Monday, March 28, 2011

Marvelous Monday

Angela Cunningham is a ceramic artist from Somerville, MA  whose work recently won her a Niche Award in the hand-built category.  She specializes in vessel-based sculpture.  Her forms are sensuous and have a voluminous tactile quality.  And if you're in the Boston area, she'll be doing a solow show "Lure" at Vessels Gallery in Boston, MA. May 6 - June 5, 2011. Opening reception Friday, May 6.  Have a marvelous Monday!

                     "Matriach"                                                        "Sprout"

                         "Converge"                                                      "Succulent"

                                                            "Spiky Nesting Set"

Friday, March 25, 2011

An Evening with Kate Fowle Meleney

Two nights ago the Beadesigner International scheduled a talk by Kate Fowle Meleney on small scale electroforming for the studio artist.  I've been smitten by this art form and Kate shared her wealth of knowledge on the subject including some wonderful tips and tricks.  She has been plating her beads and vessels for nearly 20 years now.  She brought the equipment and materials that she uses in her studio and explained the process step-by-step.  She then gave a slide presentation of a number of artists who use electroforming in their work.  There were many sighs and gasps as she moved through the powerpoint presentation.  Here's a few of my favorites from Kate.

The piece on the left is by June Schwarcz (whose work is recognized as one of the nation's leading enamellists) followed by the work of Kim Vredenburg

If you'd like to take a class in electroforming, Kate will be doing two separate workshops on April 9th and April 10th at the Lexington Arts and Crafts Socity in Lexington, MA.  For more info, go here.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

What's New with Metal Clay

With all the formulations of metal clay that have surfaced over the past few years, it's no wonder that the latest formula was due to materialize.  And thanks to the people over at the Mid Cornwall School of Jewellry, the dream became a reality.  Lisa Cain, the Director of the Mid Cornwall School of Jewellry made the announcement on Monday of some big news that she and a handful of others have been coveting.  Over the past 6 months staff at the Mid Cornwall School of Jewellery in England have been researching and developing a sterling silver clay.  You will now be able to mix and fire this yourself (hallmark quality sterling silver clay) in your home studio from either Art Clay or PMC brand clays.Take a look here

Lisa has chosen to reveal her method, recipes, firing schedules and detailed test results in Metal Clay Artist Magazine which is due out in a couple of weeks. This is such exciting news in metal clay.  I'm a subscriber and I'm so looking forward to getting this issue!

Monday, March 21, 2011

Marvelous Monday

With the promise of spring in the air I wanted to highlight an artist who has a playful color palette.  Her name is Susan Dyer and her sterling and polymer jewelry has color that'll awaken you from the winter doldrums.  Her patterns are simple, yet delightful.  Some of the pieces can be reversed to show a textured backplate.  And other pieces have multiple components that can be rearranged.  Bonus, bonus!  Visit her website - her colors go snap, crackle and pop!  Enjoy and have a marvelous Monday.

Friday, March 18, 2011

Chihuly Comes to the MFA

If you're in the Boston area anywhere from April 10th to August 7th, you might want to make a side trip to the Museum of Fine Arts. Dale Chihuly will have an installation that promises to be grand.  I saw on the news today how they went about installing this very tall Lime Green Icicle Tower.  It's being installed in the Shapiro Family Courtyard.  And if you're interested in watching this process, you can go to the MFA today and tomorrow to watch it be completed.  On March 21 - 26, you can watch the installation of his Boathouse Neon II and Amber Cattails which are also part of the exhibition.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Feeling the Love

It's been a while since I've done one of these posts.  So, time to pick it up again!  This treasury was named "Black, White, and Some Shades in Between" and it was made by ktracton.  It includes my black and gold sea urchin necklace.

I'm sending the love back to ktracton and featuring her "Medici Bracelet".  It was inspired by Italian Renaissance paintings.  She has framed this sponge coral beautifully, don't you think?

Thanks Kate for making my day!

Monday, March 14, 2011

Marvelous Monday

Today's inspiration comes from the earth.  Hope you enjoy and have a marvelous Monday!

Alluvial Fan, China

Shoemaker Impact Structure, Australia

Mount St. Helens

Namib Sand Dunes, Nambia

Barringer Meteorite Crater, Arizona

The Wave on Hyden Rock, Australia

White Desert, Egypt

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Finally , , ,

It must have been a dream.  Really. My daughter came home for a couple days before leaving for spring break and wanted to go shopping.  She found a new black dress and a pair of multi-colored shoes.  She was looking around for a pair of earrings and a necklace to wear with them but wasn't having much luck.  Then she looked at me and finally asked me the question . . . can you make them for me? Huh?  Did I hear her wrong?  Me?  She'll be 21 this month and I thought I'd never live to see the day.  She was leaving on Sunday, so guess what I did on Saturday?  Where else can you get jewelry to match your shoes?

Monday, March 7, 2011

Marvelous Monday

Scouring the shores of  Lake Superior, Linda Steinworth searches for the perfect beach stones to be set in precious metals along with gemstones.  She either uses these lake Superior stones or Boulder opals to create gorgeous one of a kind jewelry.  I love her opal jewelry but there's something so serene with her color palette in the Lake Superior line. 


Enjoy and have a marvelous Monday!

Friday, March 4, 2011

White Bronze

I'd been experimenting a little last week with Hadar's white bronze.  I like it because it looks very similar to silver.  I posted a test piece I had done last week and thought I would make a pair of earrings - just for me.   

Also, I thought I would mention recycling scrap metal.  I had recently heard of a company that recycles silver at 90% spot.  The company is called NTR Metals and they are a processing center that takes in precious metals for refineries and provides customers with assay and payment services on the spot.  They have 33 offices in the U.S. and one of the offices just happened to be in a neighboring town.  Once I filled out their application (which can be downloaded from their website) they faxed it to their headquarters for approval.  I am happy to say that I have turned in all of my fine silver scrap - I can finally take that off my to do list! 

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Out of the Studio Wednesday

I spent a little more time working on what I guess is called my Morrisonite project.  If you've noticed, I hadn't really made anything from the sheets I created. So I figured it was time. Because there is so much variation in color with this stone, I took the liberty to use the colors and patterns I like most.  So, what I first did was focus on a section of a stone and enlarge that area.   Here's a few pieces that developed. 

And here's what I learned:  I like what I'm seeing with the blues, but the pinkish coral is too flat.  It needs at least a little variation.  The dark blue vein in the right hand stone feels too wide.  I have to say, these don't photograph nearly as nice as they are in person.  Especially the cab on the left.  There is a fair amount of translucent pc in it and you really don't get a sense from the pictures. 

As I was cleaning up, I noticed a a morrisonite photo that had a little gold in it.  So I had to try a sheet with some gold.  I tried to find the photograph of the original stone I had printed off the computer - but couldn't find it.  Right now, this is my favorite.  It's 2" x 1 1/2". 

Over vacation week I had come across a stone on Etsy that caught my attention.  My AADD (artistic attention deficit disorder) must have kicked in because I started mixing colors.  Here's the original stone I had seen - it's called a Koroit Boulder Opal.  There's so much variation in stone to stone that it really does give you the freedom to take what you like and use that.

I think using some white would have helped this piece.  Again, the photograph doesn't show all the chatoyancy that's there.  I think what I'll do in the future is  photograph it at different angles and see if that helps.