Tuesday, October 4, 2016

New Studio

Hello Friends!

I have moved this past summer and now have my studio finished!  It is upstairs and a little bigger than the shed space I was working out of. I am very happy here.  I can accommodate 2-3 people.  I  have a small spare room for students to come so if that is an option for you, please consider coming for a weekend. You will really solidify your skills in 2 days!

BlueAntiquities Studio Laura Guenther 2016

BlueAntiquities Enamels

BlueAntiquities Studio
Laura Guenther 2016

BlueAntiquities Studio


BlueAntiquities Hallway to spare room

BlueAntiquities Private Workshops Studio
Laura Guenther Painting with Fire

Please see the Workshop Tab for more information and contact me by email for more information.

Thank you! Laura

Sunday, October 2, 2016

Life with Fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia-My Beginning                                                                                 

 Fi Bro My Al Gia.  Fibromyalgia.  Just saying and spelling the word is a pain!

“Hi.  I am Laura and I have Fibromyalgia.”  

I’m laughing at myself right now, because at some points in my life I felt like I had to keep this a secret.  The laugh, well, I am so over that, I have Fibromyalgia, everyone deals with something.  Not to put the syndrome in an easy category for anyone.  It’s that I have accepted it about myself, and I let people know when I let people know.  I am not worried about that anymore.  If people don’t understand anything about it, don’t believe it is a “real” thing, I don’t think any more of it.   People have reactions, thoughts and feelings about these pain syndromes.  They have reasons behind them.  If someone close to me wants to know more about my fibromyalgia and how I am doing, well, that makes me feel good.   But beyond that, everyone has a busy life and we all have problems.  If you or I would take away 5 of our problems today, 5 more would replace them in short order, tomorrow.  So, just because someone doesn’t ask, it doesn’t mean they don’t care or love me very much.  It means they have their own stuff, their own life going on.

I have had fibromyalgia for over 30 years.  Yes, 30 years.  I can’t believe it, as I type the words.  It began as back pain and still is back pain.  Pain.  PAIN!  I started to complain in my teens about my back hurting.  I simply said, “My back hurts”.  I still say, “My back hurts”!  And what do I remember most about my pain all those years ago?  Here is a synopsis.  I worked for Target at 16, 17, and 18 years old. For part of those years I was in the housewares department.  Things were set up differently then, as far as duties.  I would stock shelves, lift heavy things, redo entire aisles and endcaps, as part of my job.   I enjoyed working there, it suited my positive personality, and I enjoyed helping people, interacting with people.  Working with baskets, draperies, bedding, decorations, and all things house related, it was right up my alley.  I looked forward to going to work.  I gave it my all and then some.  I was probably one of Lynn’s best employees.  I could turn the basket section into a wicker haven in no time.

A friend I grew up with. This is before Fibromyalgia set its sites on me.
But, and a big but! By the end of my shift, I was in excruciating pain.  It was unbearable.  I would barely make it out of there.  It was intense, strong, hard to ignore, hard not say anything, big, huge, my whole back, from my neck down to my bottom. If the night shift went later than normal, I could barely stand it.  I would get to my car, and be so ready to leave and get home, so I could finally lay down.  I could barely think or talk sometimes.  Concentrating on driving home could be difficult. Pain can take away many faculties, too many of us know 
(Scientists estimate fibromyalgia affects 5 million Americans 18 or older and the majority of these people are women)
Laura and her niece on  Christmas eve. This was a familiar place for me
to sit, being the baby of the family.
Fibromyalgia has set in now,
but I don't know what it is, and will not figure it out for
many years to come.
The transition usually came at the end of the night, when we did what was called zoning.  Those of you in retail know, it is straightening up your department after the public has rummaged through to find what they need.  By the time zoning came around, what happened to my friendly and upbeat personality? Yep!  It would quickly fade and soon disappear, as I added physical stress to my aching back muscles.  I had the pain when I started work, but I was able to deal with it, push it out of my consciousness, push it to the background, pretend it wasn’t there, give it no voice.   At the start of my shift and at the start of each new day, that is what I did.  I did that for many years.  I did that for way too many years. I will touch on my diagnosis, treatment, and my take on what I think are possible causes for my fibromyalgia in further posts.  But before I do that, I will say, not knowing what was really wrong with me and how to manage the pain, and the triggers, (I didn’t even know there were specific triggers) set me on a collision course with more and more pain.  And then, migraines.
Fibromyalgia. I say it now.
Until next time, hang in there,
Laura Guenther was diagnosed with fibromyalgia in 1997 when she was 33 years old.  By this time, she had lived with fibromyalgia for well over a decade, not knowing what it was.  Laura is a mixed media artist living in Greensboro N.C. Her jewelry work has been published in many of your favorite magazines including Somerset Life, Jewelry Affaire, Belle Armoire Jewelry and Stringing Magazine.  Laura teaches workshops on the immersion technique of torch fire enamel in   Greensboro, N.C.  She welcomes correspondence BlueAntiquitiesJewelry@Gmail.com

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Painting with Fire Workshops

Hello! I hope everyone is enjoying the summer and their vacation times! 

Here is what I have available this summer to schedule private workshops.

July 13-15
July 18-21
August 3rd and 4th
August 8th-11

July 13 and July 20 Booked 

I will be teaching group workshops at Shelf Life in the fall.  It is a wonderful shop, owned by a wonderful lady, Cassandra.  It is a new and used art store, check them out, at Battleground and Cornwallis...

If you are interested in a private Saturday workshop, please inquire by email.

For more information on my workshops, click on the PWF Workshop tab at the top of the HOME page.

Thank You!


Wednesday, May 11, 2016

BlueAntiquities Upcoming Workshops

Contact me BlueAntiquitiesJewelry@Gmail.com for more information!
Thurs May 19th Shelf Life
Intro to the Technique
Beginners Welcome 
6-9 pm
Greensboro NC
Sat June 11 Shelf Life
Earring Workshop
Beginners Welcome
10-2 pm
Greensboro, NC
Sat June 18th Gate City Yarns
Intro to the Technique
Beginners Welcome
12-3 PM
Greensboro, NC

Thursday, April 21, 2016

BlueAntiquities Spring 2016 News


            Welcome to BlueAntiquites  

Spring 2016

This spring has brought many changes to BlueAntiquities. Shortly after the new year, and my first yearly workshop at Ornamentea, I found out the shop in Raleigh was closing its doors after 17 years. I was saddened to learn that I would no longer travel to Raleigh to teach Painting with Fire. Since that time, I have found 2 new venues to teach here in Greensboro North Carolina.
I have also opened a small kiosk booth at Gate City Yarns in downtown Greensboro. 
Please stay tuned with announcements and information regarding group workshops and private workshops here in Greensboro.  My email address is BlueAntiquitiesJewelry@Gmail.com.  Please do not hesitate to contact me regarding any information, comments, or questions you may have.
Watch for blog posts and Facebook posts for more information on the happenings here at BlueAntiquities. On a personal note, I am separated from my husband of 25 years, and we will be divorcing.  To say this is an adjustment is an understatement.  I've realized so many things, and more and more things are popping out at me as the time separated goes by. We are friendly, however, the adjustment...it is difficult, on all of us.  Some days are better than others.  So, I continue to move along at a slower pace than I would like to, with my jewelry life.  I accept it, and I give myself some slack regarding it, because it is necessary for my well being, and for my kids, wellbeing.
Thank you for stopping by BlueAntiquities, please stay tuned.  I love teaching, I love enameling, I love art!  LOL, I don't know what I would do if I could not create, if I could not dream, if I couldn't seek another time, place, or world.  We can do that through art...


Saturday, January 9, 2016

Happy New Year to all!  2016 Wow! 
Welcome to BlueAntiquities!  The year of 2015 brought a lot of good things to BlueAntiquities!
The first being teaching enameling in Raleigh NC, at the fabulous Ornamentea Bead and Craft store all year long.  It is a wonderful place to be sure. Cynthia works 24/7 to make this one of the top bead stores in NC!  Everyone there, has been a dream to work with since day one.  I have had wonderful students!  All of the artists were such fun to work with and I couldn't be happier about teaching at this venue!  I hope you will watch this years calendar, as workshops will be offered all year long,
and we will have news on upcoming boot camps! The boot camps have been a
 huge success and campers learn so much during those days!
It is amazing to see the transformation of newcomers to the torch,  fire and flame,
become comfortable and confident at enameling with the immersion technique. Each student leaves with enough knowledge to perform the process in a safe and quick manner,
with their skill level ramping up.  I see them begin to share the ideas they have stored in their mind. I know that I have so many ideas  I have yet to do with this way of enameling.  It is so wide ranging, that it makes for a wonderful art medium in the jewelry category!
Join me at Ornamentea for a workshop, or in my home studio in Greensboro, NC. Shoot me an email regarding private work shops.  I am easy to work with! Look at the home pages tabs to learn more about my private workshops.
BlueAntiquities was also published several times in 2015, of which you can also see on the top tabs on the home page.  I am so thankful to have more work in these amazing magazines among other artists! Thank you all for the support and congratulations you gave me regarding these articles!
It means so much, I cant tell you...
I am revamping things for BlueAntiquities , and while I am doing that, I am still selling my decals and my Everyday Sayings beads on Etsy. I am going through a divorce and BlueAntiquitites will be among some changes made in my life.  It is all going smoothly, and I am thankful for that.
Blessings to all of you and yours this New Year, may it bring you everything you hope for.

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

New Work

My new decal work will be featured in the winter issue (2016) of Belle Armoire Jewelry. The issue hits news stands December 1.  Yay, I am excited.  The article name is Time Passages, which if you follow my work, is the new decal pieces I have been working on.
They are inspired by old fabric and wall coverings. The charms are inspired by the past, but when combined with contemporary techniques and materials, a unique look and rich design is created.  
The article has a really pretty feel, light, white and bright.  There is a necklace that goes with this article that I really love. The earrings are on teacups and the necklace is displayed on a pretty plate! Here is a little preview.  This is a promo up on the magazine website.  I see how the names, textures, and colors of the pieces set the article theme when they were sent to the photography department.
2 page Article spread preview Belle Armoire Jewelry 2016
BlueAntiquities by Laura Guenther

The earrings on the far left teacup are called English Toile.  The ones alone on the right teacup are called Tapestry Floral. 
 I am thinking...I want to go to England, and have some tea, out on a patio, with nice company. What do you think?
                                             You can see quite a different vibe between my photography and theirs.....
Tapestry Floral Time Passages Earrings for Belle Armoire Jewelry
 BlueAntiquities by Laura Guenther

I think it is time to start setting money aside for the trip abroad.  The one I always wanted to take.  The one where I visit all the places I see in magazines, and hear others talk about.  The one I think will never happen.  But, dreams are meant for dreaming.  Wishes are meant to make dreams come true. Some day...my dreams may come true.  And, I will wear the English Toile earrings...have tea and biscuits, in England on a beautiful patio.
 Yes, that sounds lovely!
Thank you for visiting BlueAntiquities!