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Staci Louise Smith necklace with polymer beads

Artist Interview: Staci Louise Smith

Staci Louise Smith is a talented bead and jewelry artist who works with polymer clay and metals, and is known for her organic, chunky, and innovative style. Read more…

Inchies made and shared by the participants of the 2015 OK Twisters Poly Clay Retreat.

OK Twisters Poly Clay Retreat

In April, I attended the 2015 Twisters Poly Clay Retreat in Norman, Oklahoma. Lisa Pavelka taught in this fun-filled, energetic, and inspiring event!

Ginger Davis Allman sharing a technique at Clayaround in Wales.

Clay Day at ClayAround

When we went to the UK recently, we arrived there with no more plans than to see all our friends and family …

Gary and Ginger on the beach near Horsey.

Back from Vacation

We’re back from our trip to the UK and as with any extended vacation, you always seem to need a vacation after …

Here is the bead soup that I sent to my partner Jean A. Wells.

What is Bead Soup?

You might have seen posts on Facebook or blogs from time to time about Bead Soup. Sounds kind of yummy, doesn’t it? …

Studio Tour

I have always wanted an art and craft studio. Space is rare in our small home so there wasn’t really much chance …

Jim, Ginger, and Gary meeting in Springfield, MO

Online Friendships

Recently I was pondering how much the internet brings to our lives. We have endless information at our fingertips and can access …

Collection of beads featuring a focal bead, a clasp, and supporting beads.

7th Bead Soup Blog Party

  Last year I started to notice blogs talking about Bead Soup Blog Party. Everyone seemed to be quite enthused and there …

The Colors of Joy

On Friday night my friend Ann accompanied me on to our downtown’s First Friday Art Walk. Galleries hold open houses on the …

Christmas card featuring a collage, sent from a friend.

Christmas cards with your art?

We’ve all received Christmas cards featuring the senders’ family. And while they can often be very witty and cute, they seldom feature …

My polymer clay work table in my studio at The Blue Bottle Tree.

The Boy returns home

Even though I’ve been pretty silent here on my website, I’ve not been away from The Blue Bottle Tree and all that …

Green crackle polymer clay textured necklace.

I love it when that happens.

Have you ever been working with your art and then have something happen that was very unexpected but you loved it? Happy …