Author Archives: Elisa Bartels

About Elisa Bartels

A ceramic artist/designer and sporadic botanical dyer chatting and photographing the trials, tribulations and celebrations of being an artist who doesn't want to starve.

I’m an Etsy finalist…..

You read it correctly. I had to read it 4 times before I believed that my shop been chosen as finalist in the ETSY AWARDS!!!!! An esteemed panel of judges will be judging the overall winner in each category but there is … Continue reading

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To bead or not to bead…

that is never the question. The question is “What sort of bead is that?” With the rise and rise of polymer clay jewellery I am often asked by my clients “What’s the difference and why do I have to pay … Continue reading

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Nobody warns you…

that choosing to be in a creative industry can be hell. Okay, maybe they did but I wasn’t going to listen because I was born to be a maker. In a creative business there are no regular hours or pay cheque and definitely … Continue reading

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If you will permit me I wish to indulgence is a small act of hubris. In my kitchen there is a small bowl which is in constant use. This was one of the very first ceramic objects I made back … Continue reading

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Look, no dust…….

Pardon about the radio silence but I’ve had my ‘making hat’ on and there hasn’t been much time left to say hello to you all. Hello. You’ve all seen photos of my shed where all the grotty tasks (and there … Continue reading

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Unsung Heroes…. I want to read about them.

Today I wanted to write about a subject that is constantly being raised amongst my creative friends. We become frustrated, disillusioned and despondent about our chosen paths when we read in magazine articles or blogs about the instant and meteoric rise … Continue reading

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Fire Away (no need to dial 000)…..

It was a miserable wet Sunday in Sydney and the perfect day for firing my kiln for the first time. As many long time readers of my blog will know this has been a long time coming. I bought this kiln … Continue reading

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