Full Circle

I took my first metal clay class with Pam East at the John C. Campbell Folk School in 2009.  The first day of the week-long class was the very first time I touched metal clay, and I was HOOKED.  It was such a great way to start and that fundamentals class gave me the confidence to build my skills and try new things on my own.  Pam was a generous and patient teacher and I knew I would study with her again.

Enamel on Fine Silver Pendant by Pam East

This weekend I get that chance when I travel to Atlanta for a two-day class in Pam’s home teaching studio.  The class is champleve enamel on fine silver. On day one we create a pendant that’s suitable for the enamel technique.  On day two we add the enamel and learn how to create color gradients.  Pam literally wrote the book on enameling on metal clay, so I’m confident that I’ll learn a great deal.  I’m also looking forward to spending time with Pam again.  Bonus!

I promise to take photos and blog about the workshop.  Stay tuned!

January 26, 2011

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Opportunities and Challenges Abound

This weekend, I’ll be checking out the ACRE (American Craft Retailers Expo) Orlando show.  They have a Las Vegas show that’s been running for years and this is the inaugural show in Orlando.  I considered applying to the show as an emerging artist, but it’s a big investment and I’m not quite ready to make that leap.  Close, but not quite.  I’m happy to have this opportunity to check the show out as a visiting artist, and my jeweler friend, Jenipher Brody has agreed to join me.  I haven’t seen that little pixie in months, so I’m definitely looking forward to the outing.

Are you an artist in the Orlando area?  Check out acreorlando.com for a visiting artist pass.  I’d love to see the show take off.  Wouldn’t it be awesome to have a strong wholesale show right here in Orlando?

My hubby and I have been super-productive.  We re-built his website.  You should grab your red/blue 3D glasses and take a look at LifeIs3D.com.  His photos are so amazing, and it’s nice to see them proudly displayed on his slick new site.

We emptied out our old rusted metal shed and it will be ripped out this weekend to make room for a new one.  The shed-clearing led to garage-cleaning and closet-pruning, culminating in a garage sale last Saturday.  It’s been quite a ride!

Meanwhile on the jewelry front,  I haven’t touched the clay since before the holidays and my blogs must feel like poor little orphans.  Speaking of the blogs, I’ve been battling hackers who broke into my site and performed all kinds of mischief.  It hurts that I will never get back all the hours I wasted trying to clean up this mess.  Hackers suck.  On the bright side, I have learned and am still learning more about site security and programming than I ever thought I would know.

I know it’s no excuse, but my head starts to pound when I even think about blogging.  I need to replace the memories of my recent experiences with my sites and replace them with happy new memories of regular blogging.  I won’t call it a resolution as I don’t want to jinx myself, but I do want to get back in the blogging saddle.  If you have a minute, leave a comment to let me know you’re reading.  It makes all the difference to know someone is listening!

January 20, 2011

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