Monday, March 9, 2009

I made beads at Amy's...

This past Thursday I met up with the lovely artist bead shop owner Amy Surman at her shop in Oxford...I have just found out about her by way of one of my new clients who is taken jewelry classes from Amy at her shop...one of the nicest, most creative, hardest working people I have met, she is not only the shop owner, the jewelry teacher, a new glass bead maker, but an amazing Silver artist as well...I have traded & purchased some of her silver work which I will share with you when I take some photos...

She has been so kind to let me play on her torch in her studio, I started on Thursday, I came back on Sunday & met her lovely & also very creative sisters, we played on the torch for a while, then I was there again today, we played some more...I had such a good time, she even bought my kiln, since it would not have worked in America, this one I had got just to use with the UK power...above are some of the beads I made while visiting, they are not for sale...and a photo of the front of her shop, Amy is the one on the left...the place is amazing...I am going back to pick up some beads I made for me & to take more photos later this week...

Amy & her sisters, Kay & Lucy, were so kind to me, they fed me & hubby on Sunday as well...just a very kind cool creative group of people that I am so glad to have met & will be friends with for a long time to come...

Jelveh

Peace

17 comments:

Lori Anderson Designs said...

Oh, I've always wanted my own shop! But then I was afraid once I owned it, running it would take up all my time and I'd never get to make anything! I'm glad she is making pretty things!

(You do get to visit the coolest people!)

Jelveh Designs said...

Me too Lori, but I think you are right, there wont be time for all the creative stuff, Amy and I talked about that just yesterday...
She is so busy and so creative all at the same time...
and yes I am a lucky girl, I meet all the cool people...life is good...

Kay said...

Thank you so much for Sunday Jelveh!! Lucy and I learnt so much and had a great time getting to know you. Your beads are an inspiration and we can't wait to get back on the torch!

Jelveh Designs said...

Kay, I had such a good time, you and lucy at the best, thanks for hanging out and listening to me go on...you are both very talented, I saw your flower bead yesterday, it looks better than mine girl...thanks for all the fun...

CeeGee Jewellery Design said...

Oooo, my in-laws live in Oxford, will have to pay Amy a visit next time I'm down South. Looks like a beautiful shop.

Beady Bugs said...

Beautiful beads Jelveh, as always. :-) And what a gorgeous shop, looks like you had a fabulous day.

Best wishes,
Helen x

juju said...

What fun beads! And how wonderful to meet such busy, creative people. Sounds like you had a great time. As I said before, you are making the most of all the time you have left in the UK :)

ginny said...

Ah! So wonderful for you to meet nice, kindred spirits and have fun playing with them! I am so glad that you had such a good time. I bet that you wish you had met Amy earlier in your stay in England!
I can tell how much you liked Amy by your post---and who wouldn't like sweet Jelveh!
You made some gorgeous beads at Amy's!
Ginny

Mel P said...

Stunning beads, I am off to Oxford in a few weeks, I shall stop by the shop, hooray!

Vered - MomGrind said...

Owning your own shop sounds like so much fun!

Jelveh Designs said...

Cee Cee----it is a great place, you will love it, she teaches these great Silver Clay classes too...

Helen----Thanks for the kind words, I had a great time, I am going back to pick up some beads on Thursday & visit some more...

Juju----yup I keep meeting lovely people and making the best of my last days, I spent the whole day today as Laura Sparlings studio again, we had such an awesome time...more on this later...

Ginny girl----yup you know me, I am a lucky girl, I only meet yummy fun cool people...dont know about being that sweet myself, but thank you as always for the nice words...you are too kind...and yes I wish I had met them all sooner, just spent the whole day with Laura Sparling again, so much fun, more about that later...

Mel----you will love it Mel, she is closed on Monday's but open the rest of the week...just a great creative artist who loves what she does and it shows in her awesome silver work, glass beads and her shop...

Vered----I know I have always wanted my own shop too, I had small studio in a bigger shop in California, I may do that again when we go back, I held beadmaking classes and sold glass goods and tools, but this shop is ten times that and more...great place to hand out all day...

Jelveh
Peace

Sue said...

Jelveh,

I love the purple & teal combination. Hope we see more of this when you get set up in the USA once again.

Travel safe,
Sue

Glitzer said...

Wow.. I am so inspired by the shop. You glasswork is fab! Very pretty!

Nancy said...

Wow.. what fun! The beads you made are fabulous. Wish they were for sale! Especially the teal and purple, one of my favorite color combos. I am in the process of opening up a small art gallery that will feature my jewelry along with artwork from various area artists. Also planning on teaching some classes there (lampworking, watercolor, beading...). Wish you could come and teach at my little place in Ohio Jelveh! I am a beginner lampworker. Not ready to teach yet.

Amy Surman said...

Jelveh - its been great getting to know you and your beads.....such a shame it wasn't sooner!! Thank you for all your kind words. I do love my shop and would advise anyone that's thinking of doing it to take the risk - its scary but if you love it you'll make it work!! I love the teaching, being creative but mostly being surrounded by other creative people. I feel so inspired by your friendship and am looking forward to setting up the lampwork studio over the coming months. I'm itching to get on the torch and am thinking of giving up some sleep time to get my fix!!!

Jelveh Designs said...

Sue----I will for sure make more of the purple teal when I get home...thanks girl...

Glitzer----it is a great shop, I will share more photos on another post...and thanks for the kind words...

Nanacy----I promise to make more teal and purple when I get home...good for you on the gallery, that sounds like a lot of fun...let me know when you want to set up a class to teach in Ohio and I will come...thanks so much for the kind words...

Amy Girl----you are such a natural creative artist, you were made to have the shop, to help others see their creative side...I am so happy to have met you, yup sad it was not sooner...but we will keep in touch...about sleep vs. melting glass, well yes I agree, sleep is over rated but melting glass as you know I am an addict, so yes go for it, let go of some sleep and feed the need...lol, I will see you this afternoon, thanks again for all the love...

jozd5150 said...

Hi Jelveh ~ The beautiful peacock bead I won just arrived - thank you!!!! I too am a lucky girl :)

I am awed and inspired by you and all the artists who are making this world a more beautiful place with your work :) Thanks for sharing your spirit!

jozd5150