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At 6:39pm on March 28, 2011, Michele Grady said…
Thank you Catherine..and the same goes for you! I love your heart pendant on the long chain with the scroll work!
At 12:03pm on March 16, 2011, Sophia Georgiopoulou said…

Catherine,

Thank you for liking my work! Fellow makers that appreciate the energy and effort that goes into creating pieces through traditional techniques are precious! Sometimes I feel like a very lonely voice crying in the vastness of innovative art jewelry but then ideas that turn ancient designs into something aesthetically pleasing today hit and I cannot resist trying them out. Thank you again!

At 8:24am on March 10, 2011, Wanaree Tanner said…
Thanks Catherine!
At 9:36am on March 2, 2011, Laurie Yoder said…
Thanks for your friendship, Catherine :-)
At 3:05pm on February 16, 2011, Laura Flavin said…
Hi Catherine!
At 9:42am on February 16, 2011, Ann Jenkins said…
Hi Catherine!
At 10:46am on February 9, 2011, Dina Alexander said…

I'm doing......okay.  How do you  do it?  I admire your tremendously.  I look at what you accomplish and sigh and think of better days for me to be more organized, more productive.  I constantly  think of the questions that you sent me and I did get started and think of the all the time (to sit down and finish mine)  I look at the jewelry you make, the art you produce......you must have a great support system.  Not that I'm whinning, it's all on me.  I just feel stagnant and need some classes to get me motivated.  Anyway, really I'm good.  I should have never taken a job.  It started out as a part time job, but has now worked it way into almost full time.  I'm saving money to do some travelling, but I want to make some jewelry.  Anyway...are you doing well?  Thanks for asking!   Still would like to get an opportunity to get to call you and have a chat. xo

At 2:53am on February 2, 2011, Sophia Georgiopoulou said…

Good morning Catherine, thank you for sharing your experience with pmc.

I had figured out that I needed support of some kind. Yesterday I managed to make one of the two rings that make the bangle. Today I will try for the second one and then attempt to put them together. I think I will solder them before I granulate. Anyway, thank you again for being so generous with your information. It seems to me that pmc is more fragile and prone to more stresses than ordinary gold or silver. I just have to adjust to that!G

At 3:29am on February 1, 2011, Sophia Georgiopoulou said…

Hi Catherine,

The granulation on the existing Crafthaus photos is the usual one. I use the torch to create the little balls---practice makes things better:) and then position then and adhere them to the wire or surface. I have been trying, as I said in another note, to create volume together with the granulation and not the usual flat surface where you arrange the granules geometrically.

As far as metal clay is concerned, I have been working with it for the last two months. I have been successful in creating uniform little balls using a very small, thin hollow straw. I have made two brooches and now I am making a double bangle with the brooch design as a centerpiece. The most difficult part is the construction of the bangle with twisted pmc wire....will try again today. Yesterday's attempt were foiled!!!!

Thank you for your kins words. Sophia

At 7:23am on January 31, 2011, Sophia Georgiopoulou said…

Catherine,

Thank you! I am a professor of classics turned jeweler.Lately, I have been experimenting with metal clay and I have been working like crazy to learn the way it handles. I have constructed two brooches and am in the process of making a bangle..with granulation. Wish me luck! When they are finished I will submit them for consideration to Powder Metallurgy..

I love your pieces--especially, the bowls and almost all of the necklaces. They are beautiful!

At 1:33am on December 18, 2010, Donna Lewis said…

Yay!  Happy holidays Catherine

At 10:18pm on December 17, 2010, Judy Stone said…

 

You can contact me directly through my website: jstoneenamels.com.  Yes, I am head of the enameling department at The Crucible, www.thecrucible.org, and yes, I will be teaching at Mendocino this coming summer.  Oakland is closer!

At 8:12pm on December 17, 2010, Ann Davis said…

Hey!! Happy Holidays to you too!!!! :))))))

At 4:29pm on April 16, 2010, Thomasin Durgin said…
I loved what he wrote! Very timely as a similar issue was the controversial topic of my own blog yesterday:

http://metalriot.blogspot.com/2010/04/art-and-copyright.html

Hot issue that was part of a blog carnival.
At 10:56am on April 12, 2010, Thomasin Durgin said…
Hi Catherine, your work is beautiful!
At 8:38pm on March 8, 2010, Janet Marie Scherrer said…
thank you for your comments on my work.
I think your pieces are very organic as well as mine.
they have a nice flow and I find them interesting.
At 6:32am on June 22, 2009, Brigitte Martin said…
Hello Catherine:

Welcome to crafthaus, the network for artists, craftsmen/women ! I am very glad you joined us. Your membership is good through 7-15-2011 !

Please add your thoughts to the blogs and discussion forums that are already posted. Of course, if there is something else you'd much rather talk about, please add that to the site so that the rest of us can chime in.

I really hope you will enjoy being with this network and find the exchanges interesting and fun. The more you put into it, the more you will get out of it, for sure.

Finally, if there are ever any questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to email me anytime. I will do my best to be of help.

Again: Welcome and enjoy !

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A modern metalsmith/metal artist can be found working in traditional metals as well as in nontraditional materials. The designs can range from the classic to the extravagant, and the techniques can either be centuries old or decidedly current.

The wide range of expression preferences, design options, materials, and processes has lead within our field to unfavorable misconceptions, misunderstandings and in some cases even outright disdain between artists. Can the metal and jewelry field overcome its division and send out a much-needed signal?

We appreciate and respect our historical past and acknowledge that current materials have a rightful place in jewelry/object making!

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