I've made two 18ga, etched, sterling cuff bracelets for a client. I'm able to draw out the desired names & symbols, adher it to heavy sterling, acid etch for 10 hrs., shape in the hydraulic press, and patina. I also engraved chosen verses on the back. Perfect one of a kind gifts.
A gorgeous brilliant December full moon, shining on frost covered woods, on a crystal clear night: New England doesn't get much better than this. Plus, the second full moon will glow New Years Eve. Cool!!!
A Big Thanks to all my people who came to my open house this last week-end and support my work. I loved having you in my home/studio, and having time to spend with each of you on your journey. We will again be open this coming week-end, Dec. 5 & 6, from 10-4. Much appreciation and many blessings!!
Writing from the Tolkien Ring for me, is Magic, Fellowship, inner Truth, Peace, and following your heart. To remember each day, the Magic Essence of who each of us really is, every moment in our gift of life, would be a great goal indeed.
New work for my home/studio Holiday Show, has shimmering faceted tourmaline, and luscious aquamarine beads, with 24k gold vermielle accents. The Priestess is a triangle of ancient symbols, Messenger Relic hosts a fine silver bird atop etched, patina copper, while Tolkien Guardian also has a gorgeous pink tourmaline stone from Santa Fe.
The great Holiday Show is going on at BCC in Ct. From Oct. 31-Dec. 31, buy the best hand made craft at the best value for all your holiday gifts. http://www.brookfieldcraftcenter.org/ Pictured is new work that will be at the center next week, entitled "The Goddess Relic". Goddess names are etched in copper, riveted to an etched backing, patina & colorized, highlighted with aquamarine beads, 24K gold vermielle, and a sterling chaine with fabricated stamped clasp making it 17" long.
Life has changed. It's time to redefine ourselves, be our own boss, and keep creating. Expect the unexpected, and know that all the "facts" are shifting, ephemeral elements, each with individual interpretations. It's a good time to create new opportunities.
First Friday open house, from 5:30-8:00 each month, at Ironwood Gallery was another great success. Wonderful new art exhibited, along with visiting friends, making new acquaintances, and selling fantastic one of a kind art. A great tradition that everyone should experience.
I'm honored to have 2 of my pieces highlighted in Linda Kaye Moses new book "Pure Silver Metal Clay Beads", published by Creative Publishing International. The Editors did a great job of arranging the work and step-by-step instructions, and Linda did a fantastic job of writing. Her work in the book is phenomenal.
My inspiration for my Star Guides series comes from this astrolabe, purchased from www.seretandsons.com, during one of our yearly trips to Santa Fe. Much like an Indiana Jones artifact, it is etched brass, with 5 interchangable inner sky maps filled with Arabic writing, symbols, arrows, latitude/longitude, and compass segments. For one who can read the maps, they become guides on the journey.
Memorial Week-end was a tremendous success!! The weather was gorgeous, the buyers were there to enjoy the week-end of jazz, great art, and wonderful food. Everyone had a great time, with my customers intrigued by my symbolic work, it was non-stop activity. I hope to be there in Oct., for the Fall Northampton Show.
Next up, my work will be in the "Contemporary Alchemy: Artistry in Metal" exhibit at the Lynn Tendler Bignel Gallery, at the Brookfield Craft Center, from June 14-Aug.2. It's a Faculty Invitational Exhibit, featuring 20 artists who have taught at the Craft Center. There will be an opening reception on Sunday, June 14, from 2-4. All in all, lots of fun art happenings going on.
The Lyndhurst Artrider show last week-end was a great success!!! People came out in droves to buy gifts for themselves and others. Rain doesn't stop the motivated buyers from attending this wonderful show of excellent crafts, music, and great food.
I've just been added to the Paradise City Show, Northampton, which promises to be as good or better. Memorial Week-end will find us in Massachusettes, with jazz bands and gourmet food, as the show runs May 23,24,25.
Here are two new pieces with Santa Fe stones: Chinese Turquoise and sterling silver. The top is from the Time Traveler Series, like a small astrolabe guiding one through the stars. The bottom is from the new Navigator Series, comparable to a compass showing a focused direction. See both these pieces at the Lyndhurst Artrider Fine Arts and Crafts Show, May 1,2,3, in Tarreytown. Located on Rt. 9, on the site of the Lyndhurst Mansion, it's a wonderful show featuring the top art & craft in the nation. I hope to see you there.
Last night's opening at Ironwood Gallery was truly magical. My work was displayed beautifully. I met many new people, old friends, and even one man who knew my work from the art shows that I did in the Chicago area during the '90s!! Amazing how syncronicity brings people together again...and then again. Dinner at the Italian restaurant around the corner, Insieme, was fantastic. Again, this all takes place at 103 Danbury Rd, Copps Hill Commons, Ridgefield, Ct. I'm so happy to be represented by this wonderful gallery, run by the great couple, Betsy & Richard.
Ironwood Gallery will be hosting an opening, Friday, April 3, 6:00-8:00, introducing my work. How exciting to be part of this wonderful gallery, and to have my work showcased along side incredibly beautiful, museum quality, fine art. I will be there, so if any of my Connecticut people can attend, I'd love to see you. The gallery is located at 103 Danbury Rd, Copps Hill Commons,Ridgefield, Ct, 203-431-3388, or check www.ironwoodgallery.com for more information. Refreshments will be served.
The Navigator Series are like compasses, pieces that look as if they "do" something, to guide us on the path of life. Each ancient stone from the Earth, is framed in 14k gold filled wire. Here is Chinese Writing Stone, crystals formed within a black, limestone matrix, perfectly matched. Swirling purple Charoite from Russia, highlight the stamped, gold wire. Each is a Navigational Tool through layers of dimensions of hopes, dreams, and enlightenment.
Here are some new pieces in the Time Traveler Series. I have an intricate, astrolabe from the 1800's, that shows directions, and coordinates with stars and time, for those who can read it. These pieces seem to mark various bearings or locations, as they frame fossils and stones created by the Earth over millions of years. Our past is our present, when we wear stones birthed deep inside Mother Earth.
A gallery owner gave me a great idea for displaying my work in a way that allows the buyer to shop within their price range. Display the pieces according to price range, grouping all pieces from the $50-$150 range together, with a small sign in one that reads $50-$150, and in the next case, $151-$250, and so on. Buyers will be drawn to the case within their price range, and you can better serve them with pieces they can afford.
I am now represented by Ironwood Gallery, in Ridgefield, Ct. They are a fantastic gallery filled with incredible fine art craft pieces. I'm honored to be a part of their work. Run by Betsy Halliday and Richard Herrmann, this was the first gallery we scoped out after moving here from Chicago. We bought a wonderful Robert Dancik pendant at that time. So to find my one-of-a-kind pieces, just make a visit to Ironwood Gallery, 103 Danbury Rd, Ridgefield, Ct., open Fri-Sat from 11-5, and Sun. 12-5. 203-431-3388. http://www.ironwoodgallery.com/. And don't forget their wonderful first Friday of the month gallery openings. The images are Jewel of the Orient, with a luscious purple charoite, and Secret Garden, hosting a Chinese Turquoise with peridot and tourmaline accents.
I've been busy teaching! One student wanted to set Sea Glass, so here are pieces that I created for that series of classes. I especially like the sterling, stamped "caps". The wire wrap also worked well with the colored glass. Some are greener than this image shows.
Pat Gullett, owner/artist of Howling Moon Studio, is a Painter, teacher, jeweler influenced by ancient civilizations, navigational tools for the journey, and Nature. She lives in the woods of Connecticut with her husband David.