Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Our spring show schedule has a very big change in that we are taking a year off from the Whole Earth Festival this year after having participated for the last 37 years consecutively. We enjoy Whole Earth and usually do well there but it's a very energy intensive event to do, so, after all the work of the move and setting up the new studio we decided to take a vacation from it for this year. We will be back in Davis at the art center holiday fair in December and in Sacramento in November. More details coming on our show schedule page.
We've been walking a lot in Ft. Bragg and have been exploring the alleys of which there are many. I've been taking pictures of things I find interesting and have posted some on my picture blog at www.floweringpixels.blogspot.com Another nice thing about having a larger space in this house is that I have a permanent space set up for taking jewelry pictures so I hope to post more of those in the near future.
Friday, March 7, 2014
a few days ago and we are starting the process of making new mixed metal jewels. I'll be posting pictures of some of them soon. We don't start doing art shows until May this year so have a little time to play and be creative. We'll see what comes from our hands and minds. I'm excited also because I have a very large room upstairs that I'm setting up for a drawing/painting/collage work studio as well as a book sorting/working room for that side of my life. Will post our upcoming show schedule soon.
Monday, December 16, 2013
We are looking forward to day two and the rest of the fair.
Over the many years we have participated in the Bah! Humbug Festival it has been in many different locations in Chico but because of our almost 40 years of satisfied customers in the area we have always done very well. A great number of our jewels are being worn and enjoyed in Chico.
Thursday, November 28, 2013
Friday, November 1, 2013
Lots of people who appreciate our work came to visit and a goodly number of them took new jewels home to enjoy. The show opened at 10am and by 10:04 we had a small crowd around our booth. A couple of fellow artists told me that there were more people there than in the rest of the show at that time. I can understand wanting to come early to see all of our new stuff because pieces start finding homes pretty fast. That is why at many of our shows the first day is often our best day. We're at our motel now, winding down, hoping to get a good night's sleep so we can be ready to do it again tomorrow.
Saturday, August 31, 2013
participating in arts and crafts fairs. I'm kind of floating at the moment. Hope to get a good nights sleep and go up the hill and see what happens tomorrow.
To the left are some of the jewels that we've just finished and I photographed on Thursday evening. I think we still have all but two of these items.
Friday, August 30, 2013
see us at the fair, it runs through Monday and, for the most part it looks like good weather. It was very pleasant when we were setting up our booth between 6 and 8 pm.
Sunday, June 2, 2013
Sometimes I think to myself that by now I must have seen every possible variation of color and pattern of abalone but then, the next time I visit that special place at the ocean, I find something that is new, a variation I've not seen before.
If you ever decide to work with abalone, be careful if you grind or sand it. The dust can be very dangerous to get into your lungs. I only grind and sand it on wheels that get a constant stream of water to minimize dust, I do it outside my studio, I wear a good dust mask and I do it in moderation.
I'll pick up a lot of pieces and bring them all home and put them in a big pan of water so I can really see how they will looked when polished. After several days of evaluating, I'll pick the ones that have jewelry potential and put the others in the paths that surround the house and lead back to our workshop. They look especially beautiful on rainy days when they sparkle.