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Sunday, May 24, 2009

Follow-up :: Knoxville Creative Hands Street Team Spring Show & Sale {one-of-a-kind fused glass art, Knoxville, TN}

Knoxville Creative Hands Street Team Spring Show & Sale :: Here are photos (courtesy of ALM Photo- of many of the Etsy vendors who participated along with their Etsy shop name. To visit their shops log on to and enter their shop name (all one word) in a search for Sellers.
Moonelighte Cardin of Moonelighte
Pam Wolff of QuackersandTea
Brenda Graham Kerns of BGKDesigns
Karen Semmel of lavenderhillcottage
Suzanne Stratton of artisandistrict
Jean Widby of wjwidbydesigns
JeriAnne Berry of JeriAnnesGallery and picturepretties
Hannah Turpin of Buzzabee
Karina Edwards of karikatzi
Meghan Posey of ReEarth and PosiesInspired
Kristina Roland of 1maddieandme
Heather Raines' Mom of hraines40
Jenese Patanella (back) and her daughter, Kenley of JPatPurses
Nikki Ross of My7kids and Desiree Bowman of hamncheezr

A week has passed since the Knoxville Creative Hands Street Team Spring Show & Sale and I finally have a moment to share some photos from the event. The Spring Show & Sale was a success and we are already planning the Fall/Holiday Show & Sale for November. Please check this blog or the Knoxville Creative Hands Street Team Facebook page for more information on the event in the next month or so.
I enjoyed meeting all of the Etsy vendors who participated and getting to know you better. We have a strong team with many tenured Etsy sellers as well as many newer Etsians who have a lot to share. I look forward to planning monthly networking events the whole Street Team will be invited to attend.
A HUGE thank you to all of the Etsy vendors who participated in the Spring Show & Sale and to everyone who stopped by and visited us and especially to those who shopped. And lastly, a GINORMOUS thank you to all of the media outlets who posted information about, blogged about or just spread the word about the Spring Show & Sale. We appreciate your help!

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Knoxville Creative Hands Street Team Spring Show & Sale - Saturday {one-of-a-kind fused glass art, Knoxville, TN}

Here are some images from Saturday at the Knoxville Creative Hands Street Team Spring Show & Sale. We had a great turn-out considering this was our first show, we didn't have an advertising budget and there were a lot of other activities going on around town. Tomorrow should be a successful day as well.

All went fairly well, save for the incident with the alarm going off on the back door and the lack of key to turn it off. Thanks to Allan for getting the tire wrench and whacking the box open and to MJ for cutting the wires.

The pizza party was a nice end to the day and everyone enjoyed chatting with one another and learning a thing or two. MJ, Veronica and I will begin planning the Fall/Holiday Show & Sale very soon so be sure to keep an eye out for the announcement.

Veronica Stone, one of the KCHST Spring Show & Sale organizers and owner of Etsy shops creativefocusds and luckyroni.
Allan Mueller, Mr. Sassy Glass Studio and my sweet, supportive husband.
Mary Jane Borden, one of the organizers of the KCHST Spring Show and Sale and owner of Etsy shop mjbordendesigns. She's also my awesome sister-in-law!
Jean Widby of wjwidbydesigns showing off their jewelry.
JeriAnne shows off her goods in her two Etsy shops, JeriAnnesGallery and picturepretties.
Hannah relaxes in her booth with her fragrant soy candles from her Etsy shop, Buzzabee.
Jenese tidies up the fabulous goodies in the JPatPurses booth. This is one fabulous Etsy shop to check out!
As usual...only a photograph of the Sassy Glass Studio and ALM Photo booth and no photo including me. Maybe tomorrow Allan will take his camera out of the Pelican case and take some photographs for me.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Knoxville Creative Hands Street Team Spring Show & Sale {one-of-a-kind fused glass art, Knoxville, TN}

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Sassy Glass Studio and ALM Photo will be participating in the Knoxville Creative Hands Street Team Spring Show & Sale, a two-day show & sale featuring over 20 Knoxville-area Etsy vendors. Come out and visit (or meet) us and check out all our fused glass goodness and fresh fine art photography. Lots of great wedding and graduation gifts and home decor available. See you there!

The Knoxville Creative Hands Street Team is comprised of Knoxville-area crafters, artists and creative minds, as well as vendors of vintage goods and craft supplies. While the talents of the Team members lie in many different areas, all members have one thing in common – they offer their goods and services for sale in their individual shops on

What is Etsy? Etsy is your place to buy and sell all things handmade.
Come out and support Knoxville’s Etsy vendors, your local economy and raise awareness for the creative people in your hometown!

The Show and Sale will be open to the public from 10AM to 5PM on Saturday, May 16th and Sunday, May 17th. The Show and Sale is being held indoors in the Centre at Deane Hill on Morrell Road across from the West Town Mall in the retail space next to Stein Mart.
This is a FREE event! Ample parking available!

What will you find at the Spring Show & Sale?
Photography, hand-crafted wire-wrapped and beaded jewelry, fused glass art, children’s clothing, hand-drawn portraits, handmade bookmarks, soy candles, unique handbags, custom vintage baby quilts, goat’s milk soap, recycled sweater creations, monogrammed items, stationery, note cards, scarves, recycled and natural products, and much more!
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Monday, May 4, 2009

Difficulty Following Directions :: Pot Melt - Take I {one-of-a-kind fused glass art, Knoxville, TN}

So, have you ever researched how to do a project on the Internet and thought that even though 10 different people pointed out the importance of a particular step you didn't think it was important and skipped it? Yeah, I never did that either...until Saturday.
I decided to do my first fused glass pot melt and I researched for quite some time to determine the proper firing schedule (heating and cooling rates of speed and hold times for the kiln) and how the glass should be placed in the clay pot and how the shelves should be prepared and even how to prepare the clay pot. Apparently there is a big reason every set of instructions or tutorial I came across indicated that I would need to make the hole in the bottom of the pot larger...and that reason is that the glass, when in its molten state, is thicker than molasses and runs just as slow.
So here are some photographs to show exactly what you can expect if you don't have a large enough hole in the bottom of the pot for the glass to flow through. It sure does make an interesting glass sculpture....
Clay pot filled with red and yellow opaque glass, sitting on prepared kiln shelves, and ready for melting.
This is not how it was supposed to turn out, but it is rather cool looking. Don't you think?
The disc came out just like I planned, except for the clay pot on top of it. How am I going to get that off of there?
The glass that didn't make it out. Interesting...
I will have to cut the "stem" of glass off and grind it down a bit and then re-fuse the glass onto maybe a disc of black to make it look really cool. I have learned that I need to follow instructions or be prepared to accept the results I get. They say you learn something new every day so I will consider that my new thing for Saturday, May 2nd, 2009.