The path less TRAVELED...

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

The path less traveled is unpaved. There is no gift shop. Time, and human hands, have not yet eroded its 'wildness'.

There is a consistency throughout our favorite places (and experiences) are on the path less traveled. There is a sense of 'no one has stood here before'- of discovery.

Hiking down into a volcano crater, not another soul around...spelunking deep within a cave strewn with ancient Mayan pottery...swimming to nowhere, in a school of reef fish...

I aimed to capture that essence in my latest collection. Discovery. Raw simplicity. Organic forms, that nature has already perfected.

Costa Rica is an inspiring place- it's brimming with life and color, lush landscapes and treasures to be found. I harnessed that energy. These beads were in my 'wheelhouse'- earthy, with intricate glazing. The collection was characterized by unique surface treatments- layers and layers of matte, rustic hues that melted and danced in the kiln. Detailed carving nods to folk-craft that is found throughout Central America.

This collection has a lot of soul and I really enjoyed making it. I can't wait to see these beads brought to life in your jewelry designs. Please share. Thank you to the moon and back, for your kind words and support! If you missed this collection, you can still view it in my portfolio.

Packages are bundled up and will be shipped out today (Wednesday).


Next, I will be creating a re-stock order for Lima Beads. No official shop update over here. But, I will be taking pre-orders for birds on a wire pendants. Please email or FB message me with pre-order requests (specify quantity and a good way to reach you). They are $16 each.

After that, I am thinking chirping birds and sunshine! SUMMER is here (almost)! It's my favorite time of year and my beads will be singing. I will be doing pre-orders for a few items- stay tuned. Nothing official yet, just a few past designs to get ideas flowing :)

Inspired by...Costa Rica

Monday, April 6, 2015

A preview of my sample firing, and a glimpse into the heart, soul and inspiration of my new collection. The collection will launch (and become available for purchase), in a couple weeks. 

If interested in a sloth pre-order, send me a message. $18+ shipping. No other reserves will be taken (thanks for understanding!). More from our trip on my personal blog: enchanted & wild

Inspired by lush landscapes. Moss. Fiddlehead ferns. 
The path less traveled. 

Simplicity. Formed by the hands of mother earth.
A primitive palette, perfected with time.

 Discoveries on the forest floor. Scavenged stones. Sleepy Sloths.

 Mountains and birds, with a tribal touch, and a nod to folk-craft.

Follow the progress of the new collection on Facebook or via Email.

adventure awaits

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Just a quick post in between frantic packing and list making and doing 100 loads of laundry...

Thank YOU for a fantastic last update. Please share what you make with your owls! Seeing them strung up and ready to wear, always makes my day. 

We are leaving this frosty tundra and heading to the warm tropics! A much needed break from reality. 
My shop will remain closed until we return mid-March. I will have a few destash bead bundles up for grabs...and then a tropical, Costa Rica- inspired bead update with loads of new designs...including the mossy stones and sloths! (pictured below). 

I'm not sure how much I will be posting, but if you'd like to follow along...instagram @kylieparry

Owl Shop Update

Monday, February 23, 2015

A hootenanny of owls (and beads too!)...
Over the last two months I made over 160 owls and as many beads!! I was a nervous wreck during their final kiln firing (you just never know when the kiln will malfunction). Everything went smoothly and the owls (and beads) turned out fantastic- I can't wait for them to fly off to their new homes. 
update details:
Owl pre-orders and an owl shop update!
The collection launches:
Tuesday, February 24 @
6am CST
All owl pre-orders will be ready and labeled with your name in a reserved shop listing.
An important note:
My shop will be CLOSING on Sunday, March 1 and will remain closed for a couple weeks while my family is in Costa Rica! Orders placed before 3/1 will be shipped on or before Monday, March 2. If you are unable to purchase your pre-order before this date, please get in touch.
More previews on my Facebook page!

studio update: January

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

I made a goal this year to at least blog once a month with an informal studio/ life update. One down!

On my table today, fresh from the kiln, is a large custom order of colorblock fish pendants. I don't often take large custom orders, but these fish have been a favorite since I started making them in college. They are going to a youthful group of do-gooders- traveling and offering their service to help different communities. I hope these fishes bring them joy. 

Next up is owls (I will be starting all of your custom orders shortly). I have a whoooole lotta owls to make. Please be patient, this is going to take me awhile.  Pre-orders have now been closed. However, I may have extras and if so, will have an owl shop update. 

January has been COLD. Hurts to breathe air cold. We've been taking mental vacations to plan our Costa Rica trip that is coming up in less than two months! We will be renting a car and have our route plotted. Volcanos, waterfalls falling into volcanos, waterfalls with freaky blue water, waterfalls to swim in, hot springs to dip in, cloud forest, sandy beaches.......checkcheckcheckcheckcheck. We can't wait. We are a little nervous about the plane ride with juni. Hopefully with a little help from elmo, and a shiz-ton of snacks...we will live to tell.

I'm warming up my sketchbook with new ideas for my next shop update. I can't wait to translate my drawings to clay. Tropical, colorful... and there will be sloths! Watch for previews on FB. 

Thanks for stopping by! Happy New Year!