Friday, February 26, 2010

New shapes, new glazes...

Those of you who are very familiar with my work know that I have many styles. I love vintage inspired pieces, reproductions of designs that were created over 100 years ago... that kind of thing really makes me blissful and long, in a big way, for time travel. But I also love modern. Modernist to be exact. When I look to jewelry makers who inspire me, who make me want to be a better maker myself, I look to the modernist jewelry makers of the last mid-century. There are too many to name here but you would be doing yourself a huge favor by picking up a few copies of Marbeth Schon's books Modernist Jewelry 1930-1960 and Form and Function: American Modernist Jewelry 1940-1970. These books will make your brain explode. In a good way.

Lately I have been playing around with simple shapes and marveling at how bold these shapes can look just because they are simple. Does that make any sense? Sometimes simple is risky. I mean, not many of us would walk around completely naked, right? It would be the simple thing to do but most of us would feel better layering on the clothes, hiding the less-than-attractive bits and maybe glitzing up our look with a little bling (and thank god we do this... can you imagine?). So when designing simple jewelry there is much to be considered. Are your foundation pieces in good enough shape to get naked for all the world to see?

OK, so this is getting a little silly. I'm tired and need to sleep but first I wanted to share with you my simple shapes and new glazes. I've been testing a bunch of new glazes and these are two that have passed the test thus far. They aren't perfect yet. I keep tweaking them and so far they haven't come out the same twice. But I'll keep at it and figure out just what they want.

Antique Amber is what I am calling this one. It's my idea of the perfect yellow. Golden but not too GOLD. Rustic and organic. It makes the simple shapes look not so simple.

This pair is in the same off-kilter rectangle shape as the amber pair, just a little bigger. This glaze is amazing. It has a slightly rough texture, or tooth. The color is like patinated metal with rusty bits peeking through. It's wonderful.

I call this pair CHOMP Hoops. Because they look like someone took a chomp out of the top of them. See? Not just simple shapes, but simple(minded) names as well. :)

These little treasures can be found in the shop.

19 comments:

SummersStudio said...

I love these shapes and glazes. They are like modern meets petroglyph. Definitely, you should journey down this path!

Greer said...

Like these! The shapes are architectural and not overpowered by the glaze. You have the option of looking at the shape or at the glaze

maryharding said...

I love those glazes and shapes. Esp the Chomp!

Lorelei said...

Oh these are fabulous. I am going to try to get a copy of that book- at least one of the 2.
what section could they be located in at like barnes and noble?
I love all of these new earrings! that yellow color is amazing, and I like how it looks kind of has patina on the edges.
That last pair of earrings is cool too- I saw these loops in that pic of the pile of goodies you posted. I was kind of hoping they'd end up in your supplies shop!!

TesoriTrovati said...

These glazes are yummy...
I think that these shapes might be simple, but they are striking and strong and full of possibility.
Thank you for sharing your inspiration, Nancy. Now, go get some rest!
Enjoy the day!
Erin

bellajoya said...

Beautiful things Nancy. I linked to your shop on my blog today. I hope you have a great weekend!

Gardanne said...

Oh Nancy, these are beautiful. I love these colors and the shapes are wonderful. Thanks for the great book suggestions.

Dani said...

Oh My!!! I love the patina looking earrings along with the new yellow/amber glaze. I have been asking MAW for a yello/amber glaze forever and she keeps telling me it is too 70ish.

This is not at all 70ish!!!

Vintage Blue Studio said...

The glaze you used on the last two pieces is stunning! I can't get over the color!

EB Bead and Metal Works said...

Love them! I especially like the Antique Amber earrings, FABOULOUS!

Pretty Things said...

I love CHOMP, and the second glaze is my particular fav!

Libby Leuchtman said...

Thanks for the book recommendation. I love books to boost my creative spirit.

Jenny J-V said...

These newbies are absolutely gorgeous! The colors are so rich...I want to reach out and touch. Plus, I think it's really cool that you're focused on simplicity. Lately I've been talking myself into staying simpler and letting the beads and wire work for themselves...not letting me overwork them! So, it's a great theme for this spring...simplify.

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lisa oram said...

I also love simple, in the way you've done it and described it. I often wonder why there isn't more "simple and stunning" out there in the jewelry world, and thought maybe my inclination to design that way was crazy. I think you nailed it when you said "simple is risky. . . is the foundation strong enough to go out naked . . " Thanks for the book suggestions. I will find them. I think the pieces you've shown here or lovely. I'd wear any one of them!

Lisa Stevens said...

That aqua glaze is just gorgeous! Wonderful work as always!

Kella said...

These are fab and I love the earthy distressed type glazes

missficklemedia.com said...

These are really, really, really cool. I love the direction this is going in!

SueBeads said...

Love them!