Friday, September 9, 2011

Labor Day at McGrail Vineyards

The weekend of September 4 and 5th, we were a vendor at McGrail Vineyards in Livermore, CA. The outskirts of Livermore are filled with rolling hills and one winery after another. It is beautiful. The event was the annual Harvest Wine Celebration going on throughout the area.

About 40 wineries were pouring for the weekend and shuttles transported wine enthusiasts from one to the next. We were amongst several other artists and had a great time. I didn't take any pictures, but here is one of the front lawn and front of the tasting room. We made some great sales, new contacts and enjoyed the Labor Day weekend. They specialize in Cabernet Sauvignon. Here is a link to their site if you are interested in purchasing their wine! Vineyards and Winery: Great wine, good friends, amazing memories!

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Lampwork Pendants

I do several Art and Wine festivals throughout the year, and am always rethinking my display design. Lately, I have focused my attention and display on my boro glass bead pendants. I make the beads in my glass studio and then use a bail to turn them into a pendant. The result is an easy to wear, durable glass piece. I have been putting them on ribbons for free at my shows and am selling them 10 to 1 over the rest of my jewelry. I love the freedom of being at the torch and being really creative with one bead, and then moving on to a totally different design. It makes the heat more tolerable! Here are a couple...