Friday, August 12, 2011

Meet My Bead Soup Blog Party Partner (and pie!)

My partner for the Bead Soup Blog Party is none other than the talented Manuela Wutschke, a lampwork bead maker from Germany.  You can see her shop by clicking here -- be prepared to gasp.  She also has a Blurb book coming out that I can't wait to get.

The thing about her beads is they terrify me.  They're so amazingly beautiful on their own that I have no idea how I'll ever be able to do them justice.  I can't wait to see what she sends!

(all photos by Manuela)

And long time readers know of my love of pie, particularly when times are tough -- and man have the past two weeks been rather interesting, what with Dad suddenly being in the hospital and a record number of Bead Soup Blog Partiers signing on.  Well, I finally got my coconut cream pie yesterday when I met up with Cindy Wimmer and had pie for lunch.  


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 and is the creator of the Bead Soup Blog Party.


  1. Oh, can I just say lucky, lucky you! I LOVE artisan glass . . . I can't wait to see what you get too!

  2. Lori, Manuela's lampwork is seriously drop-dead gorgeous! What a fantastic BSBP partner! The beads that you described that you plan to send to her sound amazing as well.
    It was great to finally get together for some PIE! Nothing like coconut cream and French silk! :-)

  3. Oh, my, Manuela's beads are absolutely jaw dropping AMAZING! Wow!

  4. Oh WOW Lori! I have no words-absolutly fabulous. And that bead and necklace are incredible! Just kidding. That bead has me drooling all over the place. No doubt you are going to have a hard time coming up with a design, but I bet it's going to be a fantastic problem to solve! Enjoy!!! (How was that pie really?)

  5. ... and I can´t wait to see what you are coming up with, hope you will love the beads.
    You are making me happy, thank you so much ♥.

  6. Lori what a wonderful and talented partner you have, but don't sell yourself short, I'm sure whatever you do will compliment the focal perfectly. I love coconut pie yum yum!

  7. Those beads look totally amazing! Can't wait to see what you come up with. Also, thank you so much for hosting this event! I know you've worked hard, and you are definitely appreciated for it!

  8. Yay for bead soup partners! Yay for your amazing work on this overwhelming task. And, a big ole YAY FOR PIE!!!!

  9. "Coconut was an excellent choice" was my first thought as I read this, then I read Cindy's comment. Now I need some chocolate pie(no hope of french silk, but I might find chocolate :P)You are going to have a blast w/ your partner!

  10. That really is a whole lot of incredible in those beads by Manuela! That's an amazing amount of detail, especially in the flamingo bead. I can see you're going to have some fun with whatever mix Manuela sends your way.

  11. Delicious beads! And PIE for lunch -- that's my kind of meal!


  12. All I can say is Ooh La La for the beads, and the pie, too!

  13. Holy guacamole her beads are unbelievable!!! I can't wait to see what she sends you too, though I have no doubt you'll do it justice. Come on! You're Lori Anderson!!!

    And the pie is making me drool...

  14. Oh Lori I see what you mean those beads are awesome. But I have no doubt that you will do them justice. and I wish I were close so I could bring you PIE. Coconut is my favorite as well. A truck stop i Tye Texas on I20 has the best 4 inches tall yumm
    Be Blessed to be a blessing

  15. Anonymous1:17 AM

    After all the hard work you have done for Bead Soup and the caring for your dad, you deserve beautiful - though daunting - beads and pie.

    Anyone has a receipe for this amazing looking pie? I am sure we do not have this kind of pie in the Netherlands...

  16. What gorgeous work she does.
    Amazing how she can do such tiny art on some of her work.
    The favorite, I'll take two please :)

  17. Looks like you are going to have great fun with those beautiful beads of Manuelas, what a great partner.

  18. You've got a great partner there in Manuela. I know what you mean about working with such awesome beads but I know you'll rise to the challenge! Hats off to you for organising this event - a huge feat carried off with grace under fire!
    Oh and Coconut Cream Pie sounds just devine,,,never seen it over here in the UK and I love coconut.

  19. You lucky girl, I love Manuela's work.

  20. Oh, my what wonderful beads by your partner.
    And congrats on getting your pie. I know you enjoyed it..

  21. PIE!!!!!!

    mmmmmmm C-O-C-O-N-U-T PIE!!!!! :o)

    Manuela's work is FABULOUSLY AWESOME!
    I cannot wat to see how you use her beads to design and compose a work of art to wear with them!!!!!



  22. Such stunning work!!! So far the Bead Soup party is introducing me to some fabulous lampworkers and money seems to be evaporating form my bank account???? HMMMMM how can this be???? I love artisan glass and now I know where to get some amazing pieces!!!
    I am so glad that you got your PIE!!! You so deserve several more!!!

  23. Can't wait to see what Manuela sends you! Her beads are beyond words! Wow!

    And a big THANKS to you Lori for hosting this BSBP! :)


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