We just got back from Chicago where we helped celebrate the wedding of two wonderful people, Megan Somers-Urrea and Kevin Zidek. It was magical. There was even a dusting of snow. Megan and her mom Cindy asked me to make the necklace that she wore with the gorgeous gown Cindy made. Here is a picture of the necklace (taken by Steve Rossman, my beloved) and a picture of Megan and Kevin on the happy day. I’m sorry that I don’t know who took their picture but I love it.
Megan’s mom and dad, Cindy and Luis Urrea, got married in our backyard 20 years ago. We feel so honored to be part of their extended family and to get to celebrate so many special occasions with them.
Just wanted to let you know that several people have had to cancel their registrations for the Open Studio session this coming Tuesday, October 17. If you’re interested in spending a day in my studio, using my equipment, to work on a project, do let me know. This is an opportunity for folks who have some familiarity with metal clay. Of course, I will be on hand to help you realize your vision, as needed. These sessions are held in my Escondido studio, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. You bring your lunch, beverage, and projects. I supply the equipment. If you have any questions or would like to register, please email me at email@example.com. Cost for the day is $100, plus any materials you may need to buy. Also, I have air conditioning!!!
I just finished the bracelet sample that I’ll be teaching twice in October, once in Arroyo Grande, CA, at my friend Pat’s studio and once here in my home studio in Escondido, CA.
I’m excited about this bracelet because we’ll be using lots of different techniques to make beautiful pieces. Some metal clay experience is preferred.
ALSO, there are spaces available in my Silver Metal Clay Basics class on Sunday, September 10. I’ll be teaching it here in my home studio.
Just let me know if you’re interested in taking any of my classes. My email is firstname.lastname@example.org.
My face is SO red!!! I have been promising to get my class schedule together for Fall 2017 and Beyond right away…for ages. I am SO sorry for the delay. It’s finally happened!!! As you’ll see, I’ll be teaching a Basics Class on Sunday, September 10, for those of you who’ve wanted to get your hands on silver metal clay. There are other exciting classes on the horizon as well, as you’ll note.
I hope you all have had a fabulous summer!!! Mine was wonderful…taking a terrific class from Micki Lippi during Metals Week at Idyllwild Arts, teaching there and at home, participating in the Bead Society’s annual Bead Bazaar, and studying enameling because I want to include more color in my work (not just on my face!). If you ever get a chance to study with Jamie Bennett, master jeweler and enamelist, take it!!! I did and I’m still floating on the excitement generated in the class. I have so much more to learn!!!
These are some pieces I made during the summer. The necklace with multiple elements was inspired by the class I took with Micki Lippi.
I’m not quite ready yet, but the Bead Bazaar show and sale are happening tomorrow and Sunday at the Scottish Rite Temple in Mission Valley. I’ve been working in the studio non-stop, except for food breaks and sleep (ok, and the occasional shower). I’ve got some new work to show that makes me happy:
There’s still much to do before I sleep!!! I hope I’ll get to see you there!!! Hours are 10 to 6 on Saturday, and 10 to 5 on Sunday. There’s plenty of parking.
I’ve tried to insert a copy of the Bead Bazaar flyer here but my computer skills failed me once again. I’ve posted a copy on my Facebook page. If you can figure out how to copy it out, bring it with you to get $2 off the $5 admission fee. It’s a great show with lots of other vendors who sell jewelry components (stones, glass beads, metalwork, pearls) along with folks like me who show and sell finished jewelry. If you knit, I believe there’s going to be a special vendor to help you add to your collection.
For many years, my friends Vanessa Backer, Susan Blessinger and I had an annual show and sale in the month of November. For various reasons, we took a 7 year break but are together again at last!!! Our new venue is in Spanish Village in San Diego’s Balboa Park, specifically in Gallery 21.
Our Grand Opening happened last Saturday. We had a blast. We’re very proud of the way the gallery looks and excited about the new work we have to share.
Our show runs until Monday, May 29. We’re there from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. AND, we’ve decided to host a Wine Reception on Sunday, May 28, from 5 to 8 p.m. You’re invited!!! Please come if you can to share a libation and see what we’ve been doing. We hope to see you there!!!
I always feel triumphant when I manage to update my teaching schedule on my website, especially given my minimal computer skills.
Please check out my upcoming workshops at https://jonnafaulkner.com/class-schedule/. I’m excited about sharing post-firing bezel setting techniques on silver metal clay (soldering!), texturing and riveting techniques on copper bracelets adorned with silver metal clay (rolling mill!), and techniques for making and embellishing torc bracelets in Goldie Bronze metal clay (using an extruder!).
If you’d like to register for a class, please email me at email@example.com. Hoping to see you soon!!!