My first post!

Welcome to my first post on my new blog!!!

I know this looks like my second post, but the one that precedes this was written by my husband in January as a test piece when he first started thinking about my website.  For some reason, it’s important that I keep it but I wanted to be sure you know that I wasn’t lying when I said this was the first one for me.  I’m a slow learner when it comes to the computer (and perhaps other things as well, but we won’t go there now), so this makes me a little nervous.  OK, a lot nervous.

I’m excited, too.  I love talking about jewelry.  I could do that all day long.  I also love being in my studio.  It’s my place of peace.  Now, talking about jewelry while making jewelry and eating dark chocolate…the perfect day!

This weekend I attended a wonderful workshop put on by MASSC (the Metal Arts Society of Southern California) in Sierra Madre, CA.  Hadar Jacobson taught us how to make Mokume gane-like patterns using her copper, bronze and steel metal clays.  Here’s a picture of the ring I made.  It’s not finished but you can see the cool patterns we created.

Mokume gane metal clay ring from Hadar Jacobson class

For those of you who aren’t familiar with metal clay, it is an extremely plastic form of metal that starts out as a mixture of metal, organic binder and water particles and works like ceramic clay.  Once completely dry, pieces are fired in a kiln which burns off the binder, thus shrinking the pieces and causing the metal particles to bond tightly together.  When the pieces come out of the kiln, they are pure metal.

I can’t wait to explore Hadar’s techniques more fully.  Visions of jewelry dance in my head.

Speaking of dancing, here’s a quote I just discovered.  It’s by Albert Einstein:  “We dance for laughter, we dance for tears, we dance for madness, we dance for fears, we dance for hopes, we dance for screams, we are the dancers, we create the dreams.”

Thanks for visiting!  I look forward to hearing about your adventures.

About Jonna Faulkner

Jewelry Artist and Teacher
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10 Responses to My first post!

  1. lorahart says:

    Congratulations Miss Jonna! May you have many exciting years of posting ahead of you. xo

    • jonna92025 says:

      Hey, Lora, Thank you so much!!! And, thank you also for allowing me to share your gorgeous work with the folks at my talk. Can you bring them so I can see them in person when we get together? I know that’s a lot to ask of a person who’s packing to move. Hope all is well. Can’t wait to see you! Big hugs, Jonna

  2. Lauren King says:

    Love the blog!! The website is gorgeous, just like the jewelry you create!! Hugs to you!

    • jonna92025 says:

      Hey, Lauren, Thank you so much for your wonderful note!!! It was wonderful to be with you in Hadar’s class this past weekend. You made the most gorgeous ring!!! Too bad it’s too small for me!!! Can’t wait to see you in my class at the Bouncing Bead this weekend. Big hugs, Jonna

  3. Joanne Walker says:

    Loved your blog post, Jonna. Now that I don’t see all my friends from San Diego very often, I relish every contact through blogs and FB. Great Post.

    • jonna92025 says:

      Hey, Joanne, Thank you so much for your wonderful note. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that you’re coming to Metals Week at Idyllwild Arts. What class are you taking? I’m in Tom McCarthy’s workshop and can’t wait. I look forward to seeing you soon!!! Big hugs, Jonna

  4. Diane Weimer says:

    Congrats, Jonna. Love your photo! Glad you enjoyed the workshop. Sounds like it was great fun.

    • jonna92025 says:

      Hey, Diane, Thanks for your note! The workshop was great. I’m constantly amazed by how beautifully the MASSC leadership organizes all their events. What class are you taking at Metals Week at Idyllwild Arts? I’m taking Tom McCarthy’s workshop and I’m very excited. Looking forward to seeing you soon! Big hugs, Jonna

  5. Hi Jonna – your website if fabulous – kudos to both you and Steve! and Leo, I’m sure he was a great help! Love the blog – looking forward to seeing you in August!

  6. Kim Thoresen says:

    Hey, Jonna, aren’t you brave venturing into techno-land!! I love the beautiful jewelry photos. Just stunning! Love ya, Kim T.

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