Thursday, June 8, 2017

Sunshine, at Long Last

Hello friends!  I am on my way to Buffalo, NY this weekend for the Allentown Arts Festival.  Last year was my fist year in Buffalo and it was a great time so I've been looking forward to returning. The weather forecast for the weekend is (finally) looking really awesome. Central New York has had one of our rainiest springs on record, and I am feeling super blessed that the sun is finally coming out for this show:)  I will have a big collection of new work with me and I'm looking forward to seeing some familiar faces.  My booth will be in the same location as last year, booth A-97. Hope to see you there!!
"Blooms" necklace with pink sapphire, tourmaline, and peridot

Yellow jasper, imperial jasper, chrysoprase, and Kingman turquoise earrings

Rhyolite "Desert Poppy" sterling necklace

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Heading to Philadelphia!!

Bracelet, necklace, and ring in sterling silver with labradorite.

I am hard at work preparing for the Rittenhouse Square Fine Craft Show in Philadelphia two weekends from now.  Right in the center of Philadelphia, this show is one of my favorites, and it is full of excellent and highly skilled artisans.  I am happy to be among them!  I have been stockpiling new work for the past few months in preparation for this summer's show season and I am looking forward to seeing some returning customers and meeting some new ones as well.  If you're in the area, definitely come by the show in Rittenhouse Square, you won't be disappointed:)

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Fusion


Phases of the Moon cuff with rose quartz and a forest cuff, hand pierced and fused.



Over the past two years I have continued to work primarily in Argentium silver. I love the process of fusing this alloy. The two cuffs above were both hand pierced (sawn) in two layers and then the layers were fused using my torch. Argentium silver is sterling silver that is alloyed with germanium instead of copper. It has a higher fine silver content than traditional sterling silver. The majority of metals used in jewelry are alloyed (combined with other metals) to create greater strength, hardness, and durability. Pure silver and pure gold are not hard enough on their own to be made into durable jewelry, so for centuries metals have been alloyed. Silver alloyed with germanium has two primary advantages: the reduction of fire scale (stain produced by heating) and greater capacity to fuse. Argentium silver has a greater temperature range between its fusing point and it's melting point, thus making it conducive to fusion. I love the fusion process because it is gorgeous and magical! When two pieces of metal are heated to the point of fusion, they become luminescent and shiny. There is a fine point at which the metals begin to glow and appear almost liquid. This point lasts for just a few seconds as fusion occurs. When it is done carefully, and not overheated, the fusion of metal perfectly joins two pieces, without either changing form. The process is delicate though, because if heated a fraction of a second too long the metal will begin to melt and the pieces will lose form and reticulate, creating misshapen pieces and uneven surfaces.  Fusion is magic:)


Spinning band rings in sterling and 14k gold

Monday, February 27, 2017

"Pinned"


I thought I'd share a couple new pieces from my "pinned" collection.  The top pendant is an orthoceras fossil cabochon, tab-set is silver.  The earrings are Montana agate.   This pair has a wonderful translucent landscape quality.   The "pins" in these pieces are made by balling silver wire at both ends using a torch.  I love the industrial effect this technique gives to the pieces.  The pins are still moveable, but the balls hold them in place.

I'm working hard to produce a new body of work for my upcoming summer shows!  I will be updating the show list on the right of the page as I firm up plans.  Here's hoping for a wonderful summer.  I can't wait!!


Tuesday, January 31, 2017

A Sign of Spring

Sterling bumble bee with rose quartz
I've been thinking lately about the arts, and the immense benefit of having a vital art community.   Today I spent the afternoon in my studio.  My studio is in a building full of multiple artist's studios. Among them are painters, jewelers, photographers, clothing designers, architects, etc.. I've talked with my fellow artists lately and many of us have the same experience of our studios as being a refuge from the chaos of the outer world, a place for creativity, energy, and reflection.  When the world around us is in a state of conflict, creating provides a means to channel the frustrations we carry around and in turn create something that we give back to the world, whether it is work that reflects the conflict around us, or work that reminds us of more peaceful times.

There's no denying that our country is in a divided state, and these are challenging times for many. Rumors abound that our current administration may drastically reduce funding for arts programs, including the NEA. I haven't ventured to tackle political themes here in my blog, but it is my sincere hope that moving forward our country does not forget the vital importance of a thriving art community.  It is in creating, music, song, dance, performance, and the visual arts, that we come together, build relationships, and reflect. The arts can provide a venue for people to join and share experience.  The arts can be a starting point for community dialogue.  The arts are a nonviolent means to explore conflict, to release struggles that otherwise may never find an outlet.   The arts remind us of beauty and joy at times when we may only see anger and frustration around us. These are my thoughts today, and as always, thanks for reading!

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

The Spirit of Color

Next week I will be hopping on a plane and flying to the Virgin Islands for a few days.....what better way to say goodbye to 2016?!  Before I go, I wanted to announce an opening at Edgewood Gallery in Syracuse in January 2017.  I will be part of the group show "The Spirit of Color" with artists Nicora Gangi and Miya Hirano.  The opening will be January 13 from 6-8 and the show will run for 6 weeks.  I've been working on unusual pieces for the show, going on creative tangents with some unique stones. The pendant below is titled "Forest Floor" and the stone is morrisonite jasper.  It reminds me of the layers of moss and decay in a damp forest.


The second necklace is aqua nueva agate with a hand-crafted bar link chain.  This stone is a such a stunner!

I hope everyone has a wonderful Holiday and New Year.  In 2017 I am very much looking forward to returning to my locket series, so stay tuned for new work, and I hope to see you at Edgewood on the 13th!

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Happy Holidays

I hope everyone is off to a great start this Holiday season.  I want to extend a thank you to everyone who came by the trunk show at Wildthings last week.  It was a great event and I was happy to have met many nice folks.  Wildthings will be carrying a small selection of my work on an ongoing basis, so if you didn't make it to the trunk show, stop by and have a look.




My final show of the year is one of my favorites, the Plowshares Craftsfair and Peace Festival put on by the Peace Council in Syracuse.  The Peace Council does important work to raise awareness of worldwide issues related to peace, justice, and the environment.  I appreciate the opportunity to participate and support their efforts.

Last but not least, I wanted to announce a bit of good new which I recently received.  My work is going to be published for a second time!!  I was invited to submit work last spring for publication in a collection of narrative jewelry titled "Tales from the Toolbox", edited by Mark Fenn in England.  I was recently notified that my work will be included!  The book is in the editing process and I will share as soon as I know more details about the release date.