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I have been spending a lot of time thinking about totemic animal jewelry, and crafting new necklace designs for fall! The inspiration for my handcrafted jewelry and accessories comes from thinking about the role of cultural narrative in constructing identity. My process is to create narratives for my work that intertwine ideas about mythology and tradition, creating a collection of animal jewelry was a natural evolution of this exploration, because animals play key roles in many culture’s creation myths where they are essential to survival, are respected as equals and are meaningful representations of human potential.
Combining a hint of edgy unconformity with a sense of history and tradition, Ossis is a collection of vintage inspired jewelry, cast from sterling silver and embellished with 14k gold and gemstones.
It is difficult to improve on the custom of giving and receiving finger rings, which apparently dates back over approximately 6,000 years. However, I could not resist putting my own spin on this beautiful tradition, especially since I love looking down to gaze at the rings on my fingers and day-dream about how they came to be there.
I thought I would share a few pictures from the fabulous trunk show hosted by my friend Rhiannon Hayes (thank you!) Mother’s Day Weekend. We had so much fun and met lots of wonderful people. Looks like I will show again in the fall at the FPCA Fall Open Studios ~ stay tuned!
The snake is the symbol of the 2013 Chinese New Year, which is the 10th of February. The Snake Jewelry in the Ark Collection of animal charms are made of polished sterling silver, lustrous 18-karat matte gold-plated brass, antiqued sterling silver plated brass, and matte raw brass, and strive to capture the organized, intelligent, intuitive, and elegant snake in a contemporary, silhouetted form. The Chinese believe the animal ruling one’s birth year has a profound influence on personality, and destiny. The saying is: ‘This animal hides in your heart.’
The wind is blowing fresh minted snow, and all those leaves I never had time to rake, in swirling piles over the sunny back patio. I just want to sit inside and day-dream – about new jewelry designs and new collections! And of course, with the wind and cold, why would I do anything else?
I am thrilled to announce my acceptance into the Metalworkers Guild at the Lexington Arts and Crafts Society, Lexington, Massachusetts. Membership in the Guild is by a jury process, and is for the lifetime of the juried member (as long as you behave and follow the rules). I am especially excited to have this opportunity to focus on my enamel work and hope that this will be a catalyst for new creative directions in my enamel jewelry, and enable me to focus on larger scale explorations and technical innovations.
Lexington Arts and Crafts Society was founded in 1935 as a non-profit regional education center dedicated to the preservation and promotion of excellence in both traditional and contemporary arts and crafts. With the objective to encourage higher artistic standards in the arts and handicrafts, the Society continually invites local and emerging artists to be members to ensure that traditional crafts endure, are valued and are available to the public.
Lexington Arts and Crafts Society houses a gallery to showcase the works of the artists of the Society. For more information go to:
The Lexington Arts and Crafts Society
130 Waltham Street Lexington MA 02421
Phone: (781) 862-9696
I love to explore the tremendous versatility of enameling glass over cut and etched copper, and here you can see a few examples.
Enamels are similar to ceramic glazes, except that where glazes are in a raw state when applied to ceramics and go through chemical changes in the firing process that melt them into glass, enamels are refined and the firing process simply melts the glass and fuses it to the metal.
An enamled pendant is fired at about 1450˚ F for several minutes and then removed from the hot kiln. After cooling, more enamel color is applied; the process of enameling, firing, and more enameling is repeated many times, producing multiple layers of color and texture. An individual enameled copper pendant may have been fired six or more times.