Getting Ready for the JAM Gallery Winter Show

Look at the deep texture I got on this sheet of brass ©2015 WTEK
Look at the deep texture I got on this sheet of brass ©2015 WTEK

I just finished Fall Into Fine Craft and I’m rushing to get ready to drop off work for two boutique/exhibition shows this week. The first one is the JAM Gallery Winter exhibition which opens one week from today! I’ll be dropping off this weekend, but I wanted to make something new for the show, so I was hard at work in the studio yesterday. It’s not done, but it will be before drop-off! (hopefully!) I’ll also have jewelry at this show and it makes a great place to start you holiday shopping this year…

The same piece of brass flattened out ©2015 WTEK
The same piece of brass flattened out ©2015 WTEK

It’s a wonderful time of the year with the warmth and magic of the holidays – whether you celebrate nature with the solstice and / or enjoy the tradition of religious activities. Celebrate with JAM Gallery at our “Winter Exhibition,” which opens on November 3, 2015 and runs through January 2, 2016. Second Saturday receptions will be on November 14 and December 12 from 5 to 8 PM. These receptions are free and open to the public and feature

Cut out section for the bowl part of the sculpture ©2015 WTEK
Cut out section for the bowl part of the sculpture ©2015 WTEK

complimentary refreshments as well as a chance to meet and chat with some of the artists in the show. In addition to the public reception, JAM will also take part in the town-wide Third Thursday Malvern Stroll on November 19 and December 17. During the stroll, the Gallery will feature extended hours until 8 PM as well as complimentary refreshments and special events from 5-8 PM.

Large Net Earrings ©2015 WTEK sterling silver
Large Net Earrings ©2015 WTEK sterling silver

“The holiday season in Chester is filled with bustling activity, including an exciting exhibition time for JAM Gallery. The participating artists have provided unique paintings, sculptures, jewelry, and ceramics which are of outstanding quality and which cannot be found elsewhere,” says JAM Gallery owner and artist Melanie Fisher.

The Winter Exhibition will display artwork by both resident JAM Gallery artists Fisher and Lynnette Shelley as well as original works by artists: Bill Blazak, Patti Brinjac, Jerzy Almi Tufman, Kristen Woodward, Kaitlyn Malloy, Wendy Edsell-Kerwin, Chris Paxson, Doug Mott, William Sulit, Steven Schaefer, Carla Lombardi, Daisy Cohen, Thomas Hopkinson, Norm Dodge, Alfred Ortega, Monique Kendikian Sarkessian, Jennifer Domal, and Rose Manteghian.

Fall for New Necklaces and Earrings

DSC06982 copyThis past weekend I finished my big push for new jewelry before Fall Into Fine Craft this coming weekend (remember Booth #59 at the Carlisle Expo Center!) So I made three new pairs of earrings and two necklaces for your wearing pleasure!

Arched Wing Earrings ©2015 WTEK brass, sterling silver earwire
Arched Wing Earrings ©2015 WTEK brass, sterling silver earwire
Untitled Necklace ©2015 WTEK brass, copper
Untitled Necklace ©2015 WTEK brass, copper
Air Chased Silver Collar ©2015 WTEK sterling silver
Air Chased Silver Collar ©2015 WTEK sterling silver
Sterling Silver Earrings ©2015 WTEK
Sterling Silver Earrings ©2015 WTEK
Sterling Silver Earrings ©2015 WTEK
Sterling Silver Earrings ©2015 WTEK

New Work – Buckles, Earrings, & Necklaces

Two pairs of sterling silver earrings ©2015 WTEK
Two pairs of sterling silver earrings ©2015 WTEK

I know, boring title, right? But I used up all my creativity this week getting a bunch of new jewelry finished for the show this Friday. I managed to make two more pairs of earrings and another belt buckle since I last posted work, plus I finished all the other pieces. So that’s a total of two necklaces, two buckles, and three pairs of earrings. Whewwww!

Just after soldering the back together ©2015 WTEK
Just after soldering the back together ©2015 WTEK

As you can see, I used similar shapes to tie these pieces together. I started with the big brass and copper necklace, then used those shapes to make the silver necklace. Then I used one of the shapes as the design for the big net earrings. I liked them so much in brass that I made another pair in silver.

Ahhh, much better looking! ©2015 WTEK
Ahhh, much better looking! ©2015 WTEK

The second belt buckle is a variation on the net earrings, I slightly tweaked the shape to fit a scrap of brass. Then I tweaked it again for the nickel backing. Finally, I used some of the inners from the silver net earrings combined with a pattern from that original brass necklace. It comes back around full circle!

Ta da! Belt Buckle ©2015 WTEK nickel, brass
Ta da! Belt Buckle ©2015 WTEK nickel, brass

So what do think I should name this series? I’m thinking something stone related, but what are your thoughts?

The whole shebang ©2015 WTEK
The whole shebang ©2015 WTEK