May 24, 2009

Kristina Logan Class

It was a pleasure to have Kristina Logan teach at our shop recently. It's been many years since I took my first class with her. In Montreal and then at the Corning studio where I was convinced to go to college for glass blowing after having such a life changing experience. It may sound corny, but that's how it happened!
I've been personally inspired by Kristina's work and dedication to her craft as long as I can remember and to watch her work and teach again (with many more years experience) I still stand in awe and feel humbled by her skill.

Kristina is truly one of the best flameworking teachers. The students loved the class and the feedback was fantastic, so much so that we're looking at getting her to come back next year to teach her class about combining glass and silver. Most of Kristina's work combines gold, silver and glass. Please check out more of her work on line at her site

May 5, 2009

The Commitment Ring - Freedom

Cynthia and I have some new work in a show at Lafreniere & Pai Gallery in Ottawa. Please go check it out if you are in the area... The ladies at Lafreniere & Pai have a great eye for spectacular jewelry and have one of the best collection in Canada in my opinion!

Here is a little commentary about the work we made for the show.

The Commitment Ring - (theme freedom)

The wearing of rings to signify commitment of various types dates back thousands of years; commitment to spouse, family, friend, country, religion or political organization. Our approach to the theme of Freedom within the realm of commitment rings stems from the idea that one does not need to wear a ring in order to remember or signify one's commitment; the ring exists as a celebratory reminder, not an obligatory device.

Baci (Kiss Blower) Rings - From the Italian Baci, meaning kiss. These inter-active rings are worn with the bead held and protected inside the hand; when you're ready, open up your palm and blow a thousand kisses toward your love.

Love Bird Rings - An ancient symbol of love, fidelity, and freedom, these colourful rings are instantly recognizable as a special symbol, held aloft and proud for all to see.

Complete Heart ring- A colourful rendition of an anatomical heart you can comfortably wear on your hand. Sweet and straightforward, the aorta keep the ring anchored in place. A Proper Heart ring is the meeting place for design, biology and spirituality.

Contra-Bling Rings- These rings speak to the sad legacy of the engagement ring, a sentimental piece of jewelry with good intentions gone horribly awry. Through advertising geared primarily towards women, the diamond industry that arose during the twentieth century ensured that their product should become necessity. While the beauty of diamonds is indisputable, the immense pressure to conform and quantify love in a singular fashion is a total fabrication under strict corporate control. In a single word, it's garbage.

Designed Together - Proper Jewelry

Design team Amy Johnson, glass artist, and Cynthia Archer, metal-smith jeweler, have joined forces to create a line of contemporary jewelry named Proper. The idea to collaborate arose from a desire to challenge the perception of what is seen as precious and wearable today. Proper jewelry is stunning, diverse, and unusual. The wearer feels the weight of the piece and it warms to the body, offering a physical experience when worn.

Working in traditional methods, but with a non-conformist approach to jewelry design, Cynthia and Amy are very deliberate in their choices about why they work with glass and silver. The results of their collaboration reveal a modern aesthetic that unites a sophisticated colour palate, an irreverent sense of humour and detailed craftsmanship.