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Calling All Ceramic Bead Makers

Get Ready for another Beads-of-Clay Bloggers Open Studio Event!
Sunday, March 6, 2011 from 1-4pm EST.

Help us spread the work by posting this banner on your blog or website.  
See the bottom of this post for instructions on how to add this image to your blog sidebar (via blogger).

Who can participate?
Ceramic Clay Artists that are BOC members that are bloggers that are making beads (and related items) from earth clay. Not a member yet - sign up on the Beads-of-Clay.org website.

Anyone can visit the blogs, participate in the giveaways (there will be more time for commenting this time around and lots of giveaways!)

We are having a general theme of "Signs of Spring" to inspire us out of a long cold winter into a season of new growth.

Event Details:
On Sunday, March 6, 2011 Beads-of-Clay members will invite you into their studios through their blog posts. You will see photos, learn about inspirations, process, current work that is going on in their studios.

The artists will either host a "Live Open Studio Event" on their blogs from 1:00-4:00PM EST and host 2 giveaways and be available to interact with visitors. We also ask artists to run a special sale for visiting customers.

Not every artist will be able to make it to the Live Event, so we are going to have a second listing separated out for "Stagnant Open Studio Event" where they will create a post ahead of time. We ask that those artists still participate in the giveaways that day and run a special sale for visiting customers as well. If anyone comes up with a word better than "Stagnant" to describe this - please comment below!

Giveaway Details:
  1. Artists are asked to host 2 giveaways on their blog that day.
  2. The main Beads-of-Clay Blog post will be hosting a huge giveaway (a collection of donated beads from most of the participating artists).
  3. And the additional giveaway for the participating artists that send in 2 beads to BOC's Mary Harding for the main BOC giveaway. That 2nd bead will be put into a drawing for all the donating/participating artists. One artist will be picked to win that giveaway.
If you are a ceramic bead artist and would like to participate just leave a comment below or send an email to Marsha (at) MarshaNealStudio.com. Artists: make sure you are registered on the Beads-of-Clay website. We can put you on our mailing list there so you get all the information you need for our events.

This will be our Third Open Studio event and it has been a great experience each time.

You can check out our last event here to see how it went. You will see the how the schedule for the afternoon works and how the blog hop works.  This time we will have a 30 minute window for comments for Giveaways to give visitors more time to blog hop and we are asking artists to remove their comment moderation for the time of the open studio live event for faster interactions.

Be sure to leave a comment below if you are interested in participating.
We look forward to hearing from you!!!

HOW TO GET THIS IMAGE ONTO YOUR BLOGGER SIDEBAR (customers & artists are welcome to help us advertise! Thanks!!!):

  1. Click on the image above for the Open Studio Event.
  2. Copy the web address for the direct photo URL.
  3. Go to your blog and add a photo gadget.
  4. Click to get your photo from the URL and paste that address you had copied in there.
  5. The Photo Gadget allows you to put a title, description and link. Our suggestions:
    1. Beads-of-Clay Open Studio Event
    2. March 6, 2011 from 1-4pm EST on the Beads-of-Clay Blog
    3. http://www.beads-of-clay.blogspot.com


  1. sounds like fun!! i'd like to give it a try even thought my studio is spread over several different areas!

  2. Hi Mary, I would like to be a part of this again. Question, how to I get the html from the side bar? thanks

  3. Hi Sharleen, Great that you want to participate!! To get the html right click on the image, choose properties, and then you will see the html. Copy and paste it into your blog gidgets or where ever you want it.

  4. Not at all. Consider yourself in. Glad to have you participate.

  5. Mary I'd like to participate. I will be out of town so I will participate in standby mode.

  6. So Glad you are joining in Cindy!!

  7. Me too! I will schedule my posts again.... maybe this time they will be scheduled to post at the correct times for a change. I'll be sending my beads ASAP-- k

  8. I would love to participate again! It was fun the last time :O) MaryAnn

  9. Natalie great to hear you are joining in.

  10. Hi Diane, I am so happy to hear you can do it this time.


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