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Art Under $100 and Equinox Very Open House

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Last two holiday shows!

Come visit one (or both!) of these fun art parties. Both are in Georgetown. Both are the funnest alternative shopping experiences you will ever have.

This Saturday, December 8th

Come to Art Under $100 in the afternoon, grab dinner at Ciudad or La Sirenito, then head over to Equinox for continued good times. You won’t be disappointed!

 The 14th (and possibly last) annual Art Under $100 Holiday Sale.

The 14th (and possibly last) annual Art Under $100 Holiday Sale.

Art Under $100 is sure to please with affordable treasures, raffles to win great art prizes every 20 minutes, and fancypants cocktails for only $8 a pop.

I’ll have a selection of colorful Bitty Bowls and last chance discounted jewelry.

Free entry 2-8:00pm

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Equinox is an explosion of handmade art to buy, art to experience, blue lights, and general mayhem.

My work will be at She-Metal, studio of the esteemed, Sheryl Andrist and Dylan.

Living Room Building - 502 S River St, Seattle WA 98108 - 6-10:00pm

I’ll have a selection of new one of a kind jewelry, colorful Bitty Bowls, and my new collection of hand drawn one of a kind graphite bowls.

Free and open to the public



Happy Thanksgiving! A gift for you...

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In this season of gratitude I’m giving thanks for many things - family, friends, joy in being creative, beautiful places to embrace nature, and of course all the support and love I’ve felt from you over the years. It’s easy to lose self-esteem and have growing doubts when spending a lot of time alone in the studio - your words of encouragement and purchases of my work mean the world to me and remind me that my artistic contributions to the world mean something.

As a token of my appreciation I’m giving away a piece of jewelry AND a Bitty Bowl. My way of celebrating Black Friday is to GIVE.

What are you thankful for?

To be entered in the drawing:

  1. Comment below and tell us something you are thankful for

  2. State your preference for bowl or earrings with your comment below

  3. Subscribe to my newsletter (this gives me access to your email address so I know how to contact you if you win)

 Win this bowl! Comment your gratitude below

Win this bowl! Comment your gratitude below

 Win these earrings! Comment your gratitude below

Win these earrings! Comment your gratitude below

Winners will be announced on Monday, November 26th

Food and Bitty Bowls - Interview from Urban Craft Uprising

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I’m pleased to participate in Gobble Up this year in Seattle. A show devoted to locally made artisanal food and handmade products for your table. Please do stop by! It’ll be a fantastic place to pick up unique treats for Thanksgiving, a superb host gift, or holiday gift shopping checked off the list early.

Saturday November 17th, 10am - 6pm - Bell Harbor Conference Center, 2211 Alaskan Way, Pier 66 | Seattle, WA 98121

In preparation for the show, the organizers conducted the following interview on facebook. I’ve reposted it here along with added images for your amusement. If you’re curious about my connection to making products for food, read on…

1)    Where does your passion for food come from?

My Mom! She’s an amazing cook who loves trying out new recipes and experimenting in the kitchen. We had a large garden growing up and canning was always a big summer activity when I was a kid. Though I didn’t inherit the green thumb, it planted a strong appreciation for the farm to table movement I enjoy now.

 Mom cooking up Christmas feasts for our big family over the years. Our tradition is a family recipe for chicken paprikash and spaetzle for dinner and my mom’s famous (to me!) palacsinta for breakfast.

Mom cooking up Christmas feasts for our big family over the years. Our tradition is a family recipe for chicken paprikash and spaetzle for dinner and my mom’s famous (to me!) palacsinta for breakfast.

 

2)    Tell us about your culinary journey.

Baking has long been a hobby of mine. I love making elaborately decorated treats for friends to enjoy. I bring this same sensibility to my series of Bitty Bowls and Spoons. It’s a fun way to bring color and sweetness into the kitchen (without the calories).

I majored in metalsmithing in college and have been making jewelry and sculpture ever since. Making small spice bowls and spoons has been a great way for me to bridge my appreciation for well crafted food with heirloom quality objects for the talented chefs who make those amazing meals.

 lovebird cake pops I made for friends wedding

lovebird cake pops I made for friends wedding

 sunbeam cake I made for friend’s birthday

sunbeam cake I made for friend’s birthday

 

3)    Where is your favorite place to eat?

Tough one. I’m partial to variety so I’m often trying out new restaurants when I go out. I mostly cook and eat at home but I’ve had fantastic memorable meals at several of Renee Erickson’s restaurants and would happily return to all of them repeatedly.

 

4)    Where do you source your ingredients?

I source the metal and glass enamel I use in my products from manufacturers within the US. Using these, I make everything by hand in my Seattle studio.

 

5)    Tell us about a new product you are working on.

I’m really excited about a new series of black and white bowls with graphite sketches I’m making. Similar to the colorful Bitty Bowls, I apply a couple base layers, but then carefully hand draw an image using a graphite pencil. This image is fused between layers of glass so it’s permanent and functional. They are also a little larger so work well with bigger hands or when you want more of your favorite spice/condiment/etc. Some of the drawings are inspired by my hikes in the area but I drew a handful of herb inspired bowls special for this show. Can you think of a better Thanksgiving host gift than this little lavender bowl?!

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6)    What will our fans find at your booth this fall?

Limited edition and one of a kind colorful bowls and spoons, copper disco spoons, the hand sketched series I mentioned above, and some special sterling silver long-handled mixing spoons for your favorite bartender.

The little bowls are excellent spice prep bowls in the kitchen but also make a colorful statement on the table for salt and pepper, perfect for everyday use or when you want to pull out all the stops at your fancy dinner party. I make the bowls and spoons by forging copper into a bowl shape and then fusing it with acid resistant, lead-free glass enamel in a 1500 degree kiln.

The raw spoons are forged and fabricated from metal by hand, each unique and expressive in character. 

 limited edition of sterling silver bartender stir spoons inspired by the ingredients in your favorite cocktail

limited edition of sterling silver bartender stir spoons inspired by the ingredients in your favorite cocktail

 these winter months scream for small pops of color

these winter months scream for small pops of color

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7)    What are your goals for your business in the next year?

First and foremost, my goal is always to make beautiful, high quality objects. I’m an artist so evolving the design and making process is the core of my business. Goals for the upcoming year include expanding one of a kind commission offerings and growing the Inspiring Women Project.

 

8)    What was your biggest challenge when starting out?

Trusting myself and my creative vision. It’s easy to have self-doubt, especially when starting out. Time and experience has led to more confidence, which makes everything easier and more fun. Speaking of starting out, since this interview is about food products, here’s a creamer and sugar bowl I made when first learning to be a metalsmith eons ago.

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9)    What's your favorite part of this food movement?

Eating delicious food!

I’m a strong proponent for quality over quantity. I appreciate locally sourced organic ingredients – makes such a big flavor difference and feels good (and fun) to support vendors at my local farmers market. I believe there is a mutual respect for the objects we have in our home and use in the kitchen – surrounding ourselves with high quality items has a similar impact to feeding ourselves with high quality healthy food, both result in a sense of considerate self-care, which makes it easier to be available and giving towards others.

 Speaking of local farms… Inspired by  Bow Hill Blueberries , these berry bowls go great with Bow Hill’s pickled blueberries for a unique treat.

Speaking of local farms… Inspired by Bow Hill Blueberries, these berry bowls go great with Bow Hill’s pickled blueberries for a unique treat.

10) What's the best part of your job?

I get to work with my hands and be creative on a regular basis. I also love the way it allows me to connect with people – to have my work in people’s homes where I know it’s appreciated and used. I was at a dinner party recently where salt and red pepper filled Bitty Bowls were the functional centerpiece to a warm evening of fun conversation and connection. Such an honor!

This video shows me removing a batch of Bitty Bowls from the kiln after fusing the first base layer. Hands in action!

Blueberries, Bowls, Herbs and Soup

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I’ve discovered the most delicious thing that has ever been done to a berry…

PICKLED BLUEBERRIES!

Of course I love fresh blueberries in the summer when they are at their peak, but here’s a fantastic way to enjoy them the rest of the year. Bow Hill Blueberries makes pickled blueberries from heirloom organic berries picked fresh on their farm. They make a lot of other amazing products too but these are my favorite.

I was so inspired I had to make some blueberry bowls! After forging copper into bowls and adding a base layer of vitreous enamel, I sketched the blueberries with a graphite pencil and fused the drawings between layers of glass.

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I’ll have these one of a kind bowls this Saturday at Gobble Up, a show devoted to artisanal food and products for your table. If you’re in Seattle, please stop by! Bow Hill will also be there. An enameled copper blueberry bowl and jar of pickled blueberries would make the best gift for your favorite foodie.

Shown above are Bow Hill’s pickled blueberries mixed with goat cheese (which is freaking amazing!). This mix or a little bowl of the berries would make a great accompaniment to a cheese plate at your next holiday gathering. People will rave about your foodie prowess. And if you have left over pickled blueberries, here’s a yummy SQUASH SOUP recipe.

I couldn’t stop at blueberries! I’ve also made a series of one of a kind herb inspired Bitty Bowls that will make their debut at the show this Saturday. Come early, I only made 8!

 Oregano, Parsley, Lavender, Thyme, Rosemary, Sage, Tarragon, Star Anise

Oregano, Parsley, Lavender, Thyme, Rosemary, Sage, Tarragon, Star Anise


Open Studio - October 14

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I’m very excited to show off my new jewelry line inspired by hiking Mt St Helen’s this summer as well as a new line of hand sketched enamel copper bowls.

October 14th / 11am - 4pm

Please join Ann Chikahisa with Chikahisa Studio and myself for our fall open house! It’s been 4 years since we last opened our doors to the public so this chance doesn’t come around often.

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Come for a mimosa and snacks, stay for the jewelry and art! You’ll get first dibs at my newest work plus I’ll have some discounted classics available.

For any of my students… this is a great chance to come check out my holloware set-up. I’m happy to talk shop and answer your questions.

Doors will be open Sunday, October 14th from 11am - 4:00pm @ 1244 S Concord St. Seattle, WA 98108

Feel free to bring friends. We look forward to seeing you!

Office Make-Over

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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.

 This is the office BEFORE the make-over but after I had already started removing things. It was waaaaay worse before this picture!

This is the office BEFORE the make-over but after I had already started removing things. It was waaaaay worse before this picture!

 Voila! Several coats of paint, a new door, floor, cabinets, and desk (among other things) later!

Voila! Several coats of paint, a new door, floor, cabinets, and desk (among other things) later!

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.

 The view from my desk! Not only do I have a great breeze in the summer with 2 open windows, but there's a real grown up heater on that right wall! Plus it's fun to dress up the mannequin with jewels and have a home for some prints from my Lick series.

The view from my desk! Not only do I have a great breeze in the summer with 2 open windows, but there's a real grown up heater on that right wall! Plus it's fun to dress up the mannequin with jewels and have a home for some prints from my Lick series.

 The view from the rest of the studio. I heavily debated this one... I had a new custom door made! The old door was hollow with a crappy frosted window that opened. I replaced it with a clear window (nice to actually see what's happening in the rest of the shop) and a solid core door to help block out the noise. I appreciate this door every time I'm in here and am thankful for the decision to go for it. It feels safer and I can actually take phone calls and the door drowns out the sounds of heavy loud equipment on the other side.

The view from the rest of the studio. I heavily debated this one... I had a new custom door made! The old door was hollow with a crappy frosted window that opened. I replaced it with a clear window (nice to actually see what's happening in the rest of the shop) and a solid core door to help block out the noise. I appreciate this door every time I'm in here and am thankful for the decision to go for it. It feels safer and I can actually take phone calls and the door drowns out the sounds of heavy loud equipment on the other side.

 I added a wall of cabinets with lots of storage. Thank goodness for proper storage! It took me forever to decide on cabinets because no one had exactly what I wanted (well, within my budget anyway). In the end I went with Ikea kitchen cabinets (they have gotten much easier to put together btw). I custom made the two glass display cabinets by adding track and glass doors to the front of two of the basic Ikea boxes. I'm super happy with the result - a nice home for some of my sculptures. My little collection of copper vessels from Santa Clara Del Cobre are on the counter on the left.

I added a wall of cabinets with lots of storage. Thank goodness for proper storage! It took me forever to decide on cabinets because no one had exactly what I wanted (well, within my budget anyway). In the end I went with Ikea kitchen cabinets (they have gotten much easier to put together btw). I custom made the two glass display cabinets by adding track and glass doors to the front of two of the basic Ikea boxes. I'm super happy with the result - a nice home for some of my sculptures. My little collection of copper vessels from Santa Clara Del Cobre are on the counter on the left.

 Another big thing I did was add a floor. Previously, it was chipped painted concrete that gave the room an extra chill in the winter. After crying several times from back pain when putting one of these snap together floors in my jewelry studio during that remodel, I decided I wasn't up for it this time. In came Scott Stevens with LScarpentry. Scott also helped install the white counter and drywall the little wall repair mentioned earlier. I lucked out working with Scott, he's great!

Another big thing I did was add a floor. Previously, it was chipped painted concrete that gave the room an extra chill in the winter. After crying several times from back pain when putting one of these snap together floors in my jewelry studio during that remodel, I decided I wasn't up for it this time. In came Scott Stevens with LScarpentry. Scott also helped install the white counter and drywall the little wall repair mentioned earlier. I lucked out working with Scott, he's great!

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.

Where did the spring/Summer go?!

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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...

First Inspiring Women Project Winner!

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Congratulations to Wendy Woldenberg!!!

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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.

Florida Trunk Show

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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
11am-4pm

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!

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Stop by anytime between 11am - 4pm
781 Pelican Court, Marco Island 34145

Questions? Contact c@catherinegrisez.com

Inspiring Women Project

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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.

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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.

Nominate her here

Facebook Live Sale

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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)

Join the private group for access here

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!

Happy 2018!!

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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!

 I was lucky to bring in the new year with my wonderful boyfriend who had the foresight to plant us at a bar with this great view of the space needle. I've never seen the New Year's fireworks up close so it was a fun treat. Hope 2018 is off to a great start for all of you!

I was lucky to bring in the new year with my wonderful boyfriend who had the foresight to plant us at a bar with this great view of the space needle. I've never seen the New Year's fireworks up close so it was a fun treat. Hope 2018 is off to a great start for all of you!

South Park Arts - Art Under $100

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THIS SATURDAY!!

Saturday, December 16th, 2-8pm
Seattle Design Center, 5701 6th Ave S, Seattle, WA 98108
Free entry and parking

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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.

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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.

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You can find more info and a list of participating artists here.

I hope to see you at the show!

Equinox Very Open House -12/9/17

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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.

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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 made a special little selection of one of a kind copper and brass ring bowls. I'll have these along with a selection of my enameled copper bowls and spoons and sterling silver, gold, and gemstone jewelry collections.

I made a special little selection of one of a kind copper and brass ring bowls. I'll have these along with a selection of my enameled copper bowls and spoons and sterling silver, gold, and gemstone jewelry collections.

 Be sure to enter your name in my necklace give away raffle. Everyone who comes to visit me at Equinox will have a shot at winning this super sweet, everyday wearable sterling silver necklace.

Be sure to enter your name in my necklace give away raffle. Everyone who comes to visit me at Equinox will have a shot at winning this super sweet, everyday wearable sterling silver necklace.

 Of course, I don't want those who can't make it to Equinox to miss out. So  I'm raffling off this pair of earrings to one lucky winner who comments below.  Mention someone or something you're thankful for this holiday season in the comments by midnight (pacific time) this Sunday (12/10/17). One lucky person will be chosen at random. Luck and gratitude for the win!   HOW TO ENTER:   1. Be grateful! Tell us about who/what you are grateful for in the comments  2. Enter your name and email (so I know who to contact if you win)  3. Submit as guest (some people have had trouble when they try the log in method)  4. Cross your fingers.

Of course, I don't want those who can't make it to Equinox to miss out. So I'm raffling off this pair of earrings to one lucky winner who comments below. Mention someone or something you're thankful for this holiday season in the comments by midnight (pacific time) this Sunday (12/10/17). One lucky person will be chosen at random. Luck and gratitude for the win!

HOW TO ENTER:

1. Be grateful! Tell us about who/what you are grateful for in the comments

2. Enter your name and email (so I know who to contact if you win)

3. Submit as guest (some people have had trouble when they try the log in method)

4. Cross your fingers.

Phinney Winter Festival

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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).

 I'm currently finishing up these one of a kind beauties for this weekend. Come pick your favorite! The smokey quartz in the earrings and necklace in the foreground are especially stunning in person.

I'm currently finishing up these one of a kind beauties for this weekend. Come pick your favorite! The smokey quartz in the earrings and necklace in the foreground are especially stunning in person.

 My favorite way to add color to your kitchen! Bitty Bowls are perfect for the foodie in your life who loves handmade and quality design. These are great for salt, pepper, or spice it up with unusual table spices like cumin or paprika.

My favorite way to add color to your kitchen! Bitty Bowls are perfect for the foodie in your life who loves handmade and quality design. These are great for salt, pepper, or spice it up with unusual table spices like cumin or paprika.

Find more info about the event and my fellow vendors here.

Your radishes, made better with butter

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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.

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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?!

Pizza and Pearls for Peace

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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.

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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.

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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.

and

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.

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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!

The making of Lady Liberty (and how you can too!)

inspirations, for fun, classes/lecturesCatherine Grisez3 Comments

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.

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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...

 This is a plaster model of her toes. Since the statue is recreating an immense figure, models were used to ensure accuracy of scale. It's also a better way to make the parts since everything is so huge.

This is a plaster model of her toes. Since the statue is recreating an immense figure, models were used to ensure accuracy of scale. It's also a better way to make the parts since everything is so huge.

 Here's the big toe being formed in a wood mold made from the plaster model above. In the small metals world, we often skip the model and use pitch or wax for this purpose, or even sometimes hammering on air. Since I'm often working with abstract imagery, I can form over a variety of steel stakes, sand bags, and hammers to get the shapes I want.

Here's the big toe being formed in a wood mold made from the plaster model above. In the small metals world, we often skip the model and use pitch or wax for this purpose, or even sometimes hammering on air. Since I'm often working with abstract imagery, I can form over a variety of steel stakes, sand bags, and hammers to get the shapes I want.

 The same toe after hammering is completed with reinforcement bars on the interior. This metal is about 1/8" thick - thin in terms of a large scale statue (hence support bars), but quite thick in terms of small scale metalforming. I usually use metal sheet that is about less than half this thickness. Also, notice the tool to the left called a mushroom stake, one of the tools we use frequently in the holloware/metalsmithing world. It's most often used to smooth out forms from the outside that have been roughly shaped from the inside.

The same toe after hammering is completed with reinforcement bars on the interior. This metal is about 1/8" thick - thin in terms of a large scale statue (hence support bars), but quite thick in terms of small scale metalforming. I usually use metal sheet that is about less than half this thickness. Also, notice the tool to the left called a mushroom stake, one of the tools we use frequently in the holloware/metalsmithing world. It's most often used to smooth out forms from the outside that have been roughly shaped from the inside.

 And voila - the finished toe as seen from the outside. Notice the rivets on the toenail - that's where it's attached to the reinforcement bar as seen in the previous picture.

And voila - the finished toe as seen from the outside. Notice the rivets on the toenail - that's where it's attached to the reinforcement bar as seen in the previous picture.

 You can get a better idea of the scale here with my sisters snazzy sneaker rubbing toes.

You can get a better idea of the scale here with my sisters snazzy sneaker rubbing toes.

 A replica of her face. At more than 8' tall this is copper forming at a most impressive scale.

A replica of her face. At more than 8' tall this is copper forming at a most impressive scale.

 Notice the seem on her nose. Smaller forms were joined together to create one solid shape. To join pieces of metal, In some cases they are riveted to each other or reinforcement bars and in others welded or soldered. Here you can see the soldered zipper seam, a process I've used on larger seamed vessels and one I've taught during holloware classes. Rather than using a butt seam, a zipper seam can handle much more distress during the hammering process.

Notice the seem on her nose. Smaller forms were joined together to create one solid shape. To join pieces of metal, In some cases they are riveted to each other or reinforcement bars and in others welded or soldered. Here you can see the soldered zipper seam, a process I've used on larger seamed vessels and one I've taught during holloware classes. Rather than using a butt seam, a zipper seam can handle much more distress during the hammering process.

 This view shows the interior structure and stairwell up to the crown. Sadly reservations to walk up were sold out but I was able to get this peak into the inside. To the right you can see the interior of the copper with the reinforcement bars that support the form and hold things together.

This view shows the interior structure and stairwell up to the crown. Sadly reservations to walk up were sold out but I was able to get this peak into the inside. To the right you can see the interior of the copper with the reinforcement bars that support the form and hold things together.

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!)

 A few sample copper masks for the workshop. Come hammer with us! Perhaps a Lady Liberty mask is in your future?

A few sample copper masks for the workshop. Come hammer with us! Perhaps a Lady Liberty mask is in your future?