Planning

There is just so much going on I hardly know where to start. A lot of my studio is still packed up from Metal Retreat – finding time to put it all back together has been challenging. I’ve been working and teaching at Wired Designs as usual (had a really fun group for a beginning enameling class last night!) and gearing up to help with church budgeting for next year. Then there’s the top secret project, which has taken up enormous amounts of time. I will finally be able to share it with you on Monday, October 21st – I’m EXTREMELY excited about it, and eager to share the details. It’s been hard to keep it a secret all this time!

And I’ve been deep in the throes of planning classes for next year, which has been both a lot of fun and a little scary, since I’m going to stretch myself and go beyond the beginning classes that have been my bread and butter to more intermediate work. Among other things, I really want to put together an intermediate enameling class involving foils and wet-packing, so I’m set up to test some projects that are both kiln- and torch-fired that are WAY out of my usual box. As part of the process, I’ve been searching out inspiration on ye olde interwebs and thought I’d share some eye-candy today that is keeping me pumped up and inspired.

Enameled earrings by Michelle Startzman

I love the texture of these – I can’t be sure, but I think it’s three or four transparent colors layered over textured foil. So pretty!

The always inspiring Barbara Minor.

The always inspiring Barbara Minor.

Seriously beautiful. I love the large holes and the incredible detail. Barbara Minor is one of those exceptional artists whose work I could just sit and look at for hours.

Tidal Pool by Yvonne Villeneuve

Tidal Pool by Yvonne Villeneuve

I am fascinated by this piece – among other things, she used aluminum foil to get that depth and texture! Not sure if it’s special aluminum foil or just the stuff from the kitchen, but I think the results are gorgeous. More research is definitely in the works!

Foil experiments from Ruth Ball.

Foil experiments from Ruth Ball.

I have a major, major artist crush on Ruth Ball. If I ever get the chance to take one of her workshops, you can bet I’ll take advantage of it. Her work is so interesting to me, and I love that she’s constantly experimenting with new things. Here’s a shot of my all-time favorite series of her work:

First Snow Series by Ruth Ball

First Snow Series by Ruth Ball

Aren’t they stunning? I love everything about them – the bails, the small details, the colors.

Seep Through All My Pores by Anne Havel

Seep Through All My Pores by Anne Havel

I love Anne Havel’s work, and I am fascinated by the use of graphite pencil and etching in enamels, which she does a lot of. She also uses organic materials to back her pieces, which is so unusual, and I love her delicate prong settings.

Of course, nothing I put together is going to come anywhere close to these luscious pieces but it is so inspiring to look at them that I keep going back for more!

So that’s what I’ve been up to – lots of planning and experimenting, and getting ready for the coming year. I’m also still dealing with a swollen foot that is stubbornly refusing to give up a good reason why it’s still a problem – a battery of tests and an MRI show that I should be just fine. Frustrating, but I’m determined not to be overwhelmed by it.

What about you? As the weather gets cooler (thank the good Lord!!) what sorts of things are you working on?

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  1. Shirley Moore
    Shirley Moore says:

    Girl, you seriously know how to do eye candy! Love that! I’m so excited for what’s going on in your life, can’t wait to hear the big project!!
    Hope the doctors can figure out the foot. Sometimes, it’s just a product of getting older, much as we don’t like to admit that. I think it sounds like something more with yours though, so keep bugging the doctors!

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