Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Collage of Jewels #3 for Los Altos Virtual Art Fair

Here is the 3rd in an ongoing series of collages of recent jewel work available through the Los Altos Virtual Art Fair. If you see a piece that interests you email us at jica@mcn.org or call us at 707-964-5975 and we will work out a way for you to get it. Details and prices are on this page below the collage. More collages coming.
1) Pendant of silver with copper and gold, set with garnet, grey moonstone & black onyx. 1 1/8" diamter. $245. 2) Pendant of silver, copper & gold with garnet, pearl & black onyx. 3 inches tall. $275. 3) Pendant of silver, copper & gold with abalone and pearl. 1 1/4' in diameter. $245. 4) Pendant of silver, copper & brass. 1 1/4" in diameter. $195. 5)Pendant of silver, brass & gold with black onyx, garnet & grey moonstone. 2 3/4" high. $275. 6) Pendant of silver, copper & gold with jasper. 2' high. $235. 7) Earrings of silver, copper & gold. 1 1/2" high. $105. 8) Earrings of silver, copper & gold. 1 1/2" high. $155. 9) Earrings of silver, copper & gold. 1 3/4" high. $155. 10) Earrings of silver, copper & gold with garnets. 2 1/4" high. $75

Wednesday, September 2, 2020

Collage of Jewels #2 for Los Altos Virtual Art Fair

Here is collage #2 of recent work. It took me longer to
get it posted than I thought it would. Hope to post a new
collage every 3 to 5 days for the next month or so. 
 If you see a piece that interest you, email us at jica@mcn.org or give us a call at 707-964-5975 and we'll figure out how to get it to you.  

More details on the jewels pictured above. 
1) A pendant of silver with a  little gold set with a variscite and a peach colored moonstone. 
1 1/2" high. $210

2) A pendant of silver, copper, gold & brass set with an amethyst and a fresh water pearl.
1 7/8" high. $195

3) A pendant of silver, gold & brass with a raven silhouette and a fresh water pearl.
2" high. $245

4) A link bracelet of silver, copper & gold set with an Orissa garnet and a freshwater Pearl.
1/2" wide. $235

5) A link Bracelet of silver & gold with an amethyst and a garnet. 9/16" wide. 
$295. 

6) Earrings, asymmetrical, of silver, copper & gold  with garnets and fresh water pearls.
2" high. $375. 

7) Asymmetrical lotus earrings of silver, copper & gold.
15/16" in diameter. $165.

8) Asymmetrical earrings of silver & gold with amethyst & peach colored moonstone. 
2" high. $225.

9) Earrings of silver with turquoise bead and hanging red jasper. 
2" high. $65.

10) Ring of silver & gold with a gray moonstone.
5/8" wide. $185

11) Ring of silver and gold with abalone piece. 
3/4" wide. $175

12) Ring of silver, copper & gold with Orissa garnet. 
3/8" wide. $135.

13) Ring of silver and gold. 
Circle is 3/4" in diameter.  $195.

14) Ring of silver, copper & gold.
3/8" wide. $195.

Link bracelets can be shortened of lengthened by adding or subtracting links. 
Rings can be sized up or down several sizes. 
All pendants come with a sterling silver snake chain with length options of 
16", 18", 20" or 24".

Saturday, August 29, 2020

Virtual Los Altos Fair Collage #1

We are trying out first virtual art fair with the Los Altos Fine Art in the Park show. We hope also to try that with the Sacramento Arts Festival starting in mid November. 
I have a whole box of newly created pieces that I need to do the polishing and finishing of and I will be posting a newly created collage of jewel images every couple of days as that process proceeds. 
The polishing process isn't my favorite part of making jewelry, it's dirty and hard on my hands, but it's a big part of the final magic of creating jewels. If you see a piece that interest you, email us at jica@mcn.org or give us a call at 707-964-5975 and we'll figure out how to get it to you. 
More details on the jewel pieces in the collage. 
1) Pendant of silver, copper & gold with an Orissa Garnet and fresh water pearl. 2 1/4" high. $235.

2) Pendant of silver, copper, brass & gold with carnelian disc and freshwater pearl. 2 1/4" high $245.

3) Pendant if silver, copper, brass & gold with garnet & black onyx. 1 3/4" high $235.

4) Pendant of silver, copper & gold with Mexican Lace agate. 2 1/4" high. $265

5) Pendant of riveted copper over silver with gold and brass elements, grey moonstone on the bail. 
2 3/8 " high.  $265

6) Pendant of silver with copper, brass & gold elements. Set with abalone and chrome diopside. 
1 3/4" high. $255.

7) Bracelet of silver, copper, brass & gold with garnet & fresh water pearl. 5/8" wide and the widest point. $285.

8) Bracelet of silver, copper & gold. 1/2" wide at the widest point. $275.

Monday, May 11, 2020

Still making mixed metal jewels



Well, here in the midst of this odd & challenging time, I'm still going into my studio each night and making jewels. I'm having somewhat of a mixture of feelings, part of me being driven crazy and part of me finding my life more relaxing than usual what with no pressures & deadlines or appointments or much I really have to do. Hmm.
I always really like making jewels but am finding I'm enjoying it more and taking more time to play and experiment and make new things and play with ideas. I'm also doing a lot of drawing and painting and collage work in my upstairs art studio that I call my Artio. We are also doing a lot of planting in our garden and eating out of it every day.That is really a good thing.
If you see a piece in the collage that interest you send me an email and I'll give you more details about it. I'm also going to be working on another website for selling our jewels which I'll let you know about when it happens.

The Los Altos fair that we usually do in May has been moved to the last part of August so we won't be able to do it then since it's the weekend before the Kings Mountain Art Fair which is one of our very best shows. The Kings Mountain show is somewhat up in the air because of the pandemic and it's very possible, even likely, that it won't happen either, likewise for the Sacramento Arts Festival at the end of October which has been our best fair for the last two years. It's possible that this will be the first year that we don't do an art or craft fair since 1969.
Whenever we get to sell again we'll have a really great stock of mixed metal jewels. The collage to the right is a mixture of jewels from the end of last year and the beginning of this one. About half of the pieces were created since our sale at the Caspar Community Center at the end of January.

In some ways I have an odd way of working on jewels, I typically work on 15 to 20 pieces at once, a little on one then a little on another and so on. I also keep starting new pieces almost every day as ideas strike me. I like to get the idea into metal at least a little, that helps keep the idea from getting lost in the shuffle. What happens though is that a significant number of pieces that I start don't get finished right away as I get more involved in others. Periodically I go through the pieces on my workbench and cull out some and keep the ones I find most interesting on the bench, the others go into one of the large collection of cigar boxes I have collected over many years to sit for months, years and in some cases decades before I get to working on them again. There are a couple of dozen of these boxes, I call the contents of them Old Starts. A couple of times a week I'll pull out one of the boxes and look through the pieces to see if anything strikes my fancy and pull out those that do and work on them again sometimes to the point of getting them finished. Sometimes two partly finished pieces will join together to become a jewel. Of course some of these partial pieces will never get finished and will still be in the box when I depart this life. That's OK. Early on I used to feel guilty sometimes when I started but didn't finish a piece but finally realized that this was just the way I worked and became comfortable with that process.

Below are two more images, the first of my work bench with a number of pieces that I am working on. the second is an image of one of the cigar boxes with old starts in it, a couple of them being 10 to 20 years old.




Saturday, January 18, 2020

Jewels and books coming to Caspar

I just created this new flyer for the sale that we will be doing at the Caspar Community Center when they have the monthly fund
raising breakfast on January 26th. My friend Annie Lee who brings textiles and jewelry back from her trips to Guatemala will be sharing the north room of the center with me. Some of the profits from her sales will help support artisans and scholarships for students down there. Carlie and I will be showing our latest mixed metal jewels and I, in the role of the Caspar Bookster will put out 25 to 30 boxes of a great variety of gently used books. I'm really culling out my large collection of books, gave 74 boxes to the Fort Bragg library and local thrift stores this past year and hope to do that with 100 boxes this year. My current rule is that for every book that I acquire I have to get rid of 4. I must confess though that my book obsession is not quite over yet, but I only buy books that I feel are special in some way. And, of course, I'm always looking for ones that have more than ordinary value, just found one at a thrift store that I believe will sell for $160 or so on the internet. The looking for treasure game which I'm sort of addicted to. Have started working in the jewelry studio again, making neat trinkets. I'm becoming fond of this semi-retirement thing which means that our first big art fair of the year won't be until May 16 and 17 near downtown Los Altos, south of San Francisco.
In some years past we would have done as many as 5 or 6 shows before that time. I'll have my 77th birthday 2 days after the sale. How did that happen?





























Thursday, December 12, 2019

Off to Chico to Sell Our Work

  We will be selling our Mixed Metal Jewels in Chico starting Saturday morning at 10am at the Bizarre Bazaar at the Chico Women's Club at 592 East 3rd (3rd & Pine). 10-6 on Saturday and 10-5 on Sunday. We are happy to be returning to sell our work and visit friends this year, last year, because of the circumstance surrounding the fire up in Paradise,  was the first year since 1977 that we hadn't come to Chico to sell our work. It felt weird I must say. Glad to be coming back. Hope to see you.


                                                       

Tuesday, October 22, 2019

We're Off to Sacramento

A quick word here as we are getting ready to leave for our show in Sacramento, our 21st year of this particular ritual. Have been busy today packing and finishing up jewels and taking pictures of the new work. At this point I take pictures of just about every piece that we make. I wish I had always done that. Literally thousands of pieces that we made didn't get photographed and I regret that quite often. Since I got my first digital camera in 2000 that changed. I'm always appreciative when a long time customers wears a piece that I don't have a photograph of to a fair we're at so I can capture an image of it. Wish us luck in Sacramento.

Tuesday, August 27, 2019

On our way to Kings Mountain

We'll be heading south in a couple of days for a rendezvous up in the redwoods west of Woodside, south of San Francisco on Kings Mountain for their annual gathering of artists called the Kings Mountain Art Fair. We've made this annual pilgrimage for many years, started in 1971. We will have a better than usual selection of mixed metal jewels because we've done very little selling this year but have been consistently productive in our jewelry studio. Hope you can stop by for a visit. Here are a couple of collages of recent work, I'm still finishing a few interesting pieces and will try to get pictures of them up also.

Thursday, May 16, 2019

Last Images Before Los Altos Fair

We'll be leaving the coast for the bay area very soon, driving down to Los Altos. Unfortunately it looks as if rain may be an almost constant visitor at the show so it's possible that we will not have much of a chance to sell our jewelry. The organizers are not canceling the show though. We will go and see, maybe the rain will stop now and then,
As I've learned after 50 years of doing outdoor art shows, you are always taking a chance on the weather. But only a very small percentage of the hundreds of shows that we have done over the years have been severely impacted by the weather.
This may be one of those however.
Details on the Los Altos fair on our upcoming shows page.