sometime it happens in a flash, sometime it takes longer… but each piece always finds its human match. always.
this one below is the last of a one-of-a-kind brooch series from a few years back.
the first three were bought by jewelers’werk galerie at an american craft council show in baltimore, some while ago.
round stained brooch
she walked confidently into my booth, looking straight at it.
round stained brooch was hanging on the wall, pinned to a little black neoprene panel, swinging from a chain in the sunny november day.
she picked it up, running her fingers around the edge of it, then she put it on.
adjusted it to the soft woolen collar folds of her sweater and looked in the mirror.
everything was in place just then: the bluish greens of the brooch perfectly matched the color of her sweater, the darker tones her pants, the silver blended smoothly with her short hair and her hat was calling to the subtle greys of the metal.
there, they had found each other.
new rings in progress
the picture above does not specifically refer to the post below… but these rings ARE being MADE BY HAND, here in THIS country, in MY studio, by MYSELF…
a couple of weeks ago i was approached by someone who had recently started doing the ‘big shows’ (acc, philadelphia craft show, smithsonian, etc) and whom i had met at one of them; they wanted me to make some components for their jewelry, prototypes that i would have fabricated directly in metal and would have then been cast and reproduced abroad… after several exchanges with drawings and quotes and a couple of in-person meetings (they are local), i produced an estimate for them for what i deemed a fair quote (also given that the pieces would have been cast for mass production AND outside of this country). after receiving a bit of resistance at my pricing, i suggested they look at jewelry suppliers to buy the components already made in bulk and even emailed them a couple of direct links with similar product they were looking for, telling them it would have been more cost-effective for them (and me) to go that route. but they insisted, saying they ‘really liked’ my work and wanted something ‘special’.. so i reviewed my estimates and emailed them back my quotes, which were pretty much the same as the first ones. they live in the best part of town, somewhere i cannot afford, they ‘design’ the pieces, but all the work is effectively made outside of this country by someone else… yet, they are in the ‘best’ shows here nationally, where the hand-made in the usa is usually a requirement (or, am i mistaken?). today they decided they ‘cannot afford’ my prices and will turn abroad where cheaper labor is available… silly me, right? silly me… i make almost EVERYTHING in my studio and BY HAND, including the melting of some of my metal, the pulling of my wire and sheet, the fabrication… and am barely making it. so much for the made in usa.
ah! february, already….
got a few things rolling here and there, in not so specific order.
but tossing this one out, still fresh and in the making… a pre-launch offer!
the TW line finally online on Square Market 🙂
(HINT: starting: tonight-feb 11 (midnight/mst) and for 6 days on to feb 17…you get
on all and(well, yea… almost)
have the pleasure to announce a little mention of my work in the november issue of
abq arts magazine….
my loops earrings featured alongside other fellow jewelers, here in the enchanted land
loops earrings – black, heat on brass and sterling silver finish
abq arts nov 2013
and a great many thanks to Valerie Tibbets of Weyrich Gallery in Albuquerque for suggesting my work to this publication!
calling all my loyal ‘locals’….
come by this saturday at the west casitas location (8 am to 1 pm), other side of the tracks from the water tower at the railyard in santa fe!
will be adding some fresh pairs of these, among other things….
the dangling coils earrings – TW collection
a shot from the bench…
another quickie today, as i step out for a minute…
look here, still hot off the virtual press!