Hooter’s Owl Challenge

I have entered a necklace in a contest, Hooter’s Owl Challenge, on a cool jewelry making and bead site, Artisan Whimsey.

I had bought a ceramic owl pendant from Kylie Parry on Etsy last May.

When it arrived I loved it, but felt it was too small to wear on a chain. I decided to make a necklace. I had the artist make me 6 ceramic beads to use in the necklace. They sat in my bead trunk until this contest came along. I made lampwork beads for the necklace and also used stone beads of lapis and iolite. The clasp is sterling silver.

Voting is from October 28 midnight until October 30 midnight. All members of Artisan Whimsy are invited to participate. If you are at all interested in making jewelry you should join this site since there is a lot of good information and you can vote for me.

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About ingetraud

I make lampwork beads and jewelry. My other interests include traveling, reading, hiking, and collecting art and handcrafted items, especially pottery. I have always loved handmade things and have collected hand-thrown pottery since I was a teenager. I have done stained glass and weaving. I had been stringing beads into necklaces for a while when I attended a clay and glass show in Palo Alto. There was a beadmaker there whose work I fell in love with. I bought one bead to make into a necklace and decided I wanted to learn how to make glass beads. I took my first beadmaking class from Jackie Marr in Santa Cruz. After taking another class from Katie Stuart in Santa Barbara I set up my own studio and have not looked back. Beadmaking is like meditation for me. What has kept me interested is that there is always some new technique or color combination to learn or try. I have taken advanced classes from Sally Prasch, Marjorie Langston, Holly Cooper, Shirley Cook, Dolly Ahles, J.C. Herrill, Kristen Franzten Orr, Amy Waldman Smith, Claudia Trimbur-Pagel, Astrid Riedel, Amanda Muddimer, Melanie Moertel, Angela Meier, and Jennifer Geldard. I love combining my love of beadmaking and traveling by taking classes away from home. Last September I got to attend a bead symposium in Wertheim, Germany. I took a bead lining class and watched many demos. I am married and have one son, age 26. I live in the Santa Cruz Mountains between Los Gatos and Scotts Valley, California.
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3 Responses to Hooter’s Owl Challenge

  1. Love your necklace. The blues are just a beautiful shade. Good luck with the voting in the Hooters contest.

  2. Sannipanni says:

    Wie niedlich! Enjoyed browsing through your blog! I grew up about two hours north of Kassel and live in the US, too. 🙂 Gotta love beading!

    • ingetraud says:

      Thank you! It’s a small world. Last summer we went to the German Consulate in San Francisco to get a passport for my son. The lady helping us was also from Kassel and had just been to Documenta.

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