As the sun warms the earth, green things emerge, slowly unfolding their leaves.
As the cold winds depart, wild animals emerge, leaving their winter dens.
As the vaccines arrive, we too emerge, hugging friends and revisiting normalcy.
In this time and place, like none we've ever known, what does it mean to emerge?
San Diego Jewelry Lab invites all jewelry/metals arts artists to enter their work in our upcoming online exhibit "Emerge". Pieces will be juried by San Diego Jewelry Lab co-owners Anne Wolf and Ame Stanko on craftsmanship, creativity and use of the theme and our panel of instructor judges will award prizes for the best submissions. Exhibition is open to metalsmiths worldwide. Work can be any size; wearable, functional, or sculptural; made within the last year. Get details on our Emerge event page.
We are thrilled to announce that we've sailed past our Guadalupe Home Jewelry Team goal! Captained by the talented Sky Paxton, we now have works from 10 different artists on their way to the annual fundraiser auction for Guadalupe Home - a transitional shelter for pregnant and parenting mothers who find themselves homeless. Here are some of their beautiful pieces ... more coming soon! Click images to view larger.
Sky Paxton. Pendant cast in Sterling, dark patina, synthetic (responsibly sourced) Ruby with 18” sterling chain and a hand crafted bail. 35 mm diameter, 30 grams of silver.
See more of Sky's work at (link coming soon).
Anne Wolf: Chisel patterned copper/silver/kuroshibuichi mokume gane pendant patinated with rokusho (a Japanese patina).
See more of her work at annevillestudio.com.
Teri Brudnak: Sterling silver earrings with 23.5kt gold Keum Boo.
Sterling ear wires. teribrudnak.com.
Helene Daniels: Lava rock and silver necklace.
See more of her work at helenedanielsdesigns.com.
Kay Yee: Earrings with pink pearls set in sterling with dangles enameled with graphite & overglaze paints. Learn more at massconline.com/showcase/kay-yee.
Marcela McClean: (photo coming soon).
See more of her work at instagram.com/hechosdemimano.
Ed White: Nasturtiums Ring
Fine silver and 14ct. gold from an old watch chain. It has been hand carved after soldering. Size 6.5. See more of his work at instagram.com/ed_white.
Karla Knutson: Reversible Puffed Square Silver Necklace With 24k Gold Keum Boo & 18” Stainless Neck Cable.
This necklace is made from sterling silver sheet that I roller printed and brush textured and is fully reversible. 24k gold foil was added using the Keum Boo technique to both sides. The asymmetrical pattern of gold can be turned 4 ways on each side according to your preference. Finally a blue/black patina was applied with liver of sulfur and the piece was waxed to help preserve the patina, although that may change slightly with time and is susceptible to scratching. The hollow form is approximately 1 3/4 " square and 3/8" deep at the center of the squares. The 18" stainless steel neck cable has a lobster claw clasp. See more of her work at etsy.com/market/karla_knutson.
Yoko Rover: Obsidian Sterling Silver Pendant
See more of her work at instagram.com/yokorover/.
Marianne Pickett: Spring Spirit Necklace
Spring Spirit Necklace marries the beauty of a traditional Chinese porcelain shard with triple strands of beads. Turquoise, flourite, and strawberry quartz are highlighted with sterling silver beads and findings.
Come with us to Japan to meet master mokume gane metalsmith and designated National Treasure Norio Tamagawa! We tour his home, work a bit in his studio and even enjoy tea hosted by his wife, who is a master in the art of the traditional Japanese tea ceremony. Afterwards we take a spectacular hike up Mt. Yahiko to commune with the gods of mokume (well, most of the trip is by tram...) plus, we hear stories and see some great photos from Yoko and Karen, metalsmiths who also recently visited Tsubame-Sanjo area and made their own cool metalsmithing discoveries. News alert! We are also excited to announce that we're now accepting entries for Emerge, our brand new juried online show. Continue on for photos.
From host Garage Kathe: We had about 18 people attend our March 9th Sawing Circle. One of the resources mentioned was Eva Sherman. She's a metal artist from Cleveland who teaches and has done some demos on the FB group “Friday Freebies for Metalsmiths” and anyone can join. We also discussed Metals week at Idyllwild Arts in June - Ann R. and Karen R. spoke of the fun of live classes in past years. This year all metal classes are on Zoom - 2 or 3 day formats so you sign up for multiple classes, registration is open now. Monica Cardone is teaching Bad Ass Bezels with the Hammer Hand Piece, but her class is full. You can get a discount on Hammer hand pieces from Pepe Tools with a code from Monica.
Oh my gosh, we had so much fun at tonight's Sawing Circle. We had 16 attendees on hand talking tricky soldering jobs, patinas, gold alloying and other metalsmithing particulars at our first March Sawing Circle. Isla joined us from London, Julia joined from Michigan, Ann was on deck from Alabama with the rest Zooming in from the U.S. west coast. As always there were some really valuable links shared.
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