Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Shahmaran Update

I have several new pieces waiting to be cast today, but I just couldn't wait to share this exciting update regarding the last post and my Shahmaran wax. The original I carved for Omerli-CATOM in Southeastern Turkey has not only cast beautifully, but it is also being produced in both silver and pewter for use by the CATOM's artisans. Please check out the project website, created by Turkcraft design consultants James and Umut, where you can see examples of the exquisite micro-crochet and embroidery (a teaser below). My Shahmaran charms will be used in jewelry and as embellishments on their textiles. I will continue to update as the project commences.

Monday, August 13, 2012

Latest Custom Work

I'm getting settled in here in West Texas, and am hoping to open up my etsy shop and resume production to stores within the week. Here is just a taste of some of the custom work I was able to complete before leaving...

This sterling silver pendant features a special, heirloom tourmaline. I carved the lily setting in wax and cast it the day before I packed up my kiln! 

This was an interesting order. I carved this wax of "Sahmaran" a figure from Turkish folklore, to be cast and used in the artwork, jewelry and textiles of a women's art collective in Turkey. As you can see it's a fairly tiny figure! I was excited to be asked to participate in this project and will have more information as it progresses.

In the meantime, I'm just working on setting up my equipment! I will be starting to cast pieces for fall and winter weddings in the coming month, so be sure to have a browse around my etsy shop.