13 gift boxes in closing

2015 is moving out fast, all of a sudden just 5 days to its closing!

it’s been another dense one, caught in between studio relocations and time spent in catching up with studio relocations… i still have most of my tools and equipment with me, amazingly so i must say, after all the dirt and rocky roads traveled this past year.

to the south

view from the studio window

 

right now, staying put.

outside, the mesa to the south

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

studio-area1-benches

inside, looking in…

 

 

inside.

inside a much smaller (but ahh, so focused!) space now, studio is slowly in becoming again and taking on a new shape.

it is going to take some time.

 

 


in retrospect, not much work at the bench….

most of all the new and old ideas, thoughts in the making, drawings and visual notes scattered about and on hold, for all the right times to come.

a closing wish for a year ahead of new things and new beginnings, welcoming all the unknown and intriguing challenges to come…

and so, to celebrate and summarize a time of seemingly unchanged progress, in these last few days of these last 12 months, this came to mind:

13 gift boxes for closings and new beginnings!

gift boxes

put together a ready-to-go last (or first!) minute gift idea, small collections from the twisted&wires line arranged, as per arbitrary play of color, in suggestive line drawings…

offerings, tokens of appreciation and gratitude we gift one another with.

snow storm is intensifying outside, firewood, black tea, honey within reach.

and a tool or two, beckoning.

can be here  for a while, hands begin playing again, rhythms of continuity for the making.

wishing all reading this a peaceful end of this year and a joyful beginning for the new.

to you!

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raw travel: airing today!

i might be in this one.

all i remember was that it happened in a flash.

and under pouring rain…

click robert below, standing on the train, find out where you can watch it in your area….happening NOW!

(and let me know what you think)


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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…

studio1

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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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