My Blog About Colorado Handcrafted Jewelry / metalsmithing

  • Future cowboy (a note on an inspiring concept)

    I'm a fan of contrast. 

    Slick chunk of metal with a delicate design etched within, wicked spikes fastened to precious pearls, sparkly Swarovski capping a spent .22 - you get the idea.

    Something that's always struck me is the idea to contrast the Frontier Days of 1800's western territory exploration (admittedly, inspired in part, by Seth Grahame-Smith's deeply philosophical  Abraham Lincoln - Vampire Hunter, especially the line "where men were few and arrows flew") with the future. Cyborgs with lassos, dusty metal-jointed tumbleweeds - that sort of thing.

    A lot of my work has a taste of this "Future Cowboy" image, but I haven't...

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  • Even as we speak, envious time is running away from us. (Goodbye, AOSF gallery)

    I've thought about that Horace line a lot in the last decade. It's tattooed on my ribs as a reminder, but momento mori isn't entirely necessary for a darker mind such as mine. Such as many of ours, mayhap. 

    Life is short. For the lucky folks who love it, the amount of time we have in our bodies is a cruel joke. 

    I've always been quite a curious little cat, and I want to experience as many lives as possible within my determined years. Sometimes I make major changes, such as moving from the lush gardens of performing arts promotion to the exotic...

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  • The art of making babies

    My name is Emily and I'm a six-months pregnant metalsmith. 

    Some days I get sick. Most days I get tired. Every day some body part I've never paid attention to screams out in pain, begging me to trade in my bench for my bed.

    Still, I hammer on. Puns and all.

    Other days, I'm feeling especially invincible and decide to take part in a three-person art show this coming May. I knew I had it in me to find clever ways around the toxins and fumes inherent in shaping metal into art. It started with a lot...

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