Mikimoto – the First Name in Cultured Pearls

No – a cultured pearl is not a pearl that knows to hold out it’s pinky when drinking tea. A cultured pearl is one that is deliberately grown – as opposed to found at random in the wild. Largely – we have Kokichi Mikimoto for creating a revolution in the pearl industry – for endless research – and for realizing a vision that included “adorn(ing) the necks of all the women of the world with pearls.” Ultimately – the Mikimoto name became synonymous with pearls. Read more about this interesting man and his history here. (Click on history in the …

Who will you meet today?

We have a few more introductions to make today. These artists, plus more will be joining us tomorrow for our Lampworkers Trunk Show – Join us on Saturday from 10am to 5pm – Awesome handmade beads for sale, plus demo’s and yummy edibles. Look for one more post later today with a few more lampworkers! TANK Jewelry & Beads – Amy Johnson & Jill Cribbin TANK Jewelry & Beads is a Canadian leader in innovative glass and award winning jewelry techniques. Located in one of the hippest areas in Toronto, the Distillery District, Tank is home to three artists, Amy …

Beadmakers Profiles

A few more profiles from some of our participants for this weekend beadmakers trunk show. Enjoy! – Join us Saturday from 10 – 5pm Jody Wieler Jody Wieler is an emerging glass artist, currently living in St. Catharines, Canada. She found a studio in the summer of 2006 that taught beadmaking, and immediately knew she was afflicted with, and addicted to, the sensuousness of the melting glass. She admires the science and technique in the creative process, and the art and beauty that results. The jewellery-making focus literally changed overnight, and now the beads are the centrepiece of the work, …

June is Just Around the Corner

It is almost June–who can believe it! That, of course, means that it is almost summer and all of the those kiddies will be home. I know my kids are counting the days but I am NOT. If you are in the same position, you may want to fit in some me time now. We have a ton of classes in June to help you out with that! The last few days of May look great as well. Angela Peace is back and has one more class on Thursday May 28th from 6-9pm, Snake Knot and Phoenix Knot Cords. Saturday …

Lampwork Artist Profiles – Day 1

We’re getting very excited about our beadmakers trunk show this weekend. If you can, join us on Saturday May 30th from 10 to 5pm for beadmaking demos, yummy edibles, and a chance to buy the most fabulous lampwork beads from Toronto’s best artists. Over the next few days, I’ll be profiling some of our participants. Elly Peters My friends call me Elly. About three years ago, I discovered hot glass! I fell in love with the look and feel of lampwork bead jewelry, and decided that no matter what, I was going to learn how to do this amazing art.I …

Historical Recreations w Beads

A friend of mine likes to make historical recreations of jewellery that she sees in paintings. Being confined largely to bed, learning metalsmithing was out of the question, and so she has reproduced what she sees using beads. Her techniques are all self-taught – she “makes it up as she goes along.” Thanks, Sue B., for these fabulous pieces! I don’t pretend to understand the construction of them – I’ve included lots of close up pics. 😉

Raw Enthusiasm

There is something wonderfully infectious about a beginner’s enthusiasm – reminding us of all the things we take for granted. Like discovering beads for the first time! You might not remember your first beading adventure – or you might be still trying to figure out why the heck you should care about whether your seedbeads are made in Czech or Japan. Check out this new beader’s blog of her journey of discovery and feel the rush again! Beau Dangles!