Welcome to A Hot Piece of Glass!

WELCOME to my colorful corner of the world! I write here about the things I make, in glass, fiber, metals, and whatever else I can find to play with!

**And if you want to read more about me, check out Adventures In Living!, my personal blog, or The ScooterMom, where I write about my adventures on two wheels! If you're interested in medieval, ancient and Renaissance glass, check out my history blog, The Medieval Glassworker!**

Monday, November 23, 2009

New series!

I've been working diligently on a new series of pieces for my collection. Here are the first pieces in "Industrial Revolution"....a collection created using copper and mixed metals, glass beads, and found objects, with a steampunk/clockwork/turn-of-the-last-century feel.

"Fortune's Amulet"

and the matching bracelet..."Springs Wash"

Both will be available on Etsy as soon as I get them posted later today. More pieces are forthcoming, too, I just have to get the photos taken!

Hey, don't forget I have a page for A Hot Piece of Glass on Facebook, so if you are an addicted Facebooker like me, check out the page and become a fan!

Tuesday, November 10, 2009


I finally listed a couple things in my Etsy shop. Go there to see two listing for my new Scooter Love beads!

This is where you will find them.

Sunday, October 25, 2009


Toay, at 1pm, I will be demonstrating the art of lampwork glass beadmaking at the ArtWorks Gallery in Richmond. I did this back in the spring, and it was well-received and a whole lot of fun! If you are local to Richmond, come on out and see me, along with a bunch of other great artists and artisans. Demos run from 1 pm - 5 pm and will last 1 hour. 2 demos will occur concurrently with ½ hour set-up between each demo. There is no charge to you or those attending!

Come on out and see us!

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Gearing up for the holiday season

I updated some pictures on the Flickr page for A Hot Piece of Glass. Go here to see the new images. Right now, a lot of the new ones are shots of just the beads for projects that will become jewelry soon.

I have also started to work on my schedule for Christmastime shows. It's not a huge schedule at the moment, but hopefully that will change. Right now I am planning on being at the St. Stephen's market this upcoming Saturday for my last weekend at that market. After that, I will be at Providence Middle School's Craft Show on November 21. More details on that one as I get them. I had applied for the Richmond Craft Mafia's Christmas show, but was turned down. :(

I am really hoping I will get my Etsy shop open again soon so if there are things you would like to see in there, let me know. If you see anything on my Flickr page that looks good and you want it, let me know. Some things there have been sold, but some can be remade.

There ya go....a quick FYI for now. Back in a while with some pix of finished pieces.

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Halloweeny Fun!

In that batch of beads from my last post was a small group of beads I am designating for a Halloweeny necklace. The vision in my head is fabulous, but as usual, I am still working it out in reality. These are the beads:

I haven't decided if I need more or not. I'm also contemplating taking a Halloween charm bracelet I made last year apart to cull some beads from it, but this is what I have so far. I am making the cord and some coiled and spiraled beads for the project, too, and those pieces so far look like this:

I still have more cord to make, and more spiral beads, too, so hopefully I will be able to get this vision done BEFORE Halloween! I've got one last day at the St. Stephen's Market on the 24th, and I want to have it done for then.

Keeping my fingers crossed and my cord-making constant...

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Back again and NOW! With Beads!!

Hi there folks!
I have been on a beadmaking frenzy this last week or so, and as such, have managed to make many more beads than I ever have at a sitting. I was pretty astonished, myself. This is a shot of the whole big conglomeration:

There are at least four sets in there, plus random earring pairs, a bunch of hollows, and a few wonky screwups (gotta have some of those!).

Stay tuned for what they will become!

Sunday, August 23, 2009

A Poll for my clients and customers!

I'd like to direct your attention to the new poll at the right-hand side of this page....I'm in the process of making some changes to how I sell my work, and I'd like some input on the preferred method for my customers.

I currently have an Etsy shop (but it's currently empty). I'm thinking about opening a dedicated shop that you can get to from this page, but I want to know how you would prefer to buy. Keep in mind that with Etsy and other online 'malls' or shopping venues, you have to create an account for yourself in order to shop and buy. This isn't a big deal for most people, but it may not be the simplest thing if you don't do a lot of online buying, or if you'd prefer to not have accounts all over the web.

Just make your vote in the poll and comment on this entry if you have other things to say about the subject. Christmas is coming, along with Halloween, and I want to make sure you can shop easily and conveniently with me!


Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Been awhile....again...

Ok, so here I am again. Sorry for the interruption!

I've got some new work to show off, so here goes....first up, a custom order for a parent of a child at one of the girls' private schools here. Twenty-five daisy beads.

The client also ordered another twenty-five of the same beads, so I have to get those done this week.

I also did a custom order for the director of a local preschool, who wanted beads to incorporate into appreciation gifts for her teachers. Those turned out like this:

I'm doing the Market at St. Stephen's Church this year. It's on Grove Ave, across from St. Catherine's School, if you're local to Richmond. Come and see me!

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Thursday, February 19, 2009

It's been a long time!

I have been completely overtaken by my life these past few months. BUT! Now I am ready to get back on track. I should be posting more here in the days to come, and I'm even cooking up a challenge for myself to jump-start my spring season. More details to come!


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