We are currently under a Shelter in Place order.  Until that is lifted and things have settled down I'm going to have my shop on Vacation Mode.  I'm sure everyone has greater needs at this time.  I send you wishes for good health for you and your loved ones wherever you live.  You can reach me via my Contact Page at any time.

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Something Fishy Going on Around Here

Fishing lure pendant

Victorian Popper artisan pendant

 

Some husbands play golf while others build furniture or rebuild cars in their garage workshops.  Mine fishes.

 

Yukon fishing

Inconnu Lodge, Yukon 2001

 

Many of our vacations have either been solely for fishing or included fishing.  Except for one trip they were all incredibly beautiful places with wildlife on land and sea.  To find really good fishing you have to be willing to go remote and we've done that a few times with a few harrowing tales to go along with them. 

 

Selwyn Lake 2005

Selwyn Lake 2005

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We All Start Somewhere

wirework jewelry

 

Some time in my early teens I apparently found wire as a possible material for jewelry making!

 

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Focus brings Thought, Depth, and Curation

Artisan Necklace

Hope Floats No. 4

 

I learned a lot by creating in a series rather than one-offs.  By focusing on one idea or element I was able to broaden my thought, deepen my meaning, and curate a collection.

In this next set of mixed media pendants and necklaces I expanded beyond talisman to story telling which is my favorite kind of art.

 

tunic length artisan pendant

Hope Floats No. 5

SOLD

 

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Optimist Published in Belle Armoire Magazine

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I think my Chicken and Egg pendant was destined for greatness.  I named her Optimist after all.  She was a few years in the making as I described in an earlier post.  She'll always be one of my favorite pendants of all time.

Belle Armoire Magazine did it again and created a lovely page for my pendant.  Isn't she adorable?!

 

artisan pendant

Optimist

SOLD

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What Came First? Chicken or the Egg?

 

In this case the chicken!  As a lifelong creator and learner I've taken quite a few workshops in my life.  I like to experiment and try new things.  The older I get the more time I have to do so and the greater benefit to my brain and art I think.  Years ago I took a class on electroforming and promptly came home and took some small plastic chickens and gave them a coating of copper.  Then they found themselves in a jar since I had no idea what I was going to do with them, but they made me smile every time they caught my eye.

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Charmed, I'm sure

Artisan Pendant

Wind Dancer (SOLD)

(glass cab by Mikelene Reuss)

 

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Dipping My Toes back in

Blue Gem Turquoise Pendant

Dippin' My Toes

Blue Gem turquiose, fossilized coconut shell, sterling silver

 

In just a little over a week I'll be re-opening my jewelry studio for another season of creative playing.  I know I'm ready, because I've been collecting new stones that are inspiring me.  

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The Inspiring Sea

Artisan Pendant

 

Briny Deep

(lampwork cabochon by Mikelene Reusse, Labradorite, Inspiration Mine Gem Silica, Freshwater Pearl - all set in Sterling Silver)

 

A Jelly-Fish

Marianne Moore, 1887 - 1972

Visible, invisible,
A fluctuating charm,
An amber-colored amethyst
Inhabits it; your arm
Approaches, and
It opens and
It closes;
You have meant
To catch it,
And it shrivels;
You abandon
Your intent—
It opens, and it
Closes and you
Reach for it—
The blue
Surrounding it
Grows cloudy, and
It floats away
From you.

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Sea Pottery Jewelry

Mixed Media Jewelry

Broken Pieces

Sea Pottery, Vintage brass and copper, Swarovski crystal

 

In addition to sea glass one can find sea pottery shards along the beach especially if you're near an old dump.  Pottery shards can be as decorative as the ironstone plate piece as seen in my mixed media piece above and blue and white pendant below, or of a more utilitarian use like a redware bowl piece or white stoneware.

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