fly pearls

26 06 2009


fly pearls

i am so pleased about how these came out i can hardly stand it.
as far as i can tell this is the first time that anyone has ever tried engraving a pearl. these pearls were fairly expensive tahitians and laser girl and i practiced about 40 times before we decided it was time to commit. it was all about marksmanship.


updated itinerary for the fall

17 06 2009

so here’s where things stand as of today for our fall plans:

june 29th – leave for italy

july 10 – depart italy for beijing

  • beijing pearl market
  • forbidden city
  • great wall
  • arts district
  • crazy food

i tried to find a pearl farm to visit but it’s a solid investment of time and money to do so.  nothing was conveniently located to our path and our timing is too tight to bear inconveniences.


this is what i wanted to see:  nucleating the pearls and then harvesting them.

but these guys at GIA and Pearl Paradise did a pretty good job of documenting the process.

i’ll have to hope for another opportunity in the future.

july 19 – depart for hong kong


  • visiting with old friends
  • tai chi in kowloon park
  • 10,000 degrees fahrenheit
  • great food
  • tailor made cheongsam
  • maybe more pearl buying

july 27 – return to italy

august – slow down a bit in italy

  • set up apartment and work space
  • swim in the sea
  • visit to cortona with mary pearse?
  • work on design programs
  • work on grants/curriculum
  • eat

september – rome

  • september 5 – wedding in ancona  (not us)
  • side trip to paper museum in fabriano



england  – one week or so

  • birmingham ‘taking time: craft and the Slow Movement’ curated by helen carnac
  • bristol school of art – university of west england – visit with elizabeth turrell and the center for fine print research.
  • visit to bath for old friends

november and december

  • maybe i’ll actually sit still for awhile and just enjoy rome
  • check back for updates


  • back in california looking for a place to live and starting classes


6 06 2009

way behind on posts.

may was busy and, therefore, blogless.  so there’s much catching up to do.

first it’s time to give props to my wing man Micheal Bernard.



Michael is my sabbatical replacement while i’m away and he’s doing an amazing job.  as well as keeping my studio under control, he recently had a one person show at the National Ornamental Metal Museum in their tributaries series.

and now he’s a feautured artist on crafthaus.

you can read more about his work here.

i feel very lucky that i was able to score michael for my replacement.

thanks sir!

next it’s time to give a little room to Rachel Shimpock.


toast bracelets

Rachel’s post-baccaulaueate work at Long Beach City College has won her a coveted SNAG Educational Endowment Scholarship.  these awards are usually fought over by university students and has never been won by a community college student before.  we’re super proud of rachel.  and the prize money is well-timed as rachel starts her move to san diego to begin graduate school at san diego state university.

congratulations rachel.