- Cathy and Bruce
- We have been collaborating artists our entire married lives. Our work is always evolving. The experiences we share, or individually participate in, become a part of what we create. Bruce photographs and throws pots and I paint and create jewelry and other objects from precious metals. Bruce's photos are sometimes the inspiration or reference for my paintings and often times I sculpt and carve into his pottery. The results from our combined knowledge and skills becomes something beautiful that we enjoy sharing. Enjoy.
Oct 5, 2009
The surface of pit fired pots often exhibit wonderful surface effects. Beautiful and vibrant designs are etched in unglazed vessels by dancing flames that are the results of combustible materials.
My wheel thrown pieces, after drying, are sealed with a very fine clay referred to as Terra Sigillata, literally meaning sealed earth. Each pot is then burnished with a smooth stone to achieve a very smooth glossy sheen. The pots are then bisqued fired in an electric kiln.
The final firing occurs in a pit filled with combustibles varying from sawdust, seaweed, cow pies to miracle grow.
Although not functional these pieces can be used by placing a glass container in them to hold water.
Oct 4, 2009
Oct 3, 2009
This is such a detailed and wonderful piece. The arched cranes are framed with heavy, braided
wire and are seated on a horizontally set lapis rather than the traditional verticle.There are negative cut out spaces above the cranes to resemble stained glass in an arched window. It actually lends balance to the composition. The tiny opals
give the whole piece symmetry while hanging from a beautifully designed chain, made with hammered links and silver beads. As with all my chains, the closures are hand made as well.
This is a steal at this price!
This pendent and chain is a nice sturdy piece. Much silver went into the making of it and the actual horse part is a negative space so that whatever color you're wearing it on will show through. If you're a horse person you will love this piece and I guarantee no one will have
one like it.
I don't usually create equine jewelery, however I designed these pieces for a small gallery in Saratoga NY. She has since decided not to carry jewelry so I am offering them to you at a much greater discount. I have another one with a different horse, and different chain. Contact me and we can figure out what size you need and I will adjust it for you at no cost. Excuse this photo for some reason it looks gold rather than silver. It is all sterling.
If you enjoy the outdoors and are fond of anything natural, this is the piece for you.
I made it as simply and comfortable as possible. I sketched the tree, cut it from a sheet of 22 gauge silver. I then textured it and soldered it to the bezel. Setting the
stone was a bit tricky since the tree had to be slightly beveled to match the curve of the cabochon. I think what is so special about this piece is that the owner can wear it with casual wear or dress it up, therefore getting every penny's worth in this difficult economic time.