Sunday, May 17, 2009
Joan Miller -- Porcelain Beads
I absolutely adore and revere Joan Miller. She does things with porcelain that are unreal. Each of her beads, pendants, and pins are handcrafted, and the colors and designs are terrific.
I first met Joan on the airplane on the way to my very first Bead and Button show. I tried REALLY hard not to stare at her because the jewelry she was wearing was so unusual and I wanted to just walk up to her and ask for a closer look -- but that darned "Fasten Seat Belt" sign stayed on the entire flight.
Imagine my delight when I realized she was a vendor at the show! I mentioned that I'd seen her on the plane and she was just so nice, so pleasant, just a wonderful person. I bought my first set of beads from her then (nearly four years ago) and made this:
I've worn the heck out of that necklace.
What I'd always wanted, though, was her signature mermaid (do not be fooled by imitations -- yes, there are companies that have sent it off to be reproduced in a sweat shop, which is just vile beyond words). So I got one similar to the mermaid at the top of the page.
I have no idea yet what sort of necklace I'll make with her -- she is so special that it will require much consideration and special thought. But I do know one thing ... she's MINE.
If you'd like to see more of Joan's work and grab a little piece of art for yourself, you can visit her web site at www.joanmiller.com.
Be prepared to be blown away.