Sunday, January 1, 2012

New Year's Blog

Sorry for the long silence. Last year got away from me from Spring on. Became really busy at work (my day job) and seemed to use up every brain cell by the end of the work day. Add in the drought and fire danger that was ever present from the Spring through the Fall. The View from the Hill was not so good. The Los Alamos fire was visible on clear days and the pall of smoke hung over the state from wild fires all over the Southwest.
It was not a good time to be a Raku Artist in New Mexico. The risk was too real and too great to fire.

Finally, a light at the end of the tunnel! New Mexico gets some moisture in the form of snow. However, our kiln is buried under 3 feet of snow. The snow is melting and no more is forecast in the near future. We might actually be able to get back to work soon.

Meanwhile, I have been learning wire working for jewelry. I have been concentrating on learning bracelet making (OK, obsessed really). Here are a few example, with and without my beads;

Red Raku beads with coiled copper wire.

Patina green Raku beads with coiled copper wire.

Glass beads, copper charm and coiled copper wire.
Brass beads, gears and coiled wire.
Glass beads on coiled wire.