Friday, February 27, 2009

Barrettes and conchos

Years ago my Mom made me a few sterling silver barrettes and I have worn them off and on throughout the years depending on my hair length. Lately I've worn one almost daily to keep my hair out of my work and my eyes. After receiving many compliments and requests for barrettes I decided to make a few similar to the ones that my Mom made. The longer one is like the one that I wear, I've always been drawn to the southwest and love conchos. My stamp set lets me create many diverse designs on the silver. I spent most of today making concho earrings actually.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Gallery 812 Artisans

Thursday, February 26th I'll be working at the Gallery 812 Artisans in Lowville, I'm scheduled to work there the last Thursday of every month this year. Many of my customers stop by to check out my new designs and drop off or pick up their repairs or custom orders. I find that it's a great way to stay connected to my customers and get out of the woods for awhile.

My jewelry is part of this wonderful gallery featuring over 50 local artisans work. I'm very pleased to be part of this talented group and hope that if you are in the area you take some time to check out all the artisans creativity.

The Gallery 812 Artisans is located at 7617 North State St. in the same store as the Wildroot Bookstore and Wayseeker Studio. Casandra Lyndaker, owner and watercolor artist, is a good friend of mine, we have done business together for many years. I hope that you get a chance to meet her when you stop by, she usually works Tuesday and Wednesday. Many of the artists work a day a month as part of their agreement to be included in the gallery, so you'll always have a chance to meet an artist if you stop by.

I hope to see you some Thursday this year at the Gallery!

Monday, February 23, 2009

Organic Jewelry

These are a couple of examples of my organic jewelry. I use scrap sterling and melt it down and roll it into discs or whatever shape I need. The narrow pendant with the swirl has great texture and measures about 2" long.
The necklace is cool because of the freeform discs as well as the rivet-like connections. Of course I've attached one of my favorite chains - twisted link - to the discs. The earrings continue the freeform and I've drilled them and added the melted ball rivet-like loop at the top. I plan to explore this direction more and will keep you posted. The response to the organic look has been very positive so far, let me know what you think of it....

My BFF....

I heard from my best friend from high school and beyond earlier this week. Her name is Phyllis Shafer and she is a painter living in South Lake Tahoe. She has a solo show at the Stremmel Gallery beginning in-mid March. You should check out her website, her work is amazing, it always has been amazing.

Phyllis and I have been friends for over 35 years, many of them long distance but she is always the same warm, funny, intelligent, intensely creative and interesting person, no matter how long it's been since we connected. We made a great duo in school and even got to room together for a bit in college (Potsdam State) until I quit to come home and marry Mike and have children.

The photo above is one of her paintings, enjoy....

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Welcome to my blog!

Hi, my name is Lisa and I'm a silversmith living near the Adirondack Mtns. in northern NY. I'll be posting my new designs here and the inspiration for them as well. I hope that you check back often and see what's going on in my studio.

I have several customers that enjoy and collect heart jewelry, so I went a little heart crazy for Valentine's Day this year. Check out the bracelets that I have made. The coolest part is the 'organic' look to them as well as the addition of copper.

I like the organic look and have done many pieces using melted scrap silver that I shape into the desired design. Most of the shaping is done while the metal is molten then after cooling I can saw or file away whatever I need to.