Saturday, April 2, 2011

Studio Saturday!

Welcome to Studio Saturday! Each week one of our contributors at Art Bead Scene gives you a sneak peek into their studio, creative process or inspirations. We ask a related question of our readers and hope you'll leave comments! As an incentive we offer a free prize each week to bribe you to use that keyboard. The following week we choose a random winner.
This weeks winner is Flower and Bud JewelryCongratulations! You have won a new O pendant from Jennifer Heynen of Jangles
Send Jennifer an e-mail with your address and she will get it right out to you.
This week we visit the studio of Tari Sasser at 
70 Donut Pendants for the Bead Cruise. Glazed and ready to be fired.
I don't think I have shown how my little kiln looks when it is loaded. 
I made these new donuts for the Bead Cruise. Yes, I am jealous that I am not enjoying beading, friends, relaxation and warm weather. 
Instead we experienced a rather stressful week. My husband is a teacher. Most school districts are going through big budgets cuts, at least here in Ohio. Last Saturday we received the call, he was cut after 9 years of teaching in this particular district, many hours of going to school and a career changer. We were in shock to say the least, walking numbly through the next few days. I arranged an interview (which has since been postponed due to a conflict) to return to the corporate world. Steve was applying for jobs, not in teaching but back in the business world, one benefit of being a career changer. We received another call a few days later, he was now UNcut. We were happy, relieved, confused, and in general leery of the fate of education. Since then, State Bill 5 has pasted in our state. Not a happy thought. Moving on from this unhappy diversion...
     Above is a photo of new donut Pendants that were created for the Bead Cruise. They are on rods, 3 layers deep in my little kiln. They have been dipped in a clear glaze which is why they don't look too exciting.
Kiln opened, donuts fired.
You can now see the detail after the donuts have been fired. Pretty-Shiny! Now to unload and file any sharp edges from glaze sticking to the rods.
60 Pendants, bagged and tagged.
This part of packaging I refer to as "bag and tag." All donuts were put on cards and then placed in resealable cello bags. I wanted to try a different presentation with the pieces of bandanas that can be used to tie the pendants to a necklace. 
Sassy Pendant
Close up of the Pendant. Feeling a little SASSY?! Figure it was apropos for most of us on certain days and because my last name is Sasser.

My question this week is:

Have you tried a new presentation idea lately? Success? Failure? What do think of mine?

Leave your comment at Art Bead Scene and you too can feel Sassy with one of my new Donut pendants if you are the winner! 

Feeling sassy as usual! 
Tari  Sasser 
Creative Impressions In Clay

Be kind to each other, you never know what someone may be going through.


Elaine Ray said...

Beautiful kiln shots - Thanks!

Chan Luu jewelry said...

That is a good donut indeed.Love the mild colors and the beautifully round shape.