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” 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.
The “Sea Foam” bracelet features serpentine beads on a forged silver wire link bracelet.
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.
Artist Statement 2013
My work expresses a reverence for the beautiful ocean I have lived near all my life. I am inspired by the constantly changing colors and patterns of the water’s surface and the life that teems below. I often utilize shapes and colors with symbolic connections that are both obvious and ambiguous.
Mind, Heart & Hand: From the Metal Artist’s Studio
A Juried Exhibition of work by the Members of the Monterey Bay Metal Arts Guild at the
Museum of Art and History, Santa Cruz
December 6, 2013 – February 4, 2014
Z Folio Gallery: Structure + Rhythm
Monterey Bay Metal Arts Guild
Z Folio Gallery, Cannery Row, Monterey CA
November 25 2013 to January 6, 2014
Created for a Valentine show titled “Made with Love” being exhibited at Many Hands Gallery in Capitola, California.
Not sure why all the details I wrote about the “A Gilded Heart” necklace with pendant didn’t show up, or why the digital postcard for the exhibit got lost, but here it is again. All info for the show included in case you would like to attend the artists reception or visit the show while it is up.