January 5, 2014

Earthenwood Update and Links

Hi there!  Long time, no see!  I have been keeping busy in the studio but I haven't been blogging much.  I guess I use Facebook more for keeping everyone up to date with what I have been working on (feel free to friend me there and *like* my Earthenwood FB Fan Page!).  So here is a roundup of updates and links for you:

I have been moving away from the artisan bead component aspect of my business lately.  But there still seems to be demand for some of my classic designs, so I have my Indie Made website at EarthenwoodStudio.com with favorites like fairies and faces and accents.

 I am also using Etsy shop as a destash spot to clear out the older styles that I am no longer planning on keeping in stock. Use the coupon code DESTASH for 20% off of your order in this shop!

I am continuing to focus on my jewelry line, which is available at a growing number of retail stores both in Michigan and throughout the USA.  I am always looking for new retailers and I am planning on expanding my line and adding new pieces this year. You can find Earthenwood Jewelry and wholesale info on the new website .

My newest work is focused on working in ceramics in a very different way.  I have fallen in love with hand painting overglazes onto functional china ware (often upcycling thrift store pottery). This new work is satisfying my desire to draw and doodle, allowing me to be really creative and expressive (which I have felt I have been lacking the last few years), and bringing me back to my original love of pottery.  You can see this work in my Etsy Ceramic store.

I think my love of pottery has always gone hand in hand with a love of food and the presentation of food, which brings me to another new direction that my work is taking.  I am starting culinary school this week to study pastry arts!  I have become more and more interested in cake and cookie decorating and artistic desserts and foods.  In some ways it is really different than the work I have been doing for the last decade, but in other ways, it makes a lot of sense.  Clay work and baking have a lot of similarities and I love working on small, detailed objects in production mode with ceramics and I can see bakery work being similar.  Food is another layer of materials and techniques that I have little experience with and am eager to start learning about. I am not exactly sure where these new skills will take me in my career and art yet, but I am excited to find out!

That's the Earthenwood update for now!  Happy new year and thanks for reading!

August 2, 2013

New Floral Scroll Link Pairs at Earthenwood Studio!

 These links have always been popular at shows, I just never took the time to catalog them for the website until now.  That just seems fair, since I am not doing as many bead shows these days. 
 These are a great size (about 5/8") and in eight colors, making them very versatile for linking together into bracelets, necklaces, and earrings.
 They come in pairs of round and square links, are glazed front and back, and have two holes for all your linky projects!  The possibilities are limitless!
 Check out the Round and Square Floral Scroll Links on the Earthenwood Studio Etsy Store!

July 23, 2013

New Bracelet Bars at Earthenwood

 I was inspired at Bead & Button by all the great leather and bracelet designs and the new findings to go along with them.  Right before the show, I made a small batch of these bracelet bars and everyone seemed to love them!  I designed a few pieces of jewelry with them and it became clear these would be good sellers, so I added them to my Etsy Store! 

Check out some of the things that can be made with these Floral Scroll Bracelet Bars:

 Lots of colors available! I sold out of a few already but am on my way to make some more today, so I will be restocking soon.
I am looking forward to seeing what you make with them!

June 20, 2013

Bike Ride Necklace in Bead Style Magazine

While I was at the Bead & Button Show, one of the editors of Bead Style Magazine surprised me in my booth with the return of my Bike Ride necklace and a copy of the newest issue of the magazine, which features it in the gallery.  I had honestly forgotten about it, so it was a very welcome surprise!

This necklace uses my Bicycle pendant, which comes in several colors, and a few of my Wheelie Links, along with some very cool bottlecap beads from Trinket Foundry.  I designed this necklace to remind me of riding my bike with my friends over the summers when I was a kid.  We would often bike up to the corner store and get candy and New York Seltzers (do they still make those? I remember they were so good!) The bright colors remind me of my youth and the layers of gears and hardware give the necklace a bit more of a grown up feeling.

June 12, 2013

Bead & Button Show

 I know I have been very quiet here on the blog for months now, but I wanted to post to reflect a little bit on my return from the annual craziness that is the Bead & Button Show.  I had a booth again this year and traveled with my bead buddy Diane Hawkey, as I have for a few years now.  For the last few years this show has become harder and harder on me, and Diane has always been so helpful in getting my spirits up and helping me through it.  She is such a great friend and artist.  But I finally made good on the threat I have been making that this is my last year doing the show.  It's just too hard and my heart is not in it the way it used to be. It's a super fun show, don't get me wrong... I am looking forward to ATTENDING and shopping, maybe even next year.  That will be a very different experience than vending at it, so I look forward to that.

The show was good for helping me clear out a lot of beads and pendants that I have discontinued.  It also helped me focus on what I need to keep as part of my bead sales lineup and how to continue with both my bead business and my jewelry business.  My plan continues to be to reduce the amount of beads that I stock on my retail site, vend at fewer bead shows (my plan is to just do my local Bead Bonanza shows right now), and focus more on wholesale to stores and trunk shows.

For all of you who I saw at the show and who shopped with me or dropped by to show your support and give me compliments... Thank You!  I really appreciate it.  I will try to keep up with the blog more and not be such a stranger.  I am newly inspired now!  yay!

February 26, 2013

Sale at Earthenwood Studio website

  Just a reminder, in case you don't subscribe to my newsletter, I have added some fun new skull themed items to the website and am having a sale to celebrate the fresh new site design!  Use the code NEWDESIGN at checkout until the end of the month for 20% off your entire purchase!
Click here to go to Earthenwood Studio!
Melanie is an artist, blogger, writer, and ceramic beadmaker at Earthenwood Studio. Her beads and components can be found at her Etsy shop and her jewelry can be found in her Etsy Galleria. To comment on this post, visit the original post at the Earthenwood Studio Chronicles Blog.

February 21, 2013

New work at Michigan Artisans!

  I had a busy couple of weeks on my quest to branch out with my jewelry line and stock up some of the popular galleries and shops that I have been wanting to work with.  Another place that you can now find my jewelry in the Detroit area is Michigan-Artisans, located in Detroit in the Historic Eastern Market in the old Germack Pistachio building at 1400 E. Fisher.  It's a fun little shop filled with lots of Michigan made goodies.  I saw lots of my artist friends' works there, which made me happy!  I left them with a scattering of jewelry, heavier on the Michigan/Detroit/auto-industrial themed goods.  I am curious to see how it sells there.
 These are new, tiny car earrings.  I think they are pretty fun! :) Vroom vroom!
Melanie is an artist, blogger, writer, and ceramic beadmaker at Earthenwood Studio. Her beads and components can be found at her Etsy shop and her jewelry can be found in her Etsy Galleria. To comment on this post, visit the original post at the Earthenwood Studio Chronicles Blog.