I’m pleased to have work in this interesting exhibition highlighting artists who make fine art as well as commercial work. If you’re in the Seattle area I hope you can stop by. I’ll be at the evening opening reception if you want to talk shop.
Last January I decided my office was long overdue for a facelift. For many years it has been a dark room full of crap and spiders - essentially the dumping ground for everything I didn't know what to do with and then some. Among other things, it held big bulky furniture, an enormous glass case that held boxed up work, piles of empty boxes and other packing supplies, and a wall devoted to CD's. And I only had access to the desktop a handful of times in the many years I have had the space. So it was high time I got rid of spider filled dark corners and made proper homes for the things that need to be stored here.
There were some bigger needs that prevented me from doing this until I had funds saved up. I needed to have some internal electrical work done, add outlets, move wires, etc - the type of thing that required a professional. I hired Evergreen Construction Group based nearby and they were fantastic. Dylan and Jason are a super duo and I'll definitely work with them again on future projects.
I also ripped out the tiny wall in the corner and redid it to gain 4 inches of floor space. But mostly it was to expose things to make wiring easier. The most exciting thing they did was add an in-wall heater! The studio is very cold in the winter (and ridiculously hot in the summer) so I'm thrilled to have a space that heats up easily and efficiently. Down the line I hope to change the lights and add a ceiling fan but for now I'm quite pleased.
And there you have it! It took 7 months longer than expected but feels amazing to have a clean and bright organized space. Hopefully now I'll win the never ending battle against the spiders and sprawl of stuff.
Sometimes as a company of ONE it's hard to stay on top of all the stuff and things. I'm clearly not much of a juggler... I definitely dropped the ball on posting here!
There have been several more Inspiring Women Project winners announced since my last post. Congrats to Lila Ghising, Jane Deer, and Sara So! These ladies are fantastic examples of inspiration. You can read more about them here. I took the summer off but will be announcing a September winner soon. Feel free to nominate an inspiring woman in your life!
In addition to honoring impressive people, I've been remodeling/reorganizing my studio to better suit the way I currently work. I'll be posting more on that transformation soon.
Lastly, I've been out exploring the pacific northwest, building up inspiration for art to come. I've climbed some mountains that culminated in a backpacking trip around the circumference and up to the summit of Mt St Helens. This time last week I was at the top peering into the crater of a volcano! More to come on that soon...
I just spent a few weeks in Florida catching up with sun and warmth and family. So... I'm a little delayed in drawing the April Inspiring Women Project winner. It will happen this week! In the meantime, enjoy this beautiful aqua blue.... the water is so beautiful! Definitely plan to incorporate this color in future art.
Congratulations to Wendy Woldenberg!!!
Each month one amazing inspiring woman will be chosen from a pool of nominated women to receive this jewelry award. The Inspiring Women Project is a celebration of the GOOD, the COMPASSIONATE, the COURAGEOUS, the INSPIRING.
Wendy is the March Inspiring Woman!
I'm kicking off this award with a personal choice. I nominated Wendy for many reasons, but most notably for her generosity towards others. A teacher for 22 years, she has spent countless hours (and her own money!) to ensure her students gain amazing experiences they would otherwise never have known. Outside the classroom she is dedicated to ensuring the jewelry industry works toward a greater good through her role in Ethical Metalsmiths and her own jewelry work. Wendy is a champion and patron of emerging (and established) artists, creating opportunities such as Art Under $100 and many other events through South Park Arts. She is a dedicated and generous friend who goes above and beyond and has taught me a new definition for brave. Thank you Wendy!
Do you know someone inspiring like Wendy? Nominate her here. The April winner will be chosen the second week of the month.
Who's in Southwest Florida this week?! CG Jewelry and Bitty Bowls are headed to the sunshine state! Come to the open house...
Wednesday, March 21st
Join us for a glass of bubbly, enjoy a snack, and peruse handmade, one-of-a-kind, limited edition jewelry and enameled copper bowls/spoons. I only bring work to Florida every other year or so - don't miss it!
Stop by anytime between 11am - 4pm
781 Pelican Court, Marco Island 34145
Questions? Contact firstname.lastname@example.org
It's finally here! This idea came to me last year around this time. I wanted a way to acknowledge and show my appreciation for all the amazing women out there doing great things for her friends/family/community. Recognizing inspiring women with jewelry seemed like the natural (obviously I'm a jeweler!) solution.
I hope you'll all join me in the effort to thank women you know who lift others up. Nominate the woman in your life who's doing great things, no matter how big or small the efforts.
The first winner will be announced on International Women's Day
March 8th, 2018
A new winner will be chosen each month and featured on the Inspiring Women page. She will also receive the necklace award along with a hand written note touting your personalized appreciation.
Let's celebrate the Good. the Courageous. the Compassionate. the Inspiring.
In honor of International Women's Day I'm having a jewelry sale and give away! You can join in the fun from anywhere... the sale will be on Facebook Live. Two lucky ladies will win pieces of jewelry during the event.
SALE EXTENDED UNTIL SUNDAY, March 11th at 5pm (PST)
Live event: Thursday, March 8th, 5-7:30pm (pacific time)
Jewelry will be 20-75% off
How to participate:
- JOIN our facebook group anytime before 4pm (pst) March 8th.
- LOG ON to the group on March 8th at 5pm (pst) and be ready to pounce on some deals!
- There will be a $10 flat shipping rate for all pieces. (if you buy more than one item it'll be the same one time flat rate)
- Stay for the whole time or pop in anytime during the sale.
- Be the first to claim an item and then you will be billed after. Claim by writing "SOLD" and providing email address in comments under desired item.
- Items will be shipped after payment is received. (Payments must be received within 12 hours of invoice date)
- Jewelry will be shipped on the following Monday or Tuesday via USPS priority mail. If you need your piece(s) sooner let me know.
- All orders over $150 include a free polishing cloth!
This exclusive event is going to be super fun with special guests, jewelry tips, give aways, and one-time-only perks. I look forward to seeing you!
Hope you've all had an explosively fun start to the new year! Thank you to everyone who helped me finish off 2017 with a bang at all the holiday shows. Your support and encouragement is such a huge gift. I look forward to interacting with you, inspiring each other, and sharing more tales from the studio this year. Here's to a very happy and productive 2018!
Saturday, December 16th, 2-8pm
Seattle Design Center, 5701 6th Ave S, Seattle, WA 98108
Free entry and parking
If you want to beat the crowds, there's a few VIP tickets left for the $20 1-2pm hour. Get your tickets here.
I'll have extra special bitty bowls and jewelry...
BITTY BOWLS and SPOONS! I'll have some larger variations (for bigger appetites and/or hands) and one of a kind hand drawn bowls. And I only have a handful of the one of kind raw brass and copper bowls left so you'll want to get there early for those. And of course I'll also have the precious little spoons and colorful bowls I've been showing.
JEWELRY SAMPLE SALE! I'll have a special selection of highly discounted samples, one of a kind experiments, and last chance lost treasures from the archives.
You can find more info and a list of participating artists here.
I hope to see you at the show!
Congratulations to Kait who won the earrings and Keri who won the necklace in this past weekend's online gratitude comment and in person Equinox give away!
If you didn't win, stay tuned for more exciting opportunities in the works for 2018.
I'm thrilled to once again be showing my jewelry and bitty bowls at Equinox's annual art party in the Georgetown neighborhood of Seattle. There are many studios open - I'll be at She-Metal alongside several talented metal artists.
She-Metal Studio - 502 S River St, Seattle, WA 98108
This Saturday, December 9th - 6-10pm
You don't want to miss this crazy fun art party - forging demonstrations, performance art, food trucks, sparkling blue light filled streets, art shenanigans and too many talented artists to count.
I'll be in amazing company at She-Metal - Erica Gordon of Steel Toe Studios, Patrick Maher of Blu Skillet Ironware, Maria Cristalli, Leah Gerard, and Dylan Anderson. These artists are so freaking talented!
I'm pleased to announce that I'll be at the Phinney Neighborhood Center's annual Winter Festival with a selection of Bitty Bowls, Spoons, and of course limited edition and one of a kind jewelry.
37th Annual Winter Festival & Crafts Fair
Saturday, December 2 - Sunday, December 3
10am - 5pm
Location: Phinney Center - 6532 Phinney Ave N. Seattle, WA
I'll be in the Brick Building, Community Hall Room, Space 114
Entry: $2 PNA Members / $4 public (cash/check) - it’s for a great cause!
Children under 12 are free.
+ A suggested can of food for the FamilyWorks Food Resource Center (not required).
Find more info about the event and my fellow vendors here.
Have you ever had radishes with butter and salt? Neither had I, until working with two powerhouse ladies on a photoshoot using my Bitty Bowls in the kitchen. Carol Clifford from Orange House Press (also a fantastic chef) and Sarah Flotard, an incredible food photographer turned me on to this interesting and tasty treat.
This dish is most commonly found in France, though I also read stories of people from other countries who had it as kids so I'm not sure of it's exact origin. From what I can tell in reading through lots of recipes for it, you must trust your own palate - pick a salt and butter that you really love and have it on fresh crisp radishes.
I think Gabrielle Hamilton, chef and author, sums it up best in her article in the New York Times about this delicious dish - "The peppery, fiery radishes are tamed by the swipe through the cool, creamy butter, and then the flavors of both are brought out by the salt. The radishes are so cold and crunchy and spicy, and they have a mildly sulfuric note. The butter is unexpectedly sweet in contrast. It’s addictive."
I'd love to hear your thoughts on this dish! Comment below if you have a fond memory with this food or you're trying it for the first time and let me know what you think. And if you want unique dishes for your butter and salt to make the presentation extra special, check out my Bitty Bowls. Who's adding this to their Thanksgiving table?!
Thursday September 21st is International Peace Day. To celebrate, I'm teaming up with World Pizza, Kobo, and API Chaya to bring you a fun excuse to do good. And possibly win free pearl earrings and slices of pizza in the process!
At a time when it seems the world is coming to an end with insane storms, wildfires, and earthquakes, it's important we remember people who've been suffering beyond the affects of natural disasters - victims of violence. Everyone deserves a peaceful life.
To participate, simply go shopping!
A percentage of sales will go to API Chaya.
API Chaya supports survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking.
As an added bonus, 5 of you lucky pizza eaters will find a giant Sugarfina chocolate pearl atop your pizza. Ding ding ding! This means you've won a pair of sterling silver and pearl earrings pictured above. Go to Kobo to redeem your prize by September 30th.
Up to 10 of you luckies with newly purchased jewels (some of which are pictured below) will win a free slice of pizza. You'll be able to redeem your slice at World Pizza anytime until the end of the year.
During this event 10% of whole pie* purchases and 20% of all CG Sculpture and Jewelry sales at Kobo will be donated to API Chaya. For those of you not in Seattle, I will also donate 20% from online jewelry sales to the cause.
*valid for dine in pizza orders only - winners will be chosen at random - prizes must be picked up by September 30th
There you have it... it's a win win. You get some delicious pizza and/or fun new jewelry for your fall wardrobe and we raise money to help survivors of horrific violent situations into a more peaceful happy life.
If you are not in Seattle and unable to attend - I'm extending this offer to my website as well. 20% of all online jewelry sales between September 21-23 will also go to API Chaya.
Thank you for participating and helping a great cause!
We don't need much of an excuse to visit Cannon Beach, it's beautiful! Luckily, you can also see my sculpture in this fantastic Oregon coastal town. Imprint, a new gallery and print studio there has a selection of music boxes and special one of a kind sculptures.
If you are familiar with my work, you know I'm often inspired by nature and the oddities found while walking on the beach or hiking in the mountains. So it's pertinent that this piece found it's way to the coast... It was inspired by the egg case of a skate/shark (otherwise known as a mermaid's purse or devil's purse), something I found while walking on the beach.
These little pouches are fascinating with their tendrils and deep black color. Interestingly, the sharp tendrils exist to secure the egg cases in rocks and protect them from predators. Most egg cases that wash up on shore are empty because the creature has already hatched and is (hopefully!) swimming happily in the sea. In contrast to the black empty pod, I chose to make the interior of this piece bright white silver, a reflection of the life within and the points to represent our instincts to hold on.
A few other pieces you'll find at Imprint...
If you have a chance to check out Cannon Beach and/or Imprint, please comment below to let me know your favorite part of the visit!
This summer I had the good fortune to visit my niece in New York City. Along with my mom and sisters, we got to see her awash in the fun exciting energy of the city, following her journalism dreams as she interned at NBC Nightly news. Normally when I visit the big apple I stick to galleries and general nyc mayhem, but this time around we hit some iconic staples- Rockefeller, 9/11 memorial, Ellis Island, and of course the Statue of Liberty.
Part of the reason Lady Liberty was such a highlight for me (in addition to having a great reminder of America as a welcoming country) is because the process used to make her - repousse hammer forming - is one I frequently use in my sculptural work. Repousse is the art of hammering metal from the inside (or back) to create a form. It is often paired with chasing, which is hammering from the outside (or front) of the form.
I thought I'd share some images from the museum for those who are curious how she's made...
There you have it! Pretty amazing for those of us who geek out on metalsmithing. For those of you who want first hand experience with this process, the next workshop I'm teaching is right up your alley. October 7-8 at Pratt Fine Arts in Seattle, I'll be teaching a Metal masks class where we'll be hammering copper sheet much like you see here (only thinner metal and smaller pieces!)
As many of you know I get a lot of inspiration from being in nature. Hikes in the mountains, walks on the beach, garden strolls, swimming outdoors - all lead to tons of ideas and no less than 100 close up photos of flowers, leaves, pods, and beach oddities on my phone. There is nothing like that sense of inner calm while simultaneously being energized from being outside. So when given the opportunity to design jewelry for fellow nature lovers, I'm thrilled and jump at the chance!
A recent wedding ring set commission reminded me how lucky I am when I can combine my passions - art and nature. The fellow and I talked at length about he and his girlfriend's (now fiance!) outdoor adventures, hobbies, and design aesthetics. Fortunately for me, she posts a ton of pics from their hikes on Instagram so I was able to get a sense of her favorite imagery. I asked them to email me pics of a few of their favorite hiking excursions. Between our conversations, her instagram account and thier pictures - I was able to create a design that fit her aesthetic, lifestyle, and commemorated a few of their favorite places.
By combining these two textures, I was able to create a design that will forever remind this happy couple of their hiking adventures together. The mushrooms serve double duty - part aesthetic and partly as prongs for setting diamonds. The water worn rock texture is a nice visual contrast to the bulbous mushrooms. I also really appreciate the symbology - the prolific essence of love and companionship that endures the test of time - a story told through nature.
All in all, it was a fun and challenging project and I couldn't be happier for the couple who owns them!
I'm thrilled to have sculptures in a show opening at Confluence Gallery this weekend! I'm also excited because it's a great excuse to explore the Methow Valley, a gorgeous part of Washington State - I hear the wildflowers are spectacular this time of year. If you're in Twisp over Memorial Day weekend, I hope to see you at the opening!
Elemental Sculpture is a celebration of works in wood, metal, glass, ceramic and stone that connect artist and viewer to earth, sky, sea and wind.
May 27 - June 24
Opening Reception: May 27th, 4-8:00pm
Confluence Gallery - 104 Glover Street, Twisp, WA
This sweet space is also now carrying my jewelry in their gift shop! Be sure to stop by for a fantastic selection of handmade goodies - a great reminder of your time in this beautiful part of the country.
Hope you all have a fun Memorial Day Weekend!