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Thursday, 2 June 2011
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Welcome to June of Rising Sun Earthworks!
June is our featured artisan this weekend and she is giving away 
a batch of 15 handmade lampwork Murano glass beads to a lucky winner!
Some of you may know June from her stellar work at RSE~ her stoneware pottery rocks.
Let me just say... have kids? You *need* Squishy Cups!
Easy to hold, easy to clean, easy to love ♥
My RSE sees use daily~ dog dishes, honey pot, mugs, squishy cups... no kidding!
And my addiction is tame compared to some!

So all this pottery talk... but beads for a giveaway? What gives?
I asked June...
 Although I am a potter, I've always been interested in glass and glass blowing.  It's like clay, but *clear*.  When I saw a lampworking kit being offered for trade at, I offered up some pottery and traded a few yarn bowls for the kit.  It took a while to set up a little torching area but I did set one up in our enclosed porch (ventilation is very important when working with propane torches and their fumes).  I haven't had too much time to practice but it seems to be coming to me fairly easily and for now I'm offering beads, buttons and magnets at introductory prices while I learn the ropes.  Most of the glass I use is imported from Murano, Italy- the world capital of beautiful glass!  While lampworking is not the same as glass blowing, it's still an exciting hobby for me.
 I asked June what is inspiring her these days...
 I just completed a lengthy list of pottery customs so I'm feeling a bit less inspired than usual at the moment, but possibly the beautiful spring weather (finally) will inspire some great color combos in my glass creations, now that I have time to work more with the torch.  I did get a shipment in of some amazingly colored glass so I hope to have some fun with that today!  While I have never been interested in making jewelry, the beads are fun to make and I especially love seeing what others create with them (so please send me pictures or post them on my FB page).  I plan on concentrating on buttons and magnets.  I haven't really found my "style" yet, but it has been great fun to experiment.
 As with all of our guests at BTRT I am always curious to know what makes for a great family day in their household...
A great family day would be a day where we didn't have to be nine places at once!  I have twin teenagers so it's pretty hectic around here.  A day where we could go on a fun outing together- maybe kayaking or fishing- and then have a jam session in the evening (they have a band called "Sibling Rivalry")- that would be a perfect day.  I especially love when we set up the amps on the deck and the neighbors come by to hang out and listen.
 The Giveaway
June is giving away 15 murano glass lampwork beads.
Simply leave a comment on this post
(and a way to contact you, either through your blogger ID, email, or other):: 
To qualify,  please visit and 'like' the Facebook Page for Rising Sun Earthworks
The winner will be randomly drawn from qualifying entries on Wednesday, June 8, at 10 PM est.
This giveaway is open to anyone (anywhere).


jody said...

ill be first to comment! cause i love Junes work and would kill for some beads :)
and im already a fan of her page! :)

Julie K said...

beautiful beads!


Domestic Diva said...

Lovely! Thanks for the chance.

lovelydomesticdiva (at) gmail (dot) com

Anonymous said...

So beautiful! Thank you for the generous giveaway & the fun summer book club resources!! Your energy & creativity never ceases to amaze me!

srgoddess said...

I'd love to make something beautiful with those beads! I've been a fan of June's for a long time now.

Kris said...

They're beautiful!

Anonymous said...

hi! i just cast on for a felted bag and need 3 cool beads! so if i win great! if not,,,i think i'll buy those first ones anyway, they look perfect. x

Kristin said...

So pretty! Thanks for the great giveaway !

Melissa N. said...

Very awesome! I liked their FB page and left some love! I would love to win these!


Paige said...

They are very nice. Have a good weekend. Paige- on facebook i like Rising Sun Earthworks

Anonymous said...

Been a fan of June's for a while! Thanks for this opportunity!

amyhemmer @ gmail dot com

Danz said...

Huge fan danielle @ doodlesjewels dot com

Anonymous said...

We love June's work. :)

Michi said...

i am already a fan of the lovely june, as well. i collect glass beads and would LOVE to add some of junes to my collection :D

Laura said...

Those are gorgeous! Thanks for the chance to win!

Anonymous said...

Hello,just trying to leave a comment :-)

Unknown said...

Beautiful work. The green beads are stunning.

Sarah K. A. said...

I love her beads!

I'm already a fan on Facebook.

Noemi said...

What a pleasant surprise! I was just visiting as I am taking part on the Collaborative blog project with you and I couldn't find anything better than this as I work with lampwork beads.
Please count me in!!
And by the way, thnaks for introducing me to June's work!

Suzie said...

Beautiful artwork. I have a hankering for one of those yarn bowls! The beads are lovely!

Falafel and the Bee said...

Fabulous beads!!
Thanks for the chance to win!

Kate said...

June makes some beautiful things! I have been a fan of RSE for a while now. Thanks for offering the giveaway. Kate (

Little Pink Bird said...

Very nice beads
I like Rising Sun Earthworks on facebook.
Thank you for the giveaway =)

Dennis Hancock, PhD. said...

They're beautiful! I will definitely be on the lookout for more of your beads, June; and thanks, Lori, for facilitating the giveaway!


Shadow said...

Gorgeous!!! We love June!!

Trish said...

Already a fan of Beneath the Rowan Tree and Rising Sun Earthworks. I absolutely love your new beads June. One of these days I hope to be lucky enough to score some.

Heather Anne said...

BTRT and RSE, you both do such amazing work, congratulations! And thank you for this lovely giveaway.

Heather Anne

Our Family said...

It's so exciting to see your creativity come through in beads now. They're beautiful! Thank you for doing this give away!

katie_garn at yahoo dot com

wizardewu said...

Such gorgeous beads!
eugeniewu at gmail dot com

Anonymous said...

Very nice!! if i win can i buy a few more?

Pumpkin Pie Baby said...

June is so talented! I'd love to win the beads. Thanks!

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