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Spiral Beads by HMB Studios and Perhaps the Best Hostess Gift Ever

Glass beads by Heather Boardman of HMB Studios resting on a Fenton Milk Glass Leaf Plate.
Swirly glass beads by Heather Boardman of HMB Studios resting on a Fenton Milk Glass Leaf Plate.

 

In fulfilling Stratoz’s 2012 resolution to have people over for pizza, Heather and Harry Boardman were our last guests for 2012.  They are a dynamic duo of artists.  Harry does paintings and custom portraits, and Heather creates glass beads and when we attended their open studio tour at their house in the woods outside Telford, I gravitated to and purchased some of Heather’s swirly glass discs for focal points in my mosaics.

When the Boardmans arrived, Heather handed me a sparkly bag of glass as a gift, beads she made for me, in my favorite orange tones.  I’d mentioned to Heather how much I loved glass tile with streaks of coppery crystals, and she had mixed in some goldstone to add the extra sparkle.   It’s a thrill to have such a custom gift, and I look forward to incorporating them into my work.  It was great fun having Harry and Heather over, talking about art and business and getting to know them better.

When I went to photograph the beads, I saw the Fenton leaf plate that my friend Joanne had given me, and it seemed a perfect setting.

 

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