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Selected works available at my next trunk show

I am curious. How many of you go to Trunk Shows? And of those who do, what do you think of them?

My goal, when I have a trunk show is to present my latest works. I want to give clients a chance to be the first to choose from new creations. I am always striving to create those unique forms of personal adornment that allow the wearer to express their individuality.

That being said, my annual Holiday Trunk Show, in conjunction with Small Business Saturday, will take place on:

Day/Time – Saturday – November 28, 2015 from 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
LocationSanta Fe Trail Jewelry
215 Chapala Plaza
Monument, CO 80132
719.481.0250

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Textured Sterling Silver Earrings with gypsy set faceted Rhodolites.

Marylee Reisig is the owner of Santa Fe Trail Jewelry. She works very hard to create the wonderful atmosphere that is ‘The Trail‘, which embodies her creative soul and love of the arts. She has represented me for years and this trunk show has become an annual event for us. Her support is invaluable and she truly cares about the artists, their work and her clientele. She’s continually growing what is available in her unique space and her warmth permeates this great location in Historic Downtown Monument Colorado.

Back to my earlier questions. If you have never attended a Trunk Show, I would encourage you to do so. It gives you an opportunity to visit with the artist that has put their heart and soul into their designs and work.

If you live in the area, please visit Marylee and me during this event. If you can’t make the date, I would encourage you to visit Santa Fe Trail Jewelry to enjoy the experience and look for that one of a kind work of art.

Thank you and Happy Holidays!

Until next time, I aspire to be more as an artist and a person.

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Treescape ~ Amethyst Sage set in Sterling Silver

This coming Saturday, February 7, 2015 will be my first trunk show of the new year.  I am very excited to be debuting some new works, including some Treescape pendents like the one pictured here.

Where:  Santa Fe Trail Jewelry
215 Chapala Plaza
Monument, CO 80132
719.481.0250

Time: 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Date: Saturday, February 7, 2015

The timing is perfect for Valentine’s Day shopping and I have some new earrings that you may find perfect for yourself or gift giving!

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I have so much fun spending the day with Marylee Reisig owner of Santa Fe Trail Jewelry.  In between our conversations with customers, we spend time reflecting on our respective art work.  There’s great energy at The Trail and so many beautiful things.

I hope you will join us.  Discuss a little bit about art.  And maybe find something that calls to you.

Until next time, aspire to be more as an artist and a person.

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Once again, Marylee Reisig will be hosting my Holiday Trunk Show at her beautiful gallery as part of Small Business Saturday.  I think you will find Santa Fe Trail Jewelry is a delightful setting for your holiday shopping.  I will have my latest works available and it is my hope that you will find something that speaks to you as you search for that special gift.  Rumor has it that there will be some delicious munchies, along with tasty spiced cider and other warm beverages for you to enjoy as you shop.

I have been busy creating new works for this trunk show and would like to give you a preview of some of the items that will be available.

Every once and a while, Dan comes up with some ideas and suggestions for me to try with my work.  This year he asked, “What if you just do a metal pendant, no stone?”.  I thought about it for Treescapes.  The next two pictures show how I used a metal only component in a bracelet and a pendant.

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Since many of my Treescapes are asymmetrical, I thought adding the metal component to the side rather than the center would provide a more intriguing look for this bracelet.  The center piece is not a stone, but actually Walrus tusk, which my friend, Jerry McClure introduced me to over a year ago.  I love this material for what it symbolizes about the past, along with the beautifully rich colors and patterns.  Jerry also cut this cab for me.  The blue cabochon is Lapis, which I have not used that much, but Gary B. Wilson had a few of these that spoke to me this fall at the Denver Gem & Mineral Show.   I added an extra jump ring to allow for some variation in how this will fit different sized wrists.

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This is just a very simple Treescape pendant.  Since most of my Treescape earrings are just metal, it seemed like it would be a perfect companion if someone wants a matched set.  My thanks to Dan for his support and the suggestions to experiment.  I like the direction these subtle changes take Treescapes.

Next is a pair of my Express Yourself earrings.  I’ve been working more on the leaves, adding stems and having them take on a more organic look with the spirals.  I’m fascinated with reticulated silver, so I am using it in a few of these earrings as I like the texture.  This pair has some slight asymmetry with the way I have arranged the pearls, leaves, and white buffalo turquoise.  They are light weight and have that classic black and white color scheme that makes them perfect for wearing with just about everything!

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Soul Searching was one of my first series.  So many of the pieces had a special meaning for me as I reflected about my life.  Now I have decided to revisit this series with more of a spiritual aspect.  My goal is to have a given piece resonate with someone and provide strength and encouragement.  This particular bracelet is acid etched sterling silver that I have oxidized.  I have applied a light matte lacquer coating to preserve the oxidation.  The stone is Mookite.  I see a distant mountain in this stone with the glow of a beautiful sunset in the background.  As I viewed this finished piece, I felt a sense of calm and that is how it came to be called ‘Serenity‘.

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As I was going through my available stones, I ran across these lovely oval shaped Chinese Writing stones, acquired from Gary B Wilson.  I set them aside and in another box of my stones, I saw these elongated Onyx stones, which came from Rogue Gems.  As luck would have it, when I set those aside it was right underneath the Chinese Writing stones and I saw these earrings.  I knew everything had to be kept simple and clean.  The beauty of these two stones families, combined like this, was all the earrings needed.  I have titled them Pathways.  They showed me the path to take in my creative process to make them.  My hope is they will inspire their future wearer to follow their life paths as they are encountered.

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The day I was pulling stones from my inventory proved to be a day of great pairings, just as the Pathway earring stones (pictured above) were. It truly did feel like I was being guided to put certain colors and stone types together.

In this pendant, New Heights, I have a deep green spider vein turquoise paired with the pastels of a Willow Creek Jasper. In the Willow Creek stone, I see another mountain in the distance.  It made me think of Mt Kilimanjaro and that symbolized new heights for me.  Again, I felt a strong need to keep things simple.  The cross shaped top piece is one I have used in another pendant.  As I revisit the Soul Searching series, I want to explore the use of the cross with single and multiple pairings of stones and metal.

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I will end with this pendant from Treescapes. Once again, I think it was the two stones that found each other as I was going through my inventory. Dendrites in limestone, tree perfection. The bottom stone is a lovely, rich russet red Morrisonite that pretty much begged to be paired with the dendritic top stone. I’ve been asked if it is hard to part with certain works. This one will be hard for me to let go to its future home. Yet, if it calls to the right person, as it called to me, so be it.

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A special thanks to my husband Dan for all the great photos he took of my latest works for this blog post. I would also like to express my appreciation to all of you who read my blog, who have come to visit me during Art Hop this past summer, stopped by my studio on the Front Range Open Studios weekend and purchased my work. I have enjoyed visiting with all of you. If you live in the area, I hope you will come to the trunk show on November 30th, discuss my work with me and find that right gift for this holiday season.

Until next time, aspire to be more as an artist and a person.

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Treescapes – Dendritic Opal
Photo – Daniel Krucoff

It’s been quite a summer so far.  I feel like I have been noticeably absence from writing about my metalwork and I have lots to share.


Day 1 – Black Forest Fire, the view to the south from our back yard.

As some of you know, we were evacuated for 5 days during the Black Forest Fire in June.   I wrote a bit about the experience in my other blog, if you would like to read more about that experience, click here.  Thankfully, we returned to our home which was undamaged.


Our beautiful girl Nocturne, with the red velvet ears.

Shortly after that, our oldest Basset Hound, Nocturne, passed away.  I wrote a tribute to her, with some of the pictures that told a bit of her life story.  You can read the tribute by clicking here.

Those two events felt like a double whammy.  To be quite honest, I had no real desire to return to my studio and work.  It took a while.  Longer than I would have thought.  Yet friends who went through the Waldo Canyon Fire a year ago said what I was feeling was quiet normal.  So, I waited until things settled.  Waiting for the new normal to begin.  Our lives had been turned upside down.  Healing of the spirit needed to occur.  Thankfully, I can tell you that it has.

I didn’t return to my studio until this month.  My first creative stirrings began when I started to clear and declutter my bench.  Prior to the evacuation, I had enjoyed a burst of creativity and the top of my bench was covered with the evidence of that flurry of activity.  Clearing things felt good.

The fire became a motivator to eliminate things that are not used anymore.  I am in the process of selling equipment and supplies related to my fused glass work as I’m no longer working in that medium.  I feel like I need a fresh start; a complete rework and reordering of what is necessary.

Once I returned to the studio, I started to work on completing a number of projects I had started.  Those include items in my current Treescapes and Express Yourself series.  I thought I would share a few of the completed pieces, along with other news.

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Treescapes – Porcelain Jasper
Photo – Daniel Krucoff

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Express Yourself with a Little Touch of Colorado
Photo – Daniel Krucoff

This summer I’ve been participating in Monument’s Art Hop at Santa Fe Trail Jewelry in Monument, CO.  Art Hop in Monument takes place on the third Thursday of the month.  Those have been wonderful experiences for me.  I get to spend time with my friends Marylee Reisig (who owns Santa Fe Trail Jewelry) and Nancy Bonig (Glass Artist extraordinaire!).  These art events have given me a chance to talk with so many people about my work.  I’m very grateful for all of the new connections.

In September, I will be part of the Front Range Open Studios tour again.  It’s the third year for the tour and each year just gets better.  My friend Nancy Bonig does such a terrific job promoting the artists and the tour.  It continues to grow thanks to her efforts.  More details to come….. in the meantime, if you go to the tour facebook page and ‘Like’ them, you will get details on surprises the artists have in store for this year.  This year I plan to do something a bit different on the tour.  In addition to demonstrating some of my metalsmithing techniques, I thought it would be fun to let people pick and choose components for making their own earrings.  I will help them put things together and they get to leave with a pair of earrings of their very own design.  How many of you would find that fun to do?  I often post updates about my progress, new works and ideas on my Facebook fan page, so if you haven’t ‘Liked’ my page, I would encourage you do do so.

And now, I am happy to share the best news I have had throughout this very eventful summer….this beautiful basset puppy with be joining our family after Labor Day.

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Callaway’s Thorin Oakenshield
Thorin, aka Thor

This is Thorin, named after one of our favorite dwarfs in The Hobbit.  We have been told that he has quite the personality.  He’s a character, is the only boy in the litter so he believes he is very special (and I can tell you we already think he is extremely special).  Some fun facts, coincidences about him…..he was born on June 10, the same date that our beloved Bueller was born 13 years ago.  And he has a beautiful red dot on the top of his head, just like our sweet Little Miss Nocturne.  Synchrodestiny (the ebb and flow of the universe coming together)?  I think so.  Dan & I also think he has Bueller and Nocturne’s blessing.  Nothing warms my heart as much as a basset hound…except for Dan of course…… and Thor will soon take up the role as junior studio mascot with my crew of Newton and Quorra.  I can hardly wait to hold this guy and welcome him into our lives.


Quorra (left) and Newton in one of their many playful moments. Wait til they meet Thor!

So it has been quite a summer.  Life’s ups and downs.  The unexpected.  Lessons learned.  Joys and sorrows.  That is what life is all about and I can tell you that Dan & I feel so blessed.  We are grateful and looking forward to what the future holds.

Until next time, aspire to be more as a person and a artist.

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I am delighted that Marylee Reisig, owner of Santa Fe Trail Jewelry, asked me to do another trunk show for her. This time it will be in anticipation of Valentine’s Day and my hope is you will find something truly unique for that special someone in your life.  In addition to my work, Marylee carries a wonderful variety of artwork and I think you are bound to find something you just can’t live without.  Click here for directions to her gallery.

Over the past number of weeks I have been working on new Treescape pendants and earrings which I will preview at the trunk show.  I even have a few surprises in store in my Just for Fun line of jewelry.

Marylee is going to have a sneak preview of a few items on Friday, 2/8, in case you want to get a head start on your Valentine’s Day shopping.  I am so grateful to share a wonderful working relationship with someone like Marylee.

There’s great energy at Santa Fe Trail Jewelry and I hope you can stop by, enjoy some beautiful artwork and talk about my creative explorations.

Until next time, aspire to be more as an artist and a person.

Photos by Daniel Krucoff

I am happy to introduce my Treescape Earring Collection.  This is just a small sampling of the assortment I have available.  They debuted in my studio during the Front Range Open Studio Tour.  Since then, I have expanded on the styles, adding pearls, jaspers, and faceted stones such as amethyst, citrine and sapphires.

This coming Saturday, Novermber 24th, is Small Business Saturday.  I will be doing a Trunk Show at Santa Fe Trail Jewelry in Monument CO from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM.  If you live in the area, I invite you to come to Santa Fe Trail Jewelry, visit with me, see my new Treescape Earring Collection along with some of the other wonderful items Marylee Reisig has at her gallery.  It’s a quaint and warm setting nestled in downtown Monument (see map below) located at 215 Chapala Plaza.  As an added bonus you can enjoy Monument’s small town Christmas event with other merchants in the town.  In addition to my new Treescape earrings, I will have more new works and hopefully you will find the perfect handcrafted gift for a loved one or friend.  Enjoy the start of the Holiday festivities in the Art District of Monument, CO.

My heartfelt gratitude to Marylee for giving me the opportunity to present my  new works at this Trunk Show.  I look forward to seeing you.

Until next time, aspire to be more as an artist and a person.


Dinosaur Bone Set in Sterling
All Photos by Daniel Krucoff

This past August, while I was doing Artfest at Santa Fe Trail Jewelry, the owner, Marylee, asked me if I would create some Treescape pieces for her, using stones she had.  I was flattered that she liked Treescapes so well to have me do the pattern with her dinosaur bones.

I had never envisioned dinosaur bones with my Treescape themes, but I thought why not?  I have already started using stones that don’t necessarily have ‘trees’ in them.   So as I worked on designs, I found Treescapes to be a nice compliment.  Several weeks later, I had designs for each stone and took them to Marylee for approval.  Initially, I wasn’t as happy with the first design I had for the piece pictured at the top.  Knowing Marylee’s artistic talents, I thought this was a case where the two of us needed to work together to achieve the look she wanted.

As a result, Marylee and I collaborated a bit on the piece pictured at the top.  She wanted the bail to be large and set as it is here so she could create a beadwork necklace for it.  As we talked about the piece, the image of one of the bails Lexi had created for one of her step by steps in Lapidary Journal came to mind.  This one is slightly different than the one Lexi made, but the underlying inspiration for the bail came from something Lexi created.  Marylee wanted three trees across the top and a shorter wire frame at the top.  These trees look like they are dancing to me.  I told her I could see part of the setting being flush against the stone, which you can see at the bottom of this finished piece.  I’m very happy with the end result and I’m happy to report Marylee was too.

This particular one has more of a sage and rust color to it.  It was an unusual shape, but keeping with my Treescape designs, it took on a nice Oriental feel.  Marylee liked this one the best of the three.  She love the oxidation I created on the metal to compliment the colors of this stone.  I used a matte lacquer to preserve the colorful patina.

Last, but certainly not least, another brilliant red dino bone in the shield shape I love.  This was the first time I had a three sided backplate.  The bottom point, where the wires crossed to form the frame caused me to hold my breath for a bit.  Happily, it all came together and I love this look.

Each one had their challenges in the fabrication process.  In part, I think, because I wanted them to be just right for Marylee.  I delivered them to her yesterday.  For me, I don’t think there is a greater joy as an artist than to see someone’s face light up with happiness and appreciation of the work.

We’ve also firmed up a date for my first trunk show at her gallery.  Save the date, Saturday, November 24th from 10 AM – 3 PM.  More details to come.  I plan on debuting some new works just in time for your holiday shopping.

Until next time, aspire to be more as an artist and a person.

Kathleen Krucoff


Artist and Metalsmith

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