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susan lenart kazmer: circus troupe and beadfest class

I am enchanted by objects that do double-duty and I have been intrigued by Susan Lenart Kazmer’s free-spirited mixed-media art since 2006, so I was delighted to see that her new series incorporates removable, wearable art jewelry.

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The Opera Singer, sterling silver wire and sheet metal, resin, fiber, feathers, paper

The Circus Troupe will include six figures – The Opera Singer, pictured here, is Kazmer’s first completed figure in the troupe. Made up of a collection of removable jewelry and wearing several rings as her hats, this lady is also adorned with two pairs of earrings, three bangle bracelets, a stack of twelve sterling silver bangles and a charm bracelet skirt. Wow!


Next week Alison Lee and I will be students in one of Kazmer’s classes at Beadfest Philadelphia. Her book and Metalwork DVD have tickled my muse already – I look forward to learning how to craft my own mixed-media rings.

Will we see you at Beadfest Philadelphia? Let me know!


Making Connections: A Handbook of Cold Joins for Jewelers and Mixed-Media Artists

Read more about The Opera Singer’s story and removable components here and if you missed it, you can still listen to Kazmer’s 2008 Craftcast interview here.



ArtistsNetwork.tv, a division of F+W Publications, offers online video instruction from leading artists.  Launched earlier this year, most of the workshops are for painting and drawing.  There are two about collage and acrylic techniques by Merle Rosen that looked interesting for non-painters (like me). The site provides video previews so potential students can get a glimpse of the content before purchasing a workshop. Nicely done.

tech support and global warming

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Now on to global warming. No, not THAT global warming…I’m talking about the warm fuzzies I get when I read a post like this one on Dan Cormier and Tracy Holmes’ website. Worldwide interest in Holmes and Cormier’s Gabriola Island Polymer Clay Immersion master class retreat reminds us just how quickly the polymer clay community has become a fully engaged global community.

The Haven Waterfront Resort

We’re really thrilled with the idea of hosting this intimate-yet-international event, welcoming visitors from all over the map, being ambassadors for our part of the world, and for our medium. And with five of six continents represented already (not counting Antarctica, since we’re really not expecting anyone from there), the obvious question is… Who’s going to come ‘up over’ from ‘down under,’ put Australasia on our map, and make this a historically transcontinental summit for our medium? Coo-ee! With a cobber from Oz, she’d be a real ripper beauty!

The week-long class, scheduled for September, promises to be another eye-opening, creativity-packed event from this dynamic duo. All of the necessary details here.  Dan’s recent work here.

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