dahling satin inside label on pocket.
Handmade by LolaFalkDesigns and made to order Custom color bag
Lining and Interior Pocket: Cotton
Closure: Metal Zipper
Adjustable Strap: Leather (can be lengthened/shortened to be worn cross-body or over shoulder)
I was thinking the other day about how I would be able to have prints made of some of my work, that would not require me to a) purchase a fancy printer and equally fancy paper b) Invest in have random prints made that may sell, or not… Then I realized, that I could probably put the images out on Fine Art America. You have to know, embarrassing as it is, that I signed up for FAA like 2 years ago, and get an email once a week about it. Even worse was, I open the email, I read the contents (which is all about what is going on there) but I never posted anything on it! DUH! So this week I created some galleries, found a couple of friends I know that are on there and hopefully someone will notice some of the stuff I have out there. What I liked, was that they could turn my artworks, photographs etc.. into cards, giclee’s, prints and so on. They send them out and a portion of the proceeds (decided by me) goes to me. I am hoping it works out well, wish me luck!
Here is the link to my Gallery on Fine Art America: http://fineartamerica.com/profiles/sharon-orella.html
When you get there, I would recommend clicking on Galleries so you can see bodies of work together, vs different mediums together like it is below.
Thanks to Dave Gilmore who shot this video when I was doing a demonstration at our local Artist gathering this month.
A couple of years back large, blingy rings, began to appear in the accessory landscape. This year, the more beads on a ring or the bigger the ring, the better. Many are wearing several quite large rings on one hand and on occasion on one finger. They make quite a statement and there are such a collection of really lovely rings, that I decided to find handmade rings, created by jewelry artists, that would be great adds to anyones accessories drawer. Click on any image to see more…
Today, I want to share the recent announcement of the SRAJD (Self Representing Artist in Jewelry Design) contest winners. All of the designs were amazing and beautiful, but of course only a select few can be chosen as winners. I offer my congratulations to all of the entries and of course to the lucky winners.
If you are unfamiliar with SRAJD, it is a group of jewelry artists that design and create handmade jewelry. To become a member, you must design, create and sell your own jewelry. It has a mission to promote individual self representing jewelry artists and raise awareness that they exist and the benefits of purchasing directly from them. There is also great support among the membership for each other, whether it be critiques, or answering questions, or acknowledgement of the beauty that someone has created.
When you purchase from a SRAJD Member, you are buying from and supporting an artist, which is so important.
Viewers’ Choice Grand Prize Winner
Juried Grand Prize Winner
Honorable Mention by Popular vote
Honorable Mention Winners by Juried Vote