I have a couple of truly unbelievable items in my kiln right now and since it is hard to photograph things that are glowing hot I thought I would show you these earrings inspired by ocean waves lapping the beach. They are fine silver box earrings with argentium sterling silver wires and cultured pearls. You can see them in person at the Art on the Promenade this weekend in East Peoria. The fair is a new one and is being held from 10 to 5 both days at the new Target complex. I believe there will be about 40 artists there and I feel honored to be among such fantastic company so come check the fair out and see all of the new stuff going on in that part of East Peoria. The new clock tower building looks almost finished.
Here are two pieces out of many that I have finished recently. I am busy as a bee getting ready for the Washington Fine Arts Fair this weekend. Above is a smaller diameter viking knit bracelet I have been developing. I make quite a number of these in copper due to the very low cost of the copper wire and then when I am certain how many feet of what gauge wire I want to use I make them in silver. This bracelet has metal clay based caps and toggle clasp. The hand lampworked glass bead is by Ellen Dooley and includes fine silver dots strung on the surface. Below is a butterfly pendant I made a couple of weeks ago or so and had not had time to photograph until now. It came out with a lovely patina very reminiscent of a monarch butterfly and I am so pleased. A few people have seen it and the response has been very positive. Butterflies really capture people’s imagination. I hope to get time to work on more butterfly related projects. Still on my bench today are a floral and leaf pendant and an Egyptian hieroglyphics pendant entitled Cracked Tablet. There is a decent chance that both of those could be with me at Washington. I hope to see many of you there!
I have put together a lovely box bead with a flower blooming out from the window in the top of the box. The necklace contains two sections of argentium sterling silver viking knit with fine silver end caps and toggle clasp. The clasp matches the box very well and the whole piece has a pleasing weight and feel when worn. This piece comes together just in time for the Rhapsody in Bloom Art Fair at Luthy Botanical Gardens this weekend. Please consider coming out if you are in the Peoria area. The gardens are such a luscious location for an art fair.
I received my acceptance for the 3rd Annual Washington Fine Arts Festival yesterday. The Festival is held on Saturday, August 14, 2010, 10 am to 5 pm & Sunday, August 15, 10 am to 5 pm and located in Washington Park. Washington is 15 minutes east of Peoria so its easy to get to this fair. It looks like the fair will have over 100 artists, including many of the artists who were at Junction City or Peoria Heights. I am jazzed about this fair!