The Festival will take place at the Colorado School of Mines campus on Kafadar Commons. This two day show starts at 10am Saturday July 21. Stop by and see my new work.
It's been quite a while since I did an update to my web site. And the question looms, do fokks still look at websites with social media in the fore front now? I believe they do, in fact, I know quite a few people who are never on Facebook or Instagram. If you are in FaceBook, please like my page, CC Designs Art Jewelry. If you are on Instagram, my handle is CKIESOW and I post more on Instagram than Facebook. There less to weed through in my opinion!
Pictured is a new ring, sterling silver, size about a 7. Email me if you are interested. Keep creating!
Summer is here and I have 2 shows upcoming and some Sundays at the Vail Farmers Market in August. I'll be featuring some new work, so if you are up enjoying the mountain air, stop in and see me. Both shows are in July, the Art on the Rockies Show takes place in Edwards, not far from Vail. It starts Friday July 8, and continues until Sunday July 10.
I'll be at the Winter Park Alpine ArtAffair, which moved to the 3rd weekend in July, July 23 & 24, It does not happen on the same weekend as the Winter Park Jazz Festival this year. It has it's own weekend, along with The Divide Music Festival in Fraser, where the Fray will be playing, along with Bleachers, Blondie, Cake, Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, Kid Cudi, Jr Jr, Miike Snow, Passion Pit, Saint Motel. The town will be hopping with art & music!
Tomorrow, my house is open from 10 am - 5 pm. Stop in to nosh, have a drink and shop! I've been busy making rings, bracelets, new pearl vessels. So much new stuff!
Also, the Arvada Center Fine Art Market is open now through December 20th at 5pm. I have an array of new work there as well. The group of artists selling their work is varied, original & affordable-so stop in & do some holiday shopping. And the students of the Arvada Center Clay department have their work for sale upstairs.
My work is in and around Denver, and this Saturday is Small Business Saturday--take advantage of the small setting and support a local business. Whether you are in Evergreen, at the Evergreen Gallery; Golden, at Baby Does; Littleton, at Willow or Denver, at Barbara & Company, you can find an array of my work. Avoid the crowds at the mall and shop small!
Wow-the leaves are falling in Denver, and in the mountains, they have fallen. I had a busy summer, the Winter Park Art Affair was a great show, lots of customers, old and new, found me there. The Vail Farmers & Art Markets were great also, special thanks to Karats Jewelry Design for sponsoring the COMA booth every Sunday. I hope to return next summer.
The Colorado Potters Show & Sale is approaching, and I am in ceramics mode, throwing my olive dishes and making mugs for our give-away. I will have an array of jewelry at the sale as well. The following week, I will have jewelry at the Castle Clay Artists Show & Sale, in Golden. It's very close to the Applejack Liquor store off I-70 & 32nd Ave.
November 22, Sami Hazan will host a home show for me and in December, I will host a 2 day sale at my home. I will also show work at the Arvada Center Fine Art Market, which they have extended the dates this year. The opening of the Market is Thursday December 2nd. And it will continue through Sunday, December 20th.
It seems like forever-I was working on a tag to attach to my work, and finally I had a stamp made and I will be attaching small name tags. The evolution of this logo goes back 20 years ago, when Evan was born and I started making clothes for him. At the time, in Cherry Creek North, there was a very cool shop called, Applause, and they had amazing baby clothes, accessories, etc. The children's clothing had cool patches on them. So I attached a cloth patch to all of Evan's handmade clothes.
I am really excited about my next show-in Lakewood, as part of 40 West Arts District, the West Colfax Muralfest. There is lots of buzz about it on social media, and publicity too! There will be a beer tent and food trucks and a total of 30 vendors. So plan as part of your day on Saturday August 8th. Celebrate the creativity and character of West Colfax. There is a cool video to watch on this link to the site: http://www.westcolfaxmuralfest.org/
It's time to catch up. I have been toying with the idea of changing my website "theme". I spent quite a few hours looking for a new theme, but then got stuck on how to change from this one to a new one, as it looked too complicated, so I'm sticking with this one for now. So in the meantime, lots has been going on.
Where has the year gone? January was my annual trip to Tucson, it was fun, as usual. GL&W changed the opening of the Holidome, they moved it up, and that changed our shopping strategy. It will easier now to get in and out in a shorter period of time. Bead & Button in Milwaukee was fun-I took another Master class with the master of fold forming, Charles Newton Brain. We watched a ton of demos, had little time to work. I also took a workshop with Ken Bova, in Denver. We spent 2 days working with white liquid enamel, making it react in the flame into many other colors.
I have been in my studio working quite a bit, I added a new flex shaft and a new torch. I now have a Smith Little torch and an acetylene torch. Soldering has become so much easier having another option. I also use a small propane torch tip for soldering jump rings and small items. I revamped my work area, have a padded floor now and added a new formica table top. I've been playing a lot with Argentium, which has been fun. Fusing and using some solder with it.
I'll be selling my work in Winter Park in July and in Vail in July at the Farmers Market and in August, at the WestColfax MuralFest--stop in and see my new work--I'm always changing & evolving.
Stop by my house, eat some food, drink some drink, see my studio-want something polished? This Friday, December 5th from 2pm - 7pm and Saturday, December 6th from 11am until 4pm -- stop in to see my new work and look for holiday gifts. I'll also have a few of my olive dishes, with an area for the pits, and a few salt bowls. I have lots of new silver work as well as bronze and copper.
My address: 382 Cherry Street, Denver 80220
Sami's Home Show
When: Saturday, November 22, 2014
Where: Sami Hazan's home
7405 East Kenyon Avenue
Time 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Barbara & Co Trunk Show
November 24 - December 4
Candice's Open House Happy Hour Party!!
Friday December 5th from 2pm - 7pm--stop in and have a cocktail and some Holiday cheer!
Saturday December 6th from 11am - 4pm--the party continues!!
Here is my schedule for the fall. I will have further details on the calendar page soon!
Colorado Potters Fall Show & Sale, Nov 6, 7, 8
Castle Clay Artists Fall Show & Sale, Nov 13, 14, 15
Fall Show at Sami's, Nov 22
Trunk Show at Barbara & Co, Nov 24 - Dec 4
Candice's Open House, Friday Dec 5 & Saturday Dec 6
Arvada Center Fine Art Market Show & Sale, Dec 11 - Dec 21
Next Thursday, November 6th, at 4pm starts the Colorado Potters Fall Show & Sale and I will have new jewelry, as well as olive dishes at the sale. The show runs through Saturday November 8th at 5pm. Stop in and say hello, I will be there Thursday evening and all day Friday.
Thursday November 6th 4 pm - 8 pm
Friday November 7th 9 am - 8 pm
Saturday November 8th 9 am - 5 pm
First Plymouth Congregational Church
3501 South Colorado Boulevard
Englewood, CO 80113
SW corner of Colorado Blvd & Hampden Ave
This fall over a three dayweekend in September, ARTMakers Denver is happening. Take a look at the classes offered, as they range from drawing, mixed media, painting, jewelry and more. Carla Sonheim is teaching two Gelli Plate workshops. The image below is a print I made using a Gelli Plate. They are easy and fun to do.
I am enjoying The Drawing Lab, for Mixed Media Artists:52 exercises to Make Drawing Fun, a book by Carla that has a ton of exercises that make drawing fun. Also an interesting local guy, Lonnie Hanzon is teaching three different workshops. I love the Reliquaries (container, small shrine or keeping place). I've wanted to make a shrine for friends I have lost to cancer.
So hurry and sign up! If the class numbers are low, they won't be able to bring the teachers to Denver and the opportunity will be lost!
Summer has arrived. I'm going to take it easy this summer, as I have one outdoor show on my schedule. I will be in Winter Park on July 19 & 20 for the Winter Park Alpine Art Affair. It's a lovely show that takes place on the same weekend as the Winter Park Jazz Festival. So make a plan to spend the weekend, and stay over until Monday if you don't want to hit the weekend traffic returning to Denver.
I just finished a really fun 3 day workshop with Andy Cooperman in Milwaukee at the Bead & Button show. We worked on personal projects in "Zengineering". I learned so many tricks with the flex shaft and great new ideas about setting a stones or objects in a different fashion. Our class was extra fun and we had a great time together for the 3 days. Andy will be in Colorado for COMA this July.
I updated my calendar, listing the 3 spring shows I will be participating in; Castle Clay, Colorado Potters & the Denver Potters Association Spring Show & Sales. I will have jewelry in all three shows; pottery & jewelry in the Colorado Potters Show. My olive dishes will be for sale, as well as some other functional ware. I hope to participate in a few summer art festivals. And I'm hoping to do a few of the Vail Farmers Markets as well, they are on Sundays through the summer.
I've been making rings in the metal studio. I love the fact that the stone can be seen on your hand (unlike wearing a pendant, where others will see it) and these stones make me smile. Carved by Gary B. Wilson, from Michigan, I bought these long ago, and decided to challenge myself & soldering skills.
I have a bunch of gadgets to try out. I bought a Silhoutte Portrait cutter. I want to make some texture sheets. I have 4 packages of Sterling PMC to work on some rings. I also have an Imagepac stamp maker to make more stamps. There is a great article by Andy Cooperman about procrastination. Fits me to a tee. I do acquire tools, etc. Read it and you will know what I'm talking about!
I also found an interesting book, Turning Pro: Tap Your Inner Power and Create Your Life's Work by Steven Pressfield and Shawn Coyne. As they say: "You don't need to take a course or buy a product. All you have to do is change your mind." Ok-I'm going to work on it!
Tucson was super fun this year! This year was quite different with a broken ankle, so we didn't get to all the shows we normally do, but we got to all our favorites. I started going down there for Gem Show in 2005, so I know my way around pretty well. Once again we ate great food, enjoyed milder temperatures than here in Denver, and I found great chain, pearls, gems, etc. We even shortened our trip by a day, which is fine, since it's easy to blow out your budget in the first few days. Some images from Tucson, along with what kept me busy healing that broken ankle.
One of my drawings from our daily drawing group. 28/365, or something like that.
Colors of Tucson….
more colorful things to buy
rocks? Need a car to bring these home.
Food for Ascension Cafe-delicious vegan blueberry pie. Local, organic, vegan.
Tucson reminds me of Boulder, Madison, same hippie element….
Walking stick anyone?
On the plane, on the way home...
Another creative project, working on a travel journal. Collage made from old prints I made in a Monotype Workshop, many moons ago.
Finishing up income taxes, inputting inventory purchased in Tucson--time to make jewelry! Also working on some clay pieces for the upcoming Colorado Potters Show. One small step at a time! Ciao!
Wow! 2014 is here already, in fact over half of the month of January is gone. I had a slight trip-up on New Year's Eve day. I stepped on my dear cat, Meka, and broke my ankle. She's fine, and I'm in the process of healing. No cast, just a compression bandage and a walking boot. And crutches, or a walker, (thanks Barb!) I've never broken a bone, so I am figuring out this is painful, and as an active person--a pain in the neck!
In 2 weeks, I'll head back to Tucson, to look for stones, pearls, new chain--6 days of walking (ouch!) the shows, looking for interesting things to add to my work.
Also, two galleries where I show work in closed this month, L.A. Coppersmith in Louisville, and Creator Mundi, in Cherry Creek North. Creator Mundi will become an on-line store, and hopefully the space where L.A. Coppersmith occupied will find a new owner.
January always begins new challenges for me, taxes, sales & income; the after the holiday slump--now what to do?? On the creative side, I am enjoying being a part of a Quantity Drawing group on Facebook, we are attempting to draw each day of the year. And believe me, I am not great at drawing, so it is a challenge for me. A friend and I tried a new (to us) printmaking plate, Gelli Arts Gel Printing Plate. It was fun and challenging, since neither of us had made monoprints in quite a while.
Tomorrow, Sunday December 22, is the last day that the Fine Art Market will be open at the Arvada Center. Great gifts abound in the Gallery and if you go upstairs the ACES Ceramics show also has gifts for your shopping pleasure. Stop in if you are in the area.
I had a great year--thanks to all my customers, new & old for shopping with me--I truly love what I do and appreciate you all who appreciate hand made work. I will be busy in the months ahead on taxes (ouch!), making my annual trip to Tucson and working on new designs for the new year--2014! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
Today from 11am - 4pm is my holiday show & sale. Stop in for gifts, food & fun. I also have a collection of work at the Arvada Center Fine Art Market which runs through Sunday December 22.
It's been a busy season--thanks to all my loyal customers old and new!
Shop today until 3pm at the Sixth Avenue United Church (at Adams St). My first time doing this show, there are an array of great holiday gifts.
My Open House starts this Friday at 3pm until 7pm. Come by and have a Happy Shopping Hour! Food, drinks, and shopping-what fun! Or stop in Saturday from 11am - 4pm. 382 Cherry Street, Denver.