Explorations Into Liminality
“and there came an arm and a hand above the water and met it and caught it, and so shook it thrice and brandished it, and then vanished away the hand with the sword in the water.”

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Arise

Auto-archaeologist, digging myself up and dusting things off around here. While more than two years is hardly antiquity, a lot has certainly happened over that time away. No re-capping! Just moving forward.

Look! New designs.
The first is most certainly archaeology inspired. I look at this piece and the myths and legends about Mary Magdalene fill my mind. Believe what you will, there is mystery enough to fill a grail.

Now this one is all about faerie magic. Bits and baubs of wings and things, a jangle load of enchantment.

I am a bit entranced by the whole process of making these necklaces; digging through all my treasures collected over so many years, combining images and shapes and symbols and ideas, it's deep and thoughtful work- and it takes a bloody long time til one is "done"! There will be more of these coming, and I cannot wait to see what will manifest.

Monday, May 7, 2012

Ancient Elegance

Just showing off a piece I've been working on forever, and finally completed. I've used a weighty and gorgeously patinated ancient Roman glass fragment as the focal and added a handformed precious metal clay faux bois charm, and a AA grade red spinel briolette. There are black lava stone rounds, faceted prehnite cubes, and garnet red baroque pearls. Everything is linked with sterling silver, and there is a fine bit of sterling chain which picks up where the beads leave off. This is a masterpiece in my eyes.


Saturday, March 3, 2012

Fantasy Exchange!

Some of the artists in the Etsy team I belong to, Fantasy Artists of Etsy (FAEteam), have some fun with gift exchanging in the winter months. This year I received some mystical bounty from my friend Carapace, who knows me oh-so-well.

Here is a beautiful canvas with wolves circling the moon, a la Elfquest (one of my favorite old comics).


And this Oracle Card box resplendent with Persephone imagery. Magnificent.


and the other side of the box...

The gorgeous cards themselves, for to give pause and ponder upon the goings-on in your life:


As you can see, m'lady Carapace is a skilled magical vixen, and her Etsy shop is full of wonderful creations.

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Remembering Ancient Rome

I have an ongoing and growing obsession with ancient Roman glass. Organic gems, these ancient fragments are found all over the ancient Roman world, and today the most plentiful sources seem to be Israel and Afghanistan. The glass has been buried for many centuries- some of it even more than 2,000 years. They've been drilled and shaped recently, but retain the gorgeous iridescence that has developed through centuries of chemical reaction to the environment. The climate in the Middle East combines hot temperatures and flash flooding; the centuries of this exposure caused chemical changes in the glass in conjunction with the minerals present in the soil. The iridescence produced is simply stunning, and these shards absolutely become jewels the way they refract the light and change colors.

Here are my latest creations...


The Streets of Rome; ancient Roman glass, hemimorphite, prehnite, citrine, labradorite at the clasp.


Vesuvius; ancient Roman glass, volcanic stone.



Antiquity; rare cobalt ancient Roman glass, pyrope garnets.




Ode To Pompeii;  ancient Roman glass, volcanic stone, pyrite.




Friday, January 20, 2012

Colors of My Heart

Black looks good on roses. It's not a singularly Gothic look, it's got a strangeling beauty to it. Deep romance. I love you darkly.
Red roses are all fairy tale. Blood stories and twining brambles. A blade, a heart, red dreams.

Rose Black


A Rose For You


Rose Red


Roses Are Black, Like My Heart

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Hearts-A-Bustin'

I'm fashioning a bevy of Valentine inspired pieces to show to our hometown eco-boutique. Atomic Garden is the most gorgeous shop and I am so proud they have been carrying my work with lovely success!

Here are some new items I'm offering them next week:





Thursday, December 1, 2011

Glass Jewels

I have long been obsessed with ancient Roman glass and finally have put my own hand and eye to the creation of some special designs. Sterling silver and precious metal clay accents are a gorgeous touch.


 These ancient fragments are found all over the ancient Roman world, and today the most plentiful sources seem to be Israel and Afghanistan. The glass has been buried for many centuries- some of it even more than 2,000 years. They've been drilled and shaped recently, but retain the gorgeous iridescence that has developed through centuries of chemical reaction to the environment. The climate in the Middle East combines hot temperatures and flash flooding; the centuries of this exposure caused chemical changes in the glass in conjunction with the minerals present in the soil. The iridescence produced is simply stunning, and these shards absolutely become jewels the way they refract the light and change colors.


Ancient Roman Glass and Silver Spirals

Ancient Roman Glass and Gemstones

Ancient Roman Glass and Silver Discs