Hot August Art Sale!

We’ve been here at The Market Place for 5 years now.  That makes Glass Art and Beads 12 years old!  We feel very fortunate to be able to pursue our art endeavors this long, and we hope to be doing this for another 12 years.

In celebration of our 5th Anniversary we are having our very first

Hot August Sale at Glass Art and Beads
Inside where it’s Cool!
All of August, 2015
Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday 10 – 5:30 pm.
at The Market Place, 10910 Katy Fwy., Houston, TX 77043
15% OFF ALL ORIGINAL ART BY OUR FEATURED ARTISTS
20% OFF ALL RESALE TREASURES
Not only do we have our own art, but we have over 15 other family and Houston artists represented in our store. It is a wonderland of great and affordable original gifts and art.

I’ve been busily making more Angels and Bead Totems and Hangings of all kinds.  This week I was into making big bunches of our Spiders of Good Fortune.  And here’s what a big bunch of spiders look like!

22 Spiders 72 dpi

Add all these to the 15 we already have down at the store, and you have a big big bunch. So, if you are thinking about our Spiders of Good Fortune as Christmas gifts, now would be a great time.  You can read the wonderful story “Legend of the Christmas Spider” on our website. We include this story (and another), along with a suction cup, and of course “The Care and Feeding of Your Spider”. All in a pretty purple box. Here they are all nestled together for the trip down to our store this weekend.

Last minute News!  I just completed four new hangings featuring Swarovski crystal.  No pictures yet . . . haven’t even priced them.  But they will be at the store starting tomorrow.

Ann at the Clay Flower Lady store a few doors down from mine, has been nice enough to join us in our sale.  She, and her sister Jenda, make the most beautiful flowers that will last forever.  So her’s and Jinda’s flowers will be 15% OFF.  All her great resale items will be 20% OFF.  Iggy’s Collectibles & Things will be 20% OFF, and Gigi’s Pottery Designs – 10% OFF.  They are all so unique, with their own special treasures for sale.

We hope to see you during August.  Join us in our Hot August Art Sale, inside, where it’s cool!

Bead Totems, Plant Sticks, & Jewelry … Oh My!

Liz Bunn makes the most beautiful beads.  For years now we’ve sold her beads to artists of all kinds.  And I’ve been making our very popular Plant Sticks and Bead Totems from her lampwork glass beads.  Inspired by her clown head beads, and a great mushroom bead, I created some fun Plant Sticks.  Her beads are mounted on stainless steel so that they can be put in any table plant soil, or even lucky bamboo, which is usually just stones and water.  They won’t rust.  I usually accent her beads with other glass, metal, pewter or copper beads.  They are 9″ to 12″ tall, and are priced at a very reasonable $35.00 each.

Liz's Garden Sticks too - 72 dpi

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Besides Plant Sticks, Liz and I also collaborate on her Bead Totems.  We find that customers love her beads but they can’t imagine what to do with them.  Bead Totems show off a variety of her wonderful beads.  They look great on a desk, or on a display shelf.  The bases are very dense rubber, so the taller totems are very stable on a table or desk. They are painted then decorated to compliment the beads. The picture below shows our five new Bead Totems and also two Plant Sticks behind them in a lucky bamboo plant.  We have more of both at our Houston store.  The Bead Totems range from 9″ to 11″ tall and are priced at $65.00 to $85.00 each.

2015 July - Bead Totems & Plant Sticks 72 dpi

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you look closely at her Bead Totems you’ll find some flat looking beads that she created using a sewing machine bobbin.  Liz drops molten glass around the spool and they become Steam Punk like.  One customer wanted that exact Bead Totem combination to create a necklace, so I told her that the totem can be pulled from the base with a bit of effort.  The only touch of glue was at the very top, so she could pull all the beads off and use them as she wanted.  And she did just that.  She was thrilled that the pole went firmly back into the base and started purchasing other beads to create a brand new totem of her own design.  What a great idea!

Besides making beads, Liz also creates beautiful necklaces.  Sometimes she’ll use her lampwork beads as a focal point.  Sometimes she uses random glass beads.  In the following picture you’ll see samples of both.  All the necklaces below are doubled-up on display necks because of limited space.  They run $60.00 each.

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And if you are interested in her random beads, here are two two trays to peruse.  But they are best seen up close and personal.

Liz's two bead trays 72 dpi

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Window Bling

I’m all into bling, especially when it comes to light and rainbows.  My new creations below are about 10″ to 12″ long and are perfect for any window.  The handmade lampwork beads are made by Don Hohensee, Liz Bunn and Wanda Karcher.  The crystal is by Swarovski.

Don makes the most wonderfully fluid fish.  This one is in topaz and black.  At the top is one of his tiger beads and then two small topaz beads dangling around.  And, of course, Swarovski crystal.

Don makes the most wonderfully fluid fish. This one is in topaz and black. At the top is one of his tiger beads and then two small topaz beads dangling around. And, of course, Swarovski crystal.

The large blue bead at the bottom was made by Liz Bunn.  Don made the one at the top.  When the sun shines through them they are spectacular. Add Swarovski crystal for the rainbows!

The large blue bead at the bottom was made by Liz Bunn. Don made the one at the top. When the sun shines through them they are spectacular. Add Swarovski crystal for the rainbows!

I call this one "Safari Nights" with a red sunset setting low in the sky.  Don's tiger beads are the highlight, and Swarovski is the crystal.

I call this one “Safari Nights” with a red sunset setting low in the sky. Don’s tiger beads are the highlight, and Swarovski is the crystal.

I call this one "Summer Garden".  Wanda Karcher made the beautiful green beads.  Everything else is Swarovski crystal.

I call this one “Summer Garden”. Wanda Karcher made the beautiful green beads. Everything else is Swarovski crystal.

Holiday bling has all the colors of Christmas, along with 2 of Don's brilliant lampwork beads and Swarovski crystal.

Holiday bling has all the colors of Christmas, along with 2 of Don’s brilliant lampwork beads and Swarovski crystal.

Don terrific purple bead with lime green dots is the centerpiece.  And the diacrohic bead at the top is icing on the cake.  All the other great beads were made by Swarovski.

Don terrific purple bead with lime green dots is the centerpiece. And the diacrohic bead at the top is icing on the cake. All the other great beads were made by Swarovski.

A sweet and sassy hanging with Don's pink and black beads, and Swarovski crystal.

A sweet and sassy hanging with Don’s pink and black beads, and Swarovski crystal.

The beautiful diachroic bead in the center was made by Don.  All the rest of the beads are Swarovski crystal except for the sterling silver heart at the top.

The beautiful diachroic bead in the center was made by Don. All the rest of the beads are Swarovski crystal except for the sterling silver heart at the top.

A purple and red "water bead" is the centerpoint of this primarily Swarovski crystal piece.  Don made the bead with it's ripply surface.

A purple and red “water bead” is the centerpoint of this primarily Swarovski crystal piece. Don made the bead with it’s ripply surface.

Don's seashell takes center stage on this sweetheart hanging.  I found some glass seashells for accent along with a few rose quarts round beads.  The rest is Swarovski crystal.

Don’s seashell takes center stage on this sweetheart hanging. I found some glass seashells for accent along with a few rose quarts round beads. The rest is Swarovski crystal.

A very contemporary black and white piece with Don's wonderful beads, a few clear and black glass beads and Swarovski crystal.

A very contemporary black and white piece with Don’s wonderful beads, a few clear and black glass beads and Swarovski crystal.