February 28, 2009

Collaboration Challenge

Collaboration is the foundation of society. People interact, share ideas and form relationships in order to better their lives and the lives of those around them. Art and the creative process of an artist was once a very solitary endeavor. The Internet and social networking has allowed artists to collaborate on a single work together like they never would have been able to before. Our Etsy Glass Artists street team has long admired the amazing talent of each member so it was natural for us to start making links between things in each other's work. It became apparent that seeing the work of others on the team sparked ideas for our own art and thus creative connections began to form. It made sense to create a challenge, asking members to formalize these ideas and create collaborative projects. Well, the challenge has been a success. The members who have participated report enjoying this challenge very much and the projects speak for themselves. They are beautiful! We will be doing a series of interviews of each team that outlines the process and shows the reader the finished collaborative works. Most of these works are or were available in our Etsy shops.

The first collaborative team we will introduce to you is the work of Paula of The Venerable Bead and Poppy of Groovy Glass Girl . Their completed project is called Into Spring and is available in Poppy's shop.

Please tell us a little about yourselves and what kind of art you make.

Paula: I am borosilicate glass lampworker. I melt glass rods in the flame of a torch to create beads and pendants.

Poppy: I work mainly using stained glass techniques and wire work. I started fusing last year when I got my own kiln, so now I incorporate my fused glass into the pieces I make. For the most part my work is jewelry, only because with a busy family life I find that I can complete small projects much easier.

Can you tell us how you got started on this project and how it has evolved.

Paula: The team has been collaborating on a series of projects to be featured here on our blog. I did several collaborative necklaces with another team member a while back and I must admit it's very addicting to make collaborative pieces. I have always wanted to make a cabochon that could be incorporated into a dark metal necklace but I am not a metalsmith so it's only been a dream until I saw Poppy's work.

Poppy: Paula contacted me about doing a collaboration and of course I was thrilled to work with her. The whole process came together quite quickly.....her work combined really well with my techniques.

What inspired you about your partner's art?

Paula: I have such a weakness for oxidized metals you have no idea. I saw Poppy's Twig Series and I though "Oh man, wouldn't a flower implosion look cool in a necklace like that?" So I approached her about it.

Poppy: I have always loved borosilicate glass and Paula has some great steampunk inspired pieces that I admired.

How did you ultimately decide to make what you did?

Paula: Well I decided to make a flower in subtle cool colors. I chose blues and greens to work well with the dark silver metal. I wanted the necklace to flow and work together... like something you'd find in nature. Once my cab was done I sent it off to Poppy and she worked her magic on it.

Poppy: Paula mentioned a "Twig" series necklace that I'd just listed in my Etsy shop that she really liked when she contacted me about doing a piece together. I wasn't sure I'd be able to work a large cab into a piece like that but I have another line called "Urban Artifacts" that features really large chunks of glass so the resulting necklace is kind of a combination of the hammered swirls found in a lot of my work, the lines of a "twig" series necklace and glass and solder detail of the "Urban Artifact" series.

Did you find this to be a rewarding experience and why?

Paula: I am so beyond pleased with the finished project. I love it so much I want to marry it! lol, ok well maybe not marry but definitely go steady! Seriously, it was so much fun to plant a seed and watch it grow in the hands of another artist.

Poppy: I found this experience to be so rewarding that I can't wait to do another one! Trying to incorporate another artist's work into your own and still maintain a unified style that flows can be difficult. I have to admit this time it was easy....right from the initial sketch that I did with her cab to adding the metalwork. I kept the beautiful floral implosion cab the focal point of the necklace which was my main concern. The hardest part was knowing when to stop.

February 26, 2009

Sale item of the day! February 26th

Ok, so this is my very-first blog post! And I'm going to offer "sale item of the day" every Thursdays & weekends. For today, I offer "Delightful poppy hook earrings" for $5 off plus free shipping! So today it's only $25!! These earrings were on the front page of Etsy yesterday & couple other times. Colors are so springish! And so easy & light weight to wear!! please check more detail (and maybe to purchase...:) here=== http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=21040482

February 25, 2009

Sale Item of the Day!

I am starting a little something new for my Etsy shop. I will post one item on my blog and my team blog daily that is on sale in one way or another. The listing itself will tell you what the sale of the day is, be it 10% off, 20% off or whatever. The sale price is only good for the day of the listing so be quick! =) and check back daily to see what surprises I have in store! So here is the first "Sale Item of the Day"!

Look for other team members to also post their sales - coming soon!

Click on the picture to go directly to the item.

Sale Item of the Day - Waters Edge II - Copper Lined Lampwork Bead - 20 percent off

Was $14.00. Today only it is priced at $11.20. Have a great day!

This is copper lined lampwork bead hand made by me in my studio. It is a lovely mix of blues and would look stunning hanging from a silk ribbon or a silver chain. It measures approx. 10mm x 18mm. Silk ribbon not included. Beads are individually hand created by me. They have been properly kiln annealed for lasting durability and are each properly cleaned and inspected.Thank you for looking!

February 17, 2009

"Fishy Swa" - This Month's Free Giveaway!

We had such a terrific turn out for the One World One Heart Drawing that I thought it would be fun to continue with that. The members of the Etsy Glass team will be doing a monthly drawing of our creative glass items.

I am going to start this month with "Fishy Swa" a lampwork glass pendant handmade by me. Here is the link to my store should you want one of your own. She is so excited to see how many people leave their comments on this post, and even more excited to see who she will be awarded to on March 17th.

So leave your name and email address or some way to contact you should you be the winner in the comments section of this post.

Be sure and sign up for our newsletter here to be notified of any upcoming sales and events. Also use the egateam tag in the Etsy search box to locate all of our listings for sale.

February 16, 2009

Eye on the Prize

Above: Crocodile Tears by Carmen Lozar

We awarded a few prizes for the One World One Heart participants this week and that was FUN! Its always feels good to share our work and also make friends. Thank you again to everyone who has come by to join us and see what were all about!

Heres another prize that everyone can start working towards...if you're into glass. Its the Bombay Sapphire Prize. The Bombay Sapphire Foundation (yes, were talking about delicious gin!) was established in 2001 to recognize, encourage and award the very best in contemproary design and, in particular, glass design.

Above: Agnus Dei by Judith Schaechter
Above: artist unknown

Above: Furniture Life by Gitta Gschwendtner
Above: Dairy House by Charlotte Skene Catling

This competition is open to designers, artists and architects. It tours around for the year, and then they start the competition all over again. Entering competitions is a really good way for emerging artists to get their names out there. If you think you don't have what it takes, why not? Using their guidelines, you can push yourself to think in another way than you usually do. Even if you decide not to enter, you can use it as a practice run on your own. When I run out of ideas, or need to think outside the box, I always open up an Art Magazine and head to the back where they list the monthly call for artists or competitions. They always have a new theme like "from water to land" or "the great purple idea". These random themes and ideas can lead to something new in your own work.
Above: One Liners by Tavs Jorgensen
Even if you dont use glass in your artwork, you can still certainly enjoy what everyone has brought to the competition. I love when I can discover new artists that seem to crawl out of the woodwork when things like this come around.

Above: Aladdin by Stuart Haygarth

Heres a snippet from the Foundation website:
The members of the Foundation include leading international designers and some of the world’s most respected figures from the glass and design industry.

Bombay Sapphire began its association with the world of design in the 1990s when internationally acclaimed designers first created their versions of the ultimate martini cocktail glass inspired by Bombay Sapphire.

To support and reward excellence in glass design, the Bombay Sapphire Foundation launched an international glass design award - the Bombay Sapphire Prize – in 2002.

Above: Capacity by Annie Cattrell

Glass is an exciting and versatile material that, in many shapes and forms, surrounds us every day. As the biggest international glass award, the Bombay Sapphire Prize celebrates the achievements of international artists, designers and architects who work with this challenging material to create stunning results.
Above: Lace by Joanna Manousis
The award recognises innovation and excellence in the use of glass with the winner receiving £20,000 and the best newcomer receiving £5,000.
The inspiring work of the finalists in the Bombay Sapphire Prize are toured each year to exhibitions, galleries and museums worldwide to highlight the importance of glass in contemporary living.
Have YOU entered any competitions?
Did it make you stretch your imagination, or was it right up your alley?
Was there a prize?
Tell us about it!

February 12, 2009

One World One Heart Winners

Here are the winners for the OWOH drawings.

Bella Modiste

You will be notified by email to get your info. See the original post for details on what you won.

Thanks to everyone who entered our drawing and who visited our blog. We have great plans for future giveaways and sales so continue to check in often.

Our next drawing for an item from the team starts Tuesday 2-17-09. Come leave a comment on the post for a chance to win.

Also please sign up for our newsletter to be notified when we have our sales. Check out our webpage as well for beautiful glass creations from our members. I guarantee you will find something that you love.
You can find us on Etsy by putting egateam in the search box. All of our wonderful items will come up for you to look through.

Once again ~ Thank you!