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 Hello everybody, I'm Laura Blanck from Openstudio.

This web site exhibits my handmade Glass Lampwork Beads and Jewelry created in the USA studio, among my other artistic expressions.

To learn more, just click About Me 

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The Beads Gallery present all my Glass Art work that has been sold. To purchase my new creations, please visit  My Etsy Shop  which I update frequently! (a lot of fun and eye candy!), or visit my booth at all the Fine Art and Craft Shows that I will be participating. (I will be posting the dates in The News with some time in advance).

The News To see some photos just click  Friends and Family

2-9-09 Thank you for visiting me at the South Miami Fine Art Show in November!!!! (Sorry for my delay posting!) I would like to invite you all to the COCONUT GROVE FINE ART FESTIVAL this upcoming weekend: 14, 15, 16 February, 2009. This Show is considered in the top 10 of USA, I'm so happy to be there, a small group of artists were selected among thousands of applications, I'm so grateful for being invited! I will be offering my Glass Art. See you there!

10-22-08 I've begun my Fine Art Show season with a gorgeous event at LAS OLAS the first weekend of October.... I'm sorry I could not post then, but I was still having trouble posting here. I hope the next time, it goes smoother.

Some news for you all: I've opened my own store downtown Fort Lauderdale, precisely on Las Olas Boulevard. Besides my Glass Handmade Bead Jewelry, I offer the marvelous line that I've been talking before of Silk Fashion Art...If you are visiting sunny Fort Lauderdale this winter, please come by and visit. My name? SOHOKARMA....... 1233 E Las Olas Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale, 33301, FL


I wish you the best, talk to you soon.

8-20-08 ...... Hi!, I've been having some problems with the Web Site, I'm trying to be able to update and publish my Beads Gallery for 2008, but it seems difficult, I will have to ask my brother to help me with that, since I've changed computers that might be the issue, I need to learn again how to work on this site, I can only update now my index, I have to find a way to update the rest. Well, since now we are in the index and I can update it I'll let you know that I'm still here, in the chaos of my loft working in many different things at the same time, preparing my next upcoming Art Shows (the first one will be the first week of November in South Miami). I'll be going to Buenos Aires for 3 weeks after that show, to take care of some family issues, then back to this crazy USA time schedule. This year has been going very quick for me, talk to you soon, I hope all is well with you, I send you a big hugh!

6-3-08....HELLOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!! It's better later than never! I'm here, sorry for not updating since March! I've been through a lot, but let's go to the good news only: Happy June to everybody! This is the month of my Birthday, get ready for the 16!!!!, and this is the month of my son Alejandro's birthday, on the 29!!!!!!, and this is the month of many friends birthdays: Pete, Mikito, Barbra, Su, etc etc etc. I'm very busy with different issues and activities, focus in creating and producing.... I'll try to be in touch more often. I hope all is well with you, drop me some lines if you want to talk. I've been in Buenos Aires recently, and that trip stirred up feelings and episodes, but it would be a long story to write it here. I send all of you a big hug, Laura.

3-22-08 Would you like to purchase my glass creations! Please visit my Etsy Shop:

3-12-08  Hi everybody!  My next Show Season for the beautiful Glass Art will begin again in November 2008.

Besides offering my Glass Art at my Etsy Shop, I'm focus now in my SOHOKARMA STORE AT EBAY: 

More than 120 ways to wrap yourself in silk! This is the link for my new Shop:


Hi everybody!
I will be participating this upcoming weekend, Saturday 16, Sunday 17, Monday 18 of February 2008, in the
20 th Annual St. Stephen's Art and Craft Show
in the heart of  Coconut Grove, here in Florida. As usual, from 10 am to 5 pm.
Thank you so much for all your support, I hope you are all doing fine, just drop me some lines....


Hi everybody!
It's better late than never!
Last weekend I participated in the Mount Dora Fine Art Show, no time for me to send any mail.... Sorry about that....
This weekend, Saturday 9 and Sunday 10 February, I will be participating in the

 BOCA RATON MUSEUM OF ART,  ART FESTIVAL AT MIZNER PARK here in Florida, as usual from 10 am till 5 pm both days.

If you are nearby, please come and visit...

I hope you are all doing fine, thank you again for all your support!

1-26-08  I will be participating with my Glass Art in another Fine Art Show this  weekend: email me for instructions how to get there.... Talk to you soon, have fun!


1-17-08  Hello Everybody! I would like to invite all of you to my next upcoming Show:


My booth will be located between 7th and 8th Street on Ocean Drive

January Friday 18, Saturday 19 and Sunday 20, from Morning to Midnight!

See you there, and thanks again for all your support.

12-31-08  HAPPY NEW YEAR 2008 TO YOU ALL!

12-28-07  Hi everybody! This is the information for my next Show:

Downtown Delray Beach New Year’s Weekend Craft Festival

Saturday & Sunday, December 29 & 30, 20007, 10am-5pm

Delray Beach, FL (Delray Beach Tennis Center, 201 West Atlantic Avenue)

The inaugural Downtown Delray Beach New Years Weekend Craft Festival is the perfect location for an outdoor craft event. The area is filled with quaint shops, popular restaurants and the best views of the Atlantic Ocean. This venue always attracts a large crowd of locals and tourists!


12-12-07  I was invited to participate in an event at  Weston's TownCenter on Sunday 16 th of December. I will be offering my art glass jewelry, my booth will be located in the Main Avenue. If you are around, just drop by and visit me. This event was organized by Chai Lifeline,  all artist have contributed with donations  helping the child, the family and the community.

One year ago, my godfather died.... although he left, he is here, in my heart and my thoughts, with all his love. In Buenos Aires, my friends and family are getting together to remember him and celebrate in his honor. All my love for you Chango!

Thank you David for sending me the link of Michael Bianco's amazing talent:

12-3-07  Hello everybody! I've found a new way to share my glass beads jewelry with you! I'm inviting you to consider hosting a Home Show. A percentage of the sales would stay with you. Ask me for details if you are interested.

11-18-07.... Things are hectic here.... no free time! I got a last minute call to participate over the last weekend at a Show in DUNEDIN... and I went! ...Sorry... I could not send any emails! I feel like the protagonist of the movie "Run Lola, Run".... I'm running, indeed.... hopefully, I'll find my equilibrium again... (am I too naïf?) I'm back now in my hometown, still running though....

11-05-07 What a wonderful Show I had this past weekend! Thank you so much to all of you who made it so unique! South Miami rocks!

My next upcoming Fine Art Show is :

Main Street at Lakewood Ranch Art Fest
Saturday & Sunday, November 10 & 11, 2007, 10am to 5pm
Lakewood Ranch (between Sarasota & Bradenton)

Words from their web site: The show will be on Main Street in the heart of Lakewood Ranch. This is a new upscale community in Sarasota. The main street is set up amidst a thriving life style center complete boutiques, restaurants, theaters, homes, apartments and offices. We will be in the downtown area of this community. Along with strong media attention, this show will augment our very strong portfolio of Sarasota shows.
Public Admission: Free, no gate


11-01-07  and 10-31-07      HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

Grandioooooooooooooooso, click and go, and then come back, drop me some lines....

10-28-07 Just click and watch..... This is the "new" song I'm incorporating to my repertoire.... I'm now learning the lyrics..... Am I nostalgic?... Noooooooooooooo... Oh well, ... maybe sometimes... Enjoy!

My next upcoming Fine Art Show is:


Saturday and Sunday November 3 & 4

 This Festival is considered one of the top 100 Fine Art Shows in the country by Sunshine Artist Magazine!

This is what I got from their website:
"The 36th Annual South Miami Art Festival, a Fine Art Show featuring juried artists from across the country, returns to Sunset Drive between South Dixie Hwy and Red Road. The event is free to the public, providing an outstanding cultural experience for residents and visitors.  The Festival kicks off the festival season in Miami-Dade County and provides a multi-cultural experience in a family setting.

South Miami is alive with activity and has become an entertainment and tourism magnet along side South Beach and Coconut Grove.  South Miami is centered within ten minutes of some of the highest per capita income communities in the Southeastern United States.  Coral Gables, Pinecrest, Palmetto Bay and Coconut Grove are only minutes away.

Downtown South Miami stands out as a lively scene with an eclectic mix of hip stores, premier boutiques, vibrant restaurants and interesting people. Nestled just 15 minutes south of Miami, off US 1 and bounded by Red Road and Sunset Drive, it is a microcosm of architecture, entertainment, history and shopping within just a few walkable blocks.

Artists will be judged at the show and will be honored with patron purchase awards and $8,000 in cash awards in the following categories: Painting, Watercolor, Mixed Media, Printmaking/Drawing/Digital Art, Photography, Clay & Glass, Jewelry & Metalwork, Sculpture, and Wood."

10-22-07  Hello again! I had a great time in Naples! Besides being a part of the Festival, I was enchanted meeting my artists friends! Some of them have been around me since we were 14 years old! Imagine! 

My next Art Show is:

9th Annual Lauderdale by the Sea Craft Festival

Saturday & Sunday, October 27 & 28, 2007, from 10 am to 5 pm

Lauderdale by the Sea, Fort Lauderdale, FL

Located on the ocean highway of A1A at Commercial Blvd, Lauderdale by the Sea is between Fort Lauderdale and Pompano Beach. Experience this wonderful ocean side street fair. The event receives great traffic and publicity.

Venue: A1A and Commercial Blvd

Public Admission: Free, no gate

10-10-07 Hi everybody! Thanks for visiting me at the Las Olas Art Festival! You made it a great success!!!!!!!

Here is the information for the next upcoming Fine Art Show:

9th Annual Downtown Naples Art Fair

Saturday 20 & Sunday 21, October  2007

5 th Avenue South in Downtown Naples, FL

Fifth Avenue is Downtown Naples’ trendiest spot famous for its fine shops, gourmet restaurants, sidewalk cafes and landscaped promenades.  With its fine European flair, this downtown Naples Art Fair draws a crowd of high caliber clientele from all over Florida. The show is highly publicized in media/advertising campaigns across the state. 

10-09-07 Happy Birthday David!!!!!!

9-29-07  HAPPY BIRTHDAY DIEGO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

9-24-07  Hi everybody! This is the information about my first Fine Art Show for the second part of 2007:

20th Annual Las Olas Fall Art Fair
Saturday & Sunday, October 6 & 7, 2007 (10am to 5pm)
Las Olas Blvd between SE 6th to SE 11th Ave
Fort Lauderdale, FL

Rated one of the top 100 art shows of 2006 by Sunshine Artist Magazine

This award-winning show draws a crowd of hundreds of thousands of residents and visitors to the Fort Lauderdale and surrounding South Florida areas.
With strong support from surrounding counties and a formidable advertising campaign, this show has become a favorite Fort Lauderdale event.
Public Admission: Free, no gate

9-15-07 In about 20 days, I will begin with the second part of the year Fine Art Shows season! I will be posting the date of the first one very soon.... I'm so excited!...

9-6-07 From my little corner, I'm sending the biggest hug in the universe to my Godmother Laura.

Wherever you are my dear one, I wish you an earthy "happy birthday". Probably in heaven there are no clocks or calendars, but here, we still have them. ...I miss you...

Happy birthday Mary! Mary is my dear friend Jorge's mom, and she is like another mom to me! I wish I could be there celebrating with you!

Dear Luciano Pavarotti: you will always be among us, with your eternal smile and incomparable voice... Thank you for all the love and all the songs!...

8-30-07  Time goes fast!!!!! I'm only a month away from my second part of the Fine Art Shows for 2007.... for this reason, I will stop during September my auctions at Ebay.  Although I've always kept a nice amount of energy and time in my inventory for these Shows, now that the date is coming... my commitment will be focus just on them!

I'm very happy with my  Etsy Shop!, just go and visit for some eye candy or if you would like to buy some Glass art now, I'm updating this store very frequently!

8-14-07  Congratulations my dear David on the launching of your new site! What a fine and rich place to visit!

I've also opened my Etsy shop. This is the link:   Etsy is a site that features artists from all over the world!!!!!!

7-13-07 Hi everybody, just a quick update to let you know that my next Fine Art Show will be at the beginning of October (I'll post the exact date and place two weeks before). We still have a couple of months of hot melting weather here!. Meanwhile, I'm preparing all the pieces that will be presented in the near season. For all of you who would like something before then,  some of  my glass art is being auctioned at  Ebay , and some is for sale in the Shop Now  page.

I'm having a great time enjoying my almost every day Dance classes! From a corner in my loft, thanks to the Internet, I keep contacting the world. From my studio, as I play with fire, I fly everywhere. Tomorrow is my friend Veronica's birthday, she is like a daughter to me: Happy 26 years Vero! You know that although I'm far away, I'm there!!!!!

Since many of you have asked me to post a picture melting the glass, I did it! And this is the bead that I was making in the picture, ...juicy!  Just click to enlarge:

7-3-07 What do you think of my latest creation? I had a wonderful time melting the glass, the magic of the flame, the movement of the molten glass and the mélange of colors left me on the clouds.

  I love it! Click on the picture to enlarge!

6-29-07 Today is my son Alejandro's 22 birthday! Happy birthday my sweet!

6-22-07  I was thinking I should open a page inside this site with movies, music and other performing arts favorites..... I'll let you know when it's done. For example, my three top picks from the movies I saw within the last year are: "Un Unfinished Life", "Prime" and "Match Point". And today, I've discovered some videos about an Argentinean author/singer that I'm fascinated with:

The blue links will take you to JORGE DREXLER, two of my Drexler's favorite songs are these ones


6-13-07 June 13th is my dear friend/brother Jorge's birthday... Happy birthday to you!

6-2-07 For a couple of years, I was the owner of the "Chocolate Moose Music Cafe".... a wonderful home for all performing artists. ... I'm feeling nostalgic, many times I've found myself immerse in thoughts about Buenos Aires (my birth place), and all my friends and family, together with every single artistic activity that I've been involved, there and here... You'll find some pictures of the Moose at  Friends and Family


 Games and Prizes!
Exciting Games will be posted in this unique page. These games will be selected randomly with different rules and prizes. Please check my web site frequently if you want to participate. There will always be prizes or exchanges for participants. All prizes from my site will have free shipping.
 Links :

Fine Artist David  This is my dear friend David's site.

 The Annealer Magazine & Auction Boutique  Dedicated to the Glass Bead Artist and Lampwork Jewelry Designer      A fellow bead artist whose work I admire.

 River of Glass      Nearby studio of bead artist Barbara Svetlick and Pam Dugger.

 Lampworks Etc      Lampwork Beads forum.

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