Thursday, December 11, 2008
Monday, December 01, 2008
About the shows, oh well, I'm sure you all know what had happened to my daughter, but I do have one show coming up this Saturday at Eitlejorg Museum.
I cannot tell you how much I appreciated the love and supports that I got from the Polymer Clay community. Instead of turning out the light and cry myself to sleep, I pick up the clay and play with them, make something . I also go on-line, check out other artist's works which always gave me an itch, to Clay.
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
This summer I had a chance to visit Hong Kong for a couple of days with my friend, Angkana. You can read about my trip HERE. As we strolled along the narrow steps from street to street, we came upon the vendor who sell souvenirs near the Antique Dealer district. I stopped and looked. An old couple greet me with smiles. It is the Eastern traditional amoung the street merchants that the first customer is very important. Buying or not, this will dictate how yours day will be. So as a first customer, I always buy something, which mean I can make a bargain and also get a good price. Angkana was waiting patiently while I sort through trays pendants, ran my fingers through tray of beads, picking and looking. For me, it was like a treasure hunt. I must get the best one. An hour passed and I realized that Angkana must had enough of looking at the stone. She must be curious and wanted to knows what would do with a pile of stone that I bought that day. Well, my dear Angkana, this one for you. I had turned them into beautiful necklaces.
Thanks for being my friend.
My new collection, using stone pendants, metal pieces, loose beads that I bought from Hong Kong, and my own polymer clay beads, as well as "stuff" that I had from years and years of making jewelry. Some of the necklaces are half way done. My friend said I must have spout hands to be able to work on top of taking care of Ada 24-7. This is what I do when I can get away, to enjoy myself, to relax and to forget about the horrible things that happen to my life. I need to use my talent so I will not run out of creative juice.
I hope you like them too. I am selling these necklaces at "Twisted Sisters" and if you want any of these, just email me.
Thursday, October 16, 2008
This past weekend, Archie, the B-Boy, was invited to perform his dance at the new, International Indianapolis Airport and he actually gets paid to do that. Isn't that sweet. he came back home with dislocated shoulder and a sore hand that will need surgery next month, but he is happy and I am too.
I am working on my new collection, using materials that I bought from Hong Kong. Please come back at the end of this month and help me celebrate.
Since we had to remodel our home to make it suitable for our daughter, I have a space near Ada's room where I can work and be near her. I think she like to watch me while I am working and I'm sure she is happy that I can find time to do things that I like. It's the way I cope and keep my sanity.
Monday, October 06, 2008
I also would like to run an auction site for her. Many friends would like to donate something that can be auction off. May be we should put them on ebay. Do you have any suggestion? With ebay, we will get connected worldwide. It's a lot of work but I will get more help soon.
Thanks for those who already made the contribution. And thank to Kim Cavender for the post on her blog. Big hugs to everyone.
Tuesday, September 30, 2008
With a few minutes here and there, while running from home to the hospital, and a few pack of clays, I can make a few small beads. Put them on the tile and carefully place the tile in the cigar box, bring it home and bake so I can make a few bracelet while I was away. That's how the "Hurricane Beads" came about and I don't need to use pasta machine to make those beads. Jana Robert Benson's twisted beads always make me feel exciting. Last night I came up with these twisted beads made with the mess up "Hurricane beads". They look cute and very organic, and unpredictable. They are fun to make.
Ada and I are home now. I will have a new studio next to her room so I can work and play with clay.
May be, when I have more time to sit down, I can make a larger one.
Friday, September 19, 2008
Now that I have a big bowl of colorful beads, I can start making something fun. During the summer, I strung them with some seed beads, tied them up with the waxed cord that I have, and turned them into ankle bracelets. Make it shorter, I get the bracelet, make it a little longer and I get a necklace. This has worked out well because:
1. I cannot repeat myself, yet I still making one-of-a-kind necklaces because they will never look the same.
2. Customers who prefer handmade jewelry are so happy to wear my pieces. It is almost like I made it especially for them when they were told that I made my own beads.
3. With the same material and design concept, I like to experiment many different styles.
4. All I need are some pretty seed beads that will only enhance and compliment with my own beads.
5. I used my handmade button as a clasp so I don't have to worry about the price of the silver that had gone up to the "not affordable" items. The piece looks all together as a complete design.
Ok, I have been making jewelry for many years, this is the design that complete itself and I am still having fun making them.
Many nurses and therapists had become a proud owner of my bracelets. I hope it would remind them of Ada and mom and the time that we spent together. Thank you for everyone who help taking good care of my daughter during our 6 months staying away from home.
Not only I have a perfect size beads, but also the color I want and the hole is running from side to side, not top to bottom, which make it lay flat when stung.
I also make the small buttons to use as clasp.
Last week, when Ike landed in Houston, I watch the weather Chanel and it occurred to me that my little beads look like the eye of the hurricane. These beads are easy to make and tomorrow I will show you what I made with those beads.
Happy to be back blogging again. Thanks for everyone who left comments and visit Ada's blog.
Monday, August 04, 2008
Hello clay friends,
After 5 long months, I can go home in the evening and sleep on my own bed and get a chance to play with clay for a few hour before I go to bed.
My daughter will come home soon and I will becoming a stay-at-home mom again, but this time, I cannot wait to stay home. More time to clay and being able to sell my jewelry on-line is such a blessing. I found a few more local shops that want to sell my jewelry and my friends in Thailand had already place the orders.
I am beginning to pick up the pieces of my life.
Thursday, March 20, 2008
Thursday, March 13, 2008
I stopped crying after 7 days, no more tear to cry. Fighting my way into the crowded visitor room, gather some couch, chairs and table. I sleep there during the night so I can catch the doctor in the morning then go home. I can see her anytime I want. Many of her friends and my friends had stopped by all day. Many had dropped off dinner. I had my moment but the anger had subsided but the fear of the unknown had set in. What if, what if, what if.
Let's pause our lives for a minute, give your love one a hug, tell them you love them, because you will not know what will happen in the next minute. next hour, or next day. Group hug everyone.
Thanks for all the kind words, pray and encouragement.
Monday, March 03, 2008
Start with good news. Coming back from Synergy, I received several emails from Magazine Editor who interested in my works and want an article as well as a book.
Then the parent's worst nightmare began. My daughter got a car accident. A (apparently) drunk driver had hit her car head on. With severe brain injury, fracture skull, broken ankle, she is fighting for her life at Critical care unit at the hospital. She is still in coma and I am fighting to be strong.
Sorry about the bad news. Please remember me, I'll be back when I can get my life together.
Friday, February 29, 2008
Tuesday, February 26, 2008
Monday, February 25, 2008
Saturday, February 23, 2008
This morning I was escorted to the convention hall by the nice young man whose last name is longer than mine. I was admiring the Architectural details of the old buildings in downtown Baltimore, Grant was on his way so we walked together. I took some more pictures of those building and will do more tomorrow before going to the airport. I went downstair to ACC show to help my friend, Wiwat at his booth. Stopping at Ford&Forlano (again), many new pieces were on display today and they are different from what we had seen before in their works. More colors, bright color, more details, small pieces piece together. Rings, bracelets, necklaces, brooches that shows great design, high level of craftsmanship that took 20 some years to develop. While I was down there, someone asked to buy the flower ring that I wore. I looked around and sold it. People are spending money on arts and crafts, lots of money which is good news.
All the seminars at synergy were aimed to teach you how to think, how to design, how to develop your own style, to help you get your work to the next level. I am ready to go home, get on my pasta machine, and find new possibilities, new things that I can make with clay.
I also sold 3 necklaces at the gallery, thank you very much. I also gathered enough courage to talk to Jeff Dever and tell him how much his works had inspired me since the first day that I saw his work in the magazine.
This Polymer clay community are full of generous people. Everyone is so nice to me. Donna Kato gave me a hug and showered me with lots of kind words. She told me to keep doing what I am doing. I hope I can keep it up.
I will miss walking back to the hotel with Maureen Carlson and other girls. It was a nice walk. The one I will remember as well as all the experiences I have at Synergy. I will definitely do it again next year. You should come too.
Friday, February 22, 2008
Marian and Thezeda thought I should look more presentable at the conference. They dragged me to the mall to get my eye brown arched (and it hurt really bad), get my nail done and tried on some make up. I went home to dye my hair. It took so much effort to make me look dolled up. Scott reminded me to take business card, my medicine and toothbrush. I tried not to forget anything. It is strange to travel alone, I haven’t done that often.
Ada came home, finally. We talked, she cried, not certain of what to do next. She likes it there in Paris. Very cultural, she said, and people are nice. She cooked Thai food for the family and they love it. I don’t know she can cook.
I finally get to Baltimore in the afternoon, stepping out of the Hotel, and there she was, Mrs. Carol Duvall herself along side with Donna Kato. I wait quietly until Donna turned around and say “Hi Ponsawan”. Wait a minute, she actually knows my name. “I love your work” she said. Ah, excuse me! I just smiled, mumbled thank you. Can't say anything else, I lost my jaw, dropped it on the side walk.
And it had been like that the whole day, many people told me they read my blog and love it. I saw some familiar faces like Grant Diffendaffer, Marla Frankenberg, Judy Belcher, Kim Cavender, Maureen Carlson, Christi Friesen, Kelly Russell, Keila Hernandez. Some long distance friends; Bettina and Iris Mishly. Some famous bloggers; Cynthia Tinapple, Susan Lomuto. My blog’s fans; Jana Roberts Benzon, Seth Savarick and many others who had told me “I love your blog”. Now this is quite overwhelming to me. I better stop blogging until I figure it out what is going on. LOL NOT! I took a seminar with Dan Comier, it was about the new way to make the blend. It got me so excited. Can’t wait to get home and try it. This is good stuff.
The gallery was the highlight of the day. Finally I get to see all the works that had given me all the inspiration and courage to design, to create, to make beautiful things. I saw the works of Jeff Dever, Kathleen Dustin, Elise Winters, Louise Fischer Cozzi, just to name a few.
My roommate from Canada (Cynthia Blanton) thought I was quite a celebrity today. LOL
I am happy to be here among all other fine artists. The first time in 26 years living in this country, I felt that I belong. This is my world, and I am here to stay.
Second day was even better. I hung out at Christi Friesen's table, she handed me some clay to play with. You got to clay everyday, she said. Many new products from many vendors. I bought some faux bone started playing with it right away. Mike and I introduced our self to Staedlter. We both won the Hope-on-a-rope contest last week at CHA. My friend, Wiwat had a booth at ACC show down stair, so I went to see him. Stopping at Kathleen Dustin's booth gave me goose bump. Her new line of Pot purse is so incredible. It gave me hope that, next 20 years, my works can look like her, if I try harder. I had complete my list of what to see when I went to Ford&Forlano booth. Don't make me describe it, i can't. It is my ultimate dream come through to see their works in person. You got to see their works with your own eyes. What can I say? I must have a big crush on those guys who working with Polymer clay. I worship their works. All the edgy design and imagination that we, women can't express.
Tomorrow, I will go down to see Ford&Forlano's works again and again. He might have to shuffle me off his booth. What can I say? I lost my jaw, drop it so many times, many places.
Good night and will report back to you tomorrow.
P.S. For more interesting notes about the seminar, please fast forward to my Synergy roommate; Cynthia Blanton @ www.cynthiablanton.blogspot.com
Wednesday, February 13, 2008
You can view the top 25 winner's necklace at www.amaco.com
Congratulation to all the winners. We did good, didn't we? And all for the good course.
Happy Valentines' Day everyone. May peace and love be with you at all time.
Monday, February 04, 2008
So, go to my Etsy store and buy something, so I don't have to live on cheese and cracker while I'm there. Thanks for you support. :)
Thank you. I would like to sincerely thank the Synergy staff who had worked hard to make everything ready for next week. I like the fact that all my e-mails and requests have been taking care of on the same day. Did you guys ever sleep? :) I think I will give everyone a big hug when I get there.
Wednesday, January 30, 2008
Friday, January 25, 2008
The last picture is the view from the existing dinning room. We rearranged the furniture, added some new decoration and this restaurant will be "the place" to dine in Broad Ripple area.
Now I can go back to my clay table. :) Yeh.
Sunday, January 13, 2008
Wednesday, January 09, 2008
Here are some painting I was working on. They are small round discs that I will put frame on and turn then into pendants.
Thanks for everyone who email me and asked some questions. It is nice to know that someone actually read my blog.
Monday, January 07, 2008
I stopped by at the Leather Craft Store and bought some new stamping tools for my texture sheet. There are so many to choose from especially the leaves and flowers which I intend to use the most. For those of you who do not have a store near by, I will put these tools for sale on my Etsy store soon. Let me know if you are interested.