my schedule usually slows down this time of year, mid-december, so i've spent the last week doing my bookkeeping and inventory as well as organizing my office and studio. i like taking time to do these kinds of things. it's good for my mind and body to take a break from making work. it gives my hands time to heal from daily studio wear-and-tear and allows my mind a chance to process. yesterday, i updated my delicious account with bookmarks i've saved throughout the year and i picked out my favorite jewelry related ones to share with you now:
i finished this spray painted necklace the other day. i made a pair of long, thin teardrop earrings over the summer and wanted to try the same shape again in necklace format. this piece includes layers of white, light blue, and yellow. more images onflickr.
tara locklear, a metals student at ecu, invited me to participate in a recent charm exchange that she organizes several times a year. it's similar to the "pin swap" that kicks off the annual society of north american goldsmith's conference, but what's different about the charm exchange is that it is for ecu metals students, both current and former, and their metalsmithing mentors. participants make one charm each and names are drawn for the exchange. even though i was not able to be present for the day of the event, tara drew a name for me while my name was picked by marlene true. i got a sweet tin and copper charm made by marissa saneholtz. i forgot to take a picture of the piece i made, but marlene was kind enough to send one along. (thanks, marlene!)
last year margaret couch cogswell and i had a sale here at penland and had so much fun we decided to have another one this year. the sale is today in the penland school of crafts letterpress studio from 4-5:30. refreshments served.
small painting on tin by margaret cogswell
margaret just completed her residency and is moving back to asheville to set up her studio in the river arts district. i am sad to see her go. she has been one of the best parts of my time here and i will miss her immensely!
i built my plastic room the other day in an attempt to be warmer and save money this winter. (it really helped last year!) it was easier to do this time because i had saved all the pieces from last year--no measuring or cutting. i think i'll label the pieces next so it's even easier in 2011. live and learn!
this weekend i will be participating in the toe river arts council studio tour(TRAC tour) which includes over 100 local artists and galleries. my friends, courtney martin (pottery) and john geci (glass), invited me to join them at their studios for the tour. i will have lots on hand including line drawings and regal graffiti. john will have his fantastic cane-work pieces and courtney will have a new selection of pottery, fresh from the kiln. this is my first time on the tour and i am excited to be a part of it. this area is rich with artists and i think it's pretty special when we all join together like this to support our work and the community.
my web earrings
john geci glass
courtney martin pottery
TRAC tour december 3, 12-4pm december 4, 10am-5pm december 5, 10am-5pm
martin-geci studios (number 19 on the map-find a link to the map here)
3224 snow creek road
bakersville, nc 28705
thanks for reading and hope to see you his weekend!