…how silver met paint

I grew up playing in my dad’s studio in our basement, digging through little boxes of scrap metal and picking out the shiniest bits to metal into silver bubbles. He showed me how to solder silver, pull knots out of wire and oxidize the piece to create that vintage, aged look. Creating something from rolls of metal wire made a real impact on me. It was important and magical.

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His business has always been personal. He gave away crosses to underprivaledged children and rings for weddings and birthdays. He always had orders to fill for clients, but I do not remember it ever being about him selling his work. It was more of a gift in a little silver, striped box with a shiney black lid. I smile as I write this because if you are a part of my life, you have recieved one of these. You probably have a little, silver knot ring in your jewelry box right now, a bit tarnished from the years.

Jewelry had the hint of a religion in our house. It was respected and valued. It was art. It was giving. It was selfless. It was more than gems and gold. It was more than an accessory. It was my dad and all he stood for. His generosity & loving spirit. If you’ve met my dad you will know that he speaks through his work when words fail him. This is his legacy.

I can honestly tell you besides my wedding rings I have never worn a ring that was not made by him or my grandfather. There is no reason.

I am honored to share his work with you. Meet him at Wolf Trap this weekend were he is showing/selling with The Great Falls Studios.

The Great Falls Studios Holiday Show

December 13-14

The Center for Education at Wolf Trap

1545 Trap Road, Vienna, VA

Admission is free.

 

 

 

 

 

…favorite things friday: great falls studios tour

Great Falls Studios Tour is THIS weekend! If you have not seen the work of these artists and live in the DC area, then you must. These are not crafters. These are real artists with studios that produce amazing, quality work. My Dad is included in this description:)

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I can speak for my Dear Dad and tell you that all his pieces are designed and hand-crafted. There is no casting involved and each piece is unique. (He prices his jewelry really reasonably too!)

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You can find a map and a list of the artists here.

 

…favorite things friday: great falls studio holiday show

As most of you know, my dad is a jewelry designer as was his dad before him. He is a member of the Great Falls Studio and they are having their holiday show next weekend. These are serious & quality artists. Of course I’m partial to my Dad’s work! Every piece is an original design and hand crafted. Nothing is casted. You won’t find anything like this outside of an artist’s studio.

Here are some of his pieces. You can also shop his jewelry at Stylish Patina in Falls Church. Kelly set up a lovely display of his work in her shop.

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Great Falls Studios Holiday Show

December 14th & 15th 10-5

Location: The Barnes of Wolf Trap

PS – Thank you for letting me vent on FB yesterday and your overwhelming response of love & support. I wish I could hug each and every one of you. Life is hard and we are all just trying to find some joy in our days. One of the places I find mine is in my house. I like writing & showing my ideas. I admittedly do not deal with criticism from strangers well. I wish we could show more love and feel more love. Maybe in Heaven. But for those that have always had my back I am grateful. Your emails of support bring tears. Who knew design could be so dramatic?!