Several weeks ago, I saw a call for participants in a 5x5 test group. Five people would be sent the same five components and would design a piece for each of the components. When I saw that the components were from Elaine Ray, I threw my hat in the ring. I simply adore Elaine's ceramic components. It was a happy day when I received notification that I was selected for the test group.
It just so happens that Elaine and I live only a few miles apart and she offered to bring the components to my house. I was thrilled when I opened the box to find some very unique pieces, items never before offered.
Elaine's components really challenged my design skills and made me think outside the box. I was excited, motivated, satisfied, and frustrated -- all at the same time. Some of the designs came together nicely and some were made, torn apart, remade, torn apart again, etc. until I found a design I liked. All in all, it was a wonderful experience - one I would gladly participate in again.
The Final Designs:
It was such a treat to see the other designs - such creativity, imagination, and skill. Visit the Creative Bead Chat magazine to see pieces from the other designers. You can also visit their blogs to read more about their design process.
Host: Elaine Ray http://elaineray.blogspot.com/
Designer: Cory Tompkins www.tealwaterdesigns.blogspot.com
Designer: Marcia Dunne www.thealternativefoundry.blogspot.com
Designer: Robin Showstack hosted by www.allprettythings.ca
Designer: Sharon Palac www.sharonsjewelrygarden.blogspot.com