Cool Stuff Happening Feb. 2013

Well, I don't seem to have time to browse any social media anymore as I am actually too busy doing some really cool stuff. One of the cool things going on is my student Jose` Lins being accepted as a finalist in the Saul Bell Emerging Artist Awards.

His necklace (poorly photographed here) is one of only 5 national finalists for this 18 and under jewelry design award. And this is what is so cool is that the local newspaper, the Renton Reporter (pages 8 &9) heard about it through the school district and sent a reporter out to take pictures and write-up the story.

Jose' who had just turned 19 a day before the reporter interviewed him was concerned that he would no longer qualify to compete in the Saul Bell design competition since he was now 19 and not 18 anymore. But, I assured him that since he made and entered the necklace while he was 18, that the judges would not hold it against him having a birthday before they could judge the piece. The story with photos ran in the January 25, 2013 edition. Parents of students in my Art classes sent copies of the newspaper into school so I could have a few extra copies for my archive.

We will find out sometime at the beginning of March who the winners of the Emerging Artist Awards are, but, I am keeping my fingers crossed for Jose` to take 1st place. He did such a great job on this necklace too, making a complex key hole style clasp and graduating the filigree beads in the necklace. I was so happy to have Jose` come to me with ideas for solving problems with the piece and then trouble-shooting them together. There is nothing else like it as when a talented student has an "aha" moment. It is very cool!

Another cool thing is that I heard from LARK Books and my Crystal Cross necklace will be featured in the forthcoming "Showcase 500 Necklaces" book due to drop this spring! My Crystal Cross pendant was on the cover of the December 2011 Lapidary Journal/Jewelry Artist magazine, and now this too! I am so excited, this will make the 5th Lark "500" book to include my jewelry work. Receiving this recognition within the art jewelry field is very much appreciated, and receiving a free copy of the beautiful book is totally cool too!

Finally, I an getting to attend a Resin Workshop presented by Jillian Moore and hosted by the Seattle Metals Guild this weekend Feb. 23 & 24th at Danaca Design Studio . How cool is that!

I will try to take photos and post pictures, but it may be a while as there is always a lot to do!
Have fun, Be cool!

First weekend of the Holiday Festival

Well the time has come and the 31st Annual Allied Arts Holiday Festival of the Arts is underway. My son, Kenric, had early release days from school the few days before the festival was to start. Poor Kid! he got enlisted in his mom's booth building project. Here he is with me and my dear friend Diane as we celebrate the fine booth he help me construct.

There is about 3 inches of snow on the ground (that fell overnight) here in Bellingham, so, attendence for these first few days of the festival have been light. I love it when it is not over crowded! It is fun to chat with people and there have been many very supportive and encouraging visitors to my booth. I am showing the Intermediate Jewelry Workshop DVD while I am there and in the coming weeks I will be doing wire wrapping of some prehnite beads while visitors watch. It should be fun!

Here is a detail shot of the little ornament display I have at my booth. It's really cheesie but I love it. The ornaments are Czech handmade glass beads that I have wire wrapped to dangle and then used wire edged ribbon to make a bow at the top where the ornament hook is. I have been asked more than once if the tree and ornaments was an Earring display! I don't want to discourage anyone, but I find them a little heavy for my lobes. Happy Thanksgivings to Everyone!

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