Tuesday, November 30, 2010

334/365 falafel

falafel, soba noodles, pimientos, mustard

Monday, November 29, 2010

333/365 lemongrass

inspired by Maria Apostolou

Sunday, November 28, 2010

332/365 champagne

champagne cork and muselet

Saturday, November 27, 2010

330&331/365 i ate too much

nickel silver

Thursday, November 25, 2010

329/365 Happy Thanksgiving!


329/365 nickel silver

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

328/365 happy

nickel silver

327/365 thanks

nickel silver

Monday, November 22, 2010

326/365 key ring

copper, brass, sterling silver

325/365 twisted scrap

scrap silver from my bench

Saturday, November 20, 2010

324/365 melty VII

copper and pewter

Friday, November 19, 2010

323/365 dust, dog hair, and beagle snout

322/365 packaging

I tried to make a ring from the clear plastic hanger attached to my new slippers. I cut, drilled, filed and sanded, and put it in the oven. It wasn't soft enough when I tried to form it and it snapped in half. So I made my ring from a piece of black plastic sock hanger.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

321/365 melty VI

copper and pewter

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

320/365 melty V

copper and pewter

artist residency

I recently completed a three-week artist residency at Lincoln Elementary School in Memphis. The students created the mosaic centers for these flowers that the art teacher painted in front of the school.

We used the indirect method to make the mosaic, the students laid out the tiles and then they were stuck to contact paper to maintain the arrangement. The entire piece was glued to the wall and the contact paper was removed before grouting.

We covered the windowsills of the courtyard with mosaic.

The beginnings of the mural the students are painting, the courtyard will be dedicated to the former principal who passed away last summer. My part in the project is finished, the teacher will complete the painting with her students and we will have a reception this Spring. The project will be entered into the Memphis Beautiful Competition.

Monday, November 15, 2010

319/365 melty IV

copper and pewter

metal masters

Today the Handmade Division is talking about the artists we would most like to study with.

I love mid-century modernist jewelry and have collected it for years. In fact I sell it on my web site modbaubles.com (which desperately needs updating). There were many studio jeweler's working from the 50s-70s that I would love a chance to work with. Here are but a few, some of the images are from my personal collection and some are pieces I have sold.

Sigi Pineda

Ronald Hayes Pearson

Phyllis Jacobs

Merle Boyer

Frank Patania, Sr.

Ed Weiner

Henry Steig

Los Castillo

There are so many other talented artists I could list, including some great Scandinavian studio jewelers. To read more on modernist silver visit Modern Silver Magazine. Please visit these team members to read about who they would like to study with:

Andes Cruz
Nancy Dale
Tosca Teran
Beth Cyr
Lisa Hopkins Design
Sand Fibers
Bill Martin
Emily Watson
Rickson Jewellery
WATTO Distinctive Metal Wear
Pink Crow Studio