Monday, November 26, 2007

New Work and Show This Weekend!

OK, so I don't put stuff on Etsy as often as I'd like (a good New Year's Resolution!), but I've got tons of new work in process as I'm getting ready for my show at Bargetto Winery this weekend. Come on down and check it out! Enjoy a glass of wine and a delightful holiday shopping experience (unlike the mall).

First I've got some more bracelets from my "Outback" series, in lavender and blue (and the warm apricot hued one above), but the blue one has already found a home (sniff!). The clasps on these (fine silver) turned out great, and are significant.

Then there's another piece in my "Silver Play" series that I was really pleased with. Simple and neat, but unfortunately, it's also GONE already. Stay tuned for more of this - it's just too much fun not to do again. Fused fine silver rings in several sizes, sterling silver chain, and variations on the ivory Moretty and silver leaf trick. It's kind of funky and unpredictable, and very glamorous (in an earthy way, of course!) in the early morning light, don't you think?

Look for these pieces and more (tons of earrings!) this weekend at Bargetto, plus some very new, very exciting, very different focals that were inspired by Michael Barley's Baleen beads, plus thoughts about transformation and new life. How's that for mysterious? Photos of those very soon.

If I don't see you at Bargetto, have a wonderful Christmas! I may sneak some stuff onto Etsy between my show and the holidays, you never know.


Sunday, November 11, 2007

More focal lentil beads on Etsy

"Silver Play" series focal lentil bead.

Is this going to become a habit? I don't know, but I just posted four more focal lentil beads (1.25") on my Etsy store - take a look and let me know what you think.

The first one is another in my "Silver Play" series, where I try to limit myself to just ivory glass (dark and light), and silver leaf, and see how far I can go with just those colors. As any bead maker knows, when you mix silver and ivory glass you get some amazing reactions.

Next is a focal in my "Canyon" series, inspired by images in the book "The Hidden Canyon: A River Journey", by John Blaustein.

"Canyon" series focal lentil bead.

Next are a couple of autumnally-inspired focals with warm, vibrant colors.

"Copper Waves" focal lentil bead (SOLD).

"Autumn Jewel" focal lentil bead (SOLD).

Finally, a wire wrapped pendant that's ready to slide on your favorite chain or cord.

"Green Goddess" pendant (SOLD).

I've been crazy busy getting special orders done, attending the Mountain Art Guild's "On and Off the Wall" gallery show in Ben Lomond, and getting ready for the Bargetto Show coming up really soon. Oh yeah, Joyce and I were thrilled to get an honorable mention for our collaborative piece entitled, "Transitions", bestowed by George Rivera, curator of the Triton Museum in Santa Clara. Photos of that piece soon, I promise. Joyce pulled it all together, and it features some of my electroformed leaves, her patinated fine silver leaves, and a very rustic fine silver clasp complete with miniature acorn.

Speaking of the Triton, go and see Ken Matsumoto's show there now. I haven't seen his work in a few years, but I really like what he's done. The Bob Nugent paintings show very well with Ken's sculpture - it's a really wonderful exhibit.

Enjoy the day!

Saturday, November 3, 2007

New Fall Focals on Etsy

Are you ready for winter?

Earthquake weather can be nice - it's a gorgeous, 77 degree day here, and fall is reveling in herself.
Even fall offers new life...

To celebrate the season, I made these new focals, which are now in my Etsy store.

Fall Fires - SOLD

Warm Waves - SOLD

Rustika (SOLD)

I spent too many hours today updating my mailing lists and getting news out about my fall shows. I need to get help. Now I'm off to enjoy the day!


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