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marjoriemillerby Marjorie Miller

Hello, if you don't already know by now, as millions surely already do, my name is Marjorie. People know me as a bead jewelry designer with an obsessive penchant for gemstones, pearls, more gemstones, more pearls, even more gemstones and even more pearls, and, of course, all the other stuff, like chain, wire, sterling silver, and you know what else, I don't have to tell you. And if you have heard that I spend more time on the internet than God, well, you might be right. I am always on the lookout for the next great thing in jewelry. It could be yours. (Actually, it should be mine, but you know me....) I hang out at Land of Odds (www.landofodds.com), and you can reach me there anytime. Point my nose in the right direction -- jewelry on-line that people will want to talk about. And, darling, you better believe this is my real nose. The jewelry ain't fake either. Let me take your hand, and guide your eye to see the treasures I have found ....

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Kristina Logan

http://www.kristinalogan.com/index.html



“When the weather changes to cold my studio heats up! This is the time of year that I have so many things going on in the studio at one time. I bounce from glass torch to soldering station, from filing silver to cold-working glass.” Oh what a perfect time to fire up those torches, and let the muses of winter inspire and instigate the beauty that Kristina Logan designs and crafts in to her stunningly beautiful glass beads, jewelry and ornamental objects.

I believe that Kristina Logan’s Art Glass works are THE most gorgeous and sumptuous glass I have placed my eyes upon online. I do so want to touch those beads and objects. It would be an honor to work with such beads and to create a piece of jewelry worthy of those colors and patterns that strike me as richer looking than the richest handmade Persian carpets, colors that take my mind to the paintings from the masters, and the wondrous beauty of nature herself.

Kristina’s attention to detail shows up in every miniscule dot that she places so precisely creating the perfect pattern, as exemplified in her Turquoise Cactus Bead that won the President's Award of the International Society of Glass Beadmakers in 2008. That bead was acquired by The Corning Museum of Glass, who filmed and released the DVD entitled Beadmaking with Kristina Logan for their Master Series. Kristina states “I'm happy to say that the filmmakers really did capture what I do on a daily basis and what I think about when I work. My process of going from a bead to a piece of jewelry is also shown.”

The big beautiful bold rings that Kristina creates are highly collectible. The detail work of her beads, with her sculpted sterling silver settings create fireworks for your fingers. Hammering silver around glass beads also puts life into perspective, as Kristina says; “It’s like a real exercise in impermanence.” I must have one of those stunning rings.

 

One of my favorite Kristina Logan pieces is her Amber Box. That box is the representation of her desire to meld earthly life with the undying eternal. A sacred vessel created in pate de verre (an ancient form of glass casting where the crushed crystal in placed into a mold and fired for days in a kiln.) The rich elegant golden amber glass intrigues my eye and mind into imagining what spiritual relic might rest inside its glorious belly. The difficulty in creating her Amber Box goes without saying, but Kristina states; “Sometimes I wonder why I design things that are impossible. But I do them … I’ve committed to making this combination of materials.”

Kristina Logan is recognized internationally for her glass beads, jewelry and objects. She is an independent artist who lives and works in New Hampshire. Kristina travels extensively throughout the United States and Europe teaching workshops and lecturing on contemporary glass beads and jewelry.

Thanks to Kristina’s website and Bead & Button August 2007.


 

 

 

 


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