Have you ever taken a photo of some work and all of a sudden there is this glaring mistake you didn't know what there? Boy oh boy have I. All of a sudden you will see there was a hairline fracture in stone, a solder seam that you could have improved on earlier in the process - you know.
While settling in here to NC I've been looking around to improve my skill set - and make some new friends. I have to say I am a tad concerned about that one, the new friends part. It was easier to meet people when I was thirtyish. Now that I am sixtyish it seems that people already have their "friends" groups. I sure hope I can begin to include myself in a few of them. So while looking around for classes, although I think I already knew, I've found the Asheville area is a wealth of artistic riches. Penland north, Arrowmont in TN, John C Campbell, William Holland, Haywood College, and everything in between. Be still my heart!!
I've signed up for a few for the Fall. In the meantime I've taken two and updated a strong skill set.
Currently I'm continuing to metalsmith and working with glass and found object. This is one of several pieces using sea glass. I love the stuff found on beaches and roads. Fingering through Grandma's button boxes and my own cigar boxes of cracker jacks goodies cemented that forever in my aesthetics. Let alone the fact that I grew up in Detroit - the epicenter of assemblages of parts.
Here is one of the current pieces. I hope you like where I'm going. And again, if you have a question, ASK. I love talking process.
What are you currently doing that works for you?
The next photo shows this piece with all of the bells and whistles added. The stone (glass) is fitted and now it only needs to be oxidized and finished up.
At the bottom is one piece I've completed. It contains a malachite cab that was given out as a bonus when I purchased some Navajo stamps. I thought it would look great in this piece. Just need to get that final photograph ready for Etsy. I'm switching my regular Etsy (Right Turn ArtWerks) over to finished jewelry. A new site, Right Turn Part Werks will eventually contain all of goodies I so love to create to add to my pieces.
|Now for the finish!|
|This one is complete. Sorry the photo isn't as "crisp" as I would like. It's just one of my "process" photos. Not the dazzler I should have to list it for sale. (Smile!).|