Tuesday, March 01, 2011

Cup of Bead Soup with Jane Perala

March 1st ushers in another month of Cup of Bead Soup, this time with the delightful lampwork glass artist Jane Perala.


But before we get into that, I want to thank you all for the wonderful turn-out for the Bead Soup Blog Party!

Click here to keep hopping the current party.
Click here to grab the button for the next party in August.
Click here for the Pint of Bead Soup giveaway.


For those of you new to Cup of Bead Soup, a bead artist sends me beads that I didn't choose or pick out and then I create something with them.  Basically, it's a mini-Bead Soup Blog Party.  I created this to keep me on my toes, to help me continually push myself, and to promote bead artists to you whom you may never have met before.


Jane makes wonderful beads, and I was thrilled to get two strands from her.  I'm familiar with her work, but when she told me she took this as a challenge to stretch herself -- oh WOW but what a surprise when I unwrapped the first set.

Ho-ly Cow.

Apparently, Jane had taken a workshop with Melanie Moertel and put what she'd learned to fantastic use.


I have to admit when I opened these up I ran outside to show my son and husband.  My husband, bless him, he just says, "Very nice," to things like this, but my son is a discriminating critic, and I very nearly didn't leave the yard with those beads.  It probably didn't help that he was wearing an orange shirt.  "But Moooooom, just ONE BEAD??????"  Um, sorry, this time, that would be a no.


The next set is a more familiar style for Jane, but with a twist -- larger, with a center focal, made for a necklace rather than a bracelet.


The picture absolutely does not do this strand justice, and I apologize for that.  But let me tell you -- any time I've used any rendition of Jane's blue beads, the bracelet sells in no time flat.  I have no excuse for the bad lighting except to say -- it was bad lighting.  And I didn't realize how bad until tonight when I now have NO lighting, and I didn't want to wait another day to share these with you.


You can visit Jane Perala's store and blog at:


Enjoy!






Lori Anderson creates jewelry for her web site, Lori Anderson Designs, and wrote the blog An Artist's Year Off.  She's also a contributor to Art Bead Scene.


25 comments:

  1. Well, I can't wait to see what you make and you are MAKING me shop!!!! Her beads are amazing.

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  2. Wow. Those beads are so beautiful!

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  3. OMG! I don't blame you for running outside, I'd be in the street doing my happy dance! Going to checkout those links...thanks!

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  4. Gorgeous beads, and I know your designs will do the justice. Can't wait.

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  5. Hi Lori,WOW! looking at amazing eye can those beads has me more excited than ever about my lamp work lessons tom. The first set reminds me of the colors of Chinese New Year, and i know i've said this alredi but i had so much fun hopping my through ALL of the partiers so many creative people all with a different twist, with the same goal, i would really love to meet you some day, u amaze me all you do and on top of that dealing with your headaches a real inspiration.. well gotta go and see more of Janes wonderful beads ttfn cause i fell like Tigger after all that hopping around

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  6. Oh my gosh that first strand just needs a clasp. They are amazing!
    Shannon C

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  7. OMG Lori! Good thing I don't know where you live or I'd come snatch those beads from you...lol! I Love that first set!! I'm gonna have to visit Jane...Thanks for sharing!

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  8. Wow, gorgeous beads! It's nice to find new artists! I'm new to your mini bead soup...but I can see I'm going to like reading and shopping from new artists you feature.

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  9. wow, those are all totally gorgeous! Can't wait to see what you create with them!

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  10. Those first beads are totally atomic 50s Herman Miller, Les Baxter lounge, barkcloth curtains & martinis! ♥♥♥

    I'm definitely going to have to check out her shop!

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  11. Thanks Lori. I too am looking forward to seeing what you make with the beads.
    Just got back from my class, and it's too late to do anything but go to bed, so will put a post upon my blog with the link to you tomorrow.

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  12. These beads are gorgeous, I especially love the orange ones, I'm going to check out the shop!

    Deb x

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  13. OH MY GOD! I want every single bead:-)

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  14. I love Jane's beads! I have one of her tree beads and I am still hoarding it - mine, all mine I say! I can't wait to see what you create from those goodies! Have fun!

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  15. Wow those beads are amazing. You are going to have so much fun creating with those.

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  16. Those beads are luscious. I am absolutely in love with the colors. Now I have to wonder why it is that even though I love bright colors I am always working in more neutral pallets.

    I enjoyed the blog hop. I finished the list last night- excluding my own personal list of blogs to revisit as they had not posted when I began bright and early on Saturday.

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  17. WOW, her beads are gorgeous! So looking forward to what you come up for designs!

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  18. Ooh, those are yummy! Can't wait for the result!

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  19. Those are absolute incredible!! And seriously, the photos are great, and the lighting is done well. :)

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  20. Wow! Jane reminds me a little of my favourite lampwork artist, Mindy of Moogin beads. Very Miro-esque! ie bloody gorgeous! Those red ones at the top are truly breathtaking - I would want to wear anything made with them for sure.

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  21. All so gorgeous, Lori. I especially love that blue shade in the second set. I like how she sent you two totally different looks. What a talented artist!

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  22. Janes beads are awesome...I have been using them in my designs for several years now. Love here work!

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  23. I agree, Lori - Jane's beads are gorgeous! I've been coveting her tidal wave and other ocean-related beads for a long time.

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  24. Those are beautiful! The first set screams "SUMMER" at me!

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  25. I can hardly wait to see what you make with them. I am in bead lust with the second set.

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