Saturday, November 4, 2017

Painting

This summer I dusted off my paints (and replaced several tubes that had dried out) to try my hand at my first ever painting course. I have, of course, painted for years but it's always been done independently or tucked into high school art.

These are the pieces that challenged me the most: my first ever self-portrait, an abstract piece based on the concept of transformation, and a piece titled Moon Guide.





Hands in Clay

Earlier this year I had the opportunity to take my first ever class in ceramics handbuilding. Through that, I also learned how to throw on the wheel, but the focus of my work remained on handbuilding. I found that, above all, working with the clay in my hands could calm me and pull me fully in to the present moment.

These will be added to my portfolio site by the end of the year.

 Grandma's Acorn Deck
Handbuilt and textured hollow sphere



Horsehair Raku
Hand burnished sphere, raku firing process, and final piece


Molela-inspired Narrative Tiles
Concept of finding peace and balance in the busy Bay Area



Mr. Bear
Enlarged replica of my child's bear, slab coil technique



Raku Pinch Pot Bowl


Geometric Slab Vase


Monday, October 30, 2017

Anniversaries and Transitions


October is the cusp between the official anniversary of Elements & Artifacts, my conceptual metalwork and wire jewelry business, and the anniversary of my official transition of such creations from hobby to business. I'm at 9 years and 12 years, respectively. It's difficult to encompass the myriad ways this has served me personally, professionally, creatively, or intellectually. I've even grown in ways I had not anticipated—in areas such as communication, marketing, accounting, and learning annoying new tax laws. 

This year these anniversaries are bittersweet, because although I do not intend to drop this creative work, it has been difficult to find time to create my own art or even strike a school/life balance while adjusting to my first semester of graduate school. My coming semester break will be spent in my workshop as a measure of self care, but in the meantime I am transitioning this blog, enabling it to capture my art therapy adventures, projects, and personal artwork in addition to more Elements & Artifacts creations.

Pictured below are glimpses into my workshop, a typical view of my workbench, macro photography setup, a corner of my desk, and yours truly in metalwork safety gear. The second photo shows the way art supplies for school have encroached on my metalwork setup! So far they coexist just fine, but it's a delicate balance and a tight fit. 









Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Growth


Effective August 2017: Elements & Artifacts will shift from large, themed collections to smaller but hopefully more frequent clusters of concept-based jewelry while I earn my Master's in art therapy psychology. Life is change, growth is optional, and it is my hope that my creative work will continue to develop in the coming years. I look forward to this time of transition and transformation. 

Stay tuned, for I do not intend to leave E&A behind! I anticipate releasing new work this autumn.


Sunday, November 20, 2016

Milestones

I have two bits of exciting Elements & Artifacts news! 

First, today I reached 5,000 sales—a hard-earned number given the one-of-a-kind and limited run, handcrafted, and concept-based nature of my work. Since 2005, I have sent my work to over 28 different countries, sold my work to benefit human rights organizations and relief efforts, had two (going on three) pieces on TV shows, and carried work in two museum gift shops and an art gallery. I wouldn't be here without all of you, so THANK YOU. From the bottom of my heart, thank you.



Second, my Indigo Hour necklace appeared in Season 8, Episode 5 of the hit TV show The Vampire Diaries, which aired on The CW on November 18, 2016. The episode is titled "Coming Home was a Mistake". It was worn by Kristen Gutoskie's character Seline.