Friday, January 23, 2015

Build A Line Challenge from B'sue Boutiques, Maria Clark of Sweet Willow Designs, Part One



Hi All, I'm Maria Clark of Sweet Willow Designs.  Welcome to Part One of the B'Sue Build a Line Challenge hosted by B'Sue Boutiques.  I was encouraged by new Facebook friends to join the Challenge when I posted some of my polymer clay jewelry.  In part one of a three part series in this master class, I'll tell you a bit about myself and my jewelry making journey as well as share my process and progress as I, and my classmates, create a five piece line of jewelry.

Each of the 57 participants in the master class has identified a theme for their jewelry line which won't be revealed until the last blog hop in March.  So, the suspense will build as we share our thoughts, design decisions and our final pieces.  For my line I'll be combining polymer clay and the great filigree and stampings from B'Sue Boutiques.  I'm not entirely sure how this will turn out!

My studio in Colorado is in the basement I share with my musician husband.  We're at opposite ends but can see each other which makes pursuing our individual creative outlets a kind of together time.  I can hear the lilting sounds of his music and he can sometimes detect the wafting scents of burning clay - just kidding, that rarely happens :)

Here are a few pics of my studio.  You'll note how tidy and organized it appears as thankfully you can't see the mess on the floor and the hazard cones that mark off my space.  I made my own photo box from a plastic box and some rip stock cloth which works well.  Learning to use the camera is really where I need to spend more time to get great quality photos.

 I can't wait to see what all the participants create for their jewelry lines.  Below are the links for each participant.  Be sure to stop by, leave a comment, ask questions and encourage the artists.

Thanks for stopping by my blog.  On to the next!


Brenda Sue Lansdowne, B'sue Boutiques

Marcia Tuzzolino

Jann Tague

Judy King

Linzi Alford

Cynthia Wainscott

Carole Carlson

Lynn Stinten


Marica Zammit

Catherine Shattuck

Michaele Collie

Mary Craig

Lee Koopman

Erin Whitacre

Monica Casady

Leila West

Cindy Peterson

Leila Belcher

Gloria Allen

Pamela Anger

Tammy Adams

Lynda O'Mara

Elizabeth Hildreth

Dana Hickey

Janet Calardo

Maria Clark

Lori Beekman

Jennifer Kroeger

Amy Jorgensen

Robin Reed

Ingrid Anderson

Louise O'Shields

Susan Killam

Mary Katherine Deis

Nike Bottalico

Susan Bowerman

Kristy Le

Jan Peters

Mitzie Crider

Gina Hockett

Linda Anderson

Alexandra Sefton

Melida Boman

Teresa Shurter

Melissa Latimer

Renee Hong

Nadine Edris

Lori Meyer

Jennifer Merrill Williams

Denise Lussier Poirier

Renee Allen

Autumn Adams

Elizabeth Owens

Kat BarronMiller

Sandra Ballard

Coral Law

70 comments:

  1. Good Morning! Looking forward to seeing your line come to life!

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    1. Thanks for stopping by. I'll be hopping soon!

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  2. The suspense is killing me. Can't wait to see what you create.

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    1. Thanks for stopping by. I'm kinda in suspense too! LOL

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  3. Looking forward to seeing what you create. =)

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  4. I can't wait to see what you've come up with, Maria! ;)

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  5. Clay and Filgree perfect combination .. looking forward to seeing what your designs will be .. Jann

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    1. Jann, thanks for stopping by. Much anticipation for the next two hops.

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  6. Well, how lucky are you to have live music to accompany your work? It looks like there are few of us using polymer clay with the brass. Looking forward to seeing what you do.

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    1. Yes, Tammy, very lucky. Can't wait to see the polymer clay results.

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  7. Polymer clay and B'sue components - the perfect combination :-)

    Can't wait to see some of your creations in the next blog hop Maria!

    Marica
    Bead Lovelies

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    1. I love the combination too Marica. Thanks for stopping by.

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  8. Of course you'll make an awesome line with polymer clay and B'Sue findings! 😃 It's a great combination.

    Cheers,
    Susan

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  9. great post,.. loved your cone comment, and your photo set up is a dream!

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    1. Kat, thanks for the comment. The photo set up is really easy. Think I'll do a post on it at some point.

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  10. Looking forward to see what you come up with!

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  11. cannot wait to see your work, go on this journey with you and get to know you better!

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    1. Nike, looking forward to the journey also. Good luck.

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  12. Can't wait to see your completed line!

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    1. Sandra, looking forward to seeing your line as well.

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  13. Looking forward to your reveal... How fun!

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  14. Your polymer is marvelous, can't wait to see you pair anew it with B'Sue's components!

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    1. Teresa, thanks for stopping by. This will be a interesting journey, my head is spinning.

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  15. Haha--the sweet smell of burning clay!! I'm so looking forward to seeing polymer with filigree! You go girl! :)

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  16. Great looking studio. Looking forward to seeing your line.

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    1. Janet, the studio is a dream - just to have a place to work is fantastic. Thanks for stopping by.

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  17. It's definitely important to take good pictures. Can you tell us more about your setup?

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    1. Autumn, yes, I'll post something on the photo set up in upcoming posts. Thanks for stopping by.

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  18. I love all of the stampings and stuff from B'sue Boutiques and I admire anyone who can do polymer clay! Can't wait to see what you create!! Have a Blessed day!

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    1. Robin, just placed another B'Sue order yesterday, it's addictive!

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  19. I too work in my basment! How fun that you share your studio with your husband! Can't wait to hear more about your line

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    1. Cynthia, it is so special for my husband and I to work in the same general area. Thanks for stopping by.

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  20. I love your blog! My "studio" is our guest room, but it works. Looking forward to sharing this journey together!

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    1. Denise, thanks for stopping by. Glad you enjoyed the blog. Looking forward to the journey also.

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  21. Thanks for joining us and opening a window to your studio so that we can peek in at how you work....and what you are working on!

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    1. Brenda, thanks for stopping by and organizing this event. Looking forward to all the reveals.

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  22. That's nice that you get to listen to live music while you work! I'll keep posted to see what you come up with!

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    1. Renee, the music is really nice! Thanks for stopping by.

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  23. Hi Maria OMG I love your work it is just phenomenal!!!! Your blog is truly awesome and I can't wait to enjoy your spectacular line!!! Job well done for sure!! Warm regards Louise

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    1. Louise, thanks for your kind words. This will be such fun to see what emerges from all of us!

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  24. Can't wait to see what you're working on. :-) ~Elizabeth

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    1. Elizabeth, thanks for stopping by. Looking forward to seeing the lines emerge.

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  25. I can just imagine the combo, burning clay and music, lol! Polymer and brass go so good together, it will be amazing, I know! Glad you are taking this journey with all of us! Gina H

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    1. Gina, it's great for my husband and I to share some common space. Thanks for stopping by.

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  26. Sounds like you have the perfect environment for creativity, music. Looking forward to your reveal!

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    1. Monica, yes, it's great creative environment. Looking forward to seeing all the lines.

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  27. Love your studio, love the support you and your mate have. Looking forward to your line.

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    1. Gloria, thanks for stopping by. Looking forward to the journey with you.

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  28. Can't wait to see what you come up with!

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    1. Amy, thanks for stopping by, this is a unique experience and I can't wait to see what everyone does.

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  29. Love these two elements together!! Looking forward to seeing your design line.

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    1. Judy, it will be fun to pair these two components. Thanks for stopping by. I'll look forward to all of the reveals.

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  30. Love these two elements together!! Looking forward to seeing your design line.

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    1. Judy, thanks for stopping by. I'm also looking forward to what you and the other participants create.

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  31. Will your husband play music on the other side while you are working on your creations? How nice.

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    1. Coral, we do spend some time together in our studios, working our individual projects, it is nice to hear him play. Looking forward to seeing all of the lines as they come together.

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  32. Filigree and polymer clay sounds interesting! Look forward to seeing your line! Linzi

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    1. Linzi, thanks for stopping by. This is a fun journey we're on.

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  33. Maria--Can't wait to see what your come up with for your theme and your designs. So happy to have another Colorado person that lives so close to me! I'm looking forward to getting together in person.

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    1. Lynda, so glad also to have someone else in CO and so close. Looking forward to seeing you.

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  34. I love your blog! this is going to be fun.

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