7.30.2015

Settling In



 




A few random snaps from the past week...up next, moving into the studio! Details coming soon~



6.06.2015

Mermaid Ring~Memories of Cold Green Water, and Summertime

I sat down to edit photos and list a few things in the shop the other day, and when it came time for writing about one special ring, the memories just poured out of me...

She swam her summers in the Puget Sound,  it's cold green waters hosted all kinds of seaweed, in every shade of green you can think of...There were tall billowing ropes of kelp,  deep emerald strands, and olive green ropes with bulbs on the end the size of a grown mans fist.  From the beach, she waded through bits and strands of the stuff, it was dried all over the rocks on the beach, stuck to barnacles and shells, and onto the driftwood that was scattered around.  At ankle depth, it swirled around her toes, and felt slimy and cold.  At the back of her knees it was ticklish and wrapped around the ankle in a way that made her have to lift her feet up high to take a step without it's slippery surface causing her to stumble through the water.  When she jumped off the dock and into the icy water 15 feet below, it was sharp and left a few paper-cut like slices on her legs.  Sometimes she would open her eyes under water and see the blurry greens of the water, with long bundles of kelp swirling all around.  Yes, the water was very cold, and yes it stung her eyes like crazy, but it was one of the best parts of being in the water. To see what the mermaid sees, to take in those soul healing underwater colors, and save them in her mind through the winter, until next summer when she went back to the island and got to do it all over again.

I don't know if the story inspired the ring or the ring inspired the story...

Mermaid Ring~Cortland Plume Agate








6.05.2015

They're All My Favorites

I don't know what it is, but certain pieces make me feel a deeper connection to the craft of metal smithing.  Maybe it's the shape of a stone, or the weight of the piece in my hand when it's finished, all shiny and with the perfect oxidized patina that I crossed my fingers and hoped would turn out as I saw it in my head.  Sometimes it's just purely the appreciation that I made this thing from beginning to end with a few tools, and my hands.  The ideas come from some unknown origin of inspiration, through my brain, to my hands through my fingertips with the aid of some serious muscle strength...in the form of the excessive hammering, forging etc. that goes with metal work. I always feel a huge sense of accomplishment when I see the final piece no matter how complicated or simple the design is.

They're all my favorites...


























These and a few more in the etsy shop.
Happy Friday friends...








4.16.2015

Playing Catch-Up

A few pieces that never made it to the blog...A random collection of some of my favorites from the recent past.  














Most of these are in the shop now~ 

3.05.2015

The End

The magical shop in Yucca Valley, where I had my trunk show last weekend...I was so busy during the show I didn't get any good pictures of the jewelry or the inside of the shop!












It's really an amazing feeling to put your work out there in to the world.  I've learned in the past year to own my work as much more than just jewelry, to know that my art is valid, worthy, and beautiful...It's hard to have the confidence, and self love to make something by hand and then offer it up to friends, family and total strangers.  Learning to let the doubts and comparisons fall by the wayside and feel confident about something I have made will always be a challenge.  There are days that are a struggle, and days when I KNOW down to my core that what I have made is good, but where would we be with out the lows to make the highs even higher?  

The trunk show was such a success, in ways I never would have imagined...I met some really beautiful souls, women who connected with my work, and found something that called to them and that made them feel beautiful when they put it on.  I made new friends, and amazing connections that I'm already reaping the benefits of.  I always get nervous before a show...doubts creep in and I wonder if my work is really worth what I think it is.  The best and most valuable advice I have ever read is just to do the work, make what comes from deep inside you, and then put it out there into the world.  The practice of making, and showing, and sharing the work of your mind and hands is really the best reward.  With every show, and every sale, and every person I connect with, I can feel my creativity and excitement grow...Work breeds more work, and that's the best felling of all, to be full with inspiration, with so many ideas that I have to make lists so that I don't forget any one of them.  

Now that I'm back home and getting settled back in the studio, I feel like all the times I doubted if I could do this, if I am good enough, if I'm crazy, are just stepping stones on the way to making a reality out of all my dreams.