Artist Project Series: Ann Davis “Columns” Pendant

[Cool Tools and Creative Fire are pleased to present another project in our ongoing “Artist Project Series”. This time master artist Ann Davis took up our challenge to design a unique tutorial using FS999.  Thank you Ann for your creative and fun project!]

The mystery and mystique of columns seems to infuse all parts of human history. Sumerians had them, Minoans had them, just about everyone did. There are even some Stone Age columns, admittedly more lithic, rectangular, or kind of ax shaped at Gobekli Tepe.  So they kind of started out stone and then were wood or whole trees turned upside down and planted in holes. Premium stone eventually replaced wood ones, fluted columns are said to simulate tree bark. The representations of columns on early Minoan seal rings, have people dancing around them, makes you think of Maypoles:) The Greeks and Romans took it to the next level, erecting victory columns, highly decorated with statues of heroes on the top. Columns are said to represent the bridge between heaven and earth, important buildings, shrines, and the Egyptian Djed pillar, stability and the spinal column. To me the column represents knowledge, written records, ancient alphabets.

There are so many  archeological sites with columns, standing, fallen, broken. I really like the broken ones, they speak to me of past civilizations. Something epic enough happened to break a column. Makes you wonder. I love a good mystery!

I have 4 fluted and twisted columns holding  glass shelves in my living room.  There are two columns on an antique linen cabinet complete with brass finals, along with 2 brass Nikes in my dining room. I also chose a Doric column to replace the old wrought Iron trellis on my front porch, it supports a Trumpet Vine that spirals up to the roof, the August humming bird’s delight!  Did I do all that on purpose…no not really it just happened, apparently I love a good column. Continue reading…

The Art of Possibility- Inspiration for Creative People

The Art of Possibility-Inspiration for Creative People is a new chapter on Creative Fire.  Some people collect rocks, others mugs. I collect quotes. I love my secret stash of inspiration and encouragement…and I thought I should share it. Every week I’ll add a new quote or image. I hope they speak to you, offer inspiration and from time to time make you smile. ~Jeannette

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Artist Profile: Ann Davis by Julia Rai

 

I’ve met American artist and metalsmith Ann Davis several times at conferences in the USA, back in the days when there was a big conference every year for metal clay artists. Ann works in a wide range of media including glass, metal, enamel, ceramics and metal clay, which is what makes her work so interesting.

Ann told me a bit about her home. “I live in Virginia, just across the river from Washington DC, with my wonderful husband Howard, who does my photography, and my two Hairless Chinese Crested pups. I consider myself to be a maker, artist and being my only employee, chief custodian, but I am a metalsmith.”

Brought up in Ft Worth, Texas, Ann’s creativity started early. “I remember stringing Pyracantha berries on kitchen string with my grandfather, I was about four. Or perhaps my earliest memory was using Silly Putty to transfer the newspapers colored comics onto…mmmm everything…walls too,” she laughed.

I asked her when she first discovered metal clay. “I think it was 96′ or 97′. The first thing I made was a small pendant, well not so small when it started,” she smiled. “I thought it was easy, but my minor was in ceramics. I had a keum boo class at the Torpedo Factory the next day and we were told to bring something in fine silver. Since I was a production caster at the time, and only cast sterling, I thought I would give it a try. I figured it was easier than depletion gilding something already made a dozen times. I fired it in my giant pottery floor kiln, it’s amazing it worked! Took it to class and keum booed it, perfect, then entered it in ‘Positively PMC’, I think the first national show and was accepted. There were some amazing pieces in that show that really opened my eyes to what could be done. I didn’t know anyone else doing it at the time.” (Image Ann Davis-“Tiger 1”) Continue reading…

Finalists and Judges Announced for 2019 Saul Bell Design Award

It’s that time of year again–and although there is not category for Metal Clay, we are still represented by Liz Sabol, who is a finalist in the Jewelry Collection Fashion/Bridge (image below).  Every year I think the competition cannot surpass the previous year. This year is no exception.  This a great collection of contemporary jewellery and a chance for us to see new work and be inspired to learn more.

Rio Grande, the organizer of the Saul Bell Design Award (saulbellaward.com), is pleased to announce the 45 finalists of the 2019 Saul Bell Design Award competition, as well as the two panels of experts tasked with judging the finalists’ work. Now in its 19th year, this international competition challenges designers to pick up their tools and seize the moment. Continue reading…

Artist Project Series: A River Runs Through It: Pendant by Deb Steele

 

Cools Tools and Creative Fire are thrilled to share this new project by Deb Steele.

The inspiration for this project emerged from a beach walk on the Oregon coast. The sun reflected on the creek in just the right way as it poured into the ocean tides. Small rocks and beach treasures surrounded the banks of the stream. This reminded me to pause and take notice of the gifts that come into our lives and keep us connected.

The piece is designed with 3 boxes that the artist can customize with the things that inspire them. The new improved FS999 is suitable for this project that benefits from the added flexibility the new clay provides. This project assumes a basic knowledge of stone setting and Keum Boo gold application. Continue reading…

Art Moment: Nora Fok

Nora Fok  is intrigued by the world around her; she also asks questions and tries to find answers to them. She is fascinated by different aspects of nature, structure, systems and order, and the mysteries and magic which she sets out to capture in her work.

Images from: https://www.artpeoplegallery.com/hand-knit-jewelry-is-inspired-by-nature-and-science/?fbclid=IwAR3YHEMGG6PFQHQh6z0u6y1njvuzDPGTJYB09fr7veLDgD9DBleGX6-CBXw

 

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Art Moment is a snippet of an artist’s portfolio to introduce our readers to new artists. Please follow links to see artists work. If you would like to suggest an artist please email the editor at cre8tivefire (@) gmail.com.

Artist Project Series: The Tree of Tolerance by Trish Jeffers-Zeh

Cool Tools and Creative Fire are pleased to present a new tutorial by Master Artist Trish Jeffers-Zeh.  This in-depth project is both an artistic and creative soul journey.

“Resolve to be tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving, and tolerant of the weak and the wrong. Sometime in life you will have been all of these.” ― George Washington Carver

My work and designs are highly influenced by my need to find peace in an often hectic and uncompromising world.  Hence, I headed into the studio, followed my intuition and “The Tree of Tolerance” was born.

At first, I had a totally different design in mind. However, once I sat at my bench gazing outside, the stately Elm tree in my front yard drew my attention.  After all, it would be her leaves, skeletonized and carefully collected by me for their lacey, intricate beauty of imperfection.  They were to be central as my bail, texture, and theme for the ceramic pendant.  When I am creating to release my worries, it becomes a meditation or prayer.  It is at these times I let go and trust my intuition.  The works that manifest while under this influence are most often admired by others and are prime examples of my yearning to grow past the techniques I have learned.

The elm is often associated with Mother and Earth Goddess, strength, communication, relationships and its essence energizes the mind and balances the heart.  It attracts love, protects and aids in sharpening intuitive instincts.  Elm is the arbitrator that listens without judgement.  Most mature elms of European and American origin have died from Dutch elm disease, even though they had a long history for their tolerance to thrive wherever they were planted.  Thankfully disease resistant cultivars have been developed that are as tolerant to various growing conditions as their forbearers were before the dreaded disease.  The Tree of Tolerance represents the seed that I hope is cultivated in all of us so that we may lead with compassion. Continue reading…

Part 2: The Tree of Tolerance by Trish Jeffers-Zeh

Part 2: The Tree of Tolerance by Trish Jeffers-Zeh

NOTE: *Click on photos with the black frame for a detailed slideshow of steps*
All images enlarge when clicked on.

Step 10: Tree Details.

It’s Tree time again! Using only the syringe with the 14ga/olive green and 18ga/light green tips I began to add layer upon layer blending each one to create my tree relief. This took some time, which is no issue to me since I’m very process oriented.  With each added layer I used both number 4 and 1 paint brushes as my sculpting tools.  I kept adding to achieve the look I wanted the tree to have.  This was one of my most favorite steps of the project as each layer the tree came more and more to life.  In watching the video you’ll see little tips on how to maneuver the brush to sculpt. Before I add more branches I proceed to set the stone.  In doing so this will give me a visual on how much more I want to build up the branches of my tree.

Step 11: Setting the Stones.
Setting the stones first step for putting it into place had already been accomplished when I placed a concave dome in the doughnut center and drilled the hole. I wanted the stone recessed, however I still wanted to raise it up a smidge so I made a seat for it. First dampening the area I would be laying a syringe line around the cleaned up opening.  Using the 14ga/olive green syringe tip I extruded my line around the perimeter of the hole and used the fine tip brush with water to clean it up and blend the fresh clay. Continue reading…

Art Moment: Gualti

Art Moment artist is Gualti from Italy.

From Lyon, France
Anh-Dao with her “BETWEEN THE BLADES OF GRASS…” necklace by GUALTI
Photo by “Madame Agnès”

 

About Gualti: Excerpt from his site:  I am forty-six years old ( December 18, 1972 ) and I am originally from a small country town in the province of Padua.
I moved to Venice and I opened my little studio-gallery in September 13, 1998.
I am a self-taught, I could define myself as an “experimenter of matter”, an inventor of decorative shapes for the body.
I create contemporary jewellery and textile ornaments.
My shop is an entirely white space, a kind of limbo, a small “Wunderkammer” where unusual creations are arranged in a balancing act in a harmony of colours and forms sometimes suspended in mid-air as if they were an art installation.
It’s a real place of alchemy where, surrounded by a rarefied atmosphere almost suspended in time, emerge my spectacular wearable sculptures.
In this “emotional space” you get inebriated by balsamic essences and enveloping musical sounds that capture the senses, accompanyng your gaze in the discovery of my “creatures”.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/gualti.venezia/photos/a.2120489678030470/2120489974697107/?type=3

GUALTI window display with
new “LAVA FLOW” scarf
( 175 x 35 cm – chiffon polyester, gold lamè ),
“LAPILLI” rings and brooch.

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Art Moment is a snippet of an artist’s portfolio to introduce our readers to new artists. Please follow links to see artists work. If you would like to suggest an artist please email the editor at cre8tivefire (@) gmail.com.

Art Moment: Lucie Houdková

Art moment is artist: Lucie Houdková. Born in Czech Republic works and lives in Prague.

Her site: https://www.luciehoudkova.com

Lucie Houdková: moving ring, paper, stainless steel, plastic, silver /photo: Tomáš Brabec

Lucie Houdková: necklace, plastics tape, epoxy, elastic /photo:Petr Toman

Art Moment is a snippet of an artist’s portfolio to introduce our readers to new artists. Please follow links to see artists work. If you would like to suggest an artist please email the editor at cre8tivefire.com