Friday, March 22, 2013

Triton Museum of Art.

I closed my Etsy shop for a week starting  yesterday, and just set up my space at the Triton today.  

I love that we are all situated within the galleries in the museum.  Hah, the one I'm in (Warburton) is featuring an exhibit of 7 foot tall paintings, beautifully done but mostly of naked baby dolls. HAH!  Kind of cool.  :D

Next gallery over is an exhibit I'm looking forward to seeing - Echoes of Islam.

Hopefully this show will go well, it's a really beautiful space in the middle of Silicon Valley!

xoxo J XOXO

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Beatnheart's Treasury list.

is FABULOUS.  I've not seen a good one in a while, and this one is good.

Some of my favorites:

A molecular soup -- a special set of 13 ancient-looking ceramic beads with round dots

And pretty much every single listing.  Thanks for introducing me to greybirdstudio, Beatnheart.  I'm a fan now!  And these beads above by Happy Fallout, I wish I had gotten to them first.


Wednesday, March 13, 2013



Holding Place: A Repository of Containers and Vessels by Metalsmiths Around the World

These containers and vessels definitely hold their place in the world of stunning art objects as well as in the world of metalsmithing.

Since the dawn of time humans have created containers to hold things that were important to them, from large vessels to hold food and harvests to intimate containers for small precious things. They might hold memories, ashes, medicine, beverage, fruit or food - but all spring from the imagination and skill of the maker. Some have specific religious functions, some are meant for everyday use. When one thinks of a vessel or container the inclination is to think of something with solid walls - yet many of these works involve the exploration of positive and negative space, and the use of negative space to help create the illusion of the wall of the vessel.

As the world's largest jewelry related internet site, Ganoksin strives to develop exhibitions showcasing work from around the world. This exhibition was open to all metalsmiths, professional and amateur, advanced and beginner. Participants are from The Netherlands, the USA, Canada, Australia, Costa Rica, the United Kingdom, Israel, Hong Kong, Colombia, Romania, Italy, Ireland, Japan, Malaysia and Denmark. While most of the pieces are by an individual metalsmith, some are collaborations, one of three artists spanning 50 years.

In total 319 artists contributed 729 show pieces for the permanent online exhibition.

Objects in the exhibition include boxes, lockets, urns, ash containers, bowls, wine cups, reliquaries, match holders, vases, teapots, pitchers, sugar bowls, baskets, nests, pillboxes, clutches and a range of sculptural forms. A variety of techniques are showcased covering a wide range of metalsmithing techniques. Materials used include everything from gold and silver to less expensive metals. Ornamentation includes the addition of enamel, chasing and repousse', gemstones and found objects.

The exhibition was curated by Beth Wicker, President of the North Carolina Society of Goldsmiths in the United States, and Adjunct Instructor at Northeastern Technical College in South Carolina. Director of the exhibition is Hanuman Aspler, founder of The Ganoksin Project, the world's largest internet jewelry site. 

Here is my piece (Eubol II):

And the link to my entry:

Thursday, March 7, 2013

LOTS of new pieces.

Finally!  A whole lot of pieces I've been wanting to share for a while:

Morocco. Ceramics by Scorched Earth, patinated copper paddles.

Portals. Copper, enamel, wax, steel, rainbow pyrite.

Yeye.  Ceramics by Scorched Earth, conch shells.

Aeturnum. Ceramics by Scorched Earth, copper paddles, steel.

Sea Dragon. Ceramics by Scorched Earth, conch shell.

Mastodon. Fossilized mastodon teeth (approx. 10,000 years old), conch, steel.

.Infinite. Enamel, copper, sterling silver.

Labyrinth. Copper, sterling silver, enamel, wax.

Serpentina. Copper, enamel, wax, bone beads, sterling silver.
Whew! That's it for now. I'm fighting (really hard too, ugh) a possible cold.  Am hoping to win the fight. ;)

xoxo J xoxo

Saturday, March 2, 2013

No. Seriously?

Has it really been about 10 days since my last post?  Damn.

I had to take a small hiatus from the bench because of some schedule changes (Mark's in school now, studying to be a caregiver, what a rock star he is), car issues, taxes, blah blah.  Then the infusion was last week. 

SO, it's time to get back to it, with most of the fires put out!  I'll post some new work in the next day or two, and send you all love and hope that you're enjoying your weekend.

And a BIG "GET WELL SOON" to Kimberly, who is in Chile and got sick. :( Get better, girl!!

xoxo J xoxo