- 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.
Dec 6, 2014
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Nov 25, 2014
Nov 23, 2014
Let me know what you think by clicking on comments below. I really enjoy feedback. Thanks.
Nov 22, 2014
This is the sketch I began with minus the bar at the top with the 3/4 jump rings attached at the ends.
The triangle bezel has been soldered to its own back plate and soldered to the large piece which encompasses the entire design.
The reason the image looks so white is because it's been in a "pickle" or acid bath. There have been several solderings in this design. Eight bezels, a square piece of wire and a few squiggles! Slow and steady and keeping each solder in its own place.
Here are the eight stones which will go into my design. The main stone being the inspiration for this design: a Mexican Crazy Lace Agate. I purchased this beauty from Gypsy Vic online. It has a small druzy to the left front and has the most amazing color....probably the most red I've ever seen in this type of stone. It tips just a bit into the orange spectrum which made me want to add Carnelian to the design and of course that wonderful black onyx that my fellow jewelry designers often pass over because of its commonality. I find the combination of these stones to be a wonderful expression of creativity and design and color.
So...... since I'm still knee deep in the process here, I will leave you to continue and I will be back with the end results and hope that you will "tune in" for it and find the "comment" button just below this post to write your thoughts and comments to me. Some of you email me with them, which is also fine, either way I genuinely love knowing you're out there!!!
Nov 13, 2014
Nov 2, 2014
on the pot is created by a technique called chattering. The piece spins on the wheel while a metal tool
rests on the surface and bounces to create the texture.
Oct 25, 2014
I'm hoping from these small formats that my canvases will transform back into the figures I once loved to paint. I guess we'll just have to take it one canvas at a time. Maybe I'll revisit the "friends and family" series I started a while back.
Oct 18, 2014
Sep 14, 2014
This bracelet has a small hook that ensure the wearer of security. It's kind of a bangle but can be unhooked to remove. I hammered a pattern in the round wire to add a sparkle when the light hits it.
I think its kind of a fun piece...what do you think?
|Sterling Leaf made from the bowl of a silver serving spoon. The stone is actually a Moonstone that I set with a colored piece of plastic beneath it to give it color and hopefully make it look more like a rain drop.|
|Reticulated silver with a little "happy accident" leaving a "ruffle" which makes this piece look even more authentic! I sawed edges to look more leaf like.|
Aug 20, 2014
Aug 13, 2014
see the compared size of the rings and the chain.
Jul 30, 2014
May 27, 2014
something structured, repetitious, and tedious! Sometimes in life there are sad or stressful things going on that we can't control so my way of dealing with my emotions is to find a way that I can remove myself mentally and produce something at the same time. Viola.
May 10, 2014
gauge sterling and soldered it to a larger back plate. I blackened the edges, as well as the
bear to accent the top and balance out the whole piece. I soldered the branches to either side
of the tube bail. I should note here that I tried placing the branches reversely, however they looked
more like antlers! I guess that would have been ok if the cut out was a deer. Moving on; I used one
of my favorite techniques to hang the Mookaite cabachon from the bear. Although it's not technically
a hinge, it works like one and allows the bottom weight to move with your body. Thanks Ed for helping me figure that out. So the Mookaite, which is a lovely stone mined in Australia, and is said to
strengthen the immune system, was cut and cabbed by a fellow jewelry maker. I set it in sterling and left an outer edge which I blackened to relate to the bear above.
I'm not in love with the commercial Omega chain I hung this piece from. I'm now beginning to think I will use brown leather cord with sterling closures instead. Once again, I would love to hear what you think. Go to the comments icon here or email me. Thanks for looking!
This piece will be for sale this summer. I may place it on Etsy...not sure.
Apr 26, 2014
I just took these images to show the differences from the original piece. The center silver bead moves between the two small posts. I'm making the chain and including black onyx beads for accent. I believe the new design is simple enough to allow this type of chain. I had planned to use a commercial chain which would run though the tube (above), however with the design changes, I once more find myself creating my own chain.