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

Be prepared to be blown away.


  1. Wow, absolutely stunning!

  2. Her work is stunning, oh why did you send me there? LOL

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