On the eighth day of Christmas…

my true love gave to me –

a compliment on one of my recent creations – a gold choker and some beads and a piece of fused dichroic glass, golds and deep teal and bronzes on a china red base – quite festive-looking, without being traditional Christmas jewelry…and even 3-D…

When I made the necklace – I started out to do one thing, but this piece wanted to go its own way, so I just went with the flow, and got the heck out of the Muse’s way – it’s the wise choice!

The photo doesn’t do it justice.  Available for sale, with matching crystal earrings, $35 plus S/H.


Handmade for the Holidays!

GGB 2012 flyer2 Click here to find out about the Green Gift Bazaar – Alton’s eco-friendly holiday gift shhop – 1 day only!

I will be there with my glass jewelry – hope to see you there!

We will not be amused…

If you miss ArtEAST – it’s this weekend, Oct. 20 & 21, 11-5 – the Madison County IL studio art tour is in its 15th year…

I will be showing handmade glass jewelry & mixed media items at the Jacoby Arts Center on Broadway in Alton, along with 18 other artists – and more within walking distance!  A nice way to spend your weekend….supporting local arts!

thank yous are in order…

Thanks to the Grafton Chamber of Commerce for putting on a great Art in the Park Sept. 8 & 9 – the weather was so pleasant too!

And thanks to all the customers to bought things and the others who complimented my work – it makes the effort worthwhile!

 Sincerely, Kerry Ellen

If you did not get a chance to visit Grafton this weekend, I have things year-round at the Grafton Artisan’s Village and in the Artist Shop at the Jacoby Arts Center in Alton, IL.

My next show will be at the Jacoby, October 20 & 21, for ArtEAST!

Inspirations and Gratitude

Where do I get my design ideas from?  Lately, I have been designing around gifts from my 84-year-old friend, fondly known up at our local diner, Aunt Sam’s Uptown Eatery in Alton, IL, as “Jimmy the Greek”.

Recently Jimmy gifted me with some of his late wife’s old costume jewelry.  I have used some of her pieces and added to them to create new pieces, as in the cluster necklaces I’ve been posting.

But I wanted to do something just for Jimmy, to honor him and wife, Helen, so I made a shadowbox.  I used some of Helen’s old jewelry for accents, and one of her scarves as the background.  I left a placeholder for a photograph – Jimmy had his daughter-in-law put a wonderful photo to Jimmy and Helen together in the old-fashioned frame. 


The weather should be perfect for Grafton’s Art in the Park Sat. 10-6 & Sun. 11-5 – come see us! 


This weekend I will be selling some of the cluster designs I have made using Helen’s things – but the shadowbox – is NOT for sale!

Wild Things!

many thanks to Bretz http://wildlifelodgeandwinery.com/ where I had an excellent jewelry show this weekend…

Under the Tuscan Sun Crystal Clusters

One of the Crystal Cluster necklace, earrings, and bracelet sets I made this weekend –

I placed Swarovski crystal element pearls around an antique marquisite pin (bought at the Elsah, Illinois, historical society sale) with a crystal dragonfly and butterfly – the color assortment was named “Under the Tuscan Sun” and includes beautiful autumn shades of warm golds, greens, coppers, and ivory.  Necklace, bracelet, & earrings $50 for the set.

This will be one of my crystal clusters available this weekend at the Wine and Art Festival at the Bretz Winery near Carlyle Lake, Illinois:


Kerry Ellen 2012