Friday, June 26, 2009

UFOs spotted!

Yup, lots of UFOs have been spotted and they will be here tonight! Join us from 4ish until whenever we call it a day for our Un-Finished Object Night at echo artworks! We'll supply the food, tables, chairs, tools and design assistance all you need to bring are those pesky projects that just aren't getting done. Come early (we ran out of chairs last time!) and settle in for a night of fun and more important, finished projects!!! Beth will also show and tell the new Copper Metal Clay and preview some new workshops for summer and fall. See you tonight!

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Feeling Competitive?

I just received the call for entries for the next Saul Bell Design Awards. The contest is put on by Rio Grande and always has some fantastic designs to aspire to…the best part? The competition winner receives a $10,000 gift certificate to Rio Grande!!!!! Think of all the tools, or silver, or GOLD! It is really hard to wrap my brain around winning a prize like this.


The categories are:



Metal clay



Silver/argentium silver


There are also awards for first and second in each category. We have applications here at the shop or you can get more info at


Good Luck!

Thursday, June 11, 2009

School's Out for summer...

School is coming to a close for many children & adults alike. Graduations are plentiful and many of us are wondering if it is too late for summer plans...I think not!
We have just updated our workshop schedule online and are looking for a few good men (& women) to teach workshops. Do you have a skill or talent that is unrealized? Have something to share, but nowhere to teach? Come teach here!!!!
Your workshop does not need to be bead related (although we'd love that too). Anything that you think others might be interested in learning about is fair game. Digital photography-absolutely (I still don't know how to use my camera to its full potential). Encaustic painting-yes, please! Polymer clay, fabric & fiber, writing, drawing, silk painting, knitting-the sky is the limit! We will have workshop proposals here at the shop outlining what tools & supplies are needed, space considerations, class size and payment info. Talk to Beth anytime with questions about your proposal.
We'll also be rolling out some new drop in workshops for summer on the business of design, pricing your work and beyond basic jewelry design. Look for the first meeting of a new metal clay chapter too.
Thanks for all creativity you share with us and let us share with you!

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

saying goodbye to a friend...

We had to say goodbye to Nikki, my parents 14 year old husky, today.
Nikki was a rescue. She had some interesting eating habits, and was a bit stand off-ish with other dogs, but she was a love and truly the most elegant, gorgeous dog I have ever seen. I will admit, I am partial to husky type dogs (both of my fur children have been huskies related). I always profess that I will never get another animal any time this happens. My resolution usually lasts until the next hard luck case reaches my ears (I learned this from my mother), but I don't know how I forget the pain of losing a friend.
Our thoughts are with Penny & Ron and the rest of their fur children who will feel the loss as well.
She will be missed.