Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Sky Blue Abstract



A detail of a pair of ear rings I made in January... They are part of a series in a method I really enjoy working in... Abstract layering of Sterling Silver and Copper.

It always feels as if... I am giving myself a treat just to be part of the process of bringing an object into being.. in this case, a body adornment...

Heat ... Hammering... Happenstance... Rawness and Delicacy... all in one...



I also love that just a small change in moving the "ingredients" around a bit, can give such a different effect in the end... making each and every one... a One-of-a-Kind unique object ...

I find it hard to stop playing once I get into it... and then I utter my frequent cry....

...................."Oh!...If there were only more hours in the day"...............



basic ear ring approx. 1¼" long... ear wire makes it longer.. similar one of a kind designs ... $50.00 pr available   sold

14 comments:

Anet said...

Gwen, these are so beautiful. I love the fact that they are individual pieces of art!

The metal part is so earthy, grounding... and the teardrop stones, so feminine. The wrapping wire is whimsy and fun!

You created the perfect pair of earrings.

Sandy said...

Oh these are beautiful. Everything about them. I bet you get so much satisfaction from working with these materials.

sandy

Gwen Buchanan said...

Thank you so much, Anet and Sandy! These were fun to do!!

It feels good when I like what I did at the end of the day... but there are lots of days ... well, I just don't know!!! I wonder what I was ever thinking!!!

Ruth said...

Simply gorgeous. I like your choice of ear wires too, the way they taper sideways. I think I would love jewelry making.

So do you wear your own art and have people say, "where did you get those fabulous earrings??"?

Gwen Buchanan said...

hey Ruth... you'd be great at making jewelry, especially with all your composition experience and love of form... I'd love to see it!!!

Jazz said...

I love these! Do you sell your creations?

Ruth said...

Thanks for the vote of confidence. But you must have to gather quite a lot of tools and equipment, no? I mean it would be a commitment. But I have to do SOMEthing in that studio of mine (besides write). I tried painting with acrylics and I don't think I'm gonna continue down that road. I do want to try watercolors.

Sharon said...

Gwen,
There just aren't words.....anything I could add would just be inadequate....thank you so much for posting them. You have a real gift!

Gwen Buchanan said...

Hey Ruth, writing is Good!! and you are a natural...

there are so many forms of jewelry making that you could have as few tools or as many as you could ever desire ... The field is so vast...

Ruth hope you have fun doing watercolors! maybe oils too.. but don't give up on acrylics.. all the medias have their own little idiosyncrasies... just have to take each one for a walk... and see where it takes you..
looks like you have lots of room there...
in that beautiful light-filled studio of yours .. Ohhh so very inspirational ..

Do you like spending time there? have you ever made a quilt?... That looks like a great place to set one up...

Gwen Buchanan said...

Hi jazz, Thanks!! Appreciate it...yes these one-of's are available for sale. please contact my email if you are interested...

Gwen Buchanan said...

Sharon, you are much too kind... as always!!

Ruth said...

I used to make quilts long ago. Alas, my wrists suffer from carpal tunnel and maybe tendonitis, so handwork like that really strains them. It would be a great place to sew, you're right. Writing and taking naps might be all I do in there for now, until something else develops.

laura said...

I'm considered by my friends to be an earring fanatic (and I guess it's true): the metalwork is really beautiful; the blue of the teardrop is exquisite

Robyn said...

I know that cry so well! "Oh!....if there were only more hours in the day". I tend to fiddle and fiddle and fiddle until my husband hauls me away to have some supper...or get ready to go out...or whatever. Once I get involved in my work, it's almost impossible to break away.You know the feeling!

Your earings are beautiful!Love the layering.