Friday, June 25, 2010
I find wire wrapping quietly soothing. Each wrap, tight against the next, three times, three layers of wrapping. Quietly thinking about what the pieces might become. It's a little like meditation. I can empty my mind just by focussing on my hands. It is soothing.
I woke up to the pleasure of an email from my son. His package arrived! Only 12 days. There was a photo of a ring he is having made for his girl friend, an engagement ring. I am smiling.
There are few words in this email about what is happening in his life. Just facts really. Two more soldiers gone this week. One a medic like my son, caught in small arms fire on the FOB, a 'safe' place. Eight gone in five weeks. It's getting hard to stay positive. I don't listen to the news anymore. It all seems so impersonal. I go back to wire wrapping.
Wednesday, June 23, 2010
I like to be in control. I like perfect circles. I like things all lined up neat and orderly. I compulsively straighten pictures on the wall. I'll even do it on your walls. Just not when you are looking.
Yesterday, I was making bronze components for a necklace I wanted to make. I wanted something other than jumprings to connect chain to a strung portion. The clay wouldn't behave. And then I looked at what I thought was a perfect mess and said to myself, it's OK to let go of perfection. Perfectly, imperfect. Isn't that really how life is?
Monday, June 21, 2010
I worked a lot this weekend. I etched, cut, domed, drilled and made many small things. Work is what I do when I have things that I need to work out in my mind. If my hands are busy I don't become overwhelmed with difficult things.
Friday, June 18, 2010
These are a few of the goodies that came out of the kiln this afternoon. I recklessly glazed away with glazes that I have never used before. I threw caution to the wind. I am happy! There are no true stinkers in there. And fortunately I even know what these glazes are as the clearly labled test pieces are in the bottom of the kiln. BTW, I would normally test the glazes then use the good ones in the next go round of glazing. But I was open to a surprise, even a bad surprise.
Now I am off to unload a U-Haul chockers full of antiques, art supplies, and art work collected (umm hoarded?) over something like 20 years. My friend is down sizing to a condo in a move to Austin. Lovely person that she is, she is holding a silent auction to benefit the Womens Protective Services. How could I say no to such a generous gesture as this one. It's only 97F and I love to sweat. Really.
Have a great weekend!
Monday, June 14, 2010
I felt like I was moving in circles, unable to find any sort of peace of mind. The ideas would flit in and just as quickly flit out. The cause, the complete and utter chaos of my studio. It was dangerous in there. It had spilled into the dining room. In fact, I can't remember the last time I saw the top of the dining room table. So yesterday I spent the entire day cleaning it up. I organized, I threw things away, I didn't go so far as to dust.
This morning I woke up and ideas I've had in the back of my mind were ready for me. I've spent the day sketching. I even found sketches I made a while ago. I got some new models for pendants done. It felt so good to work in a calm space again.
Oh, and I found out that my mum's cancer is in remission again after 6 months of a new chemotherapy. I'm pretty sure that helps my peace of mind as well.
Friday, June 11, 2010
Well actually 2 of them will go to market tomorrow. One of them has an unsightly boo boo on the back and will stay home. Two others didn't make it to the kiln because I broke them. They don't even get to stay home because they've already been put in the scrap bin and are no more. Poor starfish.
It's that time again, second Saturday Downtown Art Market, or DAM for short. And hot DAM(n) is how I'm feeling about this. It's hot here, upper 90's and more. I'm indoors which is good and bad. The good part is I don't have sun on my head and don't need to use a tent. The bad part is there is no AC. But the show must go on! It's amazing though how well attended the art market has been even in hot weather. I do love going each month and meeting up with friends I usually only see at the market.
Have a lovely weekend!
And please, think some cool thoughts for me :-)
Wednesday, June 9, 2010
Those two turquoise rondelles, oh and those three bronze spacers I made out of scraps. I was considering making a focal out of those pieces when I spied the picasso finish glass beads, and then the pearls, and the little copper hearts, and the......
Well it just spun out of control from there and I ended up stringing the center of a necklace. Stringing. It may be a new obsession. And this photographing jewelry business is a whole different ball game then photographing beads. Bugger. It makes me want to use strong language.
And look not a piece of porcelain in sight. How did that happen again?
But I have in fact been working on some new porcelain pieces. Here's a little peek.
Monday, June 7, 2010
This may be the very first piece of jewelry I have ever made that didn't have any porcelain components. Not even a speck of wire work or chain either. Stringing is just not something I have ever had much talent at. I don't have too many inspired ways of putting together beads. But here it is, a strung piece.
Not too long ago I ordered several stands of turquoise form Julianna on her detash estsy site, Diet Beads. When I got these coin shaped beads I fell in love with them and the design in a bronze focal with coordinating lentils just sort of popped into my head. I must say I am actually rather pleased with this and it felt OK to just follow up on what was in my mind at the time in a spontaneous way.
BTW, Juls has been cleaning out the studio, which I believe may be much like my situation, encompassing the whole house. She's got a lot of lovely things over in her detash shop. You should go over and have a look. They won't last long because this is a cleaning project and once they are gone.... well they are gone.
Friday, June 4, 2010
Which means that my studio/garage was miserable when I unloaded the kiln this morning. But it was worth going out there just to get this one particuar little blossom pendant out. I love blue and brown together. I know it's not a very summery combination. But heck it's 98F height here today. I would like to ignore summer for the time being and think about autumn.
And guess what? We are under a severe weather alert. It could be even hotter tomorrow, 100-107 degrees. We are warned that outdoor activity may induce serious heat related illness. I believe that means I have been given carte blanche to ignore the embarrasing state of my back garden. I believe that means that I am to lie in bed in the air conditioning with the ceiling fan on, with a good book.
Have a great weekend. I'll be in bed with Richard Jury as we solve the mystery of who killed Dorcas.