When Melanie wrote her post about ceramic beads at Bead & Button, she had no way of knowing that one of our members would be making a splash in the Bead Dreams Competition as well.
Joan Miller, of Joan Miller Porcelain, took home first place for handmade beads or buttons. [described in the rules as "a unified collection of four or more handmade beads or buttons. (Any media except polymer clay)"] Joan's entry was an undersea themed set with a mermaid focal like the ones shown above that was complimented by a selection of her other sea-life beads. Look for the beads to be featured in an upcoming issue of Bead & Button magazine.
I should mention that Joan's beads were not the only representatives of the ceramic bead arts. Fellow BoC member Lisa Peters-Russ, of Lisa Peters Art, was also a finalist with a set of nine oversized raku buttons.
Congratulations, Joan and Lisa! Your beautiful work is the best kind of outreach.