Monday, November 16, 2009

Precision at Each Step

I have finally entered into a VERY creative avenue! I am the happiest I have ever been making jewelry - for a couple of reasons. First, I am making individual pieces that are not necessarily designed to be reproduced over and over. This allows me to spend extra time at each step to ensure that the finished piece will be precise and accurate. Also, it opens up endless ideas for me regarding design and craftsmanship; a fantastic creative challenge!! Secondly, I have a 'home' to send them to when I have finished: Seasons on St. Croix Art Gallery in Hudson, Wisconsin. These two facts are extremely motivating and have sparked me. I will be in design and fabrication mode this winter. Great timing!! Let that snow fly folks.

My new pieces are a marriage of techniques that I have been working with independently; hand engraving, flush stone setting, and more advanced soldering techniques enabling me to make more detailed designs. I will blog soon about my artistic influences (I have some definite ideas about series, etc.) I will continue making chain components, but will expand on original ideas to get more 3-D; soldering components and forging these pieces. I will be learning new forging techniques at the studio with a little help from my studio-mates... so great to share brains and equipment!

Forgot to post in October!! Will blog soon!