Today I would like to introduce you to Kathie. She is the very talented owner of the Cotton Ridge Pottery Etsy Shop. Kathie is a very busy lady! You can visit the Cotton Ridge Designs website to check out her bookshop, craft tutorials, Cotton Ridge Homeschool, Cotton Ridge Miniatures, Giveaways and more. I think this lady actually has more going on that I do!
Kathie also writes about artists and handcrafters on her Cotton Ridge Create! blog. If you would like to be featured on her blog, check out this link: http://cottonridgellc.com/
Kathie was nice enough to send me 2 jewelry pieces from her Pottery Etsy Shop to review.
Both pieces were safely packaged in a small cardboard box and bubble wrap. I love the cute little note too.
I unwrapped the bubble wrap to find a burlap package. I think her packaging is absolutely beautiful!
I opened the burlap fabric to find the 2 pieces of jewelry each separately wrapped in a soft fabric. Each piece was very different from the other but still beautiful in its own way.
My favorite out of both pieces is definitely the earth-tone piece that I am wearing above. It is large and heavy. The colors in it are beautiful and I love the shape.
The A pendant I am wearing in the picture above is much lighter so you can see that it doesn’t weigh down the cord. Since the cord was rolled up in the packaging it will take some time (and wearing) for it to get all the kinks out of it. I set my cord in the sunlight to warm up which will make it soften up a lot faster.
I love both pieces and you can see the details are exquisite on them. They are well made and I can proudly say handmade as well.
Here is more information direct from Kathie about her jewelry:
Cotton Ridge Pottery has several different “Collections” but the pendants mostly fall into two categories: Brights & Pastels and Earth Tones. Because they are so different, I sent one of each to you: a small letter “A,” and a large pendant from my Coyote Collection (name taken from the glaze brand Coyote). I sent one cord to show that most of the pendants and cords are interchangeable.
I mostly make simple necklaces with pendants and leather or cotton cords, but occasionally I’ll be in the mood to make more elaborate jewelry. I add beads and copper findings to pendants, and may use copper chain instead of cotton or leather. I also make earrings using small clay pendants, beads and copper findings. (Earlier this year I discovered that copper beautifully complements many of the glazes I use.) You can see my online portfolio at this link: http://cottonridgepottery.com/.
The pendants are glazed and fired in my kiln just like pottery dishes, and may break if dropped on a hard surface. The glazes used are non-toxic and lead-free.
Kathie would now like to offer you the chance to win any item of your choice worth $20 or less from the Cotton Ridge Pottery Etsy shop with free shipping, of course. Huge bonus…this giveaway is open WORLDWIDE! It ends September 21, 2012 at 12:01 AM EST. Thank you and Good Luck!