Friday, August 31, 2012

Sandra Boyd Pelzel "Glass Box" 8-31-12

“Glass Box”
Sandra Boyd Pelzel
Stained Glass, Fused Glass, with Mirror and Chain 8" x 8"
           The jewelry box is a one-of-a-kind piece we  made after over our 15 years of doing all kinds of art glass.  Initially we made more traditional boxes using standard stained glass.  Once we began doing fused glass,  we saw the opportunity to kick things up a notch by incorporating the fused pieces with various glass from Bullseye Glass company.  By using iridescent panels, fused inserts with dichroic glass, and glass nuggets this piece incorporated  non-traditional concepts in a beautiful way.          
                                                                                   ~ Sandra Boyd Pelzel & H.P Pelzel

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Thursday, August 30, 2012

Carol Esch "Reversible Quilted Shoulder Bag" 8-30-12

“Reversible Quilted Shoulder Bag”
Carol Esch
Recycled Fabrics 15" x 10" + Strap
          I have made quilts for 30 years and always made smaller versions that became table runners or wall quilts and I decided to cut this one to make a purse. Different parts of the quilt are on each side and it is the first one I designed to be reversible. It is a shoulder bag, the rounded corners show off the pattern and fit just under the arm .A fun accessory to add life to an outfit.                         ~ Carol Esch

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Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Janine Maves "Silk Dupioni Tote Bag" 8-29-12

 “Silk Dupioni Tote Bag"
Janine Maves
Hand Painted Silk

        This gorgeous bag is almost too elegant to be called a tote bag.  I bought this bag premade from a silk supplier, because the quality is so beautiful.  I used professional silk dyes and gutta to dress up the outside with a jewel-colored oak leaf and dragonflies, lined in silver gutta.  It’s made of 100% silver dupioni silk which has a rich, slubby texture. and is fully lined with cotton canvas.  There’s a pocket and a zippered pouch sewn inside. It's been lightly Scotchguarded and can be spot cleaned.  The bag is 12.5" tall, 13.5" wide and has a 6.5" gusset, so it will hold almost everything you can think of!                                                                                                  ~Janine Maves

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Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Jerry Fowler "Royal Sonic Prince" 8-28-12

“Royal Sonic Prince II”
Jerry Fowler
Ceramic, 10" x "9"

        I enjoy creating “Whimsical Creatures” from wheel thrown clay structures. Today's “creature” is a member of the “Sonic Chicken Royal Family.”  This ceramic sculpture is known as the “Royal Sonic Prince II.” The rest of his family consists of Royal Sonic Kings, Queens, Princes, Princesses, and Guard Chickens. This Prince is very lonely as all other members of his family have “flown” from the Joyful Jewel!  A new Royal Sonic Chicken Family is being readied for the Kiln. The new members of Sonic Chicken family should be ready for viewing and taking flight in October. In the meantime Royal Prince Chicken II would love to be on view at your home!            ~ Jerry Fowler

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Monday, August 27, 2012

Debbie Englund "Gloxinia Vase"

“Gloxinia Flower Vase”
Debbie Englund
Pottery, ~8" x 5"
     Recently, I have been experimenting with altering thrown pieces. This blue flower was turned on the wheel and then altered or sculpted. While I was carving in some of the detail on the petals, I realized it was beginning to resemble a Gloxinia. Gloxinias have a beautifully soft and luxurious look about their blooms, and since I made this piece with the intention of Raku firing, I decided to use matte blue Raku glaze. I was hoping the matte finish on the flower would add to the Gloxinia reference; I think it did. I love how this piece turned out.                           ~ Debbie Englund

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Sunday, August 26, 2012

Vangi Cathcart "Mardi Gras" 8-26-12

“Mardi Gras”
Vangi Cathcart
Watercolor, 12" x 16" Framed

         Wintering in  Florida in 2008 I joined the Venice Art Center where I attended a workshop.  The instructor challenged us to work in negative space.Which meant filling in a piece of paper with black leaving white spaces. Once that was completed we were than told to observe the white spaces and then begin to fill them in with color. Gradually I saw feathers emerging from my work. Once the feathers were completed the mask became evident, I gave shape to some of the black image creating a mask, the composition finished. I looked at the work and realized I had made a  Mardi Gras mask. The conscious and unconscious working together.                          ~ Vangi Cathcart

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Friday, August 24, 2012

DG Chandler Necklaces 8-24-12

“Three Necklaces, None of Them Turquoise”
DG Chandler
Sterling Silver & Gemstones (Paua Shell, Azurite, Amazonite)
$72, $85, $80

     DG makes the MOST beautiful jewelry, with sensuous curves, sweet little saw cuts and sterling silver stamped using stamping tools he makes himself from carving on a wooden dowel or nail head.  It's clear that he loves blue gemstones and he often does use Turquoise.  What he really likes though are more unusual semi precious stones, and designing settings that show them off.  These may look like variations of Turquoise but they are really more exotic, Paua Shell, Azurite, and Amazonite - carefully chosen seldom-seen gemstones of exceptional quality and painterly appearance (just as beautiful and precious as Turquoise though something entirely different).

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Thursday, August 23, 2012

Donna Cassidy - Ear Hats 8-23-12

“Ear Hats”
Donna Cassidy
Crochet - Acrylic, Nylon, Rayon -Sizes Baby to Adult
$15 each

          When my first grandchild was born I designed this ear hat for her. It is charming on babies and small children, but adults have been wearing these too . I think anyone who wears them will be able to make others smile. Cooler weather is coming , so come shop from a large selection of these in all sizes and colors.                                                   ~ Donna Cassidy


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Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Shannon Bueker "Kate and Her Reflection" 8-22-12

“Kate and Her Reflection”
Shannon Bueker
Acrylic on Canvas, 30" x 40"
This acrylic painting, 30" x 40," was inspired by watching my neighbor's dog in the creek. I watched her, I drew her, and I took a photo. Later when I looked at my photo, I saw these beautiful blue ovals in the water. It was the sky's reflection which I hadn't even noticed as I was so caught up with the dog. That's what made me grab my brush--the blue ovals.                       ~ Shannon Bueker

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Tuesday, August 21, 2012

M Osolin-Putnam "The Guardian" 8-21-12

“The Guardian”
Marrianna Osolin-Putnam
Acrylic, 14" x 18" on Canvas
THE GUARDIAN was inspired by a piece of stained glass that I saw in a gallery in Arizona. I have traveled extensively in the American Southwest, and am very drawn to Native American art and symbolism. I set the image of the guardian in a natural landscape area so that it seems to be a sculpture (rather than made of glass), standing guard over the water in a desert terrain.

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Monday, August 20, 2012

On a Monday 8-20-12

My new book goes to publisher soon. Its beautiful images will be wall art here during the month of September. I am busy sizing, printing, framing,  breaking glass, dropping things,  starting over... Its inspired poetry will fill nearly sixty pages. I am busy cutting, pasting, agonizing, smiling, deleting, deliberating... The creative process is a holy terror, bigger energy than a human body can hold (hence it has to come out in some artistic expression) and fearful (in all it demands of the person).

I look at Julia's featured artist wall-- simple, powerful, beautiful. We can never know what went on in her studio or the workshop of her heart. We  relate to what is offered. This reminds me that the other side of this joyful and grueling process, I, too, will be hung out to see. How vulnerable we are. How brave. Then on Sept 15 I get to do what I love poetry with those who like to listen.

I salute us all in this community called the Joyful Jewel. Salute our individual journeys......sometimes broken into beauty.

On a Monday,

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Sunday, August 19, 2012

Rita Baldwin "Catching the Rays" 8-19-12

“Catching the Rays”
Rita Baldwin
Oil on Canvas, 20" x 20"

      Walking at a boat launch and parking lot at Robeson Creek, Rita spotted a blue heron. She described how the heron sat so still as she went to get her camera and took his picture, capturing the sun as it hit him just right to pique Rita's imagination.  In her painting, Rita changed the darker ever-present green colors so prevalent in North Carolina to create a softer pastel and a totally new scene to enjoy.

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Saturday, August 18, 2012

Gerald Dukes - Water Lilies, Castle Haynes, NC 8-18-12

“Water Lilies -Castle Haynes, NC”
Gerald Dukes
Photography 22" x 18" Framed, Photo is mounted on metal

          Driving in Castle Haynes, I saw these gentle pink flowers and big green leaves around beautiful trees, and I had to stop and capture the moment.       ~ Gerald Dukes

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Thursday, August 16, 2012

Florence Johnson "French Hill Town 3" 8-16-12

 “French Hill Town 3” (see another view below)
Florence Johnson
Watercolor & India Ink, 15" x 12" framed

Florence painted this charming scene from a photograph she took in St. Cirq Lapopic, France.  She and her husband had lunch and then walked around this hilltop town.  They enjoyed the architecture and the way the pathways meandered through the town.  Florence has so far painted three of these "snapshot" scenes from this village.  See another painting below and come in the Joyful Jewel to view the other one in person.


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Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Orlan Johnson - "Pepper Grinder" 8-15-12

“Pepper Grinder”
Orlan Johnson
Wood, 6" x 9"

          Every kitchen needs at least one pepper mill.  These antique looking pepper mill mechanisms needed a special base and the mixed varieties of wood in random patterns really catches the eye.  Each piece is a unique and very functional piece of art.   Pepper mills make great gifts for weddings, anniversaries, birthdays, house warming events, etc.  Or just brighten up your own kitchen or table.          ~ Orlan Johnson

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Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Rita Baldwin "The Bog" 8-14-12

 “The Bog”
Rita Baldwin
Oil on Canvas, 24" x 24"

      Rita visited a bog this summer in Illinois outside of Chicago.  She abstracted this painting from a photograph using a new technique.  She began by laying on transparent paint then layered opaque paints, wet-on-wet.  Rita laughed describing the fun she had as the bush slid around on the canvas between the linseed oil and the paints.
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Monday, August 13, 2012

On a Monday

A young, good looking guy walks in with real desire to find just the right art for a brick wall in his home. He is appreciative and intentional as I show him many possibilities.  Our conversation deepens quickly and I learn he is a resident at UNC hospital. He tells me of a recent surgical procedure in which he saw a liver 'draped gently over the gallbladder, in a lovely amber color'  which prompts me to tell him about the Mamdalas I make from  mammogram images. He invites me to shadow a surgeon in the OR, but I'd become a patient if I did that, so I guide our talk back to our common wonder at the elegance of the body. We express  reverence for the True Art present in all of nature. He leaves. I sigh. Another personal highlight.

On a Monday,

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Gerald Dukes - "My House, Faison, NC" 8-12-12

“My House - Faison, NC”
Gerald Dukes
Photography 22" x 18" Framed

      Houses like this one are one of my favorite things to photograph.  When I see homes like this I reflect on who lived there and what they did.  I would love to know what happened to the families that lived, loved and passed away in these homes.     ~ Gerald Dukes

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Saturday, August 11, 2012

Kate Ladd "Vegetable Garden Paintings" 8-11-12

 “Vegetable Garden Paintings”
Kate Ladd
Acrylic, ~ 8" x 10" each
$30 each
         "Original art for your kitchen!  Most of us spend lots of time in the kitchen - why not have some art there? These cheery fruit and vegetable paintings will make you smile while the coffee is brewing or the dinner is cooking. They will fit into a small space, above a door, or as a group on a blank wall.
          These are 8 x 10 inches and painted on gallery wrapped canvas. A gallery wrapped canvas has the staples on the back of the stretcher bars, not on the sides. The edges are painted [black on these paintings] so there is no need for a frame. "                                  ~ Kate Ladd

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Friday, August 10, 2012

Amanda Egdorf-Sand Pottery Earrings 8-10-12

“Circles Earrings”
Amanda Egdorf Sand
1 1/2" x 1/4", Pottery with Glaze and Sterling Silver Earwires
      Using local clay and glazes from my husband's pottery operation, these earrings are created individually by hand, exemplifying the natural curves and lines found in nature.  All pieces are fired among the larger functional pottery pieces in the 40-foot long wood-fired kiln and are finished with sterling silver findings.  Each piece is unique and can rarely be duplicated.  Many pieces take on the tones of nature, showing a natural salt glaze finish, while others have vibrant colors.  These earrings, in particular, have a lovely mottled purple glaze and are quite fun.                               ~ Amanda Egdorf-Sand

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