Friday, April 29, 2011
Happy Friday! And to all those in school, like me, it's almost the end of Spring semester! I had a crit this morning, that didn't go as well as I'd like, for my work, personally.
So here I give you Craft Spells fun and 80's-like song, After the Moment. Enjoy!
P.S. I'll be back on the WZMB radio in mid-May. So stay tuned.
thanks for listening and reading ma blog.
Thursday, April 28, 2011
Anywho, thank you for reading!
Wednesday, April 27, 2011
I hadn't renewed my subscription since last year because I just couldn't afford it but after seeing the cover of this issue with Ramon Puig Cuyas recent work, I was salivating to have my own copy. There are three articles about Mexican jewelry and the Taxco history of silversmithing...all in preparation for my Mexican adventure this summer! Oh and a great article about Robin Quigley, head professor at RISD (Rhode Island School of Design) and her evolution of work.
I highly recommend you sign up or order this issue because it's definitely good for any metalsmith's reading collection.
Monday, April 25, 2011
Sunday, April 24, 2011
Not only is she an awesome guild treasurer but a very talented metalsmith. It's been inspiring watching her work evolve and progress. Her work challenges me to rethink the material and have fun with it. You can see both an elegant lady but also a punk-rock chick wearing her pieces.
Tara loves experimenting with new materials and putting a modern spin on them - especially the look of gemstones, whether it's cast in silver or concrete.
(Tara has won several awards for this amazing necklace)
Rings on Deck, I & II (the ring on the left is mine and on the right is Kat Cole's) - from a trade)
From the pieces Tara's turned out within the past 2 years - I can foresee Tara going to some high places.
Stay tuned for details on our combined trunk show along with Sarah West this summer...it'll be kick-ass!
Thank you for reading and Happy Eostre!
Friday, April 22, 2011
Below is my beloved hinge vessel for my Jewelry I class with Mi-Sook Hur.
I'm quite proud of the vessel for several reasons, the curvy lines, the crystal and the fact that my hinge works! However there are design issues, the catch is tiny compared to the heft of the vessel and the prongs for the crystal are a bit obvious but all in all I'm happy and admit that, I love looking at it!
And here are two rings I made on the fly because I just wanted to make some pretty bling. The above ring I used a casting from my antler necklace and now...it's got me on a roll to make more for the summer...a possible trunk show is in the works!
Last week the Contemporary Techniques class with Ken Bova did a demo on using concrete in jewelry - which I was super psyched to sit in on because I missed the workshop Jim Cotter did at ECU a year ago.
Anywho, I had initially made this ring for a boulder opal but I had a little mishap so I used it for the concrete - which I love too! I'm already brainstorming ways to introduce it into some jewelry.
Thank you for reading!
Part of me just doesn't want to accept that these talented artists (and good friends) are graduating...I'll miss them but it's been exciting seeing their work evolve and at the same time being so inspired by where it's taken them.
Ten graduates showing in the art school's Gray Gallery are: Jeremy Fineman (Ceramics) , Liz Steiner (Metal Design), Tim French (Painting), Chris Wooten (Sculpture), Leslie Shira (Fiber/Textiles), Marissa Saneholtz (Metal Design), Andy Denton (Sculpture), Steve Blouin (Wood Design), Laura Wood (Metal Design) and Amanda Micheletto (Fiber/textiles).
The combined show for all of them flowed very seamlessly and felt like being in a museum of revered objects (which they are).
Here are some photos of their work for the exhibition:
*I completely forgot to shoot Liz Steiner's work but you can see some photos of hers on Flickr.
I hope you enjoyed my colleagues work - I definitely did!
Thanks for reading.
Monday, April 18, 2011
I love listening to veteran metalsmiths.
props to Kaleidoscope blog.
I had two pieces left from my castings for the deer antler necklace. On Sunday, while taking a break from raising I decided to turn the casting into a ring. And of course, I wanted to focus on that project rather than raising...somehow that happens but it's great because I get to 'play' for a little.
And below is the result of more playing. I finally bought gold leaf and it is SO much fun! I love the contrast of the gold and black - always elegant and sexy as hell.
these are the only decent photos after taking about 30.
Plan on getting a pro soon...after I finish more projects.
I've got photos of recent work I plan on uploading but due to finals just around the corner, I give you this gem nabbed from Arthur Ash at his blog, the Art Escape Plan.
Friday, April 15, 2011
I love her strong and deep voice and this cover of Edith Piaf's song is very cool.
Unfortunately, I will not be DJing tonight at WZMB as we're converting over to a new system to hold all the music, etc.
However, it's a blessing in disguise as I'll have a chance to check out fellow metalsmith, Laura Wood's MFA thesis show! Laura has been a wonderful presence at the metals department at ECU. Laura was the creator and brain behind the first ECU Metals Symposium.
If you're in town, check it out!
Thank you for listening and reading, have a great weekend!
Wednesday, April 13, 2011
Craft In Sight (Craft in Sight is a collaboration between Brian Ferrell and Brigitte Martin (crafthaus.) Our goal is the creation and distribution of videos about crafthaus artists, showcasing a range of craft media, creative processes, and the environment in which craft work is made today.)
They just released a new video, found this from Crafthaus. check it out...
Tuesday, April 12, 2011
I thought, who is this woman? And when can I meet her?! Sometimes when I meet fabulous people, or more specifically an artist, that everyone is talking about, I get shy and a intimidated, so I didn't introduce myself immediately. But when I met Marlene at Pocosin, it was about time I put my shyness away. And come to find, she is very approachable and very, very talented and savvy.
As you can see, Marlene is a lover of tin. And she creates beautiful pieces with tin, that voice her style as a metalsmith but also a modern commentary on classic themes and ideas. Such as Hunter's Badge, a classic image of the deer with antlers but also a distinct red cross and diamond.
The first two photos above are the pieces I respond to the most, and I have a feeling it's older work of Marlene's. I respond to the pendant and brooch because they speak to my own work and what I'm attracted to.
Marlene is currently residing in Columbia, NC where she teaches at the Pocosin Arts Folk School. Marlene has worked very hard to create an excellent metals and jewelry studio at Pocosin; she was able to secure funding to bring big name artist's to teach workshops; such as Jesse Bert, Boris Bally, Bruce Barnett and Tim Lazure, along with many others. You can view photos of the workshops and friend Pocosin on Facebook.
I hope you enjoyed reading about M. True and if you get a chance, visit her at Pocosin and sign up for her classes - it's worth it!
Sunday, April 10, 2011
Often when I catch up with old friends or make new ones I get that question, how did you get into working with metal and making jewelry? I find that most people are intrigued because it's not the common profession, to become a metalsmith.
At first, it can be a scary and daunting journey - to take that first step of moving forward and even knowing where to go but it is so gratifying!
So there I was, graduating with a degree in which I had no idea what I was going to do and then rediscovering a lost passion; jewelry and being creative. And I asked myself, how do I get into the field of making jewelry?
I really didn't have much of a choice, upon graduating, I still had to make money! Long story short, I worked for about 8 years in the non-profit field, specifically environmental and human rights. In my spare time I took jewelry classes on the side and towards the last 3 years I began to work part time for professional jewelry artists and in a jewelry/silverware repair shop. Somehow, I made the time to study with other artists: on week nights I took enameling and raising and forming classes, then on the weekends I worked at the shop.
Some days it was tiring (juggling a full time job and part time job) but also very motivating and it pushed me to save money and build up my portfolio. Not only did I get great professional experience and knowledge but also I met very talented artists and craftspeople. Finally, I made the decision to go back to school and get the technical experience I still lacked.
It's the best decision I've ever made, thus far, in my life.
My best recommendation for anyone that wants to get into the arts field is this: find people like you that are interested in the craft, take classes, read about it, and do your research.
I hope you enjoyed reading about my journey and feel free to share your own.Pin It
Friday, April 8, 2011
Here is a video, in which I can understand a few words (that are similar to Spanish words) because it's in Portuguese, from the Museu de Objeto Brasiliero, where Miriam Korolkova, a jeweler and teacher, discusses the work exhibited by contemporary jewelry artists in Brazil.
Isn't the black necklace amazing? Hope you enjoy the video and check out the other ones posted on the Museu's website!
Thanks for reading.
Thursday, April 7, 2011
Boris is that kind of person that draws you in immediately; demanding your attention. And his journey as an artist and experience is very interesting but not completely unique as a metalsmith/designer/jeweler.
Boris is largely self taught but I found it very interesting that he got his start as an apprentice at 19 years old at a goldsmith studio/shop in Switzerland. And from there, Boris' interest in metals was sparked. Unfortunately I was late (had to work) for the beginning of Boris' presentation, and what his parents did as a profession however I did learn that his family loved to travel and his father taught at Carnegie Mellon University as did Boris.
Boris never went to school for an MFA which is quite impressive when you view his work and how much he learned and investigated on his own. He taught himself how to raise a vessel, and spin on a lathe...I could go on and on.
I have so much respect for artists that take that first step to learn a craft on their own - it's SO hard when you don't have anyone teaching you the right way to do things.
Boris is continuing his visit in North Carolina with a trip to the Pocosin Folk Arts School where Marlene True is heading up the metals program. I'm sure the students and visitors will be just as entertained and enthralled by his artistic evolution as we were!
Tuesday, April 5, 2011
Saturday, April 2, 2011
Families came out and enjoyed all kinds of arts for the day - face painting, sculptures, making bird feeders, making clay pinch pots and of course jewelry making!
We had bottle caps that children could dap into domes or flatten on the anvil and then add a jump ring along with yarn to make a necklace.
I organized the metals guild to volunteer - despite most of us attending the many art openings, senior shows the night before (and after-parties)! I was definitely dragging this morning but it's always fun working with kids. They're so enthusiastic and curious.
Below, Marlene True, (ECU metals and jewelry alumni - currently teaching at the Pocosin Folk Arts School) showing kids how to use her custom made hydraulic press to make small anvil magnets. I kinda wanted to snag one myself!
The day was perfect, after all the stormy weather Eastern North Carolina has gotten.
Hope you enjoyed the photos and thank you for reading!