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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!

ExpressYourself250Express Yourself with a Touch of Colorado

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‘.

SoulSearching_Serenity600Serenity – Soul Searching

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.

SoulSearchingPathwaysEarringsPathways – Soul Searching Series

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.

Cherry Blossoms
Photo by ~ Daniel Krucoff

As I reflect on 2012, I have found it to be a year of personal and artistic growth.  I am so grateful for every event that has happened, because each one has provided a learning opportunity.

In less than 24 hours, 2013 will arrive, filled with the hopes, dreams, and adventures each new year brings.  I’m very excited about 2013.  I have so many positive expectations about it.  One of the things I have learned is that when you expect good things to happen, they will.

I thought this Treescape pendant would be an appropriate choice for my last post of 2012.  It is a Sonoran Dendritic Jasper set in Sterling Silver.  I purchased the stone from Ken Brittain of Rogue Gems.  It seems like almost any stone that has dendrites in it will make for an interesting Treescape.  This one reminds me of cherry blossoms in the spring.  While we are in the midst of winter, the piece represents the hope of a new year as those blossoms unfold to create the new blooms of growth.

My wish for each of you, as 2013 begins, is that you experience the wonderful opportunities life offers for personal growth in this new year.  Expect great things to happen in your life, they will.

Happy New Year!

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

Spring’s Blush
Photo by Daniel Krucoff

I suppose it seems a bit odd to write about one of my newest Treescape pieces with a title of Spring’s Blush, on this lovely fall afternoon in October.  Yet, the green of this stone is so fresh and delicate, it reminded me of spring.

After the Front Range Open Studios Tour, I had quite a few works in progress.  This was one of them.  Over the past number of weeks, I’ve been working to finish all of those progression pieces that I used for my demos during the tour.  I think I still have another 4 or 5 to complete.

The stone is American Variscite, cut by Ken Brittain of Rogue Gems.  I set this in Sterling Silver, which I have oxidized with Liver of Sulphur.  I find it fascinating that I can play with the oxidation process to achieve colors that compliment the stones I use.  I’ve also used a bit of Guilder’s Paste to accentuate the piercing that forms the tree.  I’ve sealed this with a matte lacquer to preserve the finish.

I decided not to frame the setting as I have in some of the Treescapes.  I just wanted to keep things very simple for this particular piece.

On this beautiful fall afternoon, as our aspens have started to turn rusty gold, I truly am enjoying one of my favorite seasons.  Yet I am reminded of the renewal that comes in the springtime.

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

The Spirit Beckons
Photo Credit ~ Daniel Krucoff

On this quiet Sunday morning, I find myself reflecting on the events of the past few weeks.  The shows, talking with supporters of the arts, discussing art with fellow artists, the solicitations to participate in future shows, preparations for Jewelry at the Gardens, quiet time with Dan & the bassets….good stuff.

This morning I finally got back to reading The Simple Abundance and this quote struck me:

Expect your every need to be met, expect the answer to every problem, expect abundance on every level, expect to grow spiritually.” ~ Eileen Caddy

Managing expectations is very important.  I find it keeps life on an even keel.  My preference to to remain calm, centered.  Managing ones expectations contributes to staying focused….at least it does for me.

I thought this new piece from Veracity is a nice compliment to my reflective mood this morning.  I call it The Spirit Beckons because of the spirit figure I see in this stone….as if a long, feathery arm is stretching out, beckoning one to come and follow.  It’s a positive sign.  I also see a shadowy mountain in the background of the landscape within this stone.  The stone, Porcelain Jasper, from Ken Brittain of Rogue Gems.   I discovered Ken’s work this year and I have become a fan.

Continuing to use copper as an accent in my work, as I find copper adds warmth and brings a certain depth to a piece.  In this pendant, I think the copper and sterling combination definitely accentuate the hues in the stone colorations.

Time for me to head back to my bench and get to work.

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

The Beginning of Something Wonderful

The photo at the top of this post are a few of the treasures I purchased last week while at the Denver Gem & Mineral Show.  Some are from Gary B Wilson.  Some are from Mark & Christa Lassater of The Clamshell.  I wish that Ken of Rogue Gems would have been there this year as I would love to meet him…I know his work will be a part of my future works too.

Last week, I spent a day at the Denver Gem & Mineral Show with Lexi.  One of those special times I share with Lexi where our respective creative juices are flowing.  Shouts across the booths to each other, come look at this, here is a stone in your color scheme, what do you think of this?, this one is you, you have to get this one…..  I think you get the idea.  We help each other.  We know what each one likes and as we search, we find things that the other may love to incorporate.  And then there are a few twists and turns, along with the surprises.  It’s a real joy to share the day with Lexi at this show.

I knew what I wanted to shop for this year, more so than ever before.  I did my best to avoid the distractions.  Overall I think I did well.  The top photo shows Porcelain Jasper, Dendritic Opals, Sonoran Sunrise, Ocean Jasper and Variscite.  I have a new series in mind thanks to one of these; I’ll start work on it after the Jewelry at the Gardens show.

I was on the hunt for hearts. I think I raided Gary B’s supply. There were some lovelies and I wanted to go for the smaller ones based on client’s requests. These are a few of the new ones and I already have designs completed for them; some petrified palm wood, picasso stone and mystery stones.  What fun!

This weekend will be spent in the studio, working on the hearts that are part of  the Veracity series, along with some new additions to Mountainesque.  I’m excited, energized to be working with new stones on current series that will be ready for Jewelry at the Gardens.

Isn’t that part of what art is all about?  The thrill of creating new things?  As artists, I think we are always looking for something new & different.  I know I am.

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

Kathleen Krucoff

Artist and Metalsmith

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