Handmade for the Holidays


Join me at Handmade for the Holidays December 8, 11 am  to 5 pm at Fleisher Art Memorial. The Open Studio Potters group will be selling functional and decorative ceramics lovingly crafted in Fleisher’s pottery studio in South Philadelphia.  One-of-a-kind ornaments, mugs, bowls, trinket trays, soap dishes and more. Each item is made from earthenware clay and decorated with food-safe glazes.  There’s something for everyone on your gift list.  Prices start at $5.00 and most items are under $20.00



I will be  posting  more  work from the Open Studio Potters on my Instagram Feed.   See work by Pat Caughey here,  by Marjorie Waxman here and by Sandrine Sheon here.

Fleisher Art Memorial is located at 719 Catharine Street Philadelphia, PA 19147

East Passyunk Spring Craft Fair


The East Passyunk Community Recreation Center is sponsoring a craft fair this Saturday, April 16 from 9 am to 2 pm at 1025 Mifflin Street in Philadelphia.  I will be selling some of my past work including Happy Bracelets which were featured in Polymer Cafe and Festive Pens which were featured on HGTV.

I will also have some fused glass items, mixed media necklaces and other cool stuff for sale including felted bracelets and polymer barrettes.

This is the first craft fair that the new Community Center Advisory Council is holding, so I don’t know how it will go.  Still, I am happy to be able to lend my support to this wonderful organization.  You can too even if you just stop by to hang out and enjoy the day.




Artsy Sciency in Arlington


HANDMADE ARLINGTON is a juried arts and crafts show in Arlington Virginia that raises funds for the Swanson Middle School PTA.  This year, more than 45 artists and crafters have been invited to sell their hand made creations to a buying public that keeps growing year after year.


This year, I am proud to say that my  clay colleague and and travel partner to such exotic locales as Damascus (Maryland) the Las Vegas Strip and Puerto Vallarta will be among the artisans and vendors at Handmade Arlington. Encouraged by her friend and mentor, silversmith  Jules Jernigan  Terri will be showing her polymer clay creations which include functional and decorative objects.


Terri’s bracelets are some of her most popular items.  To make them, she layers different colors of polymer into brass forms, bakes, and then carves through the layers.  They are all  unique and one of a kind.  They look great worn stacked together!



Terri spends a lot of time in her day job looking through microscopes at breathtaking miniature vistas and crystal formations that most of us will never get to see.  These influences carry over into a lot of her work which is why it is so different and distinctive.



Besides Terri’s work, you will find potters, fiber and wood artists, jewelers and other crafters at Handmade Arlington.  It’s just one day, April 2.  If you want to go, check out their facebook page for more information.





Jewelry by Jill LaPierre


Earlier this year I posted about my trip to  Hacienda Mosaico  in Puerto Vallerta  with my friend Terri.  We took a great class with Richard and Jane Salley and met some wonderful people with whom we have kept in touch.  So when our friend Jill was wondering how she would handle exhibiting her jewelry at the four-day Mayfair Festival of the Arts in Allentown, Terri, me and Pat, another  Hacienda Mosaico alumn were quick to offer help.

Terri and I piled into her Bubble Car for a trip up the Pennsylvania Turnpike to Allentown


imageThe antenna of The Bubble Car.  Terri likes skulls.  This weathered example is from a “Pirates of the Caribbean”  Happy Meal.  I think it is aging well.          


Jill’s booth. 



wpid-img_20150524_200632_wm.jpgPat and Terri wait on some customers


 Jill must be laughing at the photographer


Love that etching


Want to see some beautiful examples of Jill’s work?  Check out her Pinterest Board to see copper pieces and her  web site  to see her beautiful pieces of high-end sterling silver chain maille.