December 2018 Reflections of spring summer fall and winter

So much fun meeting Great Niece Kora

Baxter and Baby JoJo

  1. Exhibition in Motion SNAG Inspiration for upcoming Strut Runway Show of Extreme Ornament

                                                      Japanese Garden Portland Oregon

Wrightsville Beach Summer Fun

Garnet and Eudialyte Pendant

Ilseboro Maine

Baxter on the Ball field

Ipswhich Salt Marshes

Lots of Cherry Tomatoes, Outsmarted the Squirrels

Maine Beauty

JoJo all grown up

Wildeness Weed in Glacier National Park

Fields of amber grains

December Snow

Happy Holidays

  1. New Work Looking Forward to what 2019 will bring

winter-spring 2018 old news on to new

Safe to say we have a full house ... Finally spring has sprung. New things happening, settling into all the changes 2018 has ushered in. Bean and Mitsie seem to get along little better. Baxter and JoJo are BFF. George and I keep on plucking away at painting and jewelry.

said goodbye to my Subaro of 13 years got another one charcoal grey this time.

Planted 50 tulip bulbs they were striking, First time with Bearded Iris.

Visited Gregg Museum for some interesting art shows

Seems a lot of things got broke and had to get fixed, teeth, appliances, cars... Did a good bit of decluttering, more to do. 

Sertoma is finally starting to gel for me, semi retirement agrees with George.
Because  my blog is a way for me to document these images I will put it up. Since Im picking up in December there is quite a gap. All in all 2018 has been a good year. Made some nice jewelry, traveled, saw old friends, tried to keep up with current friends and family.

dec 2017, trying to start the ole blog up again. Last post of 2017.

Central Park near Strawberry Fields.
What a great trip. Saw so much art, jewelry, ate delicious food and walked, navigated subways. saw a play, enjoyed the Christmas store windows, decorations and the Rockerfeller
Plaza Christmas tree.

 3 of my favorite pieces done this year. New Years Eve always a good time to reflect. Mostly looking forward. New ideas and directions for my work and my everyday life.
That's about all that's left in my office. Starting 2018, I will be going to Sertoma Art Center everyday running a much smaller jewelry program. Mostly enameling, cold joining and alternative materials. I welcome the challenge, it will definitely be different. I have been working at Pullen for 20 years. I will miss being there but am excited about the new jewelry studio that will be the result of the renovation. I have been trying to teach myself enameling since that will be a focus of the new program.
This was hard to do,
a step up from sifting on a disc. Not sure what direction the enameling will go but I enjoy the process, the drawing, the color selecting, mostly the enamels are treated like gemstones set in my favorite design formats.

This painting by David Hockney is such a great color pallet. Always looking around for ideas and inspirations in this department.
 this was summer : Wrightsville Beach

fall : Shenandoah Valley
spring : New Orleans

Winter :NYC

update.almost spring ,tho i started this in the fall of 2016

Clearly November-Feb was a blur, if you erase politics. This blog never got posted. And since this blog is about jewelry and the things that inspire me,  I will blame the political distraction for my remiss. Finally trying to get back on track. Actually this old post reminded me of my attempts to stage my jewelry for the shop section of my website. Within the next few days I will have posted the  pieces I have left as I am aiming for a new collection this year.

Since I'm getting ready to update my website, I wanted to also get my blog in sinc with what I'm doing. The date for closing Pullen for renovation has changed to November 2017.  My first co-curated exhibit is hanging now at Pullen, "My Precious: an Exploration of Materiality in Contemporary Jewelry."
Fun trips to NYC, Vermont and Philadelphia, DC & Richmond , all art related. I will be teaching a class at the NC Museum of Art, Simple Metal, Cold Joined, Silhouette Brooch using The current Venetian Renaissance Art Show as a point of reference.

Fall 2016 post
Unique, wearable, timeless the new three words I'm using to describe my jewelry. Summers gone, Fall is here. Had the last Larkspur last summer I will miss that show. Went to the beach several times and really lucked out on good weather. Though it was such a hot summer, my grass is finally growing and I've completed my fence. This was a summer of organizing and purging and dealing with rearranging households to accommodate extra furniture and new living situations. I just participated in the Bluegrass Art Market in downtown Raleigh, Very well attended, next up CDC, Concord and Boylan Art Walk. Work at Pullen full steam with preparations for renovating. Still have a great lineup of workshops and shows before the April 30, 2017 closing. The new building and jewelry studio will be fabulous. So now to try and sum up the time that's gone by in pictures.
And so the cycle continues

May Post

back of pin wheel brooch
Halstead Challenge Brooch
This show will be at the Blue Spiral Gallery during the SNAG conference in Asheville
swap pins in the making

New work for Larkspur

belated fall and chritmas post. Today it feels like Winter.

Haven't been keeping up with blog lately, mostly because I switched websites and need to be doing blog there instead. Using Square space now, slowly getting that all together This blog is more like a journal for me I think I have been keeping it for about 5 years now. It allows me to keep track of events and things as they happen. October, Nov and December all ran together. Full of workshops at Pullen, a hurricane that altered my show season. New photography, new work and new galleries. Home show in Charlotte,  kitchen renovation, baby shower, trip to Boston, Brevard and Asheville. All fun and so nice to reunite with old friends.

George and I cooked this Christmas, mostly warmed up but none the less spent alot of time in the  kitchen
Added a snow owl to our christmas tree

My favorite pictures from the fall
the warm wet fall created alot of this on downed branches
more fungi
little gem like leaves

The shows were good I appreciate all the support, from customers, friends and family. Thank you !
Christmas eve walk on beach
New display idea

I truly enjoyed watching this tree this fall it is a Ginko Tree at Pullen being protected during the construction that is going on right now.

Jennifer's maple tree, We went to Asheville during leaf season. Raleigh had a pretty spectacular show going on here. I heard a Bob Dylan line today that said "Don't keep looking at the house across the street and thinking its paradise".

Decided to bring back the "sexy earring" this winter Jennifer wears it well
all grown up 2 now
necklace to match coming

Still blooming
Christmas full moon
Star Wars
Devin graduates mfa this spring
Mitsie portrait

We actually stayed up past midnight... here's to a Happy New Year, hopefully healthy and mixed with adventure and meaningful good times. Peace to you in 2016

More Bliss shots for "look book"

Sticks n' Stones
Spokes and Ring
Classic Pearl Drop
This is my first time working with a model. I chose work that is wearable and can easily be worn by any age person. The work is classic not trendy somewhat organic with an industrial rugged touch. Most of my work includes patterns and or texture. I have elaborated on the sticks and stones line. New colors and new designs, incorporating bigger stones, and I plan to rename this collection the "Bliss " collection, These pieces will be at Carolina Designer Crafts Fair which will be held at the convention center  in downtown Raleigh this Fri, Saturday and Sunday. Come see me in booth D-3 This will be my first year with a corner booth. I have new work and always enjoy the response these pieces get :)

some shots from photo shoot with Bliss

slide locket
ring, necklace, and hoop earring

ebony and gold choker

More of these to come in my "look book". I am slowly trying to get my images to my new website. I am now  Hopefully I will eventually figure out how to coordinate all these
network sites.  But for now it was great seeing the jewelry being worn and photographed with a model. Becky Parker did the photography and she was also very nice to work with.

Lesson learned Sept/October

Started out feeling good about the focus. Truly put all my eggs in one basket. Sort of backfired. Cancelled show due to Rain. The good side, got the ball rolling and some new work done . Had a fashion shoot with model wearing my jewelry. That was exciting, the photos will be on my new website  under "Look Book" Got new images made on a white background. So all in all, though I was so looking forward to branch out and try a  different audience, a lot of good things have come from the pressure of getting ready for a show. Reinforces the idea of how unpredictable things can be. Here's a peek at some of the new work.
Brought back the rosemary
Slide Lockets
and a few surprises


and the living is easy, a few of my favorite things for July heading into August
kayaking down the Neuse
 this little sugar fired enameled piece, feels like the beach
new bracelets in the works
sterling version of commission
becoming a favorite bracelet, accompanied with basil which grew like crazy on my deck this summer
the complete set 18 k gold plated over silver  "vermeil"
Drunk bee sucking the life out of cone flower, for some reason I can't get them to grow... though  I try every year.
sugar fired
orchid silhouette
kitchen window with black eyed susan
Scarf I started 25 years ago finishing last block of green
lots of butterflies this year
So been wanting to redo my website, but of course not now! Lost my website, it  expired unnoticed and someone bought it in hopes to resell it to me...Well, I will be  starting over gathering images and info for a new sqaure space design. I am trying to keep the name similar:
Once in a Blue Moon

one more trip to the beach,   Lots more jewelry to be made, getting ready for a photo shoot of jewelry on models, a first for me.
Australian Boulder opals, simply elegant

better late than never

Loved Boston saw so many great things, saw an old friend hadn't seen in years. Saw fabulous jewelry. Walked and walked, really enjoyed the public transportation, the museums, historical sights, public art, beautiful parks  and quaint neighborhoods. The SNAG conference is always stimulating, thought provoking, and entertaining....  Got right back to an Anne Havel workshop. which was super, Larkspur Show which was great. Lovely weather, big crowds. Then a trip to Manteo's  College of Albremarle and Pocossin. Studying ideas for future of Pullen Art Center. Followed by hosting a workshop with Ben Dyer, doing cold forging, also excellent and well received. A fathers day trip to mountains again visiting with college pals our dear friends Jo and Bill  from Brevard. Now time to get back to work catch up with some commissions and start getting ready for fall shows. I will be doing a show this Fall in Wiiliamsburg called "An Occasion for the Arts" trying to branch out  a bit. My website disappeared, actually expired unnoticed so I'm having to get that redone.  And now its July. Lots of shark attacks in NC. second thinking swimming in ocean for now.  It has been extreamly hot. Heading that way next week so we will see. Plan on spending a good part of holiday weekend working in studio, as I have been distracted. I did get some new work started for Larkspur and those pieces are ready to be  expanded apon.
Boston Museum of Fine Arts
Swan Boats
Edgar Alan Poe
pop up
pop up
Gallery Walk

At The Commons
Neighborhood street Mural
Boston Harbor
Stuart Davis,  this painting is so much better in person than a photo in a book- exquisite
Robin and Betty best buds from way back, Chowan College days:)
this is a brooch selfie K Osgood brooch pin swap (i owe her one0
15th year at Larkspur
Brevard Fathers Day

May, trip to Charlotte, Mint Museum and The Beckler

Recycled necklace by Bob Ebendorf

Charlotte downtown
Book illustration by George Braque

Hand  carved, wood, amazing detail
Mint Museum, jewelry by Miriam Hiller

Jamie Bennett
Bob Ebendorf

 New work by me for Creative Metalsmith &getting ready for Larkspur :)
Gardening has begun


George and I judged a show in Rockingham, North Carolina, this was the"best in show" black and white photo,  I love the horse's eye and emotion that comes through in this photo.
First time setting pear shaped stone, John Cogswell's stonesetting book had some helpful tips, very sparkly with star of saphire and tube set diamonds.
I still cant believe my orchid rebloomed, I totally left it alone, I might try the fertilizer for next year and see what it does
George got a painting in the June section of "Carolina's Got Art" the opening will be in charlotte the first friday of May so we will plan to go. Looks like a rather large show.
Ive been getting alot of new work done, I now have my pieces in the Little Art Gallery at Cameron Village.
These are some more pieces that are going  to the "Creative Metalsmith" in Chapel Hill. They will be carrying my work as of May:) I will also have work in the "Artspace" gallery store starting in June. These are all new opportunities, so the challenge is on to be more productive.
Been working in the yard sporadically, finally got the other side of the fence up, Spring has been very welcome here in Raleigh.
this is actually the 20th anniversary of Larkspur, time flies I think I have been doing that show for probably 17 or eighteen years, there will be lots of new "In the Garden "jewelry there first weekend in June.
I'm still inspired by the Pullen Baptist Church Rosette
I see it every morning on the way to the Y
Winter was long, glad spring is here

january brrrrrrr , Feb.. March 1......

Samples and work by Jessica Calderwood
Several days of this
outdoor light sculpture by Susan Cannon,
Demo piece from ECU Symposium by Kim Cridder

Two pieces from ECU Symposium that I liked, Check out Arthur Hash Blog for a great photo documentation of the event

Spring has got to be on its way

its really was February.... Had a great time at ECU symposium this year, lost our heat for a week, put up my first official trunk show and now settling into some projected goals for 2015.  Work more on selling the magic, get photos with a model, get photos on white background, make a major neckpiece, add two more shows to my year, fence the other side of yard, These seem doable. Its really cold outside, we may get a snow. planning a fall trip to Vermont. Jessica Calderwood workshop at Pullen and SNAg in Boston.......lots to sort through, better go one at a time. Got snow.  2 snow events later , and now its March.

January on to new adventures.

Pet Portraits for animal cousins Quinn and Runner, done by Keith Norval
Studio visit with potter friend Brad Tucker
Baxter and his new Christmas toy
New Years Eve sparkle, jeweled purse belonging to mother of the bride
My fav photo of bride and groom , reminds me of a Hopper painting
What fun ringing in the new year, with Marion :)
                                                     All decorations put away till next year.

December : Before its over

Baxter and Mitsie got the holidays going early this year by finding a box of ribbons. Glitter everywhere.They are definitely mischief makers.
Finally finished the "jewelry exchange" documentation. I traded with Llyn Strong from Greenville SC.
And the Christmas cactus bloomed
Mary Anne K. Jenkins had a special birthday party, hosted by her two children it was good to see her. And then the shows began ...Piedmont
New display. I like the colorful rug with the predominately, blacks and whites. Alot of new work.
"Heirloom Brooch", Rhodalite garnet, 18 k and oxidized silver
                                          flower necklace with handmade chain. From the series                                                                           "Clouds got in the Way". Things got a little dark
                                          and sad, RIP,  MTM Nov 25, 2014 just shy of 91.
                                          I will miss you Mom.

                                         And my cactus bloomed. We walked the beach,
Had thanksgiving, and next thing you know it was Christmas.
It's the eve of Christmas Eve. Ive embraced the season, watched Christmas movies, filled last minute orders, drank alot of Starbucks while out shopping, spent time with friends, somehow I haven't felt as stressed out and crazy as usual, just enjoying the quiet of the night. It's raining and cold outside. Enjoying our little tree with magenta balls.  Peace to all.

Something about this time of year

                                            Lots of new work, getting ready for fall shows
this photo was a happy iphone accident, wish I could actually figure out how to make that happen
My constant evolving display, show season started early this year.
Remembering the fall colors in the canyon
Last bloom of the season, out did it self this year
Finally got the chicken up, I think we worked on that for at least 2 years
                                            Baxter keeping his eye on the Jack o' Lantern


Last flowers of the summer
"Morning Glory" that Anne Terry gave to me.