Category Archives: Adventures in Metalsmithing

In the Moment: A Ponderance

A dear friend and former student wrote tonight about the feeling of always wanting more–moments, chances, discoveries…Unrelated, and started writing my thoughts.  You can view this yearning feeling as a curse or a blessed excitement, and I try to embrace … Continue reading

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Somewhere Only We Know -Today Is All We Have

Love this song by Keane. So much meaning in a simple poem. Why do we make things so hard?  This day, right now, is all we have. It will be gone if we wait for everything and everyone to be … Continue reading

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Vulnerability in the Creative Process A/K/A Make Lemonade

Vulnerability in the Creative Process A/K/A Make Lemonade.

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Fine Silver Repousse Leaf Dichroic Glass Pendant

This pendant that will be exhibited at the UofM Hospital from February -April. Honored to be asked by one of my metalsmithing teachers, Dan Neville. It was a challenge to shape the leaf to hold the glass with leaf veining … Continue reading

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“CHASING” FEAR: Teaching and Learning IN THE MOMENT

Expectations can be a tricky thing to juggle.  There are expectations we place on an event or situation.  There are certainly expectations put upon us by our life and career responsibilities and work/social cultures.  Then there are the expectations we … Continue reading

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Casting – Bologna Sandwich Method

I took a workshop from Tom Madden, head of the Metals Department at the College for Creative Studies.  It was entitled “Pewter, the Other White Metal.”  We learned a bit of history and properties of pewter.  We learned about the … Continue reading

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Casting Metalsmith Bootcamp Notes

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Picture a nice day in August 2011. With little sleep the night before, I was able to concentrate quite well by sheer desire.  I’ve made a low temperature 2-part rubber mold and a higher temperature see-through silicone rubber mold (RTV) … Continue reading

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