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NEW WORK: ARC + AD IDEM Pendant

NEW WORK: ARC + AD IDEM Pendant


ARC + AD IDEM 3-piece pendant on silver wire with magnetic closure.



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Studio Visit: Dominique Bereiter

Studio Visit: Dominique Bereiter

Last week, I had the great fortune of a visit from the jewelry artist Dominique Bereiter. Dominique has been following my work for some time, and invited me last spring to speak at the Society of North American Goldsmiths (SNAG), where I had a wonderful time.

Dominique and a friend visiting from Baltimore voraciously and joyfully descended upon the studio and wanted to see and know about everything in it. We had a great conversation about the genius of primitive man and my recent experiments with shou sugi ban, the Japanese wood...


Shou Sugi Ban: Japanese Wood Burning Technique

Shou Sugi Ban: Japanese Wood Burning Technique

Shou Sugi Ban is a simple, beautiful wood burning technique designed to naturally preserved wood and historically used in Japan for wood siding. 

Wood begins raw, as with the in-progress rings below:


Then you apply...


Planning for the American Craft Exposition (ACE) 2014

Planning for the American Craft Exposition (ACE) 2014



I love the American Craft Exposition, because it gives me a local opportunity to connect with artists from all over the country. So much of a show is talking to other artists, getting ideas, feeling dynamic.

And the ACE show is also awesome, because proceeds support breast and ovarian cancer research and care at the NorthShore University HealthSystem. And doing anything to contribute to support a cause like that feels really important.

Though the show isn't for another few weeks -- August 22 to 24 -- I'm already preparing for...


New AD IDEM Rings: Installment #3 - BURL Edition

New AD IDEM Rings: Installment #3 - BURL Edition

Sometimes a tree grows in the regular way. And sometimes it grows a burl. For the most part, it happens in response to some kind of trauma: the tree's cells divide in a wild manner, making beautiful aberrations. Like humans, trees can emerge stronger after the slights of the world.

These new AD IDEM rings feature slices of burl: let's always have room in our lives to honor the special, the weird, the unexpected. As artmakers and as people we must open up to the world's possibilities!

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