Monday, October 25, 2010

Revenge of the rings OR If you are the person who stole a ring at my last show be prepared for your finger to rot and fall off

Hello ya'll! It's been a while, I know. I've been busy with shows and making stuff and sick animals (the bunnies are all fine now) and a fantastic pottery workshop (with the wonderful Sandi Pierantozzi and Neil Patterson) and making more stuff... Somewhere in there my neck went out. And by out I mean it wasn't functioning in the way that a normal neck should be functioning. It was being a real bastard. We have since made up, sort of, in the way of a new pillow (and new micro fleece sheets which I could not pass up and man Oh! man were they worth the splurge - I highly recommend them...) Anyhoo, I've been busy. So that's that.

My last two shows have been fantastic. Great crowds, great buyers, all the good stuff. The only down side was that I had one of my sterling and porcelain rings stolen at my show this past weekend. That really bummed me out. Not just because of the monetary loss but because these rings, as many of you know, have been my babies. I've been so incredibly proud of them, as though they were my children (yes, I have no real children so I give human qualities to things such as bunnies and, yes, sterling silver and porcelain rings... so sue me.). So to have one stolen...well, it felt pretty bad. Someone at the show tried to console me by saying that the thief must have needed it, they must have loved it so much that they just had to have it. Well, that's not good enough. I can guarantee you that I loved it more. I imagine that the person who stole this ring might be reading this post right now. Kind of like a pyromaniac who gets off on starting fires and watching them burn I imagine that they might be getting a kick out of me feeling like crap because they took something that did not belong to them. So to this person I say this:
In the four years that I have been doing shows I have rarely had anything stolen. Why is that? It is because the majority of the population is trustworthy. The majority of human beings are good, decent people who have respect for the work that comes from others hands. Most people understand that taking something that does not belong to them is wrong. So I must congratulate you, thief, for beating the odds and belonging to the tiny percentage of humanity that totally and completely SUCKS. Congrats bb, you rule at being a loser! Hold your head high but hide your finger because I have a legion of loyal and rabid patrons in the Syracuse area and if any of them see that ring on a finger they have been given permission to tackle you to the ground, chop off the offending hand and return it to me for a rather substantial reward. Watch out....

I made two more rings yesterday that someone will want to steal. Perhaps that should be my catch phrase: "Jewelry so fab you will want to steal it!" ;)
I love this pink geode porcelain stone. It's always been one of my favorite glaze combinations because it really does resemble an actual natural stone. I set it with a nice modern rounded square frame that I think gives the whole piece a nice chunky feel. I also made the band extra wide and tapered in the center so that it is comfortable to wear. I am pretty happy with this band upgrade.

And what's not to love about this?! Lots of dots and lots of blue! I made the mold for this ring from an antique Victorian mourning button. I love to see it reborn in color highlighting every detail.

And here is a better shot of the what the bands look like. Sassy, no?

Both rings can be found in my shop. :)

19 comments:

Marcie Abney said...

I knew someone who stole a bench once out of someone's front yard. A month later, their car got stolen...just sayin'.

lunedreams said...

your silver work is gorgeous, the back of that ring is perfection! one doesn't think of this, being so captivated with your porcelain! love both the cabs. i've never understood thieves. i personally would not be proud of being a parasite leeching the energy and joy from the universe, or a pustule on the face of humanity. but i guess it takes all kinds.

Spirited Earth said...

these rings are fabulous..
sorry that someone had sticky fingers and stole one of your babies..too bad you don't have a photo of it to post like they do with stolen paintings..i'm pretty sure that person's finger will fall off..

For My Sweet Daughter said...

I own a salon and there is only myself and one other woman that work there, the salon is 500 sq ft. Getting the picture? Small space only 2 people...well anyway in the last 3 years I have had to stop carrying makeup because I have had $300.00 in losses from stolen and demolished makeup. In a 500 sq ft salon, well anyway...
It sucks and I am SO sorry because I have a daughter and I still look at my jewelry pieces as a part of me going out into the world.
Karma baby, Karma.

Emerald Window said...

So Sorry you had to deal with a dip-shit thief. Karma WILL catch up to him (or her).
I have to disagree with your friend. The thief did not love it so much that they HAD to have it. They just didn't care enough about their fellow human beings. Beauty and art is wasted on such people.
Cenya

lorelei said...

some people suck! channel that energy into making a ring with matte green cab!
I love the new babies, they rock. :D

cookingwithgas said...

I feel your pain.
I had someone walk out of my gallery with a box of earrings- not one pair but a box.
It was about 16 inches wide and held I don't know how many earrings- sigh- I was really hurt.
They had to just close the top and pop it in their bag.
Did they come here just to take it or was I an trusting idiot leaving it out on the counter.
Stll burns me a little.

Holly said...

Karma really bites the big one, so someone will get theirs! And you've certainly got your mojo on with these rings - they're gorgeous!!!

mairedodd said...

your bands and ring construction/design are flawless! so beautiful...
so sorry to hear about the theft...

Tam Hess said...

Hang in there! It's tough when stuff like that happens. :( Your work is so beautiful!! Hugs

Hearts of Glass said...

I had to jump in to comment on your gorgeous hands! You're lucky to be able to model your own work so nicely.

Janet said...

That blows..why people think whats yours is theirs. I believe that evil done will come around most definately.

Pretty Things said...

I sell larimar jewelry at shows and I can always count on something being stolen one out of three shows. It stinks.

modernemama said...

and I'm hating people who repost my blog posts and pretend it's their work...

Helen (Secret Lentil) said...

MY PRECIOUS.

can you send me a pic of the stolen ring? i want to post it on my facebook page. it's a small city ... unless you don't want me to seek vengeance. i await your orders.

Anonymous said...

I believe in karma. Too bad you probably won't be there to see it happen, whatever happens to them, whenever it does. But it will. Trust in that.

An alternate view: Imagine you are that person. Feel what it's like to be them. What it's like to be so needy... angry... empty... emotionally bankrupt... whatever it is they feel that makes them need to steal. It may be hard, because you are not that kind of person. But sit back and imagine it awhile. What kind of person gets pleasure or feels 'filled' by doing things like this?

How awful it must be to be that person. Not that I feel they were justified in any way. I feel sorry for them, and most of all, I thank God I am not like that. Somehow, the universe or God or somebody gave me a better deal, or better coping skills, or something. If you really make yourself feel the pain that makes them that kind of person, then you'll at least feel blessed that those problems are not your problems. It won't bring the ring back, of course. But it may help you deal with the anger. Get your revenge by doing an unwarranted, unexpected good deed for someone. Fight evil with generosity.

Ceramic bisque said...

Wow. Are those made out of ceramic bisque?

JulzJewlz said...

Hi I'm a new follower. I love your blog! Love the tattoo story. I have a similar story. Your jewelry is gorgeous!!
Julz@
www.julzjewlz.com and
http://spookyjulz.blogspot.com

Groove Press said...

Your handcrafted work is fabulous. And your blog is a visual delight….