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April 27, 2017
Get Hammered


 The manipulation of metals has always been a fascination. My grandfather was a great fabricator with metals and I believe it runs way farther back in our, all of our, blood. There is something incredibly symbolic and moving about hammering metal; putting your energy into it and having it become work hardened and transformed on your anvil and in your hands. The outcome, from a jewelry design point of view, seems to take on an ancient and universal aesthetic. By combining the chaotic and abstract shapes of the hammered metals with a contemporary finish, a unique form is born. The latest body of work is a journey through the mixing of metals, techniques, stones, and ideas. The results are wearable sculptures of hundreds of hammerstrikes and thousands of years of metallurgic memories.

April 24, 2017
Family Vines


It's a beautiful place when the sun warms those midnight colored grapes on the vine. A scene from the family vineyard; with pinot noir contrasting fresh green foliage set off by the architecture of the house my father and step-mother built. Easy to lapse into sentimental whimsy when immersed in a view like this. Fond Mom memories are not hard to come by and most of us, over the course of time, collect (and may lose) some moms. Step moms, Mother in Laws and other people's moms who decide to 'stand-in-mom' for you for a while are all so appreciated. The vineyard is a nostalgic 'mom place' for me. My original mother did artist-in-residencies in the Napa-Sonoma region and hold some of my first viticulture experiences. I always think of her wonderful renderings of the varietals when I see the fruits and enjoy them in the glass. I raise a glass to all of my moms in a toast of deep gratitude. In the gallery, we have an array of things moms may like as gifts including complimentary wine on Mother's Day to celebrate her. Cheers.


April 7, 2017
You Bet Your Brass...


The sunny glow of Jeweler's Brass is just the ticket for this somewhat 'shy' spring in the PNW. In addition to loving shiny, glowing things, it's fun to pound things; making big rocks small, the punching bag in the gallery, and hammering metals! The texture and work hardening of the hammered brass is a great compliment to a contemporary cuff bracelets like this one. The cuff opening is at the top instead of the bottom of the bracelet for not only style but also function. The top slot puts the bend pressure on the strong mid-section of the piece instead of the connection to the top or stone. The gems for these get to be indulgently large. With the extra space, this Green Moss Agate gets to show off it's delicate banding and unique botryoidal bubbles. More bracelets are happening this week live in the gallery and in the New Jewelry  page.

2016-04-27�- Hot Art Clothes!


The warmer it gets, off go the layers! Having comfortable style is important so why not wrap yourself in wearable art that is functional as well as sensationally cool. Leslie Palotas hand dyes each individual piece creating waves, octopus and other graphic renderings in fabric. Because she uses awesome companies like Xylem in Eugene for sourcing of the cuts, she makes stylish works of art to wear like Bolero Jackets and Yoga Pants. Leslie has just dropped off a new haul of work, come find the perfect piece for you.�

2016-04-27�- Variations on a Theme


For some reason I always love wearing chokers during the summer. Maybe it's the necklines, maybe it's that we're more active so we want jewelry that isn't dangling too much. I also notice that if my choker is too high, it leaves my chest rather bare. So to kill a couple of birds with one stone, I cooked up a choker that drops down to the length of a regular pendant. WIN! I've been playing with various lengths of drop and different stones, come in and see the variations on the theme.�

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