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Sea Glass jewelry and accessories - elegant, wearable art

If you have ever held a piece of sea glass or pottery, you would know there is no substitute for how it feels in the palm of your hand and how it takes shape as a result of its travels in and out of the high seas. With tide chart in hand, and just after a big storm, I look for days when I can begin my search at the morning low tide, when the sun is low and I can walk the beaches in solitude.


Unique piece of hair art or an eye-catching brooch

To achieve the interesting designs needed for hair accessories and brooches, I look for specific sizes, shapes, colors, and textures. I visualize a series of puzzles and try to imagine how these pieces will naturally fit together to form a unique piece of hair art or an eye-catching broach. The glass and pottery have stories of their own. Whether cast overboard in a shipwreck or by tourists on the seas, these lovely and vanishing gems are about to start a new life….

A Creative Challenge: Preparing for two amazing events!

on Mon, 08/31/2015 - 18:45

There’s nothing like an artistic challenge from a fellow artist to get the creative juices flowing.   With a fall full of tying up loose ends for the seARTS event, Celebrate Wearable Art III (of which I am chair), it was imperative that I found some time to wear my artist hat and create something new over the summer.  Thanks to the collaboration with Camilla MacFadyen for her “summer” look for the runway show, I stared out the window of my studio into my garden, looked at my tray of small pieces of glass, and thought long and hard about what might possibly show up on a runway?

Textures of the Cape Ann Artisans Open Studios: This weekend!

on Tue, 06/16/2015 - 02:54

Every time I start a new piece, I have the chance to dump loads of sea glass on to a table and peruse each piece to see how it would like to end up - a barrette? a brooch? a hunt for its mate for a pair of earrings?  Texture makes a big difference.  Nice flat pieces with even edges make great barrettes - while funky, chunky pieces work well for bracelets.  Sometimes, I just set aside a piece and look at it to see if it inspires an entirely new item in the collection.  Sea marbles and other odd shapes inspired a new type of "enclosed" pendant.

Art for YOUR sake! A journey in Arts Curation with the Marblehead Art Association & Montserrat

on Fri, 04/24/2015 - 17:56

"Art for YOUR sake"  would be a way to describe the experience a small group of us had at the Montserrat301 Gallery on Cabot Street.   The evening was hosted by the Marblehead Art Association as the second part of a two part series that explored various facets of becoming a collector of emerging artist works.  This was hands on and the facilitators were the well credentialed, totally down-to-earth, Maggie Cavallo, Curator of Education at Montserrat College of Art, co-hosted by three incredibly poised student educators – Allana, Cameron, and Lexi (from Idaho, PA, & MA) who are part of the