Thursday, August 9, 2012
Whew! This summer has flown by. So much to do, so much done. A little pile of beads waiting to be sorted.
I had the great fortune to be able to meet Erin and Lorelei a couple of weeks ago for their book signing at Ornamentea. And my very own copy of their beautiful book, Bohemian Inspired Jewelry, is signed by the both of them. Really I can't tell you just how much I love this book. Great projects but even better is that it is a wonderful spring board for new ideas. Erin and Lorelei are really good at this and if you don't have a copy you should put it high up on your wish list. Better yet, you should just go out and get one today. You don't even have to leave your home. You can order one here.
It is always lovely to meet the people behind the blogs I read. This was a real treat for me. Erin and Lorelei are two of the very first people I met when I started my own blog. To finally be able to meet them in real time is pretty much indescribable. So I won't try, except to say they are even more wonderful in person than I could ever have imagined.
But I haven't just been galavanting around to book signings and bead shops. No siree, Bob. I have been a little worker bee out in the studio. Beads, beads, beads. I think there are a gazillion of them in various states of doneness. After months of doing so very little it feels so very good to get out there in the studio and make big piles of beads.
A few glaze tests happened too. Some kind of exciting first results with these new combinations. The big kiln is firing away right now and the little one is ready to go in the morning. Progress!
Oh, and, I just got back from a metal casting workshop at Silvera Jewelry School
in Berkley. If you ever get a chance to take a class from Joe Silvera, you should do it. He's a great teacher and so very generous with his knowledge. Wax modeling may be one of his favorites but he's a great metal smith as well. You don't have to go to Berkley. He teaches around the country at bead shows too. But a trip to Berkley is pretty fun! He and his wife Anat are fantastic hosts.
No that's not my ring. That's Joe's ring. I did make a ring. But you can't see it. I didn't finish it because I was too busy making wax models. I love that stuff. Will I be casting? Don't know. It's tempting.
Life is full. Life is good!
Posted by SummersStudio at 7:09 AM