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And time truly does fly! After my last post I took a break from working on rebuilding my web site to prepare for the annual Mother’s Day Jewelry Sale at Monterey Peninsula College.

May 2017 MPC Jewelry sale my display edit

Here I am using my phone to process credit card sales. Photo thanks to Kelli M.

The three day sale was a huge success for participants who donated 20% of their sales revenue to the MPC Jewelry Department. This goes towards buying new tools for the classroom and additional supplies for all students to share.

Once I recovered from that, classes ended for the summer break and I got back to work making new designs for the next MPC Jewelry sale (early December) and inventory for my on-line store…. which is progressing slowly. I’ve spent quite a bit of time exploring fusing (no solder) fine silver to sterling silver, with most of the work having a “Tide Pool” theme…. Sea Stars, bubbles, and ocean colored stones.

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“Tide Pool #2” –  chrysocolla/malachite

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“Tide Pool  #3”- azurite/malachite

 

 

SURF/SAND/SILVERSMITHS

Members of the Monterey Bay Metal Arts Guild (MBMAG) will be exhibiting a collection of fine jewelry and miniature sculpture at the Pajaro Valley Arts in Watsonville. Details, a map, and a list of participating artists can be found on the postcard below.

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Each artist may exhibit up to three pieces for the show, plus up to 6 additional pieces for sale in the gallery shop. My own three pieces for the show, plus images and information related to the inspiration for the work, are below.

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“Talisman for the Journey” – a necklace featuring an ammonite with a glowing amber stone tube riveted to it. The wire prong setting is built on a frame that I made many years ago and just discovered is a perfect fit for the ammonite.

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The photo above shows the back of the setting with the tube rivet for the amber cabochon.

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The length of the necklace is adjustable from 18″ to 21″. The “weight” at the end of the extender chain is one of my lampwork glass beads.

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Spiral Galaxy – a galaxy in which the stars and gas clouds are concentrated mainly in one or more spiral arms.

The spiral is probably the oldest known symbol of human spirituality. The spiral has been in rock carvings thousands of years old, on every continent in the world. The religious significance can only be guessed at, but it has been found on tombs, and almost certainly has a connection with the sun, which traces a spiral shape every three months in its travels.

Flores del Mar

“Flores del Mar”- silver ring with 18K gold

The design for the ring was inspired by the photo of a slice of agatized coral.

fossil coral inspiration

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“Aqua Pools” – bracelet – silver, turquoise, tourmaline, chrysoprase, and Peruvian blue opal

“Brain imagining indicates that proximity to water floods the brain with feel-good hormones such as dopamine and oxytocin. Levels of the stress hormone cortisol actually drop. Scientists have also discovered that ………………….. water increases our ability to focus.” Wallace J. Nichols

The meaning of the color turquoise is open communication and clarity of thought.

For thoughts on the bullseye symbol, see my previous post  for November 9, 2015.

Blue Halibut

Carol Holaday fish brooch

I am participating in the MPC Jewelry Sale once again. This is a three day event that takes place in early May and in early December. I’ve made lots of new work for this sale, including the “Blue Halibut” brooch above and new earring designs featuring the keum-boo technique on roll printed fine silver.

Monterey Peninsula College 19th Annual Mother’s Day Art Sale

Students of the Monterey Peninsula College (MPC) Jewelry, Ceramic, and Printmaking departments will be presenting their work for sale May 5, 6, and 7 on the college campus at 980 Fremont Street, Monterey.

Hours for the sale are Thursday May 5 from 5pm to 8pm, Friday and Saturday May 6 & 7 from 10am to 5pm. Jewelry and printed cards will be located in the Art-Dimensional Building, Room 106. Ceramics and glass will be located in the Art-Ceramic Building studio room 107. Both buildings are adjacent to Fishnet Road and signs will be posted to point the way to the studios. Follow signs on campus to parking lot B. Parking is free during the hours of the sale. No charge for admission.

Stop by and visit this pop-up art extravaganza showcasing a wide selection of unique one-of-a-kind works of art. Buy local art and help to support the MPC Jewelry, Ceramics, Glass, and Printmaking studio programs, which offer a supportive setting and a mentoring environment for talented students to showcase and promote their artistic creations. This is a great opportunity to find that special piece of art, meet the artist, and see where it was made.

New Work for “Adornment 2015” Exhibit

The two pieces shown below are work I created for the upcoming “ADORNMENT 2015” exhibit at the Z Folio Gallery in Monterey, California. The opening is December 4th, with the artist reception on December 6th, 3 to 5pm. The show will feature new work from the members of the Monterey Bay Metal Arts Guild.

Reflection Pendant

“Reflection” necklace featuries a beautiful labradorite stone, a small blue green tourmaline, and two of my lampwork glass beads. The special light reflecting properties of the labradorite reminds me of how the changing colors of the sky reflected on the waters of the bay can so dramatically change the colors of the surface.

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back of “Reflection”
"Sea Foam"
“Sea Foam” Bracelet

The “Sea Foam” bracelet features serpentine beads on a forged silver wire link bracelet.

New on-line exhibit at Ganoksin.com

Changing Hues: Color Embraced by Metalsmiths Around the World

In total 303 artists contributed 814 show pieces for the permanent online exhibition. Click on an image to see the details for the work pictured, including a larger image, the artist’s name and statement, plus a link to their web site if they provided one. I found so many new “favorites”… I know I’ll be spending lots of time checking out each artist’s work and reading their statements.If you see a piece you especially like and would like to see more from the same artist (many submitted more than one piece) you can enter the artist’s name in the “search this album” box near top right of the gallery page.

One of my three submitted pieces happens to be the first image on page one because the work is in alphabetical order by title.

“A Gilded Heart” was created for the Monterey Bay Metal Arts Guild 2012 Valentine themed show at Many Hands Gallery. For the beads in this necklace (both the focal bead and the smaller ones), I was experimenting with the different colors of gold that resulted from layering 24K foil over silver rich glass. The hints of color on the small bead to the left of the toggle comes from reducing the metal oxides in the special black glass before it goes into the kiln for annealing.

“Bright Bouquet” bracelet was featured in the 2011 Valentine show at Many Hands Gallery… and later sold at Lireille in Oakland. It is one of a series of flower themed bracelets… each with a different color palette for the glass.

The “Turquoise and Gold” stacked bead was created as a demonstration piece for a tube rivet demo. Details for the technique and materials used are in my April 14, 2013 post.

Check out the other Ganoksin Orchid Galleries to see more fabulous work from artists around the world.