mary lockwood lampwork beads

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Thursday, June 12, 2014

Productive week!

Nothing like taking a break because when you come back afterwards everything works better.

Here are some of this week's dragons.  They are all listed in my Etsy shop.













Thanks for checking in with me.  I've been having a busy and good time at the torch and hope it shows.
Mary

Thursday, March 20, 2014

11 years? What?

Coming up on my 11 year glass melting anniversary!  I can't even believe it!

When I first started offering my beads for sale most of what I made was encased florals.  When I tried to branch out into other things buyers rejected the idea.  I think at the time certain beadmakers were sought for certain things and when you tried to step out of that the buyers didn't go for it. (I'm talking strictly eBay here...that was the it place for online lampworkers at the time.)  This kinda made me feel bossed around and one day I flat out quit making encased florals.  I didn't make any more florals until the other things started to sell.  Once I didn't feel like a one-trick pony anymore I started making florals again.  Yes, I am the queen of cutting my nose off to spite my face.



That little attack of rebellion cost me a lot of money because I wouldn't make what the buyers wanted.  It wasn't because I didn't like my customers.  I loved my customers.  But this isn't a factory type mentality.  You have to want to make what you are making or it's crap.  I was so flippin' sick of flower beads I can't even express how much I hated making them. LOL



After 11 years of experience nothing has changed, not really. Buyers still want certain things from certain people (I do this, too.)  And I still hate having to make what I don't want to make just to earn a living.  So I've taken a bit of a creative break and spent the last week just having a ROYAL BLAST.  I've made sets, which I hardly ever do, picked up new tools, made some finished pieces.  Played around with ideas that basically let me get out of the car I've been driving for over 2 years and stretch my legs!  I didn't make a single dragon, either.  Well...I made one yesterday but it was the last thing in my week of rebellion. LOL


Here are some pictures of what I've been having fun with. Now I can go back to work and not feel so trapped. There is another very positive thing I learned this past week.  I am extremely grateful that I am ABLE to make so many different types of things.  It opens a lot of avenues for me in sculptural work.  Having the technical skills that I have keeps my options unlimited.  It's possible to have killer stringer control, but not be able to encase.  Or do sculptural but not be able to make a perfectly round bead with nice holes.  If there is anything that my rebellion has given to me, it is a diverse set of skills.  I'll take it!  :-)








There's more but I'm hogging up enough bandwidth. ;-)  Yay for creative vacations!
~~Mary




Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Was fun to find this today! Good job!

Кулонная бусина лэмпворк `Дракон`: Автором техники изготовления таких драконов является американский мастер лэмпворка Mary Lockwood. Спасибо ей за то, что она делится своими умениями! Все мои драконы созданы в открытом пламени горелки, отожжены в печи для прочности.





Great job on the dragon beads!  And thank you for mentioning me in your listing.  Take care and have fun!

Mary

Saturday, March 1, 2014

New Glass.

Business-wise I had a great day today.

I sold almost all the beads I listed,  got the dichro tutorial finished and the newsletter sent out.  The workbench is clean and I could go back to work right now. 

Here are some pictures of the beads I listed on Etsy today.  They are all sold, but here are the pix.

This is just a regular old style floral focal but I used two new colors I'd never tried before.  The base is Alley Cat and the flowers are dark turquoise alabaster which wasn't as hard to work with as people told me. ;-)




There were 3 dragons:
That last one was my favorite....a new color for me- Alley Cat that I warmed up with some raku powder.

Last but not least was the 4th whale in the new series:




Feels good to be so productive!
Have a great weekend!
Mary