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I mixed up my Kentucky Craft Shows!!! Kentucky Crafted has been selected by the readers of American Style as the #1 craft show in the country for three years in a row. The St. James Court Art Show follows closely behind at #5. The good news is…more fabulous artists to feature on Ornamental Elements.

Jennifer Stephenson McLamb combines the use of renewable materials with a background in energy healing. Her Eco Jewel Collection ” bring into focus sustainable materials, earth-friendly processes, and appeal to customers with a conscience and a sense of style. Jennifer hopes this new line will inspire a new way of looking at our “disposable” lifestyles and encourage the three R’s (recycle, reduce, reuse). The combined power of each choice we make and action we take makes a difference in our health and the health of our planet.”

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Erica Rosenfeld began beading when she was five and moved to glass in her early 20’s.The jewelry and sculpture she makes stem from the ritualistic nature of her childhood art. She combines various glass and beading techniques to create labor intensive, kinetic jewelry and sculpture.”

My jaw dropped when I saw the featured bracelets…there was a second WOW moment when I entered the site.

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The image on Kait Rhoads’ home page pulls you into the site…you have to see more. With undergraduate and graduate degrees in glass, she can be found teaching in all corners of the world…Fall 2011 finds her in Hawaii…NICE!!!

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Wendy Emery’s background as a graphic artist influences her work in glass. After working in the field for over 18 years she yearned to move beyond commercial design projects to something more personal…jewelry. Wendy does not have a web site, but her listing in a local gallery features several of her designs and a short bio.

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Dianna Dinka’s jewelry combines cool colors with hot glass. “I am fascinated by the transformation of cold solid glass transformed into a molten state, the freedom it offers to mold it into my own unique designs, and the finished beads as they return back to a solid state encasing my creative expressions. Because this creative hot glass process must be completed in one sitting, I like to call it “frozen motion.” 

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Melissa Schmidt
has been working in glass for over 16 years. It has only been in the last two that she has been making bubbles of glass with a variety of objects encased in the vesicle. Photographs have proven to be the most difficult…and the most intriguing. In the last year she has started to add gold leaf, rough or knobbed textures and colorful patterns to the surface.

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The search for blog posts leads to dead ends and OH MY moments!!! The OH MY’s are what keep me going!!! Jeff Thomspson’s site was a HUGE OH MY!!! The Stratascape series is a visual feast…and a ‘we can do this’ moment. Of course, we will not be working in hot glass…just pull out the extruder and start cranking!!!

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