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New Earrings in Stock! Click SHOP!

I’ve been busy adding earrings to my online store.  Here’s a snapshot of a few!

IMG_4866Most are one of a kind in a wide range of styles and colors.  You’ll find these and more along with a great collection of my porcelain buttons!

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Much more in store!  Too many to show here, right now.  So… go ahead and click SHOP and let me know what you think.  I’d love to hear what you like, what you might not and suggestions for what you’d like to see!

~Carol

p.s.  My Etsy shop is also open for business with more jewelry, buttons and more!

 

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Lacy Days of Spring

I’ve always cherished the crocheted lace doilies that my mom and great aunts had made. They graced most of the wood furniture in our house when I was growing up.  I use them sometimes, but mostly just take them out for a look-see every once in a while.

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Some of my favorite doilies bring back fond memories.

They all have a little different feel.  Some are silky soft and flowy (my favorites).  Others have been stiffened by starch that has stood the test of time!

Not too long ago, when I was taking a peek at my doily stash, I decided to make a quick press mold to use in my porcelain play.  Once I began, I was a bit obsessed and cut a lot of jewelry shapes.

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Freshly cut and stamped porcelain clay.

I love the way the freshly cut clay looked.  The intricate textures of the fine crochet was clearly visible.  It made me miss my mom a bit more, thinking about her making each stitch.

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Loving the stitch detail!
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Bisque fired and ready for glazing!

I was so excited about my new project that I glazed everything in a handful of glazes.

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Some finished lacy jewelry pieces

Although I’m pretty happy with the result, I’m missing a lot of the texture of the unglazed pieces.

So, knowing that I’d be cutting out more shapes, probably lots more, I sorted the doilies and pulled out a few of my favorites and made more molds.

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New press molds made from a few of my favorite doilies.

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And the fun continues!

~Carol

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A Little More Show Biz

While I’m catching up on a little television news, I’ll share a couple more “As Seen on TV” moments.  If you stay with me to the end of this post, you’ll find the strangest one!

In late spring 2015, I was watching a new episode of the TV show Bones (Season 10, episode 21 “The Life in the Light”, airdate 6/4/15).  Much to my surprise, actress Emily Deschanel, as Dr. Temperence Brennan was wearing my Misty Blue Porcelain and Freshwater Pearl Earrings! Through The Artisan Group, I had the opportunity to submit my earrings for consideration by the costume designer for the show. I must admit, and my husband would verify, that I was pretty excited at seeing the scenes showing them! I was jumping around like a crazy woman, shouting, “She’s wearing my earrings, she’s wearing my earrings!”. She wore them in a couple of scenes and I was very grateful, considering the theme of this show, that they weren’t worn by a gory corpse!

I also love how she tilted her head in one scene and wore her hair tied back in the other to really show off the earrings. Thank you Emily!

Last summer, I had a similar opportunity though The Artisan Group, this time sending a pair of earrings to the stylist for the show BrainDead. My Pewter Glazed Porcelain Triangles with Freshwater Pearl Earrings were worn by actress Nilaja Sun as character Brenna Burke in the premier episode of the show. I wasn’t caught as much by surprise this time.  I got a “heads-up” when I noticed them in a preview for the show. Still, very happy to see my pieces on screen again!

So, there seems to be a bit of a trend here. My earrings have been seen on three television shows.  With the names Hart of Dixie, Bones and BrainDead, I guess l should be on the lookout for shows with body parts in the title! Haha!

Well, I’m taking a little hiatus from The Artisan Group. While it’s been an interesting and good business experience working with this great group of artists, it’s been a bit of a distraction from some other things needing more of my attention right now. A big thank you to TAG for the opportunities!

Oh, I almost forgot the strangest “As Seen on TV” moment of all!

We were watching an episode of the NBC show Aquarius and noticed a piece of furniture featured in the set of the television version of Charles Manson’s property.  Yeah, I know it’s a very dark and violent show, but we were watching. I was very surprised to see “my” chair and ottoman outside with Manson follower characters sitting on it.  It was almost identical to my Mom’s chair that she had recovered in the late 60’s, ottoman and all!

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Proof to be seen in this photo of our granddaughter hanging out in our passed down chair. Really weird, right?

Ta-ta for now…

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The Emmys Project

Once again, I’m playing catch up.  It’s been a long while since my last post.  Not that there hasn’t been quite a bit going on, I’ve just not taken the time to put some of it into words.

My last post was to provide a little sneak peek into an exciting opportunity I had through The Artisan Group.  What I signed up to do, was to provide 100 pairs of my Sunrise Shell Porcelain Earrings to be included in swag bags given to celebrities at the GBK Productions Celebrity Gift Lounge in Beverly Hills for the 2016 Primetime Emmys!

They were crafted, packaged, shipped and were added to the collection of other amazing handcrafted gifts.  I had even prepared, what I think was a pretty decent press release to go out to some local newspapers, etc… before the event.

Plans can change.  It didn’t quite hit the presses.

Well, life happens.  Really wonderful life! (just not timed terribly well for promoting the Emmys project.)  My husband and I traveled to South Carolina to help one of our sons and his family move back to California!  YAY!!  So, I just happend to be on the road, driving my sweet as can be daughter-in-law and two little grandkids (2-1/2yr old & 4mo old) “home” at the time.  Couldn’t be happier to have them all close to us!

Just thought I’d take a few moments to wrap up my Emmys project and reflect again that the shell used to make the mold for these special earrings was collected during a visit to the South Carolina coast while awaiting the birth of our beautiful granddaughter!

Sweet times past and present!

:: FOR IMMEDIATE PRESS RELEASE ::

September 9, 2016

We are pleased to announce Carol Milich, in association with The Artisan Group, will participate in an invitation-only luxury celebrity gift lounge hosted by GBK Productions on September 16-17, 2016 at an exclusive location in Beverly Hills, California in honor of the Primetime Emmys nominees and presenters.

All attending celebrities, select press and media, and other VIPs will receive her Handcrafted Porcelain Sunrise Shell Earrings in their swag bags. This event will also be attended by around forty press and media outlets.

Impressions taken from objects that hold special memories are often an element of Carol’s creations. She created these earrings by shaping porcelain clay with a simple press mold made from a knobbed whelk shell found on her first sunrise stroll along the Atlantic. After drying thoroughly, the porcelain pieces are bisque fired to 1888 degrees F, glazed and fired once again, this time to 2232 degrees F to ensure durability and a nice finish. These earrings dangle from either sterling silver or gold filled hand formed hoops.

These special earrings are available in her Etsy shop, www.carolmilich.etsy.com

Carol’s hilltop studio is located in the Santa Cruz Mountains of California where she has been working in porcelain for more than twenty years, creating buttons, jewelry, ornaments and more.

Her buttons are used by many to embellish their own fashions and creative projects. Her jewelry is chosen to add a unique, handcrafted touch to her customers’ style or as a gift for a lucky friend. Her ornaments celebrate life’s special events.

All pieces are made personally by Carol and she especially enjoys custom orders, working with customers, providing reality to a vision.

To learn more about Carol Milich Handcrafted Porcelain and our products or our participation in this exclusive event, visit www.carolmilich.com or email clmilich@gmail.com

Carol is a resident of Boulder Creek, California and a proud member of The Artisan Group.

Through The Artisan Group, Carol’s earrings have been worn on TV by characters of “Hart of Dixie”, “Bones” and “BrainDead”. Her jewelry has also been included in celebrity gift bags celebrating Earth Day and Mothers’ Day.

ABOUT THE ARTISAN GROUP

The Artisan Group® (http://www.theartisangroup.org) is a premier entertainment marketing group dedicated to representing small business artisans at the best celebrity gift lounges and press events. The organization provides a collective sampling of handcrafted products to celebrities and members of the press at top luxury gift lounges such as those leading up to The Academy Awards, The Golden Globes, The MTV Movie Awards and The Primetime Emmys.

The Artisan Group also coordinates product placement of its member’s handcrafted products on such hit television shows as Scandal, The Voice, The Vampire Diaries, Days of Our Lives, The Young & The Restless, Modern Family, Jane The Virgin and Law & Order: SVU, among others. Membership in The Artisan Group is juried and by invitation only.

For press inquiries regarding The Artisan Group, please
visit http://www.theartisangroup.org or email press@theartisangroup.org.

* Neither Carol Milich nor The Artisan Group are officially affiliated with The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (The Emmys or The Primetime Emmys).

:: END ::

(A bit wordy, but it’s finally published, right?)

~Carol

 

 

 

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100 Little Things

IMG_5945Just one hundred pair of earrings.  Only 100, well 200 pieces.  That’s all!  It didn’t seem too nutty at the time, and doesn’t now that I’m almost finished either.  It was a pretty big commitment for a really cool opportunity that I’ll let you know more about pretty soon.  IMG_2647After cutting and shaping the first 150 or so, I began to wonder if a pendant might have been a wiser choice with only needing half as many pieces…  Well, by then it was a little late to turn back.  I was into a good rhythm by then!  IMG_2656After drying, I cleaned them up and carved my initials into the back of each piece, getting them ready for the kiln.FullSizeRender 4I was so happy that they all fit on 2 shelves in my new, super cute little kiln!  There was even a little space for a couple of new sample shapes.IMG_2661Fresh from the kiln.  Ready for glazing!  I decided on two glaze styles, because as most of my friends have learned, decision making is sometimes a challenge for me.  At least I was able to narrow it down to two, as I would like to see these in lots of colors and glaze styles. FullSizeRenderGlazed pieces waiting for more for their second firing.  Only a hundred or so to go! IMG_2684Success!  I’m always a little apprehensive that when I open the kiln (the large kiln this time) because, sometimes a nasty surprise awaits.  This time as it most often is, I’m really happy with the result.IMG_2587You might have been wondering why this post began with the photo of a shell on the beach.  I made a press mold from a Knobbed Whelk shell that I found on an early morning to watch my first sunrise over the Atlantic.  It was a beautiful sight!IMG_5911Until next time…

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Decisions! Decisions!

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So, there’s this basket of earrings just waiting for their close up. They are the first in a line-up of earrings, buttons and even some cool tatting shuttles that I will list in my Etsy shop very soon. Well, that is if I ever decide how I’d like to photograph them!

I don’t know why I have such a difficult time trying to figure out how I want to photograph my items. I guess decision making is not my strongest suit, easily demonstrated by my variety of mostly one of a kind items! I’d like to get back to the workshop to try out some new ideas, but I think it will be best to update my shop and list these new pieces first.

I’d like to present a focused collection. Choosing backgrounds and thinking about adding props has been an ongoing dilemma. Should each item be shown on a crisp white background… or maybe a coordinating or contrasting color… or perhaps a texture, a prop or a patterned design and on and on and on….. HELP!

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I’m looking for a little help from you. These are a few examples of what I’ve been considering and I’d love to hear what you think might be the best to give my shop a consistent look. I’m open to any suggestions you may have and look forward to your comments!

Thanks in advance!
Carol

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New Moms for Mother’s Day!

Mother’s Day 2014 has been a day with my attention focused on some special new moms. A pair of my earrings have been included in gift bags given to a select group of new celebrity moms by The Artisan Group. Each new mom will receive many gifts including items for baby, jewelry, personalized stationary and more, including gifts to pamper the new mom. Goodness knows, she could use a little pampering! There is an extra special name on one of these tags. My daughter-in-law, Jackie gave birth to our first grandchild this month and is absolutely our favorite new mom!

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It was fun to think of these young women at the beginning of this adventure that awaits!

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These are the earrings that were given to all these moms.
I named them “Tiny Handprints” (with little pearls of wisdom).

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A little card included with the earrings.
Those hands will do AMAZING things!

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My husband cleverly suggested diaper pins to secure the packaging. I was surprised to learn how tough they were to find!

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Our super star mom with precious baby girl!

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Fun in the “Hart of Dixie”!

I woke up this morning and checked Etsy, Facebook and my e-mail as usual. I was greeted with a fun surprise from The Artisan Group. On last night’s episode of CW’s “Hart of Dixie”, a pair of my porcelain earrings were worn by actress Valerie Mahaffey, who plays Mae! I got pretty darned excited and was able to watch the show on my Ipad with sweaty palms waiting for the scene that showed my earrings. Yep, there they were, a little hidden by Mae’s hair, but it was very cool to see them on the show! I’m thinking that her hair might look nice pulled back a bit! Can’t hurt to make a tiny suggestion, can it?

Check out this screenshot from the show!

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Here are earrings like the ones worn in this episode! You can purchase them below.

Aqua Porcelain and Crystal Earrings

These porcelain pieces measure 1” from top to tip and are fired with a glossy blue-green aqua transparent glaze. These earrings are shown hanging from hand shaped Argentium silver hoops. I usually ship within 1 business day!

$22.00


What a great opportunity from The Artisan Group. There’s more to share with you soon! I’m so pleased to be a member of this creative group of artists and hand crafters! (And hey, it’s pretty cool to have your work on TV!)