DPA Holiday Sale this weekend

Through Sunday, the Denver Potters Association is having their Holiday Sale at 6th Avenue United Church, at Adams St.  You can find lots of gift items, soaps, dips, glass, ceramics and of course----jewelry!  It is my first time participating in this fabulous show.  Stop in, there is street parking and you can't miss all the signs.  Shop through Sunday at 3pm.

Baby Doe's Clothing, Artisan Jewelry & Fine Craft

My work is featured this month at Baby Doe's, in downtown Golden.  They have a nice array of my earrings and necklaces , you can read about it in their Fall Newsletter.  The link:

http://www.babydoesclothing.com/site/

If you are on Facebook, here's a link to their page:

https://www.facebook.com/babydoesclothing

This Saturday November 30th is Small Business Saturday.  And Baby Doe's is offering this special.  On Saturday, November 30th, we’ll be offering buy-one-get-one-50%-off for any top and bottom combination that you buy.   If you need an outfit for the holidays, stop in. 

Also in Denver, my  jewelry collection is at Barbara & Co through Monday December 2nd.

Denver Potters Association Holiday Show & Sale

I have been invited to show my jewelry at the Denver Potters Association Holiday Show & Sale starting Thursday December 5th through Sunday December 8th, at the Sixth Avenue United Church, 3250 E. 6th Ave, near Cherry Creek North shopping area.  The hours are:

Thursday  Dec 5     3:00pm - 8:00pm
Friday     Dec 6     10:00am - 8:00pm
Saturday   Dec 7      9:00am - 6:00pm
Sunday    Dec 8      11:00am - 3:00pm

Thanks to all who shopped with me at Sami's yesterday, I enjoyed seeing all of you!

Sweeties

Sweeties

 

Jewelry Event at Barbara & Company

Barbara & Company, a great women’s clothing store on old South Gaylord is holding a Jewelry Event.  My work, CC Designs, along with Chan Luu, Escape from Paris & Mickey Lynn will be featured through Monday.  Stop in and have a look.

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Also stop in this Sunday at Sami’s house,
7405 East Kenyon Avenue
Time:  11:00 am to 4:00 pm

Castle Clay Artists Show through Saturday

My jewelry is featured at the Castle Clay Artists Holiday Show & Sale,  in Golden until Saturday. It’s easy to find, off I-70 and Youngfield. I will be there tomorrow until 2:30, stop in and say hello.

My Home Show this year will be a week later, December 13 & 14, as I was asked to be in the Denver Potters Holiday Show & Sale.  The show is in the Sixth Avenue United Church, at 3250 E 6th Ave.  Dates: December 5, 6, 7, & 8.

I also dropped some new work off at Barbara & Co on Old South Gaylord Street.  They will be having a trunk show of jewelers on November 20th.  They have an amazing array of women’s clothing and of course, great accessories!

My Fall Schedule

 Boy–time flies–it’s already November and I’ve had a busy fall!  I should have my new website up and running soon-we are incorporating the blog and the site “all-in-one” if all goes well.  My old web site was hacked, somehow and the front page went missing.  I hired Jimmy Sellars to build a new site for me.  So look for that soon!

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My fall schedule is as follows:

Colorado Potters Show & Sale
November 7, 8, & 9

Castle Clay Show & Sale
November 14, 15 & 16

Sami’s Home Sale
November 24

Denver Potters Assoc. Holiday Show & Sale
December 5, 6, & 7

Arvada Center Fine Art Market
December 12 through 22

My Holiday Show
Friday evening Dec 13th & Saturday Dec 14

 

American Trade Beads

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I just finished setting this bead by Harold Williams Cooney, American Trade Beads.  His beads are amazing and I love the way this turned out.  I used a tube to set the bead, threaded the tubing and then put rubber washers and screws to keep it in place.  Fabricated with sterling silver. It is a stunning piece.  They also have a Facebook page, and sell on Etsy.

I just restocked at Evergreen Gallery, in downtown Evergreen, of course, and tomorrow Baby Does in Golden will have a new grouping of my work.  There are a few new pearls at Barbara & Co, on Old South Gaylord Street.  And next week I’ll have new work at Willow in Littleton.

And one last note, I will no longer have handmade jewelry in Creator Mundi.  We had quite a tenure, I found records from 2002.  It’s a wonderful inspirational gallery in Cherry Creek North.

 

Two Upcoming Shows

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etched black agate in silver with pearl

I have two shows coming up, the Castle Clay Artists Sale in Golden, which opens this Thursday.  This is my first time doing this show, come and see what the Castle Clay Artists have in glass, jewelry, and ceramics.

Castle Clay Artists

First Unitarian Church, 14350 West 32nd Ave , Golden Colorado

April 25 10am – 7pm

April 26 10am – 7pm

April 27 9am – 3pm


 

 

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The Colorado Potters Spring Show & Sale, opens next Thursday, May 2nd.  Come and see all the new work.

First Congregational Church, on the SW corner of Hampden and Colorado Blvd

May 2 4pm – 8pm                      May 3 9am – 8pm                May 4 9am – 5p


 

LA Coppersmith representing my work

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I was asked to show my work in a cool gallery in downtown Louisville, LA Coppersmith, the address: 915 Walnut Street.  There is a great collection of jewelry, sculpture and art.  Angela Facciotti runs it and she makes amazing Copper Wall Sculpture.  They are always open on First Fridays and lots of the artists attend.  The gallery has a Facebook page.  Stop in when you are in Louisville.

Gallery Hours:

Wednesday: 12 – 5pm

Thursday 12 – 5pm

Friday 12- 6pm

Saturday 12 -5pm

Sunday 12 -4pm

 

Marching through Spring & Tucson

Where has the time gone? It seemed like a few days ago I was blogging in the New Year, soon after I returned from Tucson in early February and it’s mid March now!  Here’s my much belated update on my Gem Show trip:

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Unpacking after my trip to Tucson made me think about how many miles I walked that week.  I’ll bet there is an app on my smart phone for that.  It’s unusual to be on your feet for 6 days straight from 10:00am until 7:00pm.  Granted the pace is slow, and the right walking shoe is paramount.  This year I counted 37 venues in the Tucson Show Guide, of which we visited 16.  Quite a few are termed, ‘mineral & fossil’ shows, and there are plenty of raw specimens, fossils, etc.  The African Art Village is a venue with art and beads.  The week is an amazing experience-very overwhelming and exhilarating too.  So hard to fall asleep each night, with visions of gems in my head swimming around.

Here’s a peek into some of the things we came across, and some of the food we enjoyed–all Mexican of course!  We did take one side trip to a few art galleries, where the Tucson Sculpture Festival was being shown. The Whistle Stop Depot, a reworked train depot along the  tracks at 127 West 5th Street, and the Sculpture Resource Center, 640 North Stone Ave. 

 

Whistle Depot was made almost entirely of re-purposed materials.  The main door came from an airplane. 

One wall is composed of toilet tops embedded in concrete. 

wall of toilet tops

wall of toilet tops

The bathrooms were unique and had lots of metal and copper. 

Corrugated metal surround the mirrors. 

The sculpture exhibit featured  re-purposed art.  I apologize for not keeping a log of artists who were showing there! 

At the Sculpture Resource Center nearby the other half of the Tucson Sculpture Festival was happening.  Love this piece for all its texture!

This small gallery had an outside sculpture garden as well.

Back to the Whistle Stop Depot.  They had an entire orchestra made from metal–wish we could have heard the concert but did get a CD.

 

look inside this man....

look inside this man....

We decided to try the infamous “Sonoran Hotdog”.  A culinary treat-a hotdog wrapped in bacon, in a unique bread ‘boat’ piled with fresh onions, grilled onions, beans, tomato, mayo, mustard, and jalapeno sauce.  Reminded me of a Pinks hotdog from the famous stand in Hollywood.

could probably call our culinary picks in Tucson the “best dives to get great food”.  They are not fancy, but they are really good.  They are full of locals.  Our last favorite we go back to each year is Mariscos Chihuahua, for a dish I’ve not had outside of Tucson called “Camerones Culichi”  I found a guy on youtube making it once, it’s cream and chiles blended into a wonderful sauce for seafood.  We did try it one other place years ago but it was not as good.

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pulley systems repurposed to open door

corrugated mirror surrounds

corrugated mirror surrounds

We

did shorten our stay this year, as the more you shop–well, you know what I’m going to say–the more money you tend to spend! So once again, it was worth the trip, I found tons of new tools, beads, pearls, stones, etc. etc. to work with. 

 

orchestra made entirely of metal repurposed

orchestra made entirely of metal repurposed

Blogging in the New Year

Happy New Year!  Can you believe another year has blown by?  WordPress notified me that I have made 152 posts since starting my blog, and soon, my blog and web site will be integrated into one, and we will leave WordPress for a new destination. I will keep you posted on the transition–should be seamless.

Ten days have already past in the new year and the last four days I have been down with the flu.  Well, a version of the flu, without the fever & chills, but all the other bells & whistles.  I thought I’d have a huge dent made in my 2012 taxes by now.  Much of the beginning of the month was spent picking my jaw off the floor when I found out that the really old version of Quicken I use for my business expenses will not convert my data into a newer version.  I am mad!  I am furious!  I’ve been online with Intuit to tell them that they left some of us high & dry.  I realize I had an old version, really old, but for the Macintosh, they did not do a lot of updates.  I have spent countless hours online doing searches for “best accounting software for a small business”, “best bookkeeping software for a sole proprietor”, “best bookkeeping software for a jeweler”, best spreadsheet–anything!!  I refuse to purchase another Intuit product!!  Help!  I just had a thought, I’ll change my search to “best software for an artist”–maybe there is something creative out there.

 

Arvada Center Fine Art Market Show & Sale

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I am participating in the Arvada Center 26th Annual Fine Art Market.  The opening reception is this Thursday, December 6th, from 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm.  The admission is free, and the show runs until 5:00pm on Sunday the 16th.  I walked through the show yesterday and the gallery is full of amazing original art, ceramics, glass, and of course, one-of-a-kind jewelry.  Stop in to find a unique gift for your special someone!

And also I want to thank all who came to my Open House last weekend.  I so appreciate the support of my loyal customers, and my new customers as well.  I’m thankful for all of you!

I also have work at Foothills Art Center in Golden until December 30th.  The center is  full of handmade gift items, worth the trip to beautiful Golden, the 30 minute vacation!  And the lights at night there are worth the trip.   Happy Holidays!

Holiday Shows this Friday, Saturday & Sunday

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Copper & sterling hammered necklaces[/caption] This Friday, November 30th, I will be participating in the Craig Hospital Holiday Craft Fair, in the gym.  The sale benefits the Craig Hospital Employee Assistance Fund.  Shopping hours are from 7 am - 4:00 pm.  There will be baked goods, and lots of handcrafted gifts, including my jewelry & ceramics.  The amazing Craig employees work tirelessly with spinal cord injury & traumatic brain injury patients.  It's truly an amazing place, and was ranked #3 Top Work Place by the Denver Post.

And once again, my Open House is this Saturday & Sunday, December 1st & 2nd from 11 am - 4 pm.  Come by to shop and have some food & drink.

Zephyr Street Studio Sale Friday & Saturday

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Once again, we are opening up our studio for you to come & shop.  This year, we'll have jewelry, ceramics, mixed media, pewter & more by 15 artists.  Stop in, have some food & wine, and beat the Black Friday crowds at the mall.   Everything is handmade--so take the "Buy Handmade" challenge.  The address is 1495 Zephyr St., off Colfax, between Wadsworth & Carr.

Hours:
November 23
Friday
2:00 pm - 8:00 pm

November 24
Saturday
10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Foothills Holiday Art Market opening tonight

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New smaller "petal" pearls[/caption] Opening night reception at the Foothills Art Center is tonight from 6:30pm - 8:30pm.  It's free and open to the public, there are handmade gifts for all!  The Foothills HART is an amazing collection of gifts for the holidays.  I am one of the jewelers who will have their work for sale.  The market continues through December and closes on the 30th, just in case you receive cash from Santa and want to spend it there.

This Sunday is Sami's Home Show.  Turn in to her neighborhood off Hampden at Poplar, then head south to Kenyon and go east.  We'll be there from 11am - 4pm.  Stop in to nosh & shop!

My Fall Schedule

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Sweet necklaces, fine silver with sterling silver chains[/caption] Here's the information for my upcoming fall shows.   The highlighted links will allow you to find out more information about the venue.  The first show is an Open House at my friend Sami's house.  She lives in the neighborhood behind the Whole Foods on Hampden.  The Foothills HART show in Golden, runs until after Christmas.  The Zephyr Street Show takes place in the metal working studio I go to and will feature jewelry, and mixed media and ceramics.  It's located in Lakewood off Colfax on the same block as the Rocky Mountain Harley Davidson dealership.  The Craig Hospital Craft Fair benefits the hospital, and takes place in the gym.  My Open House will be the first weekend in December.  I'll have good eats and drink, so stop in to shop & have a bite.  The Arvada Center Fine Art Market runs for a week and a half and the admission is free.

I have an amazing array of new pearl vessels, great new earrings, and other cool new pieces.  I also have olive dishes, and other ceramic pieces.  I've stocked the galleries I have work in also, Evergreen Gallery has a great selection of my jewelry, Creator Mundi in Cherry Creek North, Baby Does Clothing in Golden and Willow in Littleton.  And I hope to soon have my website back up and running and my blog integrated with it.  Busy time and exciting times!  And don't forget--every vote counts as we approach November 6th!

Foothills Holiday Art Market

809 15th Street, Golden, CO

November 9 - December 30

Sami’s Home Show

7405 E Kenyon Avenue

11 am - 4 pm

Sunday, November 11

Zephyr Street Show

1495 Zephyr Street, Lakewood, CO

Friday, November 23, 2 pm - 8 pm

Saturday, November 24, 10 am - 5 pm

Craig Hospital Craft Fair

3475 South Clarkson, Englewood, CO

November 30, 7 am - 4 pm

Candice’s Open House

382 Cherry Street, Denver, CO

Saturday December 1, 11 am - 4 pm

Sunday, December 2, 11 am - 4 pm

Arvada Center Fine Art Market

6901 Wadsworth Blvd, Arvada, CO

December 6 -December 16

Playing in the studio

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enamel over copper puffed heart with touch-up[/caption] I met a woman a few years ago and she told me about a studio that had metal working equipment and a retired college metalsmith teacher running the place.  You commit to one or two days a week, or evenings, and you can use all the equipment there as well as get instruction.  At the time, it was hard to commit to going once a week especially in the summer when I am teaching summer camp and doing shows. In the last year, I decided to try and get to the studio one day a week.  It has been fruitful in many ways.  I work on things and have been sharpening my metalsmithing skills.  I complete projects!  I'm am far less distracted than when working at home.  I'm learning new things.  You can weld metal, cast, press, enamel, etch, solder, melt, roll, you name it.

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This photo is not retouched.  I think it could use a little tweeking--but maybe the shine of the enamel adds some depth.  I finally upgraded to Creative Suites 6, and used Photoshop to alter the top photo.

I'm getting ready for fall shows.  The first show will be the Colorado Potters Show & Sale where I'll have metal clay jewelry and pottery for sale.  It's November 1, 2 & 3 this year.  I'll post the rest of my schedule soon! BTW

The Affordable Arts Festival, Sunday August 26, 10am - 5pm

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New booth shot, taken by photographer Jim DeLutes[/caption] I will be showing my work this Sunday at a new festival on the Arapahoe Community College campus.  This show is put together by the group that does the Downtown Denver Art Festival each year over Memorial weekend.  They fashioned it after the Starving Artists Show that is in its 44th year in Milwaukee, at Mount Mary College. Their website features all the artists in attendance.  There is a $5.00 admission charge that goes to the ACC scholarship fund.  You can print out a discount coupon with this link.  You can purchase tickets online with this link.  There is a ton of free parking on campus, just go south on Santa Fe Drive--or better yet--take the light rail.

I just took the plunge and updated to Adobe Creative Suite 6 from the first version.  The interface looks very different! I can now update my blog and save photos for web viewing and it even has Dreamweaver for web development.

Anyone having fun with Fast Fire BronzClay?  I am trying to get the firing right--I had to test fire 3 times to get the correct sintering temperature for my kiln.  I like the product so far, it dries without warping as much, and is great to carve.

Hope to see you at the Affordable Arts Festival this Sunday!