Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Sunday, January 27, 2008

new ring pic

This is the ring I finished last week and entered in the ring show:

It is anodized aluminum and sterling silver. This is the first piece I have titled in almost 3 years. I called it Cylinder Ring. Not because I really want to give it a title, just because things are starting to get confusing when all my work is untitled. In August, when I got the email about one of my pieces being a finalist in the Cheongju craft competition, they said it was my piece"untitled" that got in. I had to email back and ask which untitled piece it was cause both pieces I had entered were untitled. So I guess I will start giving my pieces descriptive titles.
I sent new work to the Museum of Contemporary Craft sales gallery yesterday. I have a problem, and that is that I make too many pieces I want to keep. I can't really make money if I don't sell my work. I think its ok to keep some pieces, pieces to enter in exhibitions, or pieces that have some special meaning to me, like this ring:

It was the first of my aluminum pieces, and it was also the first thing I made in grad school, so I think its ok that I dont want to sell it. But there are a lot of other pieces I don't want to sell. Actually I don't want to sell most of what I make. But I have to if I want to be able to continue making it.

Friday, January 18, 2008

finished my ring

I finished my ring last night. I am happy with it. I will take photos of it later today.


My ring is almost finished. It should have been finished 3 days ago. It seems the closer I get to finishing something the more I start to procrastinate. I am taking a lot of photos of the process, which are in this set on flickr. When I redo my website I might use them on my site to show how my pieces are made. I'm not sure when that will be, because I really hate working on my website.

Saturday, January 12, 2008

ring show

There is a juried exhibition coming up called The Ring Show: Putting the Band Back Together, that will be up at the same time as the SNAG Conference this year. Entries are due soon: Jan 24th. This is the prospectus.

I am working on a new ring for that. In the past rings were my favorite thing to make, and it seemed good designs came to me easily. Eventually I forced myself to stop making so many rings and make some other things instead. Now I am finding it difficult to come up with a good ring design. I think the design I settled on is ok, I don't think it's my best work, but I needed to start on something if I am going to finish it in time to enter it in the exhibition.
I finally started working out again. I need to work on losing some of the weight I put on during grad school.

Wednesday, January 2, 2008

Wearable Expressions

I got 3 pieces in to Wearable Expressions, which is a juried international jewelry and fiber exhibition. It will be from Feb 22- April 20 at the Palos Verdes Art Center in Rancho Palos Verdes, CA.

These are the pieces that will be in the exhibition:

I am thinking about going to the opening Feb 22nd. Yesterday it was exactly 3 years since I left California. I miss it. I think this would be a good excuse to take a trip there. I will think about it some more.