Showing posts with label pawilds. Show all posts
Showing posts with label pawilds. Show all posts

Saturday, November 05, 2016

Energy of a studio

Visiting an artist's studio is always amazing to me actually everything about an artist studio from the purpose to all the tools needed to create their medium.  Being a tool collector tunes me in immediately.

Their open house was held during the Gingerbread Tour which included quite a few businesses and other venues through out the region.  The day was perfect!

We all have our photo designated areas for photo shoots.  Their photos always turn out glorious.  Take a gander here on their website.

Wonderful #madebyhand artisan work in the most idyllic setting.  Thank-you Charles, Rowan and Morgan for adding to our #PAWildsmade experience.

Tuesday, March 01, 2016

Studios and Workspaces on the Brain

Along with my working studio finally underway here is the up and coming studio and retail space of a talented friend, Stacie Johnson-Leske owner of Your Fired Pottery.  A group of juried PA Wilds artists and artisans, myself included, are having a PA Wilds Pop-Up shop in her space March 11th & 12th.  It is a fabulously varied group with each one a different medium.  Among them you will find watercolor, photography, pottery, artisan jewelry, fiber, soap, paper and graphite.  
Held during the Ridgway Chainsaw Rendezvous, which draws people internationally, it will prove to be an amazing event all the way around.  
Clearfield, Elk, McKean and Potter are the 4 counties out of the 12.5 region setting up shop in this beautiful studio at the heart of Elk County.  * for more information on the membership.

list of participants
  Her talented and knowledgeable husband was there the day I stopped in to get a better idea of space for the pop-up.  Still loads of work to do for them in the future with lighting, cabinet making and installing the kilns but, the walnut floor will be installed along with the storefront windows.  The true opening of her pottery studio is scheduled a few months down the road but, is a great opportunity for artists as well as the public to mingle.gather.hobnob. after such a crazy Winter.

The front of Your Fired Pottery to be filled with artists and artisans very soon including Stacie who will be setting up her throwing wheel front and center somewhere along this bank of windows on Main Street. 

a strip of recent captures

Thursday, January 15, 2015

What is on Your Jeweler's Bench Wednesday

Well, yes, 'TIS not Wednesday , but I was really excited about the new techniques being used at SDAJ this new year and yesterday was a bear.  With the additions of some new equipment such as a hydraulic press, rolling mill and coping saw making this jeweler's life tons easier, the ideas and pieces are rolling off the bench like butter.
These photos were shot just before dark which always brings in a blue cast so hard to edit the way I want but, here they are in all their blueness.

Stump bench with new saw pierced tree pendants, press formed extra wide bangle and branch examples
Good quality tools, honest to Pete, make all the difference in the studio and on your body.  You will never regret paying a bit more for them, one of those things you should not scrimp on.  If you can't get the best tools, get the best you can afford at the time.
sawing station with Knew Concepts jeweler's coping saw and placement of flexshafts
Group Description
Every Wednesday or a Wednesday that you happen to remember post to your blog or other social networking venue that you frequent, a photo of what is on it for that day and link back to this group.
You might want to describe what you are making or not it is up to you :) Just call it 'What is on Your Jeweler's Bench Wednesday' and you are good to go.
This group will be a collection of those photos which we all need and love for I am hungry for all the eye candy I can gather up.
New found tip for the week
This day, while punching out 4 sizes of copper discs, I had a notebook on the bench with an eraser floating there also.  While punching nothing was moved off the bench top on this day, after the first punch hardly any marks were left on the sheet of copper.  Hoot, hoot it was a super day in the studio!
Usually I saw or cut strips off of the large metal sheets to not get indents when hammering, which is a b**** just to let you know, lol.  Sometimes being lazy pays off.  
I am sure all of us would love a bench shear or guillotine shear for this purpose, am I right. 

Not oxidized as of yet or even tumbled.  I am in LOVE! More about the designing in a future post.

Monday, November 03, 2014

working towards a goal

studio shot by Kaylie Fitch, student work, of me at the bench
Staying on task is a statement teachers make when young children stray from assignments they are given perhaps while attending elementary school.  Artists/artisans also stray from time to time but, I feel this helps bring clarity to life or bring about new work.  This straying can last days, weeks, months or sometimes it can last for years until we start pushing out what feels like cohesive pieces.

The way I feel when first entering the work space now is much different than even a couple years ago.  Grabbing a hammer to forge or setting up that type set for mantra cuffs is like breathing at this point. I am looking forward in having that same vibe while soldering a prayer box or setting a beautiful cabochon in a funky bezel into what is very much MY style.  It is not far away with my brain opening up more and more each and every day towards that GOAL of being more fluid while creating.

another studio shot by Kaylie Fitch showing copper tubing being hammer into a cuff ready for letter stamping
Fall happens to be a prolific time for artists in general with the changing out for the upcoming Holiday season especially being a factor.

The main thing is to be moved, to love, to hope, to tremble, to live.” ~Auguste Rodin


Thursday, February 27, 2014

local restaurants- Route 62 Diner and cupcakes

crazy slippage on a Sunday morning
This Sunday's drive, like usual, consisted of which direction or rather which Wegmans to head to.  Jamestown, NY, State College, PA or Erie, PA are our choices when wanting to shop at a decent grocery store and if the location also has a Sam's Club for a few bulk pantry staples.
We almost turned around for heading north was a bit hairy with the snow and slippery roads.  DH also wanted to try out a diner we keep seeing on Route 62 between Warren and Jamestown.  For quite a few years we could never tell if it was open for business and then the last trip to Jamestown saw it was under new management and definitely open for business.

sweet little eating establishment along Route 62
We walked in about 9:30 sitting at a 2 person table, right under the OPEN sign where we were in the thick of it.  The table was actually in the kitchen, I loved it!.  They do have a second seating area off of where we were to the right.
it was a great mix of people from locals to travelers
super menu filled with scrambles and homemade additions
I decided on The Carjack with 3 scrambled eggs, mixed with ham, green peppers, onions and pepperjack cheese served with a side of home fries and toast.  Changed it up a bit with onions in the homefries and pancake instead of toast.  They had me at the pancake with it's cake like, not dry, texture and super moist/flavorful scrambled mix.  Herb got his usual 2 eggs, homefries, sausage and toast.  NO homemade sausage patties but, I am sure at some point perhaps, this family ran and owned establishment, will bring that to the table.  Same old, same old with his order, par for the course... never changing :)

to the point plating (nothing fancy) with nice portions along with a very good cup of coffee

fluffy eggs, is a good thing ; - )
The owner has a sweet smile awaiting every customer.
What you will find unique:  small town diner feel, kitchen placement in the dining area, egg scrambles, homemade baked goods, daily food specials & hot/cold drinks up on the board.

Janet Hansen opened the diner 7 months ago after much success at the Warren Farmer's Market with her and her daughter's baked goods and cupcake business, The Cupcake Girls.  The restaurant is open 6 days a week 6-am to 2-pm Tuesday-Sunday, off Mondays.  After talking to Janet for a bit, before we headed out, she talked a little about mixing it up since the menu is small with different dishes, on the specials board.  That day she also offered 3 different tea blends along with another scramble variation, good stuff.

The Cupcake Girls choosing to open up a diner... reminds me of something I heard on an episode of The Splendid Table podcast around Thanksgiving.

 Mo Rocca told Lynne Rossetto Kasper , "I'm actually sort of anti-cupcake. There is an aversion to intimacy that has led us down the cupcake path. Whatever happened to the days when everyone was sharing a cake? 

  *The diner totally celebrates this coming together vibe from the food to the atmosphere.  The Cupcake Girls moved away from the singular thought into a more social atmosphere at the Route 62 Diner, let's share cake!!!

Tuesday, December 03, 2013

Team Support through ETSY- blasting the web with Mother Daughter Bracelets for the Holiday!

I keep up with 2 very busy teams on ETSY at this time, the WD Team and SociaL Hour.  These teams are truly dedicated keeping the membership clean with shops that concentrate on beautiful photography of their products and also shop owners that want to learn about how to promote on multiple social media sites.  We all have taught each other tons about promoting on sites such as google+, RebelMouse, Twitter, tumblrKeep, Fancy, Wanelo, weheartit, Pinterest and the ins and out of Facebook to name a few :) :)

Promoting at the Moment:  Mother Daughter Bracelets/cuffs

We paste the links to where our items are favorited such as the above links, then our teammates go in and favorite the shop item and then the go off to favorite on other social media sites with the given links.  This is a beautiful thing all working together for our main goal ultimately selling and becoming a successful independent shop. Love the kinship of like minded individuals! 
recent order for a client using a European date format

font styles and symbols
Stacks can be metal-printed in any combination of names, dates, quotes or personal mantras to give a few examples on this 14 gauge aluminum. These cuffs are created from 1100 pure 14 gauge aluminum (food grade, hypoallergenic, tarnish free) so, the wearer never has to worry about a reaction to the piece.
1100 aluminum has a lower chance of skin reaction than sterling silver!
 This listing is a base, where each cuff addition over 3 is eligible for a discount. 

here you can view the quotes or centering mantras with initials and double hearts for a MOM, small daughter and a dd in High School

Three sets are now on the workbench once again for metalstamping fun!
Do you have an ETSY shop!  If so go through the teams and pick one that is right for you and your shop!
enjoy!!!! xoxo

Sunday, December 01, 2013

on the turntable- finally I can spin my vinyl!

I have been playing records since Christmas of 1971 with a gift from my parents of a portable record player like this one below.  The link goes to a shoppe on etsy where I found the image of my now lonnnngggg lost player.  This fab present played many 45's including my first loves The Monkees and other records from my Mom and Dad's stash including Purple People Eater, Monster Mash, Splish Splash and Yakety Yak.

After raiding my Mom's younger sister's collection Smoke on the Water, Little Willie Willie Won't Go Home, Brand New Key, The Lord's Prayer by Sister Janet Meade, The World is Black, the World is White, I think I love you and Joy to the World to name a handful had been added to the pile of go tos.  When my brother Stephan was a few years older, for he was born in 1971, we would sit in the upstairs hallway for hours at night while my Dad was downstairs in his recliner with Barney Miller or Hee Haw as entertainment .
This was right around the time my Mom and Father divorced, I was eight my brother was 3.  My Dad continued to upgrade the players and my record collection as well as my Mom's Mother, for she loved music of all kinds. Playing records was a great way for my brother and I to center ourselves when everyone around us was going insane, to put it mildly.
2 fold up portable players, with the first one grey and the next one bright blue.  The first grey player was of lesser quality and was not long before he purchased the better quality model.  I wish my memory would come back on the brand...
Then around '78 he purchased a jukebox style, Morse Electrophonic,  from G.C. Murphys in our home town that I had been eyeing up for months.  This beauty stood in the main display window just waiting for me for Christmas.  He did get it for Christmas and then Nonny purchased quite a few 8-tracks including Olivia Newton John's Totally Hot.
just like this find from a collector

 One Christmas my Grandmother or Nonny , gave me my first portable cassette recorder with all the accessories including a suction cup type affair to record phone conversations, lol..that was fun.  She also purchased a few cassettes with one being Abbey Road.  The woman was way ahead of the game in a lot of respects with her musical choices, I loved her for that.

The last was a Sear's all-in-one receiver, cassette and turntable purchased Christmas of 1982, which was the last of my childhood players.   Fleetwood Mac LIVE, A Star is Born soundtrack, AC/DC Back in Black, Pat Benatar, Rick Springfield, along with assorted K-tel compilations from that era to name a few filed along side each other under the stereo system. My brother's first flicker of what was to come, in his music career, was made in him after listening to that AC/DC album.   A great little collection of 45s was also collected over the years, treasuring the first choices of  the collection still stored in a psychedelic green cardboard case.

This stayed with me for a few years after we married in 1986 but, once the cassette player froze and the speakers weren't clear sounding anymore, it ended it's life in my Mother's attic. I was without vinyl then for about 8 years when in 1993 I did order a Pioneer turntable with Kenwood components from Crutchfield  including receiver, tape deck and cd changer.  My listening choices were Natalie Merchant, Sarah Mclachlan, Alanis Morrisette and Tracy Chapman being the favorite cds played continually loud enough to be heard outside while gardening, lol.

Music was also pumped outside for Herb and Art festivals at this time throughout the back gardens or Holiday open houses with extra speakers filling the windows or porch depending on the weather.   Of course more event appropriate mixes with lots of Celtic, Hildegard von Bingen or classical choices being played rather than Iron Butterfly or Metallica.
All that CD collecting and listening brought me back needing the warmth and familiarity of classic vinyl discs. Here is the new addition to a long line of what has been:

and an instagram photo from Friday evening after dh connected it to the components.
On the turntable K-tel's Hit Machine from 1976

My husband and I listened for quite a few hours while enjoying Samuel Adam's Winter Lager on this cold evening day after Thanksgiving.
More nights like that to come....


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