Thursday, September 17, 2009

Not so glamorous...

Making jewelry is not as glamorous as wearing it...
Midnight Flora pendant - blackened sterling, 18k gold, diamond

Friday, September 11, 2009

I remember

Today is one of those days in history that people say "I remember where I was when..."

On this day, 8 years ago, I was at my parents' home in Pennsylvania.

I had been in Pittsburgh the weekend before, selling my work at the Fair in the Park. Rather than driving back to South Carolina after the show, I choose to visit my family for a week so I could attend my cousin's wedding the following weekend. I drove through Somerset County on Sunday night, where United Airlines Flight 93 would crash in a field 36 hours later.

I was enjoying my time off at my parents' and was sleeping in on Tuesday morning. A phone call from my brother woke me up. He tried to tell me what was happening. "We're under attack!" I thought he was joking and I laughed at him. He urged my mother and me to turn on the television. I could not believe what I saw....

I remember and I will never forget.

Monday, September 7, 2009

The first piece of jewelry I made...

I made my first piece of jewelry well over 20 years ago. Sure, I strung macaroni and made construction paper link necklaces years before that...but this was was first metalsmithed piece.

I had an amazing high school art teacher (thank you Mr. Pozun!) and he introduced jewelry making when I was a sophomore (circa 1986 - age 16). The funny part of the story is....I HATED it! We had to lay out our design on a sheet of nickle silver and cut it out. The tedious sawing and filing that followed was TORTURE. And Mr Pozun did all the soldering, so I missed out on the FIRE (aka the fun part)!

I truly discovered my passion for working in metals a year later, while at the PA Governor's School (a summer art camp of sorts) when I was introduced to steel sculpture and braising. Metal + Fire = LOVE!

And a year later, I was in college and concentrating my studies in Jewelry/Metals. Funny how things work out, huh?

To read about my fellow EtsyMetal members' first piece of jewelry, please visit the following blogs:
Andes Cruz
Beth Cyr
Caitlyn Davey
Clare Stoker
Cynthia Del Giudice
Delias Thompson
Kerin Rose
Laura Crawford
Libby Rosas
Nina Dinoff
Nina Gibson
Sara Westermark
Tamra Gentry
Quercus Silver

Friday, September 4, 2009

Artful home fall catalog

A few of my items from the Midnight Marquise Collection are included in the fall Artful home catalog...which is due to shipped out any day now. If you would like a copy of this beautiful catalog please sign up on their website here or simply shop online!

Marquise Chain Bracelet, Layered Midnight Marquise Pendant and earrings: oxidized sterling silver, 18k gold and cultured fresh-water pearls.