Thursday, May 17, 2018
Monday, April 30, 2018
Sunday, March 4, 2018
I'm enclosing a collage of the few things that we have finished in our studio, mostly simple and familiar designs. I have an odd way of working sometimes, especially at the beginning of the year as I get started. I tend to start a lot of designs before I really get into finishing them so I probably have 40 plus pieces started right now from this year that are in various stages of completion. I'll get one started and then I'll have another idea that I want to get into some sort of form before the idea gets lost and I'll start it and work on it some and then another idea and another and another and another and another.
You get the gist. Some of the most interesting designs are still in process. Another odd aspect of the way I work is that some of these ideas won't get finished now, I'm not sure what to do to finish them. They'll go into a little cigar box of which I have dozens around the studio full of partially finished pieces, hundreds of pieces, some of them decades old. Periodically I go through a box and find a piece that rings a bell and I'll bring it out and finish it. Sometimes two pieces will actually join together to make the finished one. There was once a time when it bothered me and I felt some kind of guilt about not finishing pieces but finally realized that it is just the way that I work and it's OK. Some will turn into interesting jewels and some will never be finished. That's OK too.
Sunday, October 29, 2017
Wednesday, August 30, 2017
We are leaving Friday morning for our trip to the redwoods south of San Francisco for the Kings Mountain Art Fair. This is the 55th year for this great event, started in 1963. We first did it in 1971 when we were living in Berkeley, it was the 2nd fair in our 46 years of making our living selling our Mixed Metal Jewels at art shows, fairs and festivals. (and various and sundry other odd venues along the way). After our first year there we went back to southern California for a few years, doing shows in the Los Angeles and Santa Barbara area and living in Ojai for a while. In 1976 we moved to the Nevada City area in the Sierra Foothills and in the late 70's or early 80's started doing the Kings Mountain fair again. So we've been doing it for close to 40 consecutive years. It's our favorite and our most economically successful. Looking forward to it once again. I'm adding three collages of newer work below. Click on this link to go to their website and get directions, parking suggestions, a list of participating artists and images of their work. www.kingsmountainartfair.org/