Two Chances to Update Your Jewelry Box

Silver SPear Earrings ©2014 WTEK sterling silver - These will be at FIFC

Silver SPear Earrings ©2014 WTEK sterling silver – These will be at FIFC

It’s been awhile since you’ve bought anything new for yourself. I bet it’s been a while since your friends and loved ones have also. You need to update your jewelry box and I have two upcoming chances for you to pick and choose the perfect pieces in person!

This weekend in Fall into Fine Craft and the Carlisle Expo Center and I’ll have a number of cuffs, earrings and even a couple necklaces in the Yellow Breeches Chapter Boutique there. You can even see the Alchemists’s Earth, Wind, & Fire Group Challenge piece, Elemental, there!

Saturday and Sunday, October 25th and 26th, 2014 from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m.at the Carlisle Expo Center, 100 K St. Carlisle PA.

Foldformed Bamboo Cuff ©2014 WTEK brass

Foldformed Bamboo Cuff ©2014 WTEK brass

Next up, another chance to see (and buy!) my jewelry just opened up. I will have a number of pieces at the Holiday Benefit Exhibition at JAM Gallery in Malvern, PA. 20 percent of show sales will benefit Ryerss Farm, who care for aged, abused or injured horses. The exhibition runs November 3 – January 4, 2015.

Second Saturday receptions will be on November 8 with extended hours from 3 to 8 PM and  from 5 to 8 PM. These receptions are free and open to the public and feature complimentary refreshments as well as a chance to meet and chat with some of the artists in the show.

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Tons of New Work for Your Ears and Wrists

3 Wide Copper Fold Formed Cuffs and on pair of riveted, fold formed Brass earrings ©2014 WTEK

3 Wide Copper Fold Formed Cuffs and on pair of riveted, fold formed Brass earrings ©2014 WTEK

It’s true, I haven’t had many posts of new work recently. As I’ve said, it’s not because I haven’t been working in the studio, but rather because of what I’ve been working on and they way I’ve been working. I had too many pieces going on at the same time to show a nice progression. Also, I had been working on a couple of larger pieces too. (I do still have to patina the copper and silver pieces, plus I’m still working on a matched earring/necklace set.)

2 Brass Fold Formed Cuffs & 2 pairs of Silver Earrings ©2014 WTEK

2 Brass Fold Formed Cuffs & 2 pairs of Silver Earrings ©2014 WTEK

But this past weekend I spent getting some new cuffs and giant earrings ready for the upcoming Fall Into Fine Craft show in Carlisle, PA. I’ll be in the boutique section and I wanted to showcase some new jewelry pieces there. You should really stop by and see these (and all the other artists’ pieces) in person. If you’re like me, you have a ton of October birthdays to shop for. You can also kick start your holiday shopping early. October 25 & 26 10am – 5pm. Be there or have unhappy wrists and ears. Your call. Oh, and don’t forget you can see Elemental in the Team Challenge Gallery too!

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2014 3rd Quarter Goal Check-In

We just entered the last quarter of the year, so it’s time for my next Goal check-in. As far as these goals have gone this year, I feel like I’m pretty on track. Let’s see how I stack up 3/4 of the way through 2014…

Wendy’s 2014 Goals

Pebble Moon Pendant ©2013 WTEK sterling silver, copper, brass

Pebble Moon Pendant ©2013 WTEK sterling silver, copper, brass $225.00 – You could learn this process at my Rivet Pendant workshop…

    • 8 Group Exhibitions
    • Teach at least 3 Workshops
    • Write a Magazine Article
    • Make a Body of Work for a Solo Exhibition
    • Plan & Execute a Solo Exhibition for 2015
    • Gain Representation in 1-3 New Galleries
    • Work on Getting into a Top-Tier Craft Show (Late 2014/Early 2015)

Not only have I had work in 8 group exhibitions, but I’ve also been invited to bring pieces into JAM Gallery‘s Holiday Benefit Show. That’s a bonus exhibition! This leads into the new gallery representation goal – while I don’t have a specific contract with JAM, this is the third time this year I’ve had work there, so I’m counting it for now. That would make two goals completed!

In 2014, so far I’ve taught 2/3 workshops and my Rivet Pendant is a go (there’s still a couple openings), so that will be 3 workshops taught this year. Unfortunately, the new Integrated Prong workshop didn’t run, but maybe next year will be its year.

I bet you recognize that piece in the front...

The 8th group exhibition is currently in progress at the PA Guildof Craftsmen (as is the 7th at JAM Gallery)

Magazine article still needs attention. I’m pretty much exactly where I was at the last check-in.

I’m still working on my body of work. I have three works currently in process, and 2 – 3 more (one of which I have completely planned already) before I hit my specific breadth and number of pieces I planned for this goal. I’m pretty confident that I’ll come within 1 – 2 pieces by the end of the year. Of course, I’ll always be contributing to my body of work, but this was a very specific body I wanted done for my…

Solo exhibition – like I said in the last check-in, this goal is tied to my body of work goal. Every step closer to completing that goal is a step toward completing this one. As far as specifically planning the exhibition, that will wait until after February. Why February? That’s when I’m in…

I'm slightly further than this... ©2014 WTEK Teapot in Progress

One of the works in progress ©2014 WTEK Teapot in Progress

The ACC Baltimore Show! It doesn’t get more top tier than an ACC show and I was invited to be a representative of SNAG at the 2015 show! I am so super stoked about this, it is one of my 10 year goals (for 2020) and it’ll be amazing! I am going as a metalsmith and not a jeweler, so that body of work will be coming with me. Hopefully, most of it won’t be coming back with me, but going home with others, which means I’ll have to work on more body of work pieces for any upcoming solo exhibitions I manage to plan.

3/4 Year Consensus: I’m pretty much exactly where I want to be right now. I keep putting off the article and I wish the other workshop had happened, but everything else has been steadily coming together. From now through February I’ll be working extra hard on making new pieces for ACC and beyond, and I won’t be focusing too closely on group exhibitions for the first part of next year, so this will narrow down my focus moving forward into the 4th quarter this year. Now I have to work on next year’s goals and reconfigure my 5 and 10 year goals (it’s that time again…)

How are your 2014 goals progressing? Are you ready for the end of this year?

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