Monday, March 23, 2015

Blueschool Arts Gala

Saturday was the big Gala event at Blueschool Arts.  What's Blueschool Arts, you say?  It's this fabulous and fun place that I became a part of in August where my studio lives and where I teach jewelry making and other cool art classes.  I'm one of nine studio artists who have a studio there.  We are a gathering space for curious and creative exploration.  Cool tagline, huh!!??!!

So, I only have access to a couple photos of the event so far, and here they are...

The gal back center with the white paper in her hand is Karin Bolstad.  She is the Headmistress.  I'm her assistant, The Assistant Headmistress.  I like the title!  Together, and with the help of the other studio artists, we pulled off the not-to-be-missed event of the spring equinox.  It was pretty amazing to see so many people come out in support of this idea that we've birthed.

Artsy Swag Bags for the first 50 attendees

We have 23 classes up on the Blueschool website so far and plans are in the works for oh so many more!  I am super excited to be teaching quite a few of them, like Etching Metal Without Acid, Jewelry Making Basics with PMC, Charmulets: Personal Symbolic Talismans, Artisan Crafted Jewelry Findings, Texture Making in Clay,  Jewelry Making for Tweens and Teens and the ever popular Jewelry Salons.  So, if you live anywhere near Clinton, Washington, come on down for some fun and funky classes (not all of them jewelry making in nature).  I look forward to seeing you at Blueschool Arts one of these days!

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Last Week's Top Picks EAD2015

It's probably been longer than a week since I picked some of my faves, but here goes anyways...

Carin Jones #29
Evelyn Markasky #27

Maria Apostolu #26

Sunday, January 18, 2015

2015 one-earring-a-day

Imagine making one earring a day for 365 days.  On the behest of Victoria Takahashi, that's what a group of crazy jewelers from all around the world are doing.  We started on January 1st.  Once a week, from here on out, I'll highlight some of the submissions.  You can visit our Facebook page to see more.

Here are some of my favorites from this last week:

Earring 18/365 -Single earring- sterling silver, brass,cubic zircon and freshwater pearl- EAD2015…/earring-18365-single-earring-sterling

Earring 17 of 365 EAD2015
Sterling silver antique lace, 18k gold, cultured pearl, Herkimer diamond; sand cast, hand forged

EAD2015 day 16 of 365 single earring etsymetal team labradorite sterling silver asymmetrical or pendant

Thursday, December 18, 2014


Some people don't like commissions.  They take a lot of extra time.  It's a lot of work...  I like them.  I get to explore ideas that I wouldn't necessarily think about without the input of another.  It's a wonderful opportunity to collaborate.  So much comes from a commission piece.  Relationships are built, new ideas are explored, old ideas are given voice.  It's so much fun!

For a very long time, I've been wanting to create a cedar frond pedant.  I've looked at the cedars on our property for mold making possibilities, but nothing ever worked out.  With the start of a new commission, I ventured off my property.  Yea!  I found an amazing cedar shrub at my new studio that was perfect for this project, and perfect for future projects.

I've learned new techniques with this commission project and past commissions.  It's so exciting to be given the opportunity to play and get paid for it.  Some might say that we aren't paid enough for commissions, but the skills learned from a commission are forever.  What price can you put on that?

Here are some views of the items I created with my experiments for this commission...

I am so happy with the work that has come out of this commission.  I feel like I have gained so much as a result!