It seems like lately I’ve been preparing to make new jewelry, starting something, then moving on to something else. This isn’t my typical process so I’m a little befuddled.
Usually I have an image of what I want to create in my mind, I do a quick sketch, and then let the piece evolve on the bench as I go. It’s fun exploring “happy accidents” and exciting to see the creation unfold.
I have managed to finish a couple of pieces recently, though. Here are a few pics.
Mother’s Day Necklace: sterling silver, calcydony, pearl, and oxidation
Mother’s Day Necklace: back of pendant with peek-a-boo heart cut out
UFO Pendant With Gemstones: sterling silver, rubies, tanzanites, sapphires, amethyst, pearls, peridot, aquamarine, and other gemstones
Circle Earrings: sterling silver and cubic zirconia
More new pieces coming soon!
Sometimes it’s good to revisit the old friends I’ve created along the way. These “mini masterpieces” are watercolors I did and framed in sterling silver, topped with a vintage glass watch crystal. Most of these have been sold but there are a few remaining in the Shop. Not sure I’ll be making these again but you never know!
I am so excited to be a Featured Artist on the Arts Business Institute website. ABI provides practical business education for creative entrepreneurs, partnering with art nonprofits, business development centers and art education organizations across the nation to provide support and education for studio artists, craft professionals and creative entrepreneurs seeking to grow their businesses to a national audience of collectors and galleries.
Clay mermaids from Peru, Aventurine cabachon gemstone, sterling silver bezel, gold fill findings
It’s still summertime, on the bench… and off.
A turtle mermaid birthday cake from Drakes in Bodega Bay reminds us of an important message.
Go to the beach.
Dance on the shore.
Make beautiful artwork.
Love, live, laugh… out loud.
Life is short. Eat the cake.
Jeff’s Mom’s Chocolate Cake
Bumped into these teeny tiny mermaid beads in San Anselmo the other day
and had to have them! Creating these earrings with sterling, gold, and moonstones.
Finished earrings with gold fill sun and wave.
Continuing my work with bronze and sterling silver, the Honu
medallion is on the bench today. I am forever enchanted by the sea.
The ocean cleanses my soul, eases my mind, and sparks my creativity.
Sometimes inspiration arrives to the bench in forms other than making jewelry. This weekend I created the cover art for a Pamphlet of Possibility. My chosen theme is “water” since water is life, is sometimes scarce or compromised, one of my purest inspirations, and a common theme for my jewelry.
Pamphlets of Possibility is a one year project in which the “starter” (that’s me!) of each pamphlet sets a theme, creates one page, and then sends the pamphlet off to another person. Each following recipient adds another page with a drawing, a collage, a poem, some prose, a favorite saying or anything that inspires them and relates to the theme of the pamphlet. Upon completion the pamphlet is then sent to another person. #repeat. When the entire pamphlet is completed it is then sent back to Studio 64 Marin.
There will be a final showing of all the pamphlets January 2018 in an exhibit at Art Works Downtown in San Rafael, CA. I can’t wait to see all of the completed pamphlets and the corners of the world where they have traveled to!
Approached to recreate a precious ring that was lost.
Sterling silver and faceted quartz crystal. Size 3. That’s TINY!
Bronze and sterling mermaid pendant needs a necklace to hang from.
Do you think this work is easy? This is important stuff, I tell ya!
Turquoise. Antique white hearts. Tibetan lapis, amber, carnelian, and jade. African sand cast glass. Hill Tribe Thai and African silver. Decisions, decisions.
Decision made! Hill Tribe Thai silver, white hearts (porcelain), bronze and sterling silver mermaid pendant.
Before the Under The Sea Pod was created, sketches were made, on paper and in wax.
Under The Sea Pod