Tuesday, July 19, 2011

New work

A perfect day to spend in my studio. Day off work, cloudy skies, tea on the kettle and Michael Franks playing in the background. I am so glad I finally managed to finish a large custom order for a very sweet lady. Three sun pendants with amber. What fun they were to make. I hope she'll like them as well as I do. I also made one for the shop. A beautiful lapis necklace in a scalloped setting on a textured baseplate. So lovely. The chain is adorned with blue quartz beads. These blues look so good against the darkened silver. I'm in love. The lapis teardrop I purchased on my last trip to Germany at a local lapidary hobbyist. He cuts and polishes stones as a hobby and occasionally sells them. I am so looking forward to going to Germany soon to visit my family. John and I will be driving "down" which will involve taking a 3.5 hr. ride on a ferry from here to Denmark. The rest of the trip will take approx. 10 hours to get to the southern part of Germany. There will be laughter, shopping and most of all good food. My mother has a hand built wood fire oven in the basement where she bakes wholesome breads in all shapes and sizes. Can't wait to dig my teeth in one of those delicious creations.
There will also be trips to some stone suppliers which one will find by the dozens around that area. The southern part of Germany has many stone enthusiasts. My dad is an avid stone collector and used to go to caves to search for rocks. When he got from those trips he used to use his stone cutter machine and sliced open different jaspers, often to reveal incredible druzy formations. it was always very fascinating for me, the anticipation for what might be inside the stone. I learned a lot from my dad when it comes to stones and never lost my desire for them.

Off to clean my ridiculously dirty studio. Will post some pictures of my studio space sometime this week.

Have a wonderful day everyone!

Thanks for reading!


Monday, July 18, 2011

Gokstad Ship Replica

At the harbor here in Sandefjord you can occasionally find a replica of the old Gokstad viking ship.

Here are some close up pictures:

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Summer in Norway

Been not spending as much time outdoors lately as I normally do. In this area we are living in there is so much to do and so many things to see/ explore. Trying to divide my time spend in my studio and my day job has made it difficult to get out as much as I usually do. It is summer after all and a lot of my co- workers are on holidays. So I have been working full time these past two months. Things will slow down a bit next month and I will get to spend some good quality time behind my bench. In addition we are heading to Germany to visit my family plus visiting my favorite stone suppliers! I'm excited to be picking stones first hand instead of over the internet. Can't wait to start working on new designs!

Here are a few captions from a little drive we took yesterday! 

Have a great week everyone and thanks for reading!