Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Day of the Dead Festival

The annual Day of the Dead Festival that I participate in is just a few weeks away and I am working diligently trying to finish all of my projects. 
Pictured here are my Dead of the Day ornaments and luchadores, which I will be selling on line soon.
I have also been working on some Day of the Dead jewelry, but I decided just last night, that I would now concentrate on finishing the work that I have on my workbench and not start anything new.
I'm too close to crunch time!
It doesn't help that I am still working on my thesis and I have to dedicate my energy on planning out my works of art for my thesis.
Once the month of Oct. is over, it will be full steam ahead on my thesis. 
At least I hope so.

Monday, May 16, 2016

I've been playing with clay lately, there is something about working with clay that I find very appealing.   Clay lends itself to so many forms that the possibilities are endless.
I signed up for a throwing pottery class and I was able to practice throwing and learned new techniques.  I loved it so much that I am looking at buying my own potters wheel.  When I don't feel like throwing, but still want to work with clay, I create pendants, beads and buttons.  I am creating an inventory of these items and my goal is to list these before the summer on my etsy shop. 

For some time, I concentrated solely on the creation of jewelry and took breaks in order to work with other mediums whenever I felt a tug to do so.  These breaks from jewelry making were short lived because I did not want to spend too much time away from making jewelry because I had orders to fill and shows to prepare for.
Even though I still spend the majority of my time working on jewelry making, I now allow myself permission to spend time on other mediums without feeling guilty about my time away from jewelry making.  This has allowed artistic growth in other areas and this has affected my work in jewelry making in a positive manner.

The images I am featuring are of my most recent pieces.  All of them feature clay, the small bowl is a piece I threw recently.  I am glazing it at the moment, hopefully I will be able to fire this week and I will share the results.


Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Wow, it has been a very long time since I've shared on my blog.  I've had good intentions, but it seems that good intentions will take me only so far.

Even though I have not continued to write, I have diligently continued to create.  I have been through many metamorphosis, depending on my mood :) 

As an art educator, I am constantly switching from 2-d to 3-d work.  I hope to chronical my work and share with you my experiences. 

Pictured above are few of my experiments form this past year.  At the moment, I am completely enamored by clay.  My husband and I have immersed ourselves in throwing clay and predict we will soon be knee deep in ceramic cups and saucers.  It doesn't matter, there is something hypnotic about the potter's wheel.

Along with throwing clay, I have begun to experiment with ceramic buttons, beads and pendants.  I had taken for granted how long it takes to actually create a large inventory of ceramic beads!  

Many of my pieces can be found in my etsy shop, although I am not as quick as I wish I was in updating my shop.

Feel free to inquire about my work. 

Sunday, January 11, 2015

I always begin the year with renewed efforts, a burst of energy.  At times this burst of energy makes it through the first month of the year and then slowly turns into a trickle.  I renew my efforts throughout the year, but, it seems that my efforts are not always enough.
Like many, I jumped ship and put all of my efforts on Facebook and Instagram.  I admire those artists that have remained steadfast on blogging, it does take great effort.
I've continued with my jewelry making and it has gone through many transformations.  At the moment I'm focusing on earrings!
I'm playing with color and texture and I am thoroughly enjoying myself.
Here's to 2015!

Saturday, March 15, 2014

This is how it all started,  so many years ago.  Every once in a while I make them again.   I enjoy the hunt for the special word that is going to be encased, it depends on my mood and what it is I want to say at that moment.
I spent a glorious week in my art studio, creating, allowing my mind to get lost in the zen of creating.  I'm down to one day of rest and it is back to work and away from my studio.  I won't dwell on that, I will enjoy my last day of spring break!

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Metal and Resin Necklaces

I've been enjoying working with metal and resin.  It had been since my college days that I last worked with these materials. 
Pictured on the bottom is one of my favorite artists, Friday Khalo.

Saturday, February 1, 2014

Rio Grande Winter Workshop

I took Rio Grande's Winter Workshop this past week in Albuquerque, NM.  I took the PMC+ pendant class and it was an amazing experience.  I learned so many new techniques, met some wonderful artists and I am more inspired than ever.
We worked for two days on creating frame pendants for our images and created a "branch" to hang them from.  We used a kiln to fire our pieces, but did get a demo on how to torch fire the material.
I am pleased of my results and I can't wait to experiment on some new designs.
I believe I can incorporate this material with materials I work with now, hopefully, this will take me into new territory.
I also managed to buy a few things from their warehouse; such an amazing place.  I was lucky enough to take a tour of their business, it is such a modern facility with modern technology in place.  Now I know how my order and materials are processed.
I can't wait to get into my studio, I'm so excited of the new possibilities.
Till next time...

Sunday, December 1, 2013

I tried to keep up, I promise I did.  But, like many of you, I have been trying to balance work, life, business and family. 
Something had to give.
I am going to do my best to keep up, now that most of the art festivals are behind me.  I do want to take my jewelry business to the next level, which means I must make a greater effort to post and keep myself visible on line.
I finally decided to add bracelets to my line of jewelry.  I enjoyed making them and found them easy to make.  I don't know why I didn't take the plunge earlier. 
On another note, as I had last written, my father battled cancer this year and I am happy to report that his health continues to improve and he is slowly gaining back the quality of life he once enjoyed.
So, as you can imagine, I had so much to be thankful for this past Thanksgiving.  I hope you had a wonderful holiday with your loved ones.

Till next time.

Blue and green stained glass earrings

Blue and green stained glass earrings