Saturday, March 10, 2012

Hello, Welcome to my blog.

My name is Cindy Kovar, I make and sell handcrafted pottery beads and pendants locally and on Etsy in my Captured Moments shop.  I hope people Capture a Moment and Express themselves with my designs.  I live in the great state of Texas and love the diversity of people, culture, landscape and food that Texas offers.  The challenging part of living in Texas is the summers but I survive the heat with lots of cold sweet iced tea and lemonade. 

               In my family no one claims the title of artist, yet my family is full of creative people.  I am a southern girl, and my Dad is a Blacksmith, Gardener, and a maker and inventor of sorts, he is very resourceful.  My Mom is a cook and baker, seamstress, decorator, and fixer of all things.  My siblings are equally talented with their own special skills.  My family is full of builders, quilters, cooks, farmers, gardeners, seamstress and other talents. From my earliest memories I have been creative, often spending my time and money getting supplies for my next project at the five and dime in my small rural hometown in Texas.  I have often been told I am talented but I feel everyone has their own talents and that they just have to find them and embrace them.  Being creative is the driving force that keeps me grounded, I am constantly reading, exploring, experimenting and trying something new.  I always have some project started, most often getting dirty during the process.  I am the proud mom of 2 wonderful girls, who are very creative. They paint, draw, weave, make jewelry, sculpt in clay and polymer clay and stay busy exploring their talents.  My husband and I have filled the walls of our home with our daughters’ art work and we enjoy seeing it every day.

               I am a blue jeans and boots kind of girl, where some women have a closet full of shoes; I have a closet full of boots.  Being from Texas I love Mexican food, the hotter the better!  The girls and I make Mexican food several times a week and we can homemade salsa by the gallons each summer. 

               I feel blessed to be able to have a small studio space and create beautiful beads and pendants for other creative people to add their own special touches.  I love it when a customer sends me a photo of what they did with my work and I often use it online as a sample with their permission.  The neat thing about pottery is that I am in control of the whole process from designing, making, and firing the pieces.  I strive to make quality pieces at an affordable price. 

             All my pieces start out as clay that is dug from Texas soil, I hand cut each piece, the beads dry and then are sanded and fired to cone 04 bisque, they are then glazed, re-fired to cone 06, checked and any rough spots from the firing stilts are removed, they are then photographed and packaged and listed for sale.  I have made many of the tools I use to create my pieces as well as most of my kiln furniture for firing the pieces. 

               I hope to share with you my pottery beads, other artist beads and creations.  I may share a great recipe from time to time.  And there will be some humor as there are never any dull moments here.  Thanks for reading my blog. Cindy

  Here are a few of my new beads available at 
Here are some lovely green beads just in time for St. Patrick's Day.

Mixed media cuff bead with brass gears, these are attached with micro screw thru the pottery.

My new favorite quote by Laurel Thatcher Ulrich.
These are so fun, I have attached little daisy beads with the micro screws.

These fun steampunk beads are accented with a sterling plated gear on top.