This necklace was inspired by my time living in Arizona in the 90's. I fell in love with the landscape of the high desert. The ocean jasper cabochon makes me think of the orange poppy flowers that bloom there every spring. For a time I was riding my bicycle as my primary transportation, and living in a camper that we parked near a vast rock formation called the Granite Dells (photo below). Everyday I would ride 5 miles to school and go by a field that bloomed full of orange poppies once a year. I don't have a photo of that field, but I do have this photo of my son at the Dells from our trip in 2016. It's outside of Prescott, AZ. Go there if you ever have the chance!
Wednesday, July 19, 2017
This summer has been super busy and I've fallen behind in my blog! The truth is that I am behind on many things.....the result of a combination of family commitments and just basic over-commitment! Anyhow, next week you can find me at the Syracuse Arts and Crafts Festival, downtown in Columbus Circle. This year my booth will be in the central section of the festival.
Thursday, June 8, 2017
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
|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
|Phases of the Moon cuff with rose quartz and a forest cuff, hand pierced and fused.|
Monday, February 27, 2017
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
|Sterling bumble bee with rose quartz|
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!