Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Peter Skubic

This piece, titled 'Piece' caught my eye because of the use of reflective surfaces to create the idea that more is going on in the piece. The reflections make you think there is more structure than there is. Well done Peter Skubic!

Andrea Pineros

Monday, January 30, 2012

Working on my photography...

I'm practicing my photography so that I can post better pictures here on the blog. When I submit photos of my jewelry to shows, magazines and competitions they will be professionally photographed. But for the blog I wanted to work on improving my photography for your enjoyment.
Above is a piece I made this past year out of copper, silver and a mirror, with a handmade chain.
Here are my camera settings:

F 5

ISO 1600

I used the macro setting on my camera and didn't notice much of a difference in ability to take a closer shot. Also my color balance is off, not sure what I did wrong but the background should be pure white.
I'm using a Cannon PowerShot SX230 HS Digital Camera. I know I should get a better camera, it's on the list of things I need.

If you have any comments or suggestions please post a comment. I always welcome feedback.

Klaus Burgel

I have always loved Klaus Burgel's Loop Series of brooches. I was honored to work with him as a booth assistant at a show in Baltimore years ago. He was a pleasure to work with and I admire his skill.

Sunday, January 29, 2012

I want this chair!

I sadly can't reference where this image came from but my mom found this amazing swing/chair that really resembles my jewelry. I just love it!

Eero Hintsanen

The structures of Eero Hintsanen's Bug series delight me!

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Business Basics 101: Starting off on the Right Foot

Michelle Pajak-Reynolds is teaching a fantastic Business Basics Class next Saturday that will really help any arts business. I will be in the class and I think you should be there too! She has a great deal of knowledge to share, details and a link to where you can sign up are below:

January 28, 2012 9am-4pm, including 1 hour catered networking lunch

Charles Goodyear Memorial Pavilion: The West Room

Goodyear Heights Metro Park 2077 Newton St Akron, Oh 44305

Fee: $75 for OJMAG (Jewelry & Metals Guild) members, $110 for non-members

$35.00 of the $110.00 non-member fee may be applied towards a 1 year OJMAG membership
Instructor, Michelle Pajak-Reynolds

Do you dream of turning your creative passion and talent into income? Do you want to build a successful jewelry or arts based business, but you're unsure of where to start?
Then the Business Basics 101 workshop is for you. This one-day workshop will help you get started on the path towards success
Discussion Topics include:

- Getting Organized: Recordkeeping & Tax Basics

- Calculating Your Hourly Rate

- Pricing to Thrive, Not Just Survive

- Managing Your Inventory
Participants will create a pricing and organizing plan that is just the right size for their goals during this workshop.

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Nancy Neaher Maas - Watercolor Weavings

"Sails on Black"

I came across the Watercolor Weavings of Nancy Neaher Maas in a magazine recently and fell in love. She paints these gorgeous paintings and creates such a dynamic image with the weaving. You can see more of her work here.

"Southwest Sunset"

"Flowers: Flying Orchids"

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Beautiful Silence

This winter, my sister Kelly Heck, a photographer in Westminster, MD, will be showing a new body of work, “Beautiful Silence”, at The Delaplaine Visual Arts Center on 40 S. Carroll Street, Frederick, MD. The community is invited to join Kelly at the gallery for the reception on February 4th, 2012 from 3:00 – 5:00 PM, or any time during the show’s hanging from January 28th – March 25th. “Beautiful Silence”, a limited edition series of giclĂ©e prints, features color photographic winter landscapes in and around Carroll County, MD. Kelly makes her own prints at her home studio and my granddad helped her make the beautiful frames from scratch! If anyone is interested in attending, please check it out! If you want you can RSVP on Facebook or RSVP on LinkedIn.

Monday, January 2, 2012

Red Circle Metals

I love the sculptural quality of Red Circle Metals Jewelry. The artist, Suzanne Linquist, uses ebony and inlays the wood with silver. The contrast is wonderful. She even has bench tips on sawing on her website!

You can see more of her work here.

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Sea Turtle

This drawing took a couple of days.