Thursday, September 30, 2010

The lull before the Christmas season

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
                                                                Handpainted Trivets

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.

The creation of a thousand forests is in one acorn...Emerson

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

Thinking Christmas already

Who doesn't appreciate the addition of a fresh flower in the home?  Whether a gardener or not, there is always just a little something pretty to be brought in from outside.  That's what makes these beautiful Ikebana vases so wonderful as a complementary frame makes a painting so much does the perfect vase for the simplest floral sprig of hydrangea, Christmas holly or single poinsettia.   Come vist the Gallery to see the full selection. 

Monday, September 27, 2010

Pottery Jeito

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 Brazil 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. 
Garlic Keeper