Friday, October 1, 2010
Thursday, September 30, 2010
I am thankful for the talent of local & regional artisans with whom I work. It is always a pleasure to introduce new work. Please choose American craftsmanship wherever you shop this season.
|Judy modelling one of her original pouch purses in red velvet (with cell phone pocket inside).|
|Needle Felting by local Christina Serra|
Wednesday, September 29, 2010
So where do I work in a 400 sq ft space and still have adequate area to create a wonderful Gallery? Right here behind a little checkout station! Supplies stay nicely hidden behind pretty cloth front cabinets with Ikea shelving turned into a jeweler's bench. There's always a way with will.
|Tigers Eye Acorn Necklace|
Spoken by Ralph Waldo Emerson, and handmade by me.
Also, an always classic sold sterling silver acorn in 3-dimension
And this Fall, I'm showing Jody Funk's clay jewelry in the Gallery:
Tuesday, September 28, 2010
Monday, September 27, 2010
I recently read Eat, Pray, Love. There's a part in the book where the author muses over what single word would describe a city, herself, a friend etc. Keeping with that theme, there's a Portuguese word I've loved since 1979 when I lived in
called JEITO. It's difficult to capture the full meaning of the word in English (which is part of why I love the word) but it means something or somebody that has a "way about them" that just flows, that mystifies, that creates magic, that comes easily, that others want. So I dedicate my word JEITO to Asheville KPhillip's pottery whose work I've sought for my Gallery since I opened. I am in love with his pottery and he is one nice fellow with a lovely family. His background and love of printmaking shows through in his unique pottery. Brazil
Wednesday, June 23, 2010
I’m very happy that she came into the Gallery to introduce herself. Her distinctive work is in a league of its own. Come by to admire the selection for yourself if you are in the area.
Wednesday, June 16, 2010
What are the chances of this classic Woodie car parking in just the perfect spot near my Gallery in Black Mountain, NC...and me having my digital camera handy to get a photo while the parking place in front of the Gallery was empty?!!! This was better than seeing a double rainbow. Check out the surfboard and the license plate which reads "REALWOOD". Does anyone know the year of this model?
I don’t have a lot of photos from childhood so when I received this picture by computer today…I keep looking for something…but I’m not sure how I’ll recognize it. The effort reminds me of Highlights Magazine hidden pictures. Where is the camouflaged predictor of coming sorrows, spouses, new diseases, cures, computers, Internet, a black President, more than 3 TV channels, and…please please…answers to my spiritual grail? There we were in our 1960’s rick rack unaware of God’s brush strokes toward tomorrow, still on the edge of innocence and open to adventure. Did things go wrong or did things go right? Is there a hidden door drawn here, newly exposed as game play continues and trees fade to gray, that I only need to land on to enter? I’m hoping so, I’m definitely ready for some fun and more clues.
Tuesday, June 15, 2010
After working on a project for a lot of this past year, I found out it isn’t going forward yesterday. Wow. Ouch. You kidding me? Unfair. Unjust. Deep. It’s so easy to get stuck in a victim mindset. Sometimes it’s the oddest things that remind me to just deal with the moment and let it go afterwards, and yesterday it was a relative’s cat. This old cat is alive to whatever new possibilities present themselves to it…whether it’s a new lap, moved furniture, moving feather…and never seems to withhold enjoyment from herself while fuming over why the kitty litter was moved for the 1000th time & other such humanoid injustices placed upon her. Yep, I’m moving the cat carvings at the gallery into direct view of my workbench. So far, I notice I’m getting very very sleeeeepy. I like that better than being resentful.
Monday, June 14, 2010
With all of the jewelry I have made over the past 29 years…for me to carry jewelry work in the Gallery made by someone else says that there is something absolutely extraordinary to me about the design and execution. I couldn't resist sharing these. You know how a certain pillow on the couch perks up the rest of the furniture? That’s the case with these exquisitely detailed 18 kt hydrangea blossom rings on textured earthy sterling bands in my Gallery. A tiny diamond accents the delicate single hydrangea flower. They are so precious I want to eat them. Entirely made by hand, these rings can be ordered in any size & easily shipped. Delivery is generally around 2-3 weeks. As with all things from the Gallery, they can be mailed.
Sunday, June 13, 2010
As a designer, my jewelry work is mostly biographical on some level or another…often with connected stories to something or someone. Mostly these stories go untold.
Last year, after keeping my park service hat in it’s original cardboard box for more than 25 years, I decided to start the half hearted effort to declutter our house. The hat had traveled with me from North Carolina to Georgia, California, Virginia, and then back to North Carolina and it was time to say goodbye to that youthful longing. It sold on ebay for four times what I paid for it…the original receipt was with it. I like to imagine it in some museum-like diorama depicting the NPS before the strangling budget cuts of the past twenty five years.
That's the rest of the story Paul Harvey. By the way, I miss you.
Saturday, June 12, 2010
Friday, June 11, 2010
I met Linda at a Wildflower Art and Craft Show where we were both exhibitors. Surrounded by her wildflower artwork, it gave her an air of femininity and grace. A few years later when I opened my current location, I asked if I could represent her work in the Gallery, and she was delighted. I love that she paints on distressed metal ceiling tiles that serve as frames. The simple but elegant paintings depict lady’s slippers, jack in the pulpit, trillium, ferns, hydrangea and poppy blossoms…all hard to find in artwork. They are well suited for displaying in pairs or trios…her work is affordable for those who appreciate original paintings without an exorbitant price tag. I know, I bought one years ago. A sampling of current offerings are pictured.
Thursday, June 10, 2010
I’ll love you forever
I’ll like you for always
as long as I’m living
my baby you’ll be.
that’s who Keith is. Keith is a North Carolina potter and a man who beats to his own drum. I think he communicates best in glazes…luxurious floating glazes he calls “ocean” and “fire” that remind me of far away times and places like Krakatoa, Vesuvius, or Sumatra. If I’m buying a teapot, a mug, a vase…I want to hear a story about the pot. With Keith’s work, it speaks for itself. Teamugs, coffee mugs, teapots, teabag holders, coasters, mini vases, vases, lotion bottles, & bath cups.