You know how you go through your creative life picking up little bits of information from one artist whose work you admire, a few tidbits from another, an interesting idea from yet another? And all of these inputs take up residence in your brain, waiting for just the right little nudge to make them come together into one cohesive design? Well, I hope you do know, because it’s somewhat thrilling when it happens.
Patti’s book got me thinking about the idea of echoing polymer patterns in metal clay. Susan influenced my shape choices by consistently making and wearing earrings I covet. Ellen taught me that even though I have a preference for smooth millefiori, there’s a place in my work for texture. Julie got me back into mokume with an inspiring texture tool, and she also made me realize that the extra effort of sanding and buffing are well worth it in the end. And Kathleen taught me that an ear wire should never be an afterthought, but rather an integral part of the design.
So, I thank all of these great artists for their generous spirits and for presenting concepts that stuck in the crannies of my brain.
See the whole collection in the shop.
In addition to the new Texture pieces, I also added some of the work I completed at the Clayathon. Yes, I know that was more than two months ago. Luckily earrings, necklaces, and shawl pins don’t spoil! You can click here to see everything that’s new, but here’s a peek:
I am so grateful to those of you who choose to spend your hard-earned cash supporting my artful endeavors and decorating yourself with a little bit of the Cottage. I hope you like these pieces, and I thank you so much for your business and your encouragement!