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Lark Books 500 series: Artist Call for Entries for new book on beads

Note: I just learned of this notice but still want to pass on the news. If you have completed beads you’d like to submit, there is still time to enter your submission for consideration for Lark Book’s new 500 series book, to be published in 2014. The following comes from the Lark site, source link here:

Deadline! By Craig Sunter from Manchester, UK via Wikimedia Commons

“Showcase 1000 Beads: new Call for Entries with deadline of Feb. 14, 2013!”

January 10, 2013, 12:09 pm  Posted by Ray Hemachandra

“We thank you for sharing this call for entries promptly with all appropriate colleagues, professional groups and associations, message boards, schools, students, and beadmaking communities:

Lark Jewelry & Beading seeks excellent photographs of original, contemporary beads in all materials to publish in a new juried, international collection in our 500 Series of books: Showcase 1000 Beads. This book is scheduled to be published in January 2014. The book will be juried by Kristina Logan.

We welcome and encourage submission of photographs of your handmade beads in all materials (glass, metal, polymer clay, metal clay, ceramics, paper, fiber, plastic, wood, stone, etc.) and design styles. All work must be made no earlier than 2010, and the more recent the work the better—we’d prefer to see your 2012 work over your 2011 work, and your 2011 work over your 2010 work.

We strongly prefer images of beads that have not been published previously, and please do NOT submit images of pieces that have been published in any Lark book. We can accept only high-quality digital images. Artists will receive full acknowledgment within the book and a complimentary copy. Artists retain copyright of their work. There is no entry fee.

All submissions must be submitted electronically through Juried Art Services. Note that there is no fee for using Juried Art Services. The entry page can be found at the following link: http://bit.ly/VTfT6E or, the full URL,  http://www.juriedartservices.com/index.php?content=event_info&event_id=614.

Entries must be submitted by February 14, 2013. We strongly encourage early entries.

All visuals submitted must represent work that is original in design. Please choose work that reflects the book’s concept. A maximum of four entries per artist is allowed, so please submit your best work. An entry may consist of no more than two visuals: an overall shot and one detail (or alternate view); the detail shots are not required. The primary images you submit should each be different designs. For example, do NOT submit four variations of very similar beads; instead, submit one bead from each of four series.

Important: Lark will only publish photos of entries containing images and text that are free of copyright or for which the artist (or approved institution) holds copyright.”

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Everything you need to know about making ceramic beads

When I was in high school, I remember making beads out of red clay. I still have them. They’re fairly uniform and not bad for a sixteen-year-old. More recently, some of my friends from the studio were working on beads. Dan had purchased a new fangled tool that was supposed to help make beads. It worked so so but wasn’t great and he wasn’t impressed either. If I’m going to make some again, I’ll stick to the old fashioned method, completely by hand. Beads still intrigue me and I’d like to do some more but, before I do, I want to design some earrings or necklaces and make them piecemeal. There is an excellent series about bead making on the net and I’m listing the links to it below. Mary Harding narrates as she makes  the beads, some of which she takes through the firing stage. In the first video, Mary shows us the rudiments of making beads with simple materials, bbq skewers, sponge, bowl of water, clay needle. Her techniques are carefully recorded by the camera person and there are plenty of close-ups and pans. I especially like the last three of the series, which show us how to make lovely raku beads. Ms. Harding provides a great service in posting these instructional videos on youtube. Her finished work can be found at Mary Harding Jewelry and it is exquisite. You can tell she is a precision worker in the following videos and it is very gratifying to see her range of designs and glaze treatment on her own website. If you want to make beads you need to look no further than Mary Harding.

Making Ceramic Beads

Making a Graduated Strand of Beads

Raku Bead Making Part 1

Raku Bead Making Part 2

Raku Bead Making Part 3

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Clay komboloi, worry beads

According to Buddhists and Hindus, much of our own personal suffering is caused by attachment. We can become attached to material things, seek emotional gratification, or mental obsessions…anything that causes us to feel desire. Want, gimme gimme. If one’s spiritual practice is kept up, one will feel loving detachment and when one is in that state, a set of shelves could fall off a wall two inches from your nose, or a calamity strike, but you would still be in a  state of equanimity. You wouldn’t have ignored these occurrences, it is just that you would not have reacted to them. Mental calmness. I found myself reacting today and I remembered a day in the distant past when those shelves fell and I was not only unfazed but unscathed. Such was my practice of yoga and meditation at that time. That was then and this is now and, while I still have fewer attachments, I do have many and they cause me to react and suffer because I am currently undisciplined. Today, I felt a strong reaction because I wanted to go somewhere but my plans were scuttled. I’ve been housebound and had so looked forward to a getaway. When it did not materialize, I though, c’est la vie, there’s always next time, but afterwards I felt less cavalier and I started feeling melancholy, then stress. I recognized an old pal: suffering…because of attachment, desire. I’m now aware that I need to do things differently. I don’t have the luxury of isolation, as I did before, but ‘householders’ can fulfill their practice by daily routines and still achieve equanimity. The Greeks have antidote, too, called komboloi, worry beads. Worry beads are used in many cultures, as a form of relaxation. I bet using them helps one enter a theta brain wave state, the state reached when meditating. Worry beads must be as old as the hills. They often look like prayer beads and, in fact, some may be prayer beads. The act of touching them, worrying them, clicking them gives relief. Some are made of clay…simple, humble…. Along with the following links, here is more info and some tips on how to use them.

Worry Beads: Komboloi and Begleri

Prayer Beads/Worry Beads Gallery

Not-to-Worry Beads (not clay)

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