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Autumn Update

Sometimes I have a morning when I just don’t want to get out the door and go to work. Just tired or unenergetic. Today was one of those. But I got up, out the door and biked to work with my dog running alongside me. It’s cold out; autumn is in full swing and that means frosty mornings, white capped peaks and crispy leaves.

I Hope That You Are Joyous

A wonderful aspect of my job is that I get the opportunity to see people filled with joy when they purchase or receive a piece of my jewelry. I can’t understate how rewarding this is. I’ve made jewelry for many of life’s occasions and I’ve come to further understand how special we hold our jewelry.

2016 Gallery Schedule - Art Exhibits

I very happy to announce my 2016 gallery schedule. There's a great lineup of five exhibits this year including photocollages, painting, drawing, and mixed media and small sculpture. At this point I've shown over 20 Wyoming artists and while I don't by any means limit my boundaries to Wyoming, it just happens to be who I have shown. I like to find artists making present-day work whether they are reacting to our amazing wide open spaces or considering our regional politics.

A Lull in the Shop: Sparkly and Rainbowy

 I'll be closed the next couple of weeks to visit family and take some time to work on some art projects. It's easy to let months slip by in my daily routine and not even remember what I did so sometimes I find it good to slow down. This winter I'm trying to do that and it's hard because I hate to have the closed sign up if a customer stops by. The well trained American Puritan in me feels the guilt of not working NONSTOP.

It's Holiday Time?! Happy Thanksgiving!

What?! It's mid November? Holidays are upon us! So I am madly working away in the shop to bump up my inventory and bust out custom orders. It's always a busy time for me but I know that I get a rest in January. I recently pulled out some gorgeous chalcedony beads that I recently purchased from a gem dealer and began a small grouping of holiday party drop earrings (see below).

Elk Ivory in Wyoming

October in Wyoming brings a lot of elk hunters to the mountains. A lot of people don't realize that elk have two ivory teeth and the hunters keep them and sometimes they bring them to me for a custom-made piece of jewelry. When I receive the ivories I cut, shape and polish them to make them ready for setting.

How I Photograph My Jewelry - Tips

I've been making a lot of jade jewelry in the past couple of months because we have begun cutting and polishing these Wyoming sourced stones ourselves. Due to all of this production I have been taking a lot of photos to upload the inventory to my website. (Above: jade rings on a boulder out in morning sunlight.)

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