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Waste not…

Over the years I have found a variety of beautiful antique and vintage Sterling spoons and forks. My favorite are the highly detailed floral designs from the Art Nouveau era. I enjoy repurposing them into jewelry pieces, creating several keepsake pieces from loved one’s silverware.

Because I often only use the handle, I am left with the bowl of the spoon or the tines of the fork. Many these are just as ornate as their handles. It would be a shame to let them go to waste…

Left: antique gold washed Sterling spoon with Sterling rose Right: antique Sterling spoon with amethyst

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September Saturdays at Lockwood’s

Each Saturday in September there will be special plant sales, local artisans, vendors, & not-for-profit organizations as well as a food truck!

I will be one of the local artists on September 10 at Lockwood’s Garden Center in Hamburg from 9 to 4.

https://weknowplants.com/events/event:september-saturdays-2022-08-12-2022/

Fire-kissed Handmade Recycled Copper Bracelets
Kiln-fired Handmade Sterling Clay Leaves
Raku-fired Garden & Cottage Leaves
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Summer Show Schedule

BUFFALO STYLE GARDEN ART SALE

June 25 & 26 Buffalo & Erie County Botanical Gardens

https://www.gardensbuffaloniagara.com/buffalo-style-garden-art-sale

HAMBURG GARDEN WALK

July 9 & 10 Memorial Park

http://hamburggardenwalk.com/index.html

ARTISAN MARKET

July 16 Reinstein Woods

https://reinsteinwoods.org/events/artisan-market/

GLEN PARK ART FESTIVAL

July 30 & 31 Glen Park

https://www.glenparkartfest.com/

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Two Fundraisers on the Same Day (and only one of me!)

I have never in my years as an artist double-booked myself at shows.

Saturday, April 2, presented me with 2 opportunities to sell my work. Since both are fundraisers, I wanted to support both schools.

My wonderful daughter & her daughter stepped in to lend a hand! They will be “woman-ing” my table at one show while I work the other!

Cleveland Hill High School, 105 Maple Road, Cheektowaga, NY 9-1

Sweet Home High School, 1901 Sweet Home Road, Amherst, NY 9-3

The weather prediction is sunny and mid 40’s- a good day to support local high school fundraisers! Thank You!

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Winter Creations…

While my gardens sleep under their blanket of snow, I am still inspired to create Sterling Clay leaves!

I only have two indoor plants at the moment- a large coleus I dug up last fall and a small primrose from my local market. Thought I might try another type of leaf to imbed in the clay. Inspiration struck as I was eating my spinach salad! Why should flowers have all the fun?

My latest batch of Sterling Clay leaves

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Winter Violets

Although I only participated in a few art festivals during 2020, I tried to maintain a decent level of creative production. The most fun was experimenting with Sterling Metal Clay, sculpting leaf pendants using tiny garden foliage imprints.

My kilns work overtime firing glass, pottery and Metal Clay. These are a few of my violet leaves, forever transformed into Sterling jewelry, displayed in one of my handmade glass bowls.

Warm wishes for a wonderful new year filled with hope and good health. Looking forward….

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Fall inspiration…

Although I have no shows scheduled for the foreseeable future, I feel inspired each day to continue creating.

One of my favorite new discoveries is called MetalMagic- a truly fun way to transform garden leaves into wearable Sterling silver pendants.

Small leaves pressed onto the thinly rolled clay are kiln-fired to 1600 degrees Fahrenheit for 60-90 minutes. This allows the binder to burn away, leaving the silver, which is .960 pure -slightly higher than Sterling. Upon removal from the cooled kiln, I clean, oxidize, and polish the silver leaves.

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Inspired by Nature…

I will be sharing my one of a kind handmade jewelry and decorative pottery at Lockwood’s Greenhouses on September 12.

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Pets Alive WNY Fundraiser

I will be among the many local artists and vendors helping Pets Alive WNY (7007 Campbell Blvd. in Pendleton) celebrate their anniversary on Sunday, July 26 11-3!

https://facebook.com/events/s/anniversary-lawn-fete/554413892177243/?ti=icl

These are some of my pet-themed items- free gift with each purchase!
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Garden Inspired…

Under normal circumstances I would be preparing for The Buffalo-Style Garden Art Show held at the Buffalo & Erie county Botanical Gardens.

Here are a few items I created with them in mind…

Although this and many other wonderful summer shows are cancelled this year, I hope to be exhibiting my work later this year. In the meantime, be well and enjoy the summer!