Monday, June 30, 2008

Check Out this GREAT Etsy Artist Stacey Reed

Stacey Reed of JS GLASS ART
was kind enough to grant me an interview.
Make sure you check out her store (see the link to her store)

How many years have you been an artist? Maybe in the last five years, or so, I’ve considered myself good enough to be called an artist.

How many years have you worked with glass? 9 years. Like many people doing kiln work, my first introduction to glasswork was through stained glass. I started doing kiln work within two months of learning stained glass.

What triggers ideas for new projects? My brain thinks more mechanically than artistically. If I see something interesting in some other medium I’ll automatically start thinking of how I can create it in glass. I enjoy the manipulation of glass more than making sure it’s artistically pleasing.

When do ideas come to you? How often? Most of my ideas come to me while I’m working with the glass. A lot of the time the piece I’m working on will come out differently than what I originally intended because of a new idea popping into my head. I’ll also get a great idea just as I’m falling asleep, unfortunately, I won’t remember it when I wake up.

What percentage of the day do you think about or work on your art? Depending on the season. In the summer it’s common for me to get in the studio first thing in the morning and work until dark. In the winter I usually wait for it to warm up a bit before going out. It can get pretty cold in there.

Do you create daily? No. I do need to take time off. Usually it’s just a day here and there, but sometimes I need a whole week. If I’m working on a technique, or trying to figure out a problem, I can get a bit obsessive about it and will need the time off to regenerate.

How important is it for you to create art? Very important. I’ve always felt the need to create. A physical need. My hands get restless if I go too long without creating something.

Do you feel that choosing the artist’s life has been a sacrifice? Have you given up certain luxuries? No. I’ve been lucky in that I have the resources to be able to work on glass full time.

Describe your studio. My studio is in my garage. A very small garage. I’ve done well in utilizing my space, but I still need something larger. I’m forced to work out of a smaller kiln and it’s very frustrating since I learned to work large. I have a large kiln I can’t even use.

Tell me something about you. I live in Northern California/Silicon Valley. I have a 25 year old son who recently married. I’ve been with my SO for over 15 years. My dream is to live on a property large enough to plant enough food to be self sustaining, and I would need a huge studio on this property. Solar powered, of course. It seems the older I get the more my inner hippie surfaces and I’m fine with that.

As a proud member of the CGGE (Creative Glass Guild of Etsy), I decided to accept the challenge of collaborating with a fellow artist to create a unique piece of wearable art.
I was thrilled to be paired with Stacey Reed of JS GLASS ART.
Her pieces are incredibly beautiful. You can visit her shop here:
I received her stunning fused glass Tiki Pendant and knew that I had the perfect beads to create a necklace. I have had these beads sitting in my studio just waiting for the right pendant. The tiki pendant was it!
The beads are carved carnelian beads that I found at an antique show. They are stunning on their own and when added to the Tiki pendant they make a unique, one of a kind, piece of wearable art.
This necklace is perfect for a man or a woman, the rich earthy colors will go with anything.
The necklace measures 16" in length.
It will be listed soon on my etsy shop.

Saturday, June 28, 2008

“Somewhere over the rainbow, skies are blue, and the dreams that you dare to dream really do come true” Lyman Frank Baum

My dream is to get my business off the ground.

I saw this rainbow and had to photograph it. This is from my back yard.

New Pieces

Saturday, June 21, 2008

Mother Daughter DeLights Candles

We started our candle business a few years ago. My daughter wanted to make me a candle for my birthday. We purchased the supplies and made a candle that smelled better than our store bought favorites. For fun, we decided to make them as gifts. We titled them Mother Daughter Delights and gave several away as gifts. They were a huge hit and suddenly we were asked to make more & more & more. A small business was born and best of all...our house always smells incredible.


All of our candles are hand-poured and highly scented. We offer a diverse selection of scents that are guaranteed to delight.

Current Scent List:

Absolutely fabulous sweet, sugary, buttery rum.

A yummy blend of maple, brown sugar, and butter.

The smell of a freshly cut tree!

Sweet and buttery aroma of the honey and caramel Halloween treat.

A great spicy scent that is true to gingersnap cookies or rum raisin bread. A warm, spicy must have scent.

A fresh, clean spray of water from the ocean on a hot summer day.

A tangy blend of fresh black raspberries with a hint of vanilla in the background. Everyone loves this scent! Great for any time of year!

Enhanced with cinnamon sticks, wild berries and bitter orange peels.

Our strongest apple cinnamon combo scent.

The strongest cinnamon scent leaves your home smelling incredible.

Ripe Granny Smith apples hand dipped in luxurious butter caramel.

Sweet, tangy and spicy, just like hot cider on a cold crisp winter day.

All the sweet and spicy fragrances of cinnamon, pumpkin and clove come together in this special autumn scent.

A sensational blend of cranberry and orange mixed together for a tantalizing scent.

Fresh apple slices are sugared and coated with cinnamon then baked into this warm treat.

A just baked blend of ginger, nutmeg, cinnamon and clove baked with sweet vanilla.

Fresh ripe oranges with a hint of spices.

A lilac scent that makes you think you are sitting among the lilac bushes.

Sweet & fruitylicious just like the famous drink!

A yummy vanilla, creamy, nutty latte without the calories.

Price List
Retail: $10.00 Each

Wholesale: Orders of 10 or more- $7.00 Each
Shipping: $4.95 For 1 Candle to the continental USA.
Add $1.50 For each additional candle.
I accept paypal or money orders.
Email order:

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

This was really fun to make. I think it would be fun to wear.

Today's work

Sunday, June 15, 2008

Saturday, June 14, 2008

I am trying to get 25 items listed per week. I really want to get this business off the ground. I sold 1 piece this week---yeah me! I gave a necklace to a friend and she said she has been stopped every time she wears it. People wanting to know know where she bought it. She asked me to bring her several business cards to hand out. I enjoy the creative process but have a lot to learn about selling.

Here are some new pieces