2015 3rd Quarter Goal Check-In

Three quarters of the way through the year, can you believe it?!

Wendy’s 2015 Goal List

Jam 2015 Fall Show

Reap the Whirlwind at the JAM Gallery Fall Exhibition ©2015 Copper, Brass 8″h x 10.5″w x 10″d $1365.00
  • ACC Baltimore Show
  • Gain Representation in 1-3 new Galleries
  • Participate in 4 -8 Group Exhibitions
  • A Blog Post Every 4 Days
  • Redesign my website & blog
  • Execute a Solo Exhibition in 2015/2016
  • Continue to Build a Body of Work

Last time we checked in I had completed these three goals: the 2015 ACC Show, and getting into the DCCA Alternatives Store (making 1/3 new galleries*), and redesigning the website/blog.

Posting every four days is getting better, the second third of the year was better than the first, and September has been great. All in all much more consistent than last year.

The good news is, I finished the Arches Wall Piece ©2015 WTEK bronze, nickel, wood, brass
Arches ©2015 WTEK bronze, nickel, wood, brass

I have had work in 5 group exhibitions this year (so far!) Art of the State, Water, the 2nd Annual JAM Juried exhibition, and the American Craft Week Masterpiece E-xhibit & Sale online exhibition.  I also just found out last night that Akimbo was chosen for SNAG’s online exhibition, We Are SNAG: Contemporary Smiths (which will go live November 1st.) So that’s 5/8 plus the JAM Fall show (which I’ve been counting as gallery representation), so technically five! Plus I just got the email for the JAM Holiday show. So technically 7/8.

The solo exhibition has once again been on hold while I get ready for my October cluster of events. I’ll have plenty of time to buckle down on it starting in November… Plus I’ve been working on more new pieces, though it’s been mostly jewelry the past few weeks getting ready for those events ;^)

*I have actually looked into other galleries as well, so that hasn’t remained a stagnant goal.

How has your last quarter been? Making steady progress toward your 2015 goals?

Buckle Up!

Net Buckle ©2015 WTEK bronze, nickle, brass
Net Buckle ©2015 WTEK bronze, nickle, brass

I did it, I made a belt buckle! I had been thinking about it off and on, mostly in the abstract. Then the woman who commissioned the Rose Bowl mentioned it, and I figured, hey, now’s the time to try. I did some looking around for components online and finally just decided to make my own. We didn’t exactly cover this in college, but I had some books with diagrams and such. The biggest problem is that I don’t wear belts – at all. I had to figure it out without first hand knowledge.

The back at work ©2015 WTEK
The back at work ©2015 WTEK

I think it turned out well! It works, it looks good, and it only took me two tries. Now I have a plan for future buckle endeavors.

The first try. I hate soldering nickel
The first try. I hate soldering nickel

After I screwed up the first try, I took a breather and made a pair of earrings too. I wanted to make something big, but light, and since I’ve been doing the net things again lately, I went with it. I like it so much there’s a silver pair in the works right now. I just have a couple more studio days before the Art Market at Tyler on the 9th, so hopefully I’ll get at least one more new piece done and be able to finish and photograph all of these new ones before then.

These are about 2.5" high plus the earwires ©2015 WTEK brass, sterling earwires
These are about 2.5″ high plus the earwires ©2015 WTEK brass, sterling earwires

American Craft Week – Masterpieces

2015 ACW Masterpieces ad

another view of Vortex ©2014 brass, nickel $1070.00
another view of Vortex ©2014 brass, nickel $1070.00

I’m honored to have been asked to represent Pennsylvania in American Craft Week‘s online exhibition and sale, Masterpieces. The Masterpiece Artists in this exhibit were selected by the nine-member National American Craft Week Committee. With over two hundred combined years of experience in all aspects of the craft industry, they worked to create a dynamic combination of extraordinary talent, local flavor, and a wide spectrum of media. The Committee hopes that every person who visits this E-xhibit will be inspired, entertained, and excited about today’s wonderful world of American Craft.

Every one of the works is for sale (though they aren’t all still available!) and you can find out about each piece by clicking on their image. The exhibition is on view 9.12.15 – 10.11.15.

Some info about Vortex:

Textured, fold formed, and chased brass & nickel sheet; formed into a bowl shape with three legs and riveted together. The brass bowl was foldformed and then pierced , folded into shape, and riveted together. The nickel elements feature a texture where each dot is hammered individually by hand. The bowl measures 6.5”W x 4.75”H x 6″D and is made from brass & nickel. It can be yours for $1070.00.