A Short Comic and an Update on the New Tea Set

Sometimes the lifespan of a project goes like this.  I’m somewhere between three and twelve weeks now.  Nothing quite looks like anything at this point.  Which is how projects always seem to start. Mostly there has been an awful lot of hammering. It’s amazing that not long ago the two domes above were once flat circlesContinue reading “A Short Comic and an Update on the New Tea Set”

My Awards in the Undergrad Show and Other Awesome Student Work

This year I entered my pieces in the Bowling Green State University Undergraduate Exhibition, was ecstatic when they were accepted and moved on to catching up on projects and the rest of my daily activities.  I was sick the weekend of the opening and figured I would check out everyone else’s work on Monday. WhenContinue reading “My Awards in the Undergrad Show and Other Awesome Student Work”

My Big Metals Project for Spring Semester

Do you ever get those ideas that grow and grow in your mind and on paper until sketching them out is not enough?  And then you have no choice but to make those ideas exist in the real world, no matter how hard or time consuming?  I had my idea for my spring jewelry andContinue reading “My Big Metals Project for Spring Semester”

Honey Bee Pendant and Happy Artists

I just finished a new little pendant (only an inch across and not much taller!) and, honestly, it just makes me smile.  It is definitely my new favorite layered pendant. I know, as an artist, I am (as a stereotype) supposed to be perpetually dissatisfied with my work.  This is supposed to be part ofContinue reading “Honey Bee Pendant and Happy Artists”

A Commission with Gold: Keeping cool when working with precious materials

What did I do over winter break?  I played with 22k gold!  It was amazing.  And nerve-wracking.  And absolutely worth it.  Every metal feels different to cut.  Nickle is kind of rough and springy, copper is a bit softer than nickle, silver is smooth, like gliding through with every cut.  I had been told, however,Continue reading “A Commission with Gold: Keeping cool when working with precious materials”

A comic page from pencil to color

One of my favorite things is seeing a project transform from the first sketch into the final colorful object.  I love getting lost in the process from beginning to end! This comic page started with the Doodle a Day Challenge at The Wanderers (the fantastic Facebook page of Theresa Williams where she chronicles her ideas forContinue reading “A comic page from pencil to color”

The End of the Semester and Two Shiny Boxes

The semester is winding down its last week and like most college students at the end of semester when projects are due, I’ve been busy!  Today I finished not one, but two projects.  One, the Honey Bee Box from the beginning of semester, shined up beautifully! There are fifteen individual layers in the lid. AndContinue reading “The End of the Semester and Two Shiny Boxes”

How to Juggle Multiple Projects Without Going Crazy

Whew!  It has been an exciting beginning of the semester!  My box is still in the process of being finished and already I’m moving on to the next project.  And in just a couple weeks I’ll be starting project three!  It’s hard to keep up the enthusiasm and energy necessary for such a fast pacedContinue reading “How to Juggle Multiple Projects Without Going Crazy”

Art Student vs. The Integral Hinge! And Fight!

Fall semester is in its second week and I have my first project:  The Integral Hinge.  Suffice to say, this project is a little outside of my norm and just a few centimeters outside my comfort zone.  It’s highly technical, requiring precise (perfect, meticulous, exact) use of both tools and materials.  One swipe too manyContinue reading “Art Student vs. The Integral Hinge! And Fight!”

Hello Again and the Importance of Doodling

Hello, it’s been awhile!  The last few weeks have consisted of preparing to move, moving and (the most important) unpacking and settling back in after moving.  As of about three days ago my studio is all unpacked and ready to be made into a (not really) controlled mess again.  It feels good to have myContinue reading “Hello Again and the Importance of Doodling”