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.
Saturday, May 18, 2013
May is really a busy month for us, two consecutive weekends of fairs starting with the Whole Earth Festival at UC Davis mother's day weekend, now Los Altos, then next Sunday, the 26th, one of my Bookster booksales at the Caspar Community Center near where I live and then to Petaluma to watch my granddaughter be promoted from elementary to middle school. I will be happy to have 6 weeks off then before our next art show.
Time to relax, time to be creative with my jewelry work, time to do nothing, time to do some new things, time for ????
Tuesday, March 5, 2013
Here are three new circle wave pendants that I'm taking to the show in Scottsdale (see previous posting for more about circle wave pendants)
Here are a few more of the items that we will be bringing to the Scottsdale show which starts on Friday. Unfortunately there is a prediction of rain on Friday so that may interfere with business. We'll keep our fingers crossed. We've been rained on there before though and still done well. Less of a chance of rain on Saturday and sunny on Sunday is the forecast. Hoping for a good show.
Tonight we're in a motel in a little town off of Interstate 5 called Buttonwillow, tomorrow night we'll be in Kingman, Arizona and Thursday afternoon we'll be in Scottsdale setting up our display at the Scottsdale Art Center.
Friday, March 1, 2013
This is a small selection of the literally hundreds of pendants I have created in this series since 1997. The designs continue to change and develop as that is my way of working that allows me to stay interested in this endeavor and allows people who have bought jewelry from us before to find new designs to add to their collection. In the next few days I'll be posting some images of circle wave pendants just completed and that we'll take with us to our upcoming fair in Scottsdale, Arizona. I'll post other types of work also. As part of my strategy for keeping myself interested in doing this and creating new designs I periodically make myself break out of the circular motif which I can get stuck in sometimes because it is so comfortable and familiar. I make myself design in different shapers, squares, rectangles, triangles, organic shapes, plant and animal forms. This always results in new ideas and designs and more creative jewelry.
Monday, February 11, 2013
|Black Onyx Jewelry|
We sometimes use it in pieces by itself but more often use it with a range of other stones, especially garnets and pearls. We enjoy using it, and it sells extremely well, what could be a better combination? It has a great advantage in being able to be worn nicely with almost any color of clothes.
It is available in a great variety of sizes and shapes and is not too costly.
I looked through my picture archives and found a number of images of black onyx pieces we have made. These date from early 1990's to 2005.
Carlie has just finished three pair of black onyx earrings that I am posting on the Available for Sale page, take a look. We are working steadily currently creating jewels for our upcoming trip to Scottsdale, Arizona in a few weeks to sell jewels and enjoy the sun. I'll be posting pictures of more new work before we go and probably also while we are on the road.
Thursday, January 3, 2013
We are happy with the last fair that we did up in Chico just before Christmas, we did very very well. While we were there we found out that we will be doing a show down in Scottsdale, Arizona in mid March so we'll be focused on creating new and beautiful jewels for that show.
I've started posting pictures of pieces for sale here and will continue that with trying to post a new jewel each day on that page. The latest posted jewel will be at the top of the Available for Sale page. When the number of images on that page gets too big I'll break them up onto several pages, rings, pendants, bracelets, earrings, etc.
Please email me if you have an interest or any questions about any of the pieces that are for sale.