Posts Tagged ‘new jewelry’

Radiolarians are…

Radiolarians are...

…spectacular.  Fabulous.  They’re the drag queens of the microscopic world. According to Wiki: Radiolarians (also radiolaria) are amoeboid protozoa that produce intricate mineral skeletons, typically with a central capsule dividing the cellinto inner and outer portions, called endoplasm and ectoplasm. They are found as zooplankton throughout the ocean, and their skeletal remains cover large portions of the ocean bottom. In Jon’s lab, there’s a giant poster showing hundreds [...]

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Six bracelets

Six bracelets

                     Voila!  

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On the perfect scale of bee wings

On the perfect scale of bee wings

I’ve been thinking a lot about scale and texture lately.  I’ve always been an “idea” person, interested in the big picture, in broad strokes. But as I study the craft of silversmithing, I am coming to deeply appreciate how important the little details are, even if you don’t notice them at first glance. If you [...]

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What should I name my factory?

What should I name my factory?

It consists of me.  And my work bench. I’m an entire assembly line today.  I’m the supervisor and the guy who sorts the parts and the guy who puts the parts together and the guy who cleans them up and the guy who inspects them and the janitor.  And whatever other jobs might exist in [...]

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If at first you don’t succeed…

If at first you don't succeed...

I’m hard at work in the studio this week. I’m actually rather overwhelmed with all I need to do.  It feels like I’ll never finish. This morning, in fact, I realized that in making my plan for all of the things I’m producing for the fair on Saturday, I had veered off course.  I was [...]

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if your name is alyssa kurtz, do not read this.

if your name is alyssa kurtz, do not read this.

Seriously, Alyssa. Stop reading. Right now. Don’t scroll down any further.     I mean it.     Ok.  Hopefully we lost her.  Now I can show you the birthday present I made for her.  I mailed it on Saturday–not quite in time for her birthday, which was yesterday, but I like to think that [...]

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traveling westward earrings

To me, the west is wild country and glowing skies and history and cowboys and surviving hardship and making new starts. I’ve spent the last eight years travelling westward: from Virginia, to the Midwest, to California, and in California, travelling closer and closer to the coast. I now live three blocks from the Pacific Ocean—just [...]

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The open palm

The open palm

In almost every culture, the image of an open palm conveys the same meaning: openness, listening, a willingness to accept what is given.  It can mean “welcome” or “I hear you.”  For some, it signifies giving oneself over to a higher power.  And for some, it is a kind of pledge to live in the [...]

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vintage-japanese-inspired wave ring

vintage-japanese-inspired wave ring

There’s something about Japanese prints of the Edo period that captivates me—especially the printmakers’ depictions of the ocean.  Their bold style seems particularly suited to crashing waves; they capture so well the surging energy, the motion. What draws me to these prints is the way the clean lines and controlled design somehow create emotional depth—it [...]

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wild antler necklace

wild antler necklace

I have never come across a shed antler, but I can imagine how it would feel to walk through the woods, the mottled canopy-light sifting over you, and suddenly there it is: the wild, creamy bone.  As if you were chosen and it had been placed there in front of you. I carved this small [...]

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ode to the victorian naturalists

ode to the victorian naturalists

I’m inspired by the careful way the Victorian naturalists observed the natural world.  Lacking the ability to take photographs of what they saw, they painstakingly rendered it by hand: insect by insect, bird by bird, leaf by leaf. The detail cameras can capture today is awe-inspiring.  But I also sometimes wish that art and science [...]

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Gateway School Auction

Gateway School Auction

A friend of mine has two great kids who attend a great school in Santa Cruz, and that school, Gateway School, is having an auction to raise money for scholarships and other great things for kids.  I decided to create a piece to donate to the auction:

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