New designs for the Montford Arts & Music Festival is in Asheville, NC, this Saturday, May 22nd, from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm. I will be sharing a booth with my friend Alex of Gaucho Glass, so come and check us out. Great music, fun people, and lots of creative and friendly artisans!
While I am getting ready for the Montford Arts and Music Festival in Asheville, NC, on May 22nd, I have come up with some new and exciting designs that I will post here soon, and I had to finish some designs I had been working on.
Before I go on vacation (and take a break from everything but my family), I wanted to share with you an interview about my jewelry work on the Jewelry Report, which was published in two parts…
My Seven Moons Silver Pendant is a pure silver collage created with metal clay (PMC) that was inspired by the feminine energy of the Moon and also by the concept that the Moon reflects the light of the Sun in the same manner that our mind reflects the light of pure consciousness. I chose the number Seven because it is a very mystical number with many connotations and deep symbolism used by many esoteric schools.
The days have been dreadfully overcast here lately, but I was able to take photos of some my new designs today. The one pictured below is a silver metal clay pendant entitled “Day Dreaming.” Like many of my designs, it was inspired by the mental world we artists tend to live in…
Have you ever wondered why you are doing what you do, or why you chose a specific profession, or hobby, or activity to devote your time to? I am sure you have, especially during times when you actually had to ask yourself if what you were doing was what you really wanted to be doing…
This design was inspired by a song I wrote many years ago called A Dream Within a Dream, which referred to the yogic philosophical view that the external world is not real, just an illusion, and that the only true reality is the self, and also with the incredibly versatile nature of dreams, where desires, fears, experiences and people get mixed up and re-created to fulfill a subconscious purpose.
If you ever feel like your inspiration took a vacation, just give yourself a break and go to a good concert, talk about the stuff that you like with a friend or other creative types, visit a bookstore, and check out other artists and designers to get re-inspired to find your own voice and style. Finding your own expression can be a challenge sometimes, but you have to remember that everything in life is a process and give yourself the necessary mental fuel to feed the creative flame!
I was attracted to the Hindu ethnic culture and anything Indian since I was a kid. My mother had history and art books with photographs of India and designs of tapestries and such that I always loved looking at.
Of all PMC (Precious Metal Clay) and Art Clay, Copper and Bronze clays are still pretty new, so there is still a lot of experimentation going on amongst metal clay artists. And here is my second experiment with Art Clay Copper.