Thursday, June 26, 2008

I miss my tools!

You know that feeling you get when you're in your studio working, things are going so well, and you feel one with your tools? I love that feeling.
I attended Towson University in Baltimore MD and majored in Jewelry/Metalsmithing and lived in that studio. I even had the imaginary studio cot so many artists dream of!
Now I live in Baltimore County and am no longer close to my tools. The tools live up in northern Carroll County in a barn, I'm sure they miss me. We've been apart for nearly a year now. I go and visit and use my tools and greatly enjoy the time I spend with them. We make great things together!
The problem is I live in an apartment and I can't legally have my tools in my apartment. I'm not one to break rules or endanger others lives. Recently there was a discussion about this on www.ganoksin.com. As much as I miss my tools and it sometimes brings me to tears to not have them nearby I won't keep them in my apartment. The danger is far too great.
I have plans, don't worry. In hopefully a couple of years my tools and I will reunite and spend much more time together!
Right now I'm working for the Buyers Market of American Craft a wholesale tradeshow for American & Canadian Artists. I am the Jewelry & Suppliers Manager. Basically 1/3 of the floor plan (250 to 400 booths) are what I'm in charge of. I assist jewelry artists from around the country with all kinds of business information. Although this job doesn't involve me working with my tools it does give me the opportunity to meet so many great jewelry artists. I also attend many many craft/art shows to convince more jewelry artists to participate in the BMAC Show. I recently attended JCK and Couture in Las Vegas. I'll leave that story for my next entry!

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