Thursday, May 31, 2007

Craft In America Documentary

I happened to catch the 2nd and 3rd episodes of this incredible series Craft in America on my PBS station last night. There are three segments in total and each is packed with inspiring American crafts people and their work. Each part of the series has a different focus, first is Memory, then Landscape and finally Community. I missed the first segment, but plan to purchase the dvd. I highly recommend this series to anyone interested in the arts.

The artists featured included quilters, ceramicists, funiture makers, glass artists, and of particular interest to me, jewelers. I was especially attracted to the work of Jan Yager who is inspired by her surroundings in urban Philadelphia. Her crack vial jewelry is a compeling social statement as well as ingenious use of recycling. She showed her early work and in one series each necklace featured a natural stone. Also memorable were Ken Loeber and wife/collaborator Dona Look. Ken suffered a stroke and was able to continue his jewelry making with the help of his wife.

In the second episode of the series, which focused on landscape, many of the artists shown live amongst beautiful and vast scenery with plenty to inspire. The third episode, focusing on community, showed how crafts people interact and support one another both in specific art communities such as the Penland School of Crafts as well as in their everyday lives.

I was totally inspired and motivated by this documentary. I took away from this a yearning to be more in touch with my natural suroundings as well as my community of fellow artists and crafts people.

Monday, May 21, 2007

My First Treasury

My First TreasuryI am so excited. My treasury list will be up for another day. I have gotten a pretty good response. Click here to go to etsy and check out my treasury.

Friday, May 18, 2007

Silver pebble earrings with peridot

I am really excited about this new design. They are smaller than they appear, but pack a big punch because the facets in the peridot pick up a lot of light. They are simple and modern and I picture it in lots of different colors. Now I just have to get to work!

Wednesday, May 16, 2007

I got blogged!

Check out my feature on Tomate D'├ępinglesTomate D'├ępingles a blog about jewelry with recycled aspects. That rules, I'm so excited!

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Custom Opal Bracelet

Custom Opal Bracelet
Originally uploaded by ashleyjewelry.
I've met some really interesting people on Etsy. A great lady found me and she must be an incredible rock hound. She lives in Japan and sent me this amazing slab of opal to work with. She only requested that it be similar to my Floating Rock Cuff. Considering the size of the opal I suggested it look closer to a bracelet I had made previously. She was so generous, she sent me a whole goody bag of other rocks to keep for myself. Well, here is what I came up with. I was nervous to drill her opal, but all went well. I tube riveted two green onyx and one chrysophrase cabochon onto the opal and set it all in sterling silver. The bezel setting is also tube riveted onto the cuff bracelet. What an exciting project. Thanks Pipi, I hope you are enjoying your bracelet!

Tuesday, May 1, 2007

So Flattering

If you haven't checked out Craft Synergy you should. It is a collection of interviews with inspiring and creative women. So, I got a mention in a recent interview with the incredibly talented ceramicist Shoshona Snow. Check out her etsy shop, her work is amazing. I'm saving up and trying to decide on a favorite piece, I love them all. Love it! Thanks Shoshona, I'm honored.