Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Signal Boost!

I'm going to interrupt my usual progression of art projects to call attention to another artist in a different medium, classical ballet. I've spent the better part of the past sixteen years in a smattering of ballet schools with a smattering of teachers and this man is a truly gifted teacher.

Eric's classes are positive and energetic, with just the right amount of humor woven into the hard work. He offers practical theory to help dancers understand the mechanics behind a step, breaks them down into simpler movements, explains which muscles are used and why, and gives real-life examples or mental imagery to help things click. This multi-layered aspect to Eric's teaching helps new dancers feel less overwhelmed, and helps experienced dancers reach new levels of execution or artistry.

I think Eric is the only ballet teacher I have come across that I would unconditionally recommend to beginners through professionals of every age, and every dancer in between. His approach to teaching is perfect for both the serious dancer and those who want to dip their toe into the water to try ballet for the first time. He is accessible, knowledgable, experienced, kind, and patient. He has a great way of making new students and new dancers feel at ease while adding in extra challenges for experienced dancers to improve their strength and technique. His classes are hard work, but oh so rewarding and fun.

Please check out his new website, Eric Bourman Adult Ballet Classes and his Facebook Fan Page. He has just announced that he will be teaching at Pacific Ballet Academy in the South San Francisco Bay Area in Mountain View, CA.

Monday, August 15, 2011

Down in New Orleans

I went ahead and published the ten listings for the Down in New Orleans subseries. I love gilding so much that I definitely plan to keep it.

Happy Monday, everyone. It's not my favorite day of the week, but it's still a day. Now, there's coffee to be had. :)

Sunday, August 14, 2011


Down in New Orleans! These (and others) will soon be listed in the shop, marking the official release of gilding in my work! I've been excited from the moment I ordered the gilding supplies many weeks ago. I have more plans for this stuff. Oh yes. *steeples hands*

Friday, August 5, 2011

Rise from the Ashes

PurplePeacockFeather created a lovely Phoenix-inspired Treasury including my Illumine Phoenix pendant. Click here to view the details.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Autumn 2011 and Mystic Forest

At Lughnasadh, the first harvest, there is a shift from summer growing time to harvest time. Although summer temperatures may still be high, the mood and sensation of the year is decidedly different as the changes in the light from the waning sun become more evident. Those of us who love autumn may feel a spark of excitement.

At this first harvest I chose to present a Mystic Forest sub-series to mark the balanced transition between summer and autumn. Twining leaves and vines are paired with stunning gemstone cabochons in an all-metal-clay collection.

Autumn enters just after Mystic Forest. It's a huge collection with more surprises to come as we approach the actual Autumnal Equinox.


Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Sneak Peek II

As promised, I am previewing five more items from Mystic Forest and the first part of Autumn! All 75 items will go live tomorrow (Wednesday) morning sometime at or after 9am PT.

This is Harvest 2011, a revisit of Blazing Autumn with iridescent titanium druzy agate, Trinity and Dewdrop from the Mystic Forest series, and a pair of antiqued brass lacy oak earrings.

Monday, August 1, 2011

Autumn Sneak Peek!

As myths go, after the Sun God’s triumph at the Summer Solstice, he begins to wane and transfer all of his strength into the food that is harvested for winter. This food is gathered in stages, and so the Sun God dies in stages. As such, this week I will be offering the first of two autumn-related jewelry collections based on various aspects of the harvest, Persephone's descent to the Underworld, the changing light and leaves, and a transitional summer-to-autumn series called Mystic Forest.

The collection is 75 items huge and will go up around mid-week! I will post another round of sneak peeks between now and the release.

Here is The Ambre Lantern, Pumpkin Flower, Bramble Patch bracket bracelet, a revisit of Autumn Sun Mandala with new stones, and one of many leaves from the Autumn Rustlings subseries. Also? There are a ton of earrings in this update. :)