Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Saul Bell Design Awards

Entries are now being accepted for the 2012 Saul Bell Design Awards.
This piece won first place in the category of metal clay for 2011. The title is Mandala by Barbara Becker Simon. The piece is about 80 cm in diameter, about 12 mm deep and is hollow.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Jiro Kamata

While surfing around on Klimt02 I found the work of Jiro Kamata. You will never guess what his 'gemstones' are made from.

Camera Lenses. Click on his name to learn more about his inspiration.

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Jewelry Events in North East Ohio this weekend!

There is a lot going on this weekend. Today is the Ohio Jewelry & Metals Guild Summer Social down in Canal Fulton.

This weekend is also the Boston Mills ArtFest which is supposed to be a really great show!

The Intergalactic Bead & Jewelry Show at the Cuyahoga Fairgrounds.

Then on Tuesday is the Ceremony for the winners of Cleveland Arts Prize. They will be honoring John Paul Miller, the first winner of the Cleveland Art Prize. I would love to meet him. His jewelry is pictured above.
You've seen his work on my blog in several posts.

Friday, June 24, 2011

Dolores Barrett

I met Dolores Barrett at the Niche Show in Vegas and was wowed by her jewelry. She works in glass, specifically dichroic glass. Her pendants are 3-dimensional and have a beautiful surprise on the inside. It's so much fun to meet other artists and see what they are inspired by.

Her newest pieces have gold and silver in the glass with diamonds.

It was a pleasure to meet Dolores and learn about her work. I hope to see her soon at another show!

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Making Press Cookies

Another thing we did while my Mom was here was making press cookies. I've had the press for years but never used it. My Mom always makes the Christmas Trees above.

I had much better success with the flowers. And they were very tasty.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Michalina Owczarek

I found Michalina Owczarek on Klimt02, an international art jewelry online community. The vibrant punch of the pink against the black is a great contrast. And I always love bugs!

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Shaker Height Arts and Music Festival

I went strolling through the Shaker Heights Arts Festival with my good Friend Michelle. She was taking pictures for her blog eMERGE: A Business Blog for Creative People. 

While there I bought this little tree puzzle from Peachie Originals. They had all kinds of cute little puzzle creations!

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Cake Decorating with Mom

My Mom and I made cupcakes and she taught me how to decorate the edges and make roses out of icing.

What a busy Week!

While my Mom visited we did a lot. I took her to Chagrin Falls which was really beautiful. It turned out that Art in the Park was going on and I was able to say hi to my jeweler friend Michael Romanik who makes beautifully enameled jewelry.

Here is a piece of Michael Romanik's jewelry, the enamel is gorgeous! This past year he was a recipient of a Creative Workforce Fellowship in Cleveland Ohio. I'm so happy he won!

We also saw the most amazing rocking horses except they weren't all horses. My favorite was a dragon by Trott Wood Creations.

We ate dinner across from the falls at a lovely restaurant and I can't remember it's name. But it was delicious!

Close to the restaurant was a great gallery, All that Matters, and it had many Native American inspired pieces. I especially loved the dream catchers.

The day before out Chagrin Falls Field Trip Joe and I went to see Christopher Titus, Neverlution, at Hilarities. He is one of my favorite comedians and it was awesome! We laughed the whole time.

This is a little more of what my Mom and I did while she was here. I had a great time!

Friday, June 17, 2011

The Shaker Heights Arts and Music Festival

This event is going on this weekend in shaker Heights, Ohio Saturday and Sunday. It's being put on by the Ohio Designer Craftsmen.

The piece above is by an Ohio Designer Craftsman who won in the Best of 2011 category, Mike Kozumplik

Will You Be Staying or Will You Be Flying? (neckpiece)
Sterling silver, 14k gold, bronze, pearl

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Mini Stonehenge

While my Mom visited we had planned to make a rock garden and my Mom had a Eureka! moment when she saw the shape of some of the rocks and said lets build Stonehenge.

We made our circle of rocks and some have rocks that stretch across the top.

View from a distance. We stacked the rocks in the front so that you can sit and enjoy the rest of the yard.

Here is team Heck, my Mom on the left and me on the right. This was so much fun and also exhausting. Thanks Mom I love it!

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Las Vegas

While at the Niche Show in Las Vegas we took some time to sight see. We went to the Bellagio and saw the Chihuly ceiling, beautiful gardens, and the image above a painting made entirely of flowers. Neither my boss or Joe or I are gamblers so we just enjoyed the amazing artwork that you could find in many of the casinos.

Here's a pic from the strip at night.

The Bellagio Fountains, they shoot off in time with music, it's beautiful to watch.

At Planet Hollywood there are beautiful chandeliers of individually suspended swarovski crystals. Love at first sight!

View from under the chandelier.

One of the first nights there we ate at KOI which is in Planet Hollywood. The guys had sushi and I had something that was delicious. Can't remember what but everywhere we ate was really good.

Like I said in my last post the Miss USA Competition was going on in the same Hallway as the Niche Show. This is a bad pic of the ladies. I could never be Miss USA but I could be Mrs. USA!

We had a great time but I know I was happy to get home as well.
I've been off the computer this week because my Mom is visiting from Maryland. We've been working on quite a few projects that you'll get to see soon!