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 www.bettymckim.com 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
Edward
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
Rosemary
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
bracelet 

More of these to come in my "look book". I am slowly trying to get my images to my new website. I am now www.bettymckim.com  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


summertime

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:  bettymckim-jewelry.com
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
Susway
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
Tiffany

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

april

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 http://theartescapeplan.blogspot.com/

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

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                                            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

october

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



Summer 2014

Steve Winwood and Tom Petty Concert.
I guess this is all old news.  Summer is over, it was good. The coast was delightful, the mountains were beautiful.

Significant birthday:)
Lots of abstract and introspective thinking. I'm ready for fall now.

Way overdue to busy to post


Therefore this one may need to be somewhat jumbled. Got off track with my 3 a month challenge and totally fell off my "jeweler I know" for each month . So Ill play catch up.   Spring started with SNAG conference in Minneapolis. I had not been in a couple of years, and really enjoyed seeing people I hadn't seen in a while and meeting new people who are devoted to the field of metalsmithing. Some of the lectures were outstanding my Favorite was Mirjam Hiller, from Germany. Her work and presentation were spell-
bounding. Here is a piece that was purchased by one of the attendes at the conference.  Bob Ebendorf received a well deserved lifetime acheivement award, his acceptance was gracious, sincere and inspirational for up and coming as well as seasoned metalsmiths, jewelers, art jewelers, designers and craftsmen ie. makers.

This was the first time my husband George experience a SNAG conference. He had a great time touring around the art museums and biking the greenways. The gallery night took us all over the city my favorite show was in a bookstore in "uptown" the show was about art with words and featured a piece by a "jeweler I know" Adrienne Grafton.  Be sure to check out her website.   

the famous cherry by Claus Oldenburg at the Walker and a Frank Gerry Building "The Wiseman" at the University of Minnesota.
Needless to say we saw lots of art.
Got back to a fabulous work-
shop with Tim Lazure another "Jeweler I know"He is currentlty teaching a ring making workshop at Penland with Jen Townsend. His work is exquisite, he is a master craftsmen and makes wonderful tools, as well.
Did I mention puppies and pears and flowers. "Larkspur", "Artsplosure" and today is the first day of summer, summer solstice.. Another season to embrace.
Lisa Oakley pears at Larkspur
Georgia O'Keefe
Azealeas
"in the garden" series
The cat mural complete this year at "Artsplosure."

Edward Hopper.










March Month Jeweler Sandra McEwen

 HAPPY SPRING, LOVE THIS FUNNY BUNNY
Sandra designing, her drawings and use of color reflect her RISD  illustration background
Her patience and skill are amazing, she creates interesting and unique jewelry at her artspace studio.
Sandras' Blog shows several of her processes for cloisonne and champleve pieces at sandramcewen.blogspot.com   She will be teaching a May workshop at pullen.