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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.

MBMAG 2016 postcardMBMAG 2016 postcard back

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.

Talisman for the Journey 2016 detail J4

“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.

Talisman for the Journey 2016 back J4

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.

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“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.

RECENT WORK – “Bull’s Eye Pendant”

This piece went through many changes before arriving at its final “completed” state, yet once it got there it seemed so obvious. The work was photographed before I researched the symbolic meaning of the various elements and I was very pleased to find that the accepted symbolic meanings spoke to me in a very real way. Perhaps when I am wearing it I will be reminded to focus and center myself.

Bull's Eye, Talisman, pendant
“Bull’s Eye Talisman” – Carol Holaday

Bull's Eye Talisman, pendant, Carol Holaday

“Bull’s Eye Talisman” – detail

Bull's Eye, Talisman, Carol Holaday
back side of Bull’s Eye Talisman

Symbolic Meaning 

Bull’s eye type emblems are symbolic of focus or concentration.

Native Americans have been drawing these type symbols for eons. For the Native American, these circles within circles represent various forces within the universe converging with The One…the one spirit, the one energy that animates all that is (God, if you will).

Other cultures have drawn concentric circles to illustrate the same thing. The inner circle may represent the self, consciousness, the soul, or the mind…with the external circles representing the waves of influence our center has over everything else.

The very nature of this symbol commands our vision to focus.  As we look at it our eyes tend to immediately concentrate to the center…that’s the beauty of this symbol (and primarily why it’s been used by sharp shooters of all kinds in competitions).  As such, this symbol stands for focus upon the center – focusing on the one thing.

information above found at:

http://www.symbolic-meanings.com/2007/08/28/mandalas-hit-a-target- symbolism-of-the-bullseye/

Metaphysical Properties: Feldspar is said to assist one in detaching from the old, encouraging unconventional, exciting methods to attain ones goals. It can also assist in locating misplaced things.

Chinese Writing Stone is made of feldspar, and is sometimes referred to as Calligraphy Stone because of the white formations on a black background, which can look like Chinese script or calligraphy writing characters.

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Talisman

tal·is·man   – noun: talisman; plural noun: talismans

an object, typically an inscribed ring or stone, that is thought to have magic powers and to bring good luck.

“Ocean Talisman”

“Ocean Talisman” was created for an exhibit held at Lireille Gallery in Oakland. See the digital postcard below for details. This exhibit is no longer showing, however, if you happen to be in the Bay Area, this gallery is worth a visit. Or you can visit their beautiful web site to see the work of gallery artists. http://www.Lireille.com .