Friday, July 22, 2011

Summer Work

The summer is quickly passing by! Here are a couple of things I have been working on this summer. I'm hoping to have at least two more finished before the new semester starts (if everything goes as planned). This has been my first summer in grad school, and it's been a great time to work in a quiet studio with little distractions and reflect on what I'm doing. Lets hope these next few weeks are productive!

Brooch - Copper, silver, garnets, plexi glass, patina

Series of brooches - Copper, reticulated brass, silver,
enamel (transparent enamel undernearth liquid enamel), garnets

Tuesday, July 12, 2011


This piece is titled "Terrain" and is a neckpiece I finished awhile ago, but finally photographed. The layers and line work in the piece are inspired by geological sediment layers, while the shapes and colors in the enamel are reminicent of microscopic organisms. A lot of my work lately has been about miscroscopic images, with the idea of taking a closer look at the world around us.

The neckpiece is made of copper, brass, silver, cloisonne enamel and peridots.

I also have a bit of exciting news! One of my enamel pieces was accepted into the International Juried Student Exhibition in conjuction with The Enamelist Society Conference. It is a traveling exhibition that will show on the following schedule:

September 9 - October 29, 2011 at the Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, Gatlinburg, TN
November 14, 2011 to January 13, 2012 at the Knoxville Museum of Art, Knoxville, TN
February 6 to March 23, 2012 at the Metals Museum, Memphis, TN

Here is the brooch that will be exhibited in the show:

I recieved a scholarship to attend the conference and a workhop at Arrowmont!!! I am so excited!

Monday, July 4, 2011

I Am

Yesterday I watched the documentary film I Am at The Loft Cinema in Tucson. It is a very uplifting and inspiring film about the truth of human nature and the fact that we all connected to one another and to the world. It is directed by Tom Shadyac, director of comedy films such as Ace Ventura, Bruce Almighty, Liar Liar and The Nutty Professor.

In I Am, Shadyac speaks with thinkers in science, academia, philosphy and theology to find the truth about what is wrong with the world and what we can do to fix it. What he presents in the film turns out to be much more positive than I had expected from these questions. I highly recommend seeing this film if you have the chance!