Barbara Clay's Profile

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I have been an Artist all my life. I have also over come a lot of health issues from Fibromyalgia to now being diagnosed with Macular Degeneration. I am only 38 years old. Over the years I have handled my illnesses pretty well but when the doctor told me that I had Macular Degeneration 2 years ago I got really depressed. The timing of the diagnoses was horrible. Not to say any time would be a good time but I just started my business Etch Delight Etching glass Luminaries and burners with a dremal and the doctor told me that because of my declining eyesight I can no longer use power tools and work with glass.

I was devastated. So much so I closed my shop right after my diagnoses. I taught myself how to etch beautiful works of art and my business was just getting off the ground. My business was doing great and to make everything worse my cat of 8 years died 2 days before I was told…

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  • Female
  • Born on June 27
  • Joined December 27, 2011

Favorite materials

Wire, Industrial hardware, paint, charcoal, oil pastels

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I have been an Artist all my life. I have also over come a lot of health issues from Fibromyalgia to now being diagnosed with Macular Degeneration. I am only 38 years old. Over the years I have handled my illnesses pretty well but when the doctor told me that I had Macular Degeneration 2 years ago I got really depressed. The timing of the diagnoses was horrible. Not to say any time would be a good time but I just started my business Etch Delight Etching glass Luminaries and burners with a dremal and the doctor told me that because of my declining eyesight I can no longer use power tools and work with glass.

I was devastated. So much so I closed my shop right after my diagnoses. I taught myself how to etch beautiful works of art and my business was just getting off the ground. My business was doing great and to make everything worse my cat of 8 years died 2 days before I was told I was going blind. I felt like my world was crashing all around me. It took me a year to get back on my feet. I have a great support system and my husband of 18 years really helped me out a lot.

After my diagnoses I thought I had to give up art but after a year I realized that I didn't have too. I learned that many great artist like Claude Monet painted up to the day he was totally blind. All these years I have studied famous artist and I did not know until after I was Diagnosed that Claude Monet at the height of his career went blind. After realizing that I decided to continue to be an artist. Not just that I decided to also be a Creativity Life Coach. If I can over come all the things I have gone through I can also teach others how to do the same.

Last year I got certified as a Creativity Life Coach and I created Artisticsoulwithin.com. I use Mindfulness techniques along with art to help people help themselves over come their blocks. I am now reopening my new Etsy shop Artistic Soul Within formerly known as Etch Delight to share my creative works. I don't want to just coach people on how to become a awesome artist I want to walk the walk and keep my creative soul alive. As long as I still have my eye sight I am going to create and even if I can't see I will create with my voice. I can also sing ^_^ I have learned that I can't be soo ridged in life. If I want to be successful I have to be flexible and that is what I want to teach others as a Creativity life coach.

We all experience blocks but not many people know how to over come them. I want to help people over come every day challenges. Along with my website I created a blog to encourage and inspire people. I will also use my blog to talk about my inspiration for each piece I created. Thank you for taking this journey with me and if you are a Etch Delight fan thank you for your well wishes and sticking with me through my challenges.

You can read my blog at http://artisticsoulwithin.blogspot.com/

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I have been featured in
Etsy lush for your home
http://www.etsy.com/treasury/MTQ1ODA1NzR8MTk0MzYzMDczMA/etsy-lush-for-your-home?index=0

I count sunshine's rays.....
http://www.etsy.com/treasury/NjE1OTQ0MXwyMTg4ODQ1NjU4/i-count-sunshines-rays

'Spring Me" Please!
http://www.etsy.com/treasury/MTY5MjMzMTJ8MjE3MjAwNDU3Nw/spring-me-please?index=0

Cookies and Green Disco Balls!
http://www.etsy.com/treasury/MTE5OTc1ODh8MjIxMTQ0ODcyMw/cookies-and-green-disco-balls

Charming Chartreuse - Disco Style!
http://www.etsy.com/treasury/MTU5OTA3MzJ8MjIyNjk4NzAyNA/charming-chartreuse-disco-style

Craftstar Glass (Glorious Glass!)
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=409724.0

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