Lisa Gohr Harman and I have both been accepted into the Enamels Guild North East show, Under Fire 2, to be held at the Kirkorian Gallery in Worcester, MA. Because we agreed that if we both got in, we'd both go to the opening, so we're going, along with a bunch of other intrepid people! (Worcester is seven hours by car from here, and we're all driving!) Lisa is the only artist showing two pieces; everyone else has one piece each in the show. She deserves this recognition; I'm proud to have been her mentor for her Wilson College MFA studies. Also, she has a new website, http://lisaharmanart.com/. (Lisa's Pasta Bowl and Stitched Bowl are below; my Devil's Table is below them.)
I've been invited to participate in two shows this Fall. The first, FaerieCon, in Hunt Valley, Maryland, is Friday through Sunday, November 9, 10 & 11. I'm working with several friends who are part of Syntron Studios; we're making lots of things that people might use and wear, whether they're faeries or not. The pieces are so much fun to make, and wear. Possibilities are endless! So far, I've collaborated on faerie wings for sculptures, a fascinator ring, and dangly earrings, made with feathers and sparkly things. I'm putting some working photos up with this post, and will add some as they're finished. Others have fantastic drawings, sculptures, wearables, scents and paper items. Photos (below) show works in progress cork tops, felt earrings, faerie wings, faeries, and their habitats.
The second show, Foothills Artists, which showcases artists in their studios in the Fairfield/Carroll Valley area, west of Gettysburg, is Saturday, November 17 and Sunday, November 18. This is the 12th Annual Studio Tour, and I'm honored to be to be one of four guest artists who have been invited to participate. I've been making new pieces in enamels, Precious Metal Clay and silver. Most of the photos below are representative of what's been done.
My Two-Day Enameling Workshop students were in the studio, where I was demonstrating what copper foil and torch-fired opaque enamels would do. Because of the nature of the process, even though there's an expected continuum, there's also the unknown. In this case, the tiny piece took on a life of its own, and the result was a surprise to all of us. When it cooled from the heat, I looked at it, and said, without thinking, "The Devil's Cup!" A day or so later, the The Devil's Table at the Family Values Restaurant had begun to come to life. This seemed to be the perfect "look" for how I was feeling about the continued mass shootings and the lack of response to them, with the exception of the marches led by students who had survived the latest at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. That there was no clear response to the shootings by way of any serious debate on gun control was uppermost in my mind. The tallies on the Devil's Scorecard on the window in the restaurant continue to grow.