Two More Group Exhibitions This Year!

Tether ©2013 WTEK bronze, nickel, brass

Tether ©2013 WTEK bronze, nickel, brass

This past weekend, I received great news. First, I found out that my ring, Memento Aurum, was accepted in the TOP Jewels National Jewelry Design Exhibition at the Durango Arts Center. The exhibition runs May 16 – June 28, 2014 with an opening reception on May 16th from 5 – 8pm. I’m really excited because the awards juror is Allison Buchsbaum Barnett, co-owner of Patina Gallery.

Then I found out that for the fourth time I have a piece selected to be in the Art of the State exhibition at the State Museum of Pennsylvania. Tether will be one of the works juried into this years show which runs June 22 – September 7th with an opening reception and awards ceremony on June 21st.

Memento Aurum ©2011 WTEK sterling silver, pyrite, brass

Memento Aurum ©2011 WTEK sterling silver, pyrite, brass

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I will not be able to make it out to Colorado for the TOP Jewels opening, but I will be at the opening in Harrisburg, PA. The State Museum will once again be hosting artists’ talks in conjunction with the exhibition and I will try to get some artist interviews like I did last year.

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The Little Things that Frustrate

This looks pretty crazy, but it was even funnier when I had a T-stake in the extender!

This looks pretty crazy, but it was even funnier when I had a T-stake in the extender!

I’ve been slowly plugging away at my new vessel. There isn’t much to show because it’s mostly been little tweaks, planishing, and working on the edge. Nothing that’s noticeable in photos.

I did decide to bring the lip in on the ‘bowl’ part slightly which made it a huge pain when tightening up the form and planishing. That along with the long part made it difficult to get the right fit on the stakes I have. I had to cobble a solution that, as you can see, looks absolutely ridiculous.

Then came the edge. I had to try and mark even edges on both sides of a form that isn’t symmetrical in one direction, can’t be flat sanded, and doesn’t even have a hemispherical bowl. Lot’s of trial and error. Then that curved in lip and the long part got in the way of my saw frame. I had to cut away little bits at a time.

But that part is over! I just need to file the edges and then I can start on the armor pieces. Now it gets exciting again!

See, not much different than the last image in the last post. ©2014 WTEK

See, not much different than the last image in the last post. ©2014 WTEK

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New Vessel in the Works

And so it begins. ©2014 WTEK

And so it begins. ©2014 WTEK

Some of the raising completed. ©2014 WTEK

Some of the raising completed. ©2014 WTEK

Remember that piece I had the sketch for last week? I’ve been hammering away getting the base shape done. It’s all raised and now I just need to shore up the shape and decide on planishing (probably) or not and leaving the texture from the raising process. The next step after that will be paper mock-ups of the series of overlapping metal parts that will be riveted over the open part of this piece. They’ll be similar to that silver necklace I just made. Very armadillo-y. I even know in advance how I’ll put the base on. Imagine that!

All raised up! ©2014 WTEK

All raised up! ©2014 WTEK

It'll be standing up like this. ©2014 WTEK

It’ll be standing up like this. ©2014 WTEK

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