New Work Winter 2011/12
I'm in the studio exploring materials both exotic and familiar. With the gold market so high, I am playing with Jeweler's Bronze, which has a lovely golden glow, is lighter by volume than gold, and is much more accessible in cost.
I'm also using synthetic stones - I love the sparkle, and since it is difficult to determine the origins of many natural stones, this is an exciting alternative to experiment with.
I found some chunky Tibetan beads at the gem show, and can't stop wearing them, which I consider to be a good sign.
And I am currently hoarding a group of pearls shaped like rabbits, ducks, and amoebas (well at least I think so) as I contemplate how to make them into earrings. I hope to debut those in early 2012.
Waxing Poetic at Penland this Summer!
I'll be teaching a workshop on lost-wax casting at Penland this summer. Here's the information:
Stacey Lane - Waxing Poetic
Session 6, August 14-26, 2011
This class will be an intensive introduction to the remarkable process of lost-wax casting. We will use soft waxes to create original models for jewelry or small objects and cast them in sterling silver. We will focus on one-of-a-kind wax models with an introduction to casting stones in place, bi-metal casting, multiples, and casting natural objects. Woven into the technical instruction will be a conversation about jewelry and its potential to be symbolic, sentimental, superfluous, necessary, and even hopeful. We will work in ways that minimize our impact on the environment. All levels.
You can visit penland.org for more information...
* * * Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts * * *
Had a fabulous Lost Wax, Found class with a great group of students at Arrowmont in October 2009. Only regret is that I did not have my photo taken in the General Lee. But that leaves something to look forward to the next time I'm in Gatlinburg... Thank you, Arrowmont!
* * * Where to Find My Work * * *
My work is featured at the following galleries. If you live in one of these places, please support them!
Penland Gallery, Penland, NC
Bennett Galleries, Knoxville, TN
Toe River Arts Council Galleries, Spruce Pine and Burnsville, NC
The Ogden Museum of Southern Folk Art, New Orleans, LA.
With the exception of the Woven Wire work, the work in my galleries is different than the work I show on my website.
* * * Well, I've finally done it...* * *
Thanks for visiting me here online. I am happy to have at long last created a website! Please bear with me as I become acquainted with my new digital camera - we are currently engaged in a battle of wills...
I would love to hear your comments or suggestions!