Eat, Drink and Celebrate with us!

The whole of August we have been celebrating our 5th anniversary here at The Market Place with discounts on both original art and our resale treasures.  And since this is the last weekend of our anniversary month, not only will our great sale discounts continue, but almost every mini-mall store is having their own sales!

Wander through our special world of hidden treasures.  You’ll discover wonderful and surprising items in every unique emporium.  All along the way sample our substantial treats and drinks.  On us.  And we have places to sit down and rest.  You can even get a full meal in our comfortable cafe.  Shopping like this can make you hungry!

In celebration of our 5th Anniversary we are having our very first
Hot August Celebration & Sale
at Glass Art and Beads
Inside where it’s Cool!15% off Original Art, both local and International
20% off Resale Treasures & Collectibles
40% off blue stoneware items

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And yes, drinks for everyone!
With all kinds of foods and delicious treats!Glass Art and Beads

at The Market Place, 10910 Katy Fwy., Houston, TX 77043

This Saturday and Sunday, August 29 & 30, 2015

10:00 am – 5:30 pm.
We’re Open on Friday too
if you’re in a hurry to get to those sale discounts

Not only do we have our own original 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.  Please come and join in our 5th Anniversary Celebration!

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
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!

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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!

Don’t forget our Art Walk this weekend!

5th Annual Hot August Art Walk

Saturday and Sunday, August 9th and 10th, 2014, 10 am to 5 pm
at the Antiques & Collectibles Mini-mall, 10910 Katy Freeway, Houston, TX 77043
Sponsored by Don and Pam at Glass Art & Beads
     Come and have some inside fun, away from our August heat.  You can enjoy complimentary food and drinks, along with the chance to talk with visiting artists.  Our guests can expect to see wonderful sculptures, pottery, paintings, stained glass, clay flower creations, lampwork beads, handmade jewelry and fine crafts.  There will also be New Age art and readings, and way way more!  Shop our entire mini-mall full of contemporary and vintage art, collectibles and gifts.  There is something for everyone!
     Each year Don gives demonstrations on lampwork glass bead making.  This year is no exception.  Bring your kiddies to see how glass melts!  Bring your whole family for the great goodies that Don cooks up, and his yummy margaritas . . . and lots of snacks and drinks for the young ones.  We have really great coin and toy stores in our mini-mall – perfect to keep the family happy while you peruse the hallway and enjoy the unique art we’ve brought to our mall on this special weekend.
     August also marks Glass Art & Beads 4th year as honest-to-goodness store in our mini-mall. I wanted to create something that would commemorate this occasion, so I turned to my family for inspiration.
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My brother, Jeff Pickering, was a potter, bead maker, jeweler, and creator of beautiful objects.  He also strummed a mean guitar.  He died a young man, but not before he created a solid body of clay and enamel artwork.  All the art on display at our Art Walk was created by Jeff in the two years before his passing in 2003.  I mounted and framed nine of his creations, from beads to tablets.  Below is his “3 Mayan Tales” (10-1/2″ x 10″), tablets he created because the Mayan culture’s art inspired him.  I used bamboo, copper wire and handmade papers to adorn the mounting.
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Egyptian Tablet – 10-1/2″ x 10″.  After this tablet cracked and broke into three pieces while it was being fired in the kiln, Jeff wanted to toss it away.  I convinced him to just give it to me.  Over a decade has passed and now it is framed and complete.  I chose the reeds on the sides to give respect to the Egyptians who used reeds and grasses to make paper.  The papers in the background are all handmade, most of them made by Houston artist, Rikki Mitman.  Though the tablet is double-epoxied to the board, I also “wrapped” it with copper wire.  All of the papers where adhered using my sister, Susan Pickering Rothamel’s, PPA (Perfect Paper Adhesive), an adhesive she created about 20 years ago.  It became the foundation for (it’s worth a visit!)
Below are some more of Jeff’s wonderful enamel and clay beadsJeff - Enamel on Clay Beads 72 dpi
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Jeff - Egyptian Pendant 72 dpi  Jeff's Egyptian Necklace 72 dpi Jeff - Beads (3) 72 dpi Jeff - Poly Clay Necklace (2) 72 dpi