3 moves… i’m out! (of here)

you might have been wondering….. what have i been up to lately?

well main thing i have been trying to recover from a major double studio move last summer.

it happened just about this time, last year… after an unfortunate initial relocation to a nowhere place in july, on i went in august 2014 across a river and landed into an old school house, big open space that reminded me of the oakland warehouse years.

perfect for a studio….

except that i kept having visitations of critters of all sorts coming into the place through the many cracks – 34 mice, 3 snakes (no, no rattles, but one i didn’t see and stepped on… one of my very rare screams so far in my life!), fended off black widows, hobo spiders and several centipedes, and lastly an 8 inches long one early on a sunday. could not catch it, it got inside and freaked me out for 2 days… until i caught it late one night at 2:35 am.

because i do not kill. i relocated them all.

but THEN it all added up,  i lost sleep, studio work, and simply could not spend my time ‘fixing’ the place anymore.

so here we go now…

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Hand-made in America – Myths and Reality

rings in progress

new rings in progress

the picture above does not specifically refer to the post below… but these rings ARE being MADE BY HAND, here in THIS country, in MY studio, by MYSELF…

a couple of weeks ago i was approached by someone who had recently started doing the ‘big shows’ (acc, philadelphia craft show, smithsonian, etc) and whom i had met at one of them; they wanted me to make some components for their jewelry, prototypes that i would have fabricated directly in metal and would have then been cast and reproduced abroad… after several exchanges with drawings and quotes and a couple of in-person meetings (they are local), i produced an estimate for them for what i deemed a fair quote (also given that the pieces would have been cast for mass production AND outside of this country). after receiving a bit of resistance at my pricing, i suggested they look at jewelry suppliers to buy the components already made in bulk and even emailed them a couple of direct links with similar product they were looking for, telling them it would have been more cost-effective for them (and me) to go that route. but they insisted, saying they ‘really liked’ my work and wanted something ‘special’.. so i reviewed my estimates and emailed them back my quotes, which were pretty much the same as the first ones. they live in the best part of town, somewhere i cannot afford, they ‘design’ the pieces, but all the work is effectively made outside of this country by someone else… yet, they are in the ‘best’ shows here nationally, where the hand-made in the usa is usually a requirement (or, am i mistaken?).  today they decided they ‘cannot afford’ my prices and will turn abroad where cheaper labor is available… silly me, right? silly me… i make almost EVERYTHING in my studio and BY HAND, including the melting of some of my metal, the pulling of my wire and sheet, the fabrication… and am barely making it. so much for the made in usa.

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custom copper ring

a quickie i have handy today… final soldering phase of a copper custom ring for a customer not long ago..

 

plus some retouching at the bench later on…

 

and the presentation/process card that went with the finished ring…. really enjoyed this project!

(thank you john!)

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COIL bracelts

ah! february, already….

got a few things rolling here and there, in not so specific order.

but tossing this one out, still fresh and in the making… a pre-launch offer!

the TW line finally online on Square Market :-)

curious?

(HINT: starting: tonight-feb 11 (midnight/mst) and for 6 days on to feb 17…you get

no shipping

and a

15% discount

on all and(well, yea… almost)

everything!

;-)

SquareMarket

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retrospect/2013

a bit of regrouping and re-countings for 2013, it slipped through the door of yesterday so fast.

quick notes… a couple of shots from the last CraftBoston Holiday show in Boston this past december.

CraftBostonHoliday 2013 - booth 519

CraftBostonHoliday 2013 – booth 519

drove to this show all the way from nm….in a stealthy and unyielding subaru on teen spirit, packed with booth display et. al., trash cans and lots of black tea……..  cut across the country in 3 days on the way over (i was late…! from the open spaces of the west to tiny corners of the east, desperately looking for parking! wrong turn on (or was it off??)  the turnpike between nj and ny  put me off by 3 hours on schedule, when i was oh… just so close!

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CraftBostonHoliday 2013 – booth 519

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on the way back – after 5 days of busy busy boston city life – took the high road and stopped a few days later to look yonder lake erie, just across the fence…

subaru around erie/pa, back from the east -dec 2013

subaru around erie/pa, back from the east -dec 2013

all and everything  frozen in deep cold….. canada, just on the other side.

erie, pa

erie, pa

the sun, at last!….. on the 3rd day and well into endless kansas.

kansas

kansas

ahh… space, again. and almost home…4 days total on the way back!

it was a good trip.

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a quick note and a last chance for this year!

last gathering at the railyard/water tower tomorrow/saturday dec 28, 2013

with the santa fe artists market

 here,  in the city differente..!

from 8 am to 1 pm

sky deep deep blue and clear, no wind…. looking good..

Twisted&Wires line

Twisted&Wires line

BTW:

offering a 15% end of the year bonus on ANY of my twisted&wires pieces still available while at the market tomorrow….  just mention the BTW!

;-)

HAPPY ENDINGS AND NEW BEGINNING EVERYONE!

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the loops in abq arts

have the pleasure to announce a little mention of my work in the november issue of

abq arts magazine….

my loops earrings featured alongside other fellow jewelers, here in the enchanted land

loops

loops earrings – black, heat on brass and sterling silver finish

abq arts nov 2013

and a great many thanks to Valerie Tibbets of Weyrich Gallery in Albuquerque for suggesting my work to this publication!

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a quick monday studio visit

it happened real fast, even though i really tried to slow everything down.

thank you david  for your visit today, honored to have you and hope my very quick pace was not too overwhelming so early in the day….!

visit 07.29.2013

David LaPlantz was here…

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west casitas this saturday!

calling all my loyal ‘locals’….

come by this saturday at the west casitas location (8 am to 1 pm), other side of the tracks from the water tower at the railyard in santa fe!

will be adding some fresh pairs of these, among other things….

dangling coils

the dangling coils earrings – TW collection

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