I am thrilled to announce my designing lull finally seems to have broken and I am up most nights until 2am, starting a design in the mysterious quiet of the night. I suppose it was the long, wet spring and the dour worldwide news which had me lulled into beading lethargy. Now, it seems I am going for gold and dipping into my top premier lampwork beads (most expensive) to make my visions come true. This one is called 'Koi Pond & the Berry Patch.' It incorporates the lampwork beads of several artists, perhaps the most prominent being Catherine Steele, a gifted American artist along with several international artists - from Germany, Netherlands to Israel & Russia!
'Koi Pond & the Berry Patch' reminds me of the time, many years ago, when I went to hear His Holiness, the Dalai Lama, speak at the Greek Theatre on the campus of U.C. Berkeley, my alma mater. The Greek Theatre was packed to the gills and after hearing the Dalai Lama speak, I thought to skip the Tibetan dance performance and get ahead of the crowds, flocking out of the Greek and into the day's commute hour. As I stood on the sidewalk just outside the Greek, waiting to cross the street to cut through campus, someone yelled, 'there he is!' As if in slow motion, I looked up and came face-to-face with His Holiness, who was hanging out of his limo window, smiling and looking right into my eyes. I said, 'well, hello there!' as if he was a long, lost neighbor. After the limo had passed by, bystanders rushed up to me, exclaiming, 'boy you were sure at the right place, at the right time.' It was a moment etched in time that I shall never forget. And I remember that morning dressing so carefully in a long, cream lace dress, oiling my skin and announcing to the office that I had dressed up to see His Holiness. Co-workers scoffed, 'Julie! He will never see you, the Greek is going to be packed with 100,000 people!' Guess they were wrong and the fates had different plans.
In any case, 'Koi Pond & the Berry Patch' reminds me of just that moment frozen in time and the warmth and humility of the holy man living his words, walking his talk. Truly a feeling of peace and joy radiated from the slow-moving long, black limo and the happy, smiling face of a sacred man, greeting me on a Berkeley sidewalk, one summer's day.
So..the beads. These are some of the stunning sculptural beads of Catherine Steele called, "Koi Pond.' She rarely makes them anymore and I was very fortunate to luck into a set of them. When I sat down to create a piece around these beads, I honestly had no idea I was going to go for broke and make such a fun, colorful blend of colors around the otherwise serene scene of the beads. At the end of my work, however, I was so happy and thrilled with the final result. It is just perfect (bragging aside..) and I could not be any happier.
Companion lampwork beads include
* Yellow/orange blend 3D daisies & rosebud lampwork beads by published lampwork artist, Serena of SJDS
* Large green barrel shaped beads by a tremendously gifted German glass artist who I work with a lot
* Gorgeous organic round mini beads in a variety of shades made by a west coast artist * Organic violet 'pebbles' by an esteemed European artist, blueberries, strawberries and green leaves by a talented Israeli artist who generously custom makes me sets of glass berries * Ruby red, juicy raspberry and transparent lilac flower bells by a gifted Russian artist and finally, one finely crafted purple leaf by yet another German artist. The focal 3D flower bead is by a European-American artist who is very highly esteemed for her work, both sculptural and traditional. A Garden Soup of internationally made lampwork beads!
Other beads and semi-precious gemstones include:
* Aquamarine stone rondelles (very elegant)
* Swarovski crystals in a variety of shapes, sizes and colors
* Bali sterling spacer beads & lacy beadcaps
* Sterling flower charm created by a silver artist in the USA
* Sterling rogue handcrafted star toggle using the old wax technique for casting silver
'Koi Pond & the Berry Patch' measures just over 8.5 inches and can be resized for no additional charge.
This piece, 'Koi Pond & the Berry Patch' is one of those showpieces and makes a statement about life:
'The way is not in the sky. The way is in the heart.' (Buddha)
Sold! Thank you!