Intelligent Making: a workshop with Lori Talcott

Posted on February 1, 2017

In November 2016 I was excited to take a master class with Lori Talcott at Pratt Fine Arts Centre in Seattle.  The class was called Intelligent Making, it focused on developing the skills artists need to align and articulate the many aspects of their studio practice.  We were fortunate to have Maria Phillips join us as a guest instructor. Lori and Maria made for an exceptional teaching team.  In the workshop we investigated research strategies to assist in identifying our interests and locate our work both in a cultural and historical context.  Through various modes of writing we worked to generate, develop and articulate ideas with a goal to bypass art speak and cliches and concentrate on the aspects that make the work personal and idiosyncratic.   A challenging but immensely enriching and supportive workshop.  I am consuming different essays and writings, looking at my work in a different context and asking myself many questions.  I am trying to carefully consider and refine my thinking, the language and images I am using…to achieve strong compelling and authentic work.  Thank you Lori, Maria and Pratt for this excellent class and thanks to Amelia Milner for these photographs.

Opening Feb 8 2017 in Seattle

Posted on February 1, 2017

Please join me for the opening of Celestial Comets, Cupids & Other Heavenly Bodies at Facere Jewelry Art Gallery on February 8, 2017.  The exhibition runs Feb 8 – 28, here’s one of my pieces “Oort Cloud”

winter on the west coast

Posted on January 15, 2017

I know some of you will be groaning, but I just have to post a little about the snow.  We get snow so irregularly on the West coast that for me it’s a magical time.  As I’m not able to get to the studio I am just enjoying the snow. Enjoy the view from my perspective. 

Goals for 2017

Posted on January 5, 2017

As this new year begins I look back at 2016 New Years 2016, lucky to have spent it in one of the special places in the world…Tofino.  2016 was an intense, exciting year..beginning with this wonderful holiday with friends, a number of exhibitions, a residency and travel in NS, fabulous workshops..more on those workshops in future posts.  Which brings me to my goal for 2106. to post more regularly on my news page during this coming year.  Happy New Year..thanks for following on my journey.

Jewelry Dialogue: On and Off the Body

Posted on August 17, 2016
Jan Smith and Louise Perrone
Craft Council of BC Gallery http://craftcouncilbc.ca/ccbc-gallery/
August 18 – September 29, 2016
OPENING: Thursday, August 18, 2016 at  7:00pm
Artist Talk: Thursday, August 18, 2016  6:00- 6:30 pm

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Jewelry Dialogue event at CCBC Granville Island

Posted on August 14, 2016

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Louise Perrone and I had a blast at Granville Island, thank you to everyone who came out. This was an ‪#‎jewelrydialgue‬ event for our upcoming exhibition at Craft Council of BC.  Pretty excited about this exhibition opportunity and very grateful for all of CCBC’s support.

NSCAD University residency

Posted on June 22, 2016

Here’s a few views of my bench and work.  I knew what I had planned would change and although I brought copper mesh and enamels I haven’t yet used them.  I was little sidetracked to find an Orion Pulse Arc Welder and an electroformer at NSCAD…I have been using thin copper to foil to rapidly make shapes and form them.  More on the Pulse Arc Welder in another post.IMG_2482 IMG_2485

Gallery Talk at Anna Leonowens Gallery: Memoria

Posted on June 15, 2016

As part of the Artist in Resident responsibilities, you give an informal artist talk in the Anna Leonowens Gallery.   On Wednesday, June 15 I gave my scheduled talk but as the summer session is a little quieter I was concerned that I would be chatting with 2 or 3 people so I was happily surprised by the number of people who attended.  The students are from all disciplines and asked some interesting questions about my work and process.  Thank you to everyone who attended, really enjoyed sharing my work and process with all of you.IMG_2341IMG_2440

Artist-in-Residence Studio Visits

Posted on June 15, 2016

As part of the Summer Visiting Artist Series the Artist in Residence is available for studio visits with the students.  A day is assigned for this and the students sign up.  I assumed the students would be visiting me in my studio space and I also assumed that they would be jewellery students.  I was excited to realize that they were from different disciplines and due to the nature of their work I got to visit the students in their studios.  It was great to see other parts of the school and different studios.  Here are some images of  the ceramics area of the new port campus of NSCAD University.  I was really impressed by the amazing kilns and the exciting work.  Thank you to the students who shared their work and process with me.  It was a pleasure to meet with you and wishing you every success with your work.IMG_2551 IMG_2555

Opening of my solo exhibition: Memoria

Posted on June 7, 2016

My solo show “Memoria” opened Monday, June 6 at the Anna Leonowens Gallery, NSCAD University.  I wanted to share a  few images from the opening.  Thank you to everyone who came out on that rainy night.  It was so wonderful to meet so many Haligonians and chat with you!  if you weren’t able to make it to the opening the exhibition runs until June 18.

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