Happy 2017

We’re 2 weeks into a brand new year already. It’s time to implement those changes. So, what are your plans for 2017? I’ll tell you what mine are.

Those who know me know that I LOVE TO CREATE! But, am I making enough time for it? Probably not. Living a handmade life and running your own handmade jewelry business isn’t all about making. There’s lots of other stuff that takes over your time.

My plan is to set aside blocks of studio time. If necessary, I’ll even drop everything when an idea comes about (I should, right???). Now I’m not normally one to waste time, however, it does happen. So, I plan on working more efficiently and being more aware of time flying out the window.

I will also continue to implement sustainable practices into my contemporary jewelry.

There will also be education for me in 2017. I will be attending Arrowmont school of arts and crafts in Gatlinburg for the first time this summer. I’m so excited about this! Lot’s of friends have gone or taught, so I’ve heard so much about it. Can’t wait for that playtime.

I hope you’ve reflected on 2016 and are looking forward to your fresh new start. Who knows what else the year will bring, but make it count…

Peace, Jo

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Forever inspired

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ImageJust back from Milwaukee where I attended the Bead & Button show. WOW! So much good information from some of the countries best teachers.   I started with Robert Dancik’s faux bone class and it was AMAZING. You can carve it, shave it, cut it and ink it. My ring looks Frank Lloyd Wright meets primative stone. The embedded a worn piece of brick was found in Seattle while at Artfest. It’s a truly unique nontoxic pvc product. For someone so organic, I find myself in love with pvc now ;] The 9 hours we spent with him were fun. He started the class with a singing bowl, filled it with fun & knowledge, and ended it with compliments. What an interesting guy he is.   Next on to Kim St Jean’s class where we hammered the crap out of metal! How fun. Fold forming, texturing and annealing was on the menu that night.   And then there was steel wire wrapping with Brenda Schweder. LOVED THIS CLASS! Since I Work with so many found objects, Brenda trap and capture techniques are something I’ll use forever, as I can literally suspend anything (here I trapped a piece of sea glass also found in Seattle).   Last but not least was Melissa Manley’s enameling class. Ahh, the possibilities with enamel…(and the palette of colors) What a beautiful soul Melissa is. I liked her from the start and ended up chatting with her over lunch. Maybe I’ll see you in the NW one day.   New friendships were formed and I ran into my favorite teacher, Susan Lenart Kazmer, always a pleasure. With so much new inspiration, there will be lots of new pieces flying off my workbench in the next few weeks. Don’t worry, I’ll keep you posted. Peace, Jomama

June is approaching

ImageJune is approaching and the Bead & Button Show in Milwaukee is on my mind. I love learning and have signed up with some of the best forging and emaneling teachers. Along with my necessary tools, I’m also bringing along an aluminum hairspray can and tin cans to experiment with.  I’ll be learning techniques to manipulate metal with hammers as well as emameling glass onto metal. Oh, and  a class working with faux bone. How cool is that? Being a child at heart,  I’m excited for this adventure and the new friendships that will form. Besides that, what will I come up with next? Stay tuned…

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