Interview with Lorie Beshara of Rock and Roll Coasters

You’ve seen their work in Rebecca’s column, and now you get to hear about the couple behind Rock and Roll Coasters.

What is your craft / art / creative endeavor?

My husband and I make drink coasters using 45 rpm records. We use records that aren’t playable because of scratches and skipping.

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How did you get started? Have you worked in other creative areas before the kind of work you’re doing now?

I sold records on line for 8 years. 45’s were my specialty. I was throwing away about 60% of them because they were scratched and sounded bad. I was getting ready to throw away more and it was breaking my heart. I was looking at them and it suddenly occured to me how cute they would look as coasters. Tom (my husband) is very creative and figured out how to make them. It took about a year to make them look really good.

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Do you work alone? With a team? Do you engage your family or friends in the work? What is your process? How do you ensure you get your work done yet still have a life?

My husband and I work together.

We first cut the record down square from 7 inch to 4×4 inches. Then we go through 3 sealing processes. We also include the little yellow thingy (45 adapter) Tom pours them in Epoxy resin (like used on bartops). He free pours them, we don’t use a mold. They cure for about 3 days. We work about 9 hours a day and do about 27 shows a year starting in March.

That’s become our life and we have a great time doing it.

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Where do you sell your work? Which venues are your favorites? Do you prefer selling online or in person? Do you attend shows or fairs? Is your work in a gallery or brick-and-mortar store?

We sell on Etsy. Hopefully we’ll have a website of our own soon. We love selling in person. The coasters are much more striking in person and it’s fun to talk about the music and what people love. We do Fine Arts and Craft fairs just around Colorado.

We’ve tried selling in stores but in shows we display about 600 coasters so that people can build their own sets. That makes it really hard for a retail store.

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The black that you see around the label is the vinyl. These are not just the labels or pictures of the labels. You can’t see the grooves too well because the resin is poured about 1/4 inch thick.

Quite a few original artists own our coasters such as: Denise & the Delicates, Bertie Higgins, Pat Boone, Jay Ferguson, Lou Christie etc….

Thanks Lorie!

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Behind the scenes at smilingbluedog


My clay table. I do all my clay work on this old workbench.


shelves for greenware & bisque


My little painting area… (thank goodness for folding tables)


Fold away card table. Perfect glazing table (and for paintings too)


My beading space, with my magnifier light. Everything’s within reach.


My front yard…lots of my inspirations are found here (especially in the summer).

I’ve been doing ceramics as a hobby off & on, for over 20 years. Basically, I’ve only sold enough to buy my equipment & supplies.

Just last year my husband put up a wall in the garage, and a furnace on my side of it, so I can have an actual studio!

I tend to make a lot of one-of-a-kind pieces. Although I started doing ceramics from store-bought greenware (& I do have some moulds,) I rarely use them anymore, preferring to build my own pieces from a lump of clay.
My favourite thing to do is painting (& glazing.) I love to work with bright colours and shiny finishes.

I have a family & day job, that keep me busy too, but now that my kids are young adults, I have more time for painting, or making jewelry, or working with clay.

Since I started my etsy shop (Nov 08) I’ve spent a lot of time on the computer, learning to edit photos, blog, twitter, facebook…etc.

There’s always so much to learn, and try. I never get bored.

Thanks smilingbluedog! And visit her shop to see the work she makes in this space. Would you like your workspace featured here next? Go upload some pictures!

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Rosella Resin

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Rosella Resin: eco resin rings and bangles

The story: We are two sisters, 10 years apart, who love making wearable works of art. While living in Melbourne, Australia, Jessica took a mouldmaking and casting course and around the same time developed a serious feather-collecting habit. Upon returning to Canada, she taught Gwynne everything she knew. With Gwynne’s superior eye for design Rosella Resin was born. The company is named after the beautiful Australian parrot.

The concept: Nature is the world’s greatest designer. Rosella jewelry showcases the most beautiful designs found in nature, including feathers, shells, and plants.

Rosella Resin is proudly made using Entropy Resin’s eco performance resin, certified by the USDA as a biobased product. Unlike most petroleum-based resins, this eco resin incorporates bio-derived materials such as pine oils derived from waste-streams of other manufacturing products.

The transparent resin transforms delicate and ephemeral natural artifacts into beautifully preserved, wearable, durable jewelry. Resin also has a magnifying property, highlighting every wispy strand of a feather, every grain of wheat or spiral in a shell.

We also love using metallic silver, gold and copper leaf flakes with a wide variety of colours. Within faceted shapes of the rings and bangles, the resin mimics earthen minerals and gemstones such as tiger eye, turquoise, lapis lazuli, graphite, marble.

Each piece is unique. When you wear our jewelry you can be assured you are wearing a one-of-a-kind item that no one else has.

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