After a very long silence, I’m back! I was away from my studio for over a month this winter for work, and now am very glad to be back on the farm and hunkering down in my studio to create new pieces. I’ll be taking part in two arts festivals this summer: Le Festival des Arts Georgeville – Fitch Bay here in Quebec from July 18 to 27, then the Cabbagetown Art and Crafts Festival in Toronto Sept. 5-7. Thousands of people visit the Cabbagetown Festival, so I’m trying to be very productive! Here are a few recent additions:
I started a course in gem setting this weekend. It’s intense and my head was spinning by the end of the first 6 1/2 hour class. Lots of note-taking, listening, watching the instructor set an oval faceted stone in a bezel setting and learning. I’m SO excited about it and can’t wait until the next class, when we get started on setting various stones in various types of settings. The instructor’s a very funny, very experienced diamond setter, and he has a LOT to teach us in seven short weeks. Will keep you posted….
Meanwhile, as I’ve just finished up some other work, I can get back to the fun stuff in my studio! Here are a couple of rings I’ve just made. A green freeform ocean jasper in sterling:
and a lustrous pyrite cab, also set in sterling:
I’ll blame my preoccupation with all things ocean/sea-related on the fact I’m a Pisces. Whatever it is, here I am again, producing pieces of jewelry with gemstones that originate in the sea. The first is a gorgeous green, white and red little ocean jasper, complete with its lovely orbs. The second is a black fossil coral, also a beauty. I find them so fascinating to look at, each in their very unique way…