The blog has been quiet for a long time, but I’m still here :)

Yes, it’s been a long time since I’ve posted anything to this blog.

In fact, I’m kind of shocked to see that this is the first post I’ve made in over a year!

There have been lots of things going on behind the scenes, some personal, some professional.

On the personal side, I spent a good part of last year recovering from an accident – I was hit by a van while crossing the street. Although I wasn’t seriously injured at the time, I developed complications later that required many months of painful physiotherapy. I’m happy to say that I’m now almost fully recovered and pain free!

I spent a bit of time traveling in Europe, soaking in the atmosphere and the history, celebrating birthdays with family, meeting some of my online friends face-to-face for the first time.

On the professional side, live classes have been the focus for the past year. One of my long-time students, Camilla Gryski, completed her course of study with me and last June celebrated her “graduation” with a very successful gallery show. I’m enormously proud of her!

Right now, I’m hard at work on preparing for a new course I’ll be teaching at Haliburton School of the Arts this coming July: Wire Weaving & Coiling. This course will introduce students to the foundations skills used to create wire jewellery using weaving and coiling techniques. If you’re looking for a chance to get away, come join me in Haliburton from July 20-24!

I’m also hosting the Year of Jewelry Project 2015, which is now on Facebook.

Finally, I’m up to my neck in renovations! After many years of thinking and planning, I’ve finally been able to design a dedicated workspace, with everything exactly where I need it. My new studio is taking shape, and I’m looking forward to moving into my new space by the start of summer!

 

Fall 2012 / Winter 2013 Class Schedule updated!

Fall 2012 / Winter 2013 Class Schedule updated!

I’m pleased to be teaching classes again this Fall and Winter at George Brown College!

Classes offered this Fall are:

Jewellery Wire Art I – October 14-November 4, 2012
Chain Making – November 24-December 1, 2012

Classes offered this Winter are:

Jewellery Wire Art I – February 24-March 17, 2013
Jewellery Wire Art II – April 14-May 5, 2013
Chain Making – November 24-December 1, 2012

 

Please see my Classes page for more details and links to the registration pages.

Upcoming Workshops: Beaders Best 2012 in Hamburg, Germany

Upcoming Workshops: Beaders Best 2012 in Hamburg, Germany

UPDATE – June 4, 2012

Putting together a trip like this means a lot of planning and considerable expense.  Unfortunately, things have not come together the way I would like, and so I’ve made the very difficult decision to cancel these classes.  I want to thank Verena Greene-Christ of Perlen Poesie magazine, who made a terrific effort over the last couple of days to find a workable solution – maybe next year!

 

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It’s going to be a busy summer!  In addition to returning to Haliburton this year, I’m scheduled to teach five workshops at the Beaders Best Perlenkunst Messe in Hamburg, Germany from August 17-19, 2012 .

Sponsored by Perlen Poesie magazine, this second annual show features beadwork, wirework and metal clay from all over Europe and North America.  As the only Canadian instructor, I’m excited about teaching in Germany – and in German – for the first time.  (The courses are listed as being taught in English with German translation, because I requested a translator in case I get stuck.)

More details about the classes can be found here.

 

Es wird ein arbeitsreicher Sommer sein! Neben der Rückkehr in Haliburton, werde ich dieses Jahr  ab August 17-19, 2012 fünf Kurse am Beaders Best Perlenkunst Messe in Hamburg, Deutschland lehren.

Gefördert durch Perlen Poesie Magazin, bietet dieses zweite jährliche Messe Perlenkunst, Drahtkunst und Silber Clay aus ganz Europa und Nordamerika. Als die einzige kanadische Lehrerin, bin ich über den Unterricht zum ersten Mal in Deutschland – und in deutscher Sprache – begeistert . (Die Kurse werden als in Englisch mit deutscher Übersetzung gelehrt aufgeführt, weil ich nach einem Übersetzer fragte, falls ich stecken bleibe.)

Weitere Details zu den Kursen finden Sie hier.

 

Registration Now Open for Haliburton Wire Jewellery Aug. 1-5, 2011

  • Carol Christensen
  • Christine Neff
  • Christine Neff
  • Coco Kulkarni
  • Diane Coulman
  • Jan McNichol
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  • Judith Goldstein
  • Judith Goldstein
  • Lesley Patterson
  • Patricia Harris
  • rebecca_nadin
  • Sharona Brookman

Registration for Wire Jewellery at Haliburton School of the Arts has begun!

Nestled in the Haliburton Highlands in the heart of Ontario’s Cottage Country, the Haliburton School of the Arts offers week long and weekend courses in everything from painting to glassblowing to blacksmithing.  I’m pleased to be returning to HSTA for the week of August 1-5  to teach wire jewellery!  Come join me for a week of fun and fabulous jewelry-making!  You’ll make earrings, chains, bracelets and pendants in a relaxed and enjoyable learning environment.

Please see my Classes page for more information.

Registration for Haliburton Classes August 2010 Begins!

Sunset Skyline Park Sunset view from Skyline Park, Haliburton, Ontario, July 2009

Registration for my classes at Haliburton School of the Arts is now open!

I’m very excited to be heading back for my third year teaching at Haliburton!  I will be teaching two classes, Wire Jewellery I (August 2-6, 2010) and Wire Jewellery II (August 9-13, 2010).

The school is nestled in the heart of Ontario’s Cottage Country near the shores of Head Lake.  Come for a peaceful and relaxing week, and have fun making jewellery!

See my classes page for course descriptions and a link to register!

YOJ09-30 Copper Art Nouveau Cab Bangle

YOJ09-30 Copper Art Nouveau Bangle (2009) YOJ09-30 Copper Art Nouveau Cab Bangle (2009); Copper, dyed paua shell; Constructed, cold joined; L 8 1/2" x W 1"Copper Art Nouveau Cab Bangle (2009)
Copper, dyed paua shell
Constructed, cold joined
L 8 1/2 inches x W 1 inch

Over the next couple of days I’ll be posting the work produced by my students in Wire Jewellery 1 and 2, but for this week’s YOJ entry, I’m posting my teaching sample of the AN Cab Bangle.  This project ended up being quite challenging for the students and took an entire day for the class to complete.  That was something I hadn’t anticipated, so there’s going to be a scheduling adjustment for next year’s class.  What really impressed me was that everyone showed a lot of persistence in doing the project, which had a few tricky steps in it.  One lady, Janice, was so determined to do it – despite how much it was frustrating her – that she refused any suggestion by me to modify it to something simpler.  That caused me to joke that she was channeling her inner German:  “I VILL complete zis bracelet!”  The class cracked up laughing.

The next day, Janice came to class proudly showing off the bracelet, which she had attempted again on her own at home.  She said that she’d found the instructions very clear and easy to follow.  She had every right to be proud:  her bracelet had turned out beautifully!

YOJ09-29 Freeform Bangle

YOJ09-29 Freeform Bangle (2009) YOJ09-29 Freeform Bangle (2009); Copper; Constructed; liver of sulphur patinationFreeform Bangle (2009)
Copper
Constructed, cold joined, liver of sulphur patination

I’ve been in Haliburton for the last week teaching the Wire Jewellery course, so this week’s entry is one of the projects made during the week.  This is the “freeform” bangle we made on Thursday.

Week 2 and Wire Jewellery II start tomorrow.  Four of the ladies from last year have signed up again, and one from last week is in the class as well.  So there are going to be lots of familiar faces!

I’ll write more about the classes after next week when I’m home again.

George Brown College – 2009-10 Class Schedule

The 2009-2010 classes for Wire Jewellery at George Brown College have now been posted!  Here’s the schedule (quoted from the GBC website):

Wire Art Jewellery 1

October 18-November 8, 2009
Course Number:   JEWL 9038, CRN# F10447

February 21-March 14, 2010
Course Number:  JEWL 9038, CRN# W45521

Learn the foundational skills needed to make wire jewellery. Make chains, earrings and findings using cold-joining techniques. Learn to manipulate different gauges of wire. Complete three bracelets, one necklace and four pairs of earrings. Create a piece based on a design of your own.

Note: A project kit of basic tools and wire will be supplied in the first class, but you must provide beads. The supplies required will be discussed in the first class.

Cost:  $412, plus cost of beads
Location:  Casa Loma
Hours: 20
Day/Time:  Sunday, 10 a.m. – 4 pm.

Click here to register.

Wire Art Jewellery 2

April 11-May 2, 2010
Course Number:  JEWL 9050, CRN# W45608

Refine your ability to control wire by creating bracelets, pendants and rings using multiple wires, twisted wires and binding techniques. Learn how to calculate the price of a finished piece of jewellery.

Note: A project kit of basic tools and wire will be supplied in the first class.

Cost:  $450
Location:  Casa Loma
Hours: 20
Day/Time:  Sunday, 10 a.m. – 4 pm.

Click here to register.

YOJ09-27 Art Nouveau Cab Bangle

YOJ09-27 Art Nouveau Cab Bangle (2009) YOJ09-27 Art Nouveau Cab Bangle (2009); Sterling silver, bloodstone; L 21.5 cm x W 2.5 cm; Constructed, cold joinedArt Nouveau Cab Bangle (2009)
Sterling silver, bloodstone
L 21.5 cm x W 2.5 cm
Constructed, cold joined

Although it’s supposed to be a calming stone, I’ve always found bloodstone to have a kind of overpowering “in-your-face” energy that’s difficult to deal with.  For the last few weeks, though, I’ve been wearing it while working on my tutorials, and it’s been helpful for keeping my energy levels up and focused.  I love the red spotting on this cab, and the slight yellow cloud overlaying the green.  This was part of a group of cabs I bought when The Nautilus closed 10 years ago.  The Nautilus was *the* place in Toronto to buy rockhounding and lapidary supplies.  Located in the far, far east of the city, I remember it taking an obscenely long time to get there on city transit from where I lived in Little India.  But what a treasure trove!  The owner, Roy MacLeod, was a passionate rockhound and filled his store with all the bits and bobs needed to work with and admire rocks.  Sadly, Roy didn’t live to see the millennium, and the closing of his store left a void that still hasn’t been filled.

In designing the Level II course for Haliburton, I was thinking about what skills would be most useful for the students to learn.  In Level I, they learn the basics:  working with single wires, developing dexterity with tools, etc.  There are very few multi-wire projects.  In Level II all but two of the projects are multi-wire pieces, and the students have to deal with doing steps early on that don’t actually come into full use until much later in the construction. Wire control becomes very important.

One of the things Level II focuses on is settings:  half of the projects deal with some form of stone setting.

I think this is by far the most complex of the projects I’ll be teaching.  Hopefully by the time we get to this point in the course, the students will have enough confidence to tackle it.  If not, it’s easily adapted to something simpler.  I’ll let them decide how energetic they want to be.

This tutorial will be available for purchase and download off my website after I get back from Haliburton.  I’ll post the link when it’s up, along with more photos.

YOJ09-22 Viking Knit Bracelet

YOJ09-22 Viking Knit Bracelet (2009) YOJ09-22 Viking Knit Bracelet (2009); Fine silver, sterling silver; Nalbinding, cold connected; L 20.5 cm x W 0.4 cmViking Knit Bracelet (2009)
Fine silver, sterling silver
Nalbinding, cold connected
L 20.5 cm x W 0.4 cm

I’m hard at work on the tutorials for my class, so this week’s project is the product of that work.  I’ve been doing a lot of photography, and editing and layout.  I’ve been pretty much eating, sleeping and breathing the project.  The first tutorial is finished, and the second is well in hand.  Four to go… and six weeks until the classes start.

More photos:

YOJ09-22 Viking Knit Bracelet (2009) YOJ09-22 Viking Knit Bracelet (2009); Fine silver, sterling silver; Nalbinding, cold connected; L 20.5 cm x W 0.4 cm YOJ09-22 Viking Knit Bracelet (2009) YOJ09-22 Viking Knit Bracelet (2009); Scenes from a tutorial YOJ09-22 Viking Knit Bracelet (2009) YOJ09-22 Viking Knit Bracelet (2009); Scenes from a tutorial