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 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  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 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 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!

Thursday, October 15, 2015

BlueAntiquities "Time Passages" Earring Give-Away

"Time Passages"
Time Passages Earring Card
Inspiration for my Time Passage Earrings comes from the past and all of the wonderful fabrics, wallpaper, quilts,
and patterns I see when I visit and shop estate sales, tag sales, garage sales, and antique shops and malls.
I feel like I pass through time, looking at the different motifs and designs from the days long gone.

Welcome to my Give-Away!
I am excited to show you the give-away earrings! They are created with a quilt pattern design, a new series I will be working with!  If you were to pass through time backwards, you could not do that without seeing quilts.  Quilts have touched the lives of just about everyone!  Everyone has pulled one over themselves to keep warm.  Most everyone has a Grandma or Aunt who has them in their closet or blanket chest. Many of us have them displayed lovingly in our homes. A lot of people know a story to go with each quilt they own. I have a dear loved one who passed away, she became an excellent quilter and won many awards with her quilting.   Started by necessity and seen with fabrics from all times, you will find them in every antique store you walk in. You usually can figure out when they were made by looking at the materials, such as moon shapes and planet motifs of the 50's and 60's typical of the decade of space exploration. I love quilts and they are getting to be very expensive depending on many factors. I have done some quilting.  I made a huge quilt top as a teenager in 1970's-80's fabric and colors of which was never quilted together.  I sold it at a garage sale for $4.00 and have always regretted it! If you have one, hold onto it, especially if it was made by a family member or has a special story, I know you will. 
Pass it on to your children.  Treasure it.
And finally, here they are!   Combined with stone beads, and sterling silver, the enameled charms shine like a hand made quilt.  The charms are created with the immersion technique of course, and I use my method of layering and adding the decal image.  These have gorgeous black edges, which is a wonderful technique you can utilize during firing. It also gives the back of them a really cool look! These arrive in a test tube with my inspiration card, ready for gift giving.  Thank you for commenting and checking out my Facebook page! Look for more of these to be posted in my Etsy shop for the holidays. I enjoy making them, and if you have a specific color combination your thinking about, don't hesitate to ask!

"Time Passages" Quilt Pattern Earrings October 2015
BlueAntiquities by Laura Guenther

Time Passages Earrings Quilt Pattern
BlueAntiquities by Laura Guenther

And the winner of these Quilted
"Time Passages" Earrings is....
Joyce McCray Funderburk!
Joyce, send me a message on Facebook, or email me with your address
so I can get these in the mail to you.

Thanks again for everyone who played along
and for your support of



Wednesday, October 7, 2015

"A Thousand Forests"

Gorgeous work by Gretchen Miller
Ralph Waldo Emerson Kits
A Thousand Forests Labor Day weekend workshop.
 I think we all got along! A sweet bunch of artists to be sure!

I had such a great time teaching these ladies, and I know they learned a lot. Thank you to all of you, I hope you make some cool stuff. I know you will!