SD Voyager is an online magazine with all kinds of local info and interesting San Diego stories. They recently interviewed me as part of their "San Diego's most inspiring stories" feature, along with many other fascinating business owners. It is organized by neighborhood, so I'm part of the Point Loma/Shelter Island section. Thank you SD Voyager! Read the full article online at sdvoyager.com.
Spring class schedule up at West City - classes start January 31
WCCPL (West City Campus, Point Loma) is a continuing education jewelry/metals lab only about a mile away from Anneville Studio. With a class max of 20 and a large room full of great metals equipment, it is a vibrant and social place to learn. I'll be teaching on Wednesdays there this spring - mornings for more advanced folks and/or open lab, evenings for beginners. Registration for these classes is through the school, not me! Just follow the links to register.
In some ways, 2017 was the year of the chisel for me. Because of a new book project I'm helping Hiroko Sato-Pijanowski with (I'm creating many patterning samples and co-writing one chapter), I've been doing extensive research to find ways to efficiently pattern larger pieces of mokume. It was clear to me chiseling was the way to go, and thankfully the classes I took last March with Ford Hallam helped lead the way. Now, chisel patterning is way more fun and interesting to me than stamp patterning! It is cleaner, more adaptable to different sizes, and it really is faster.
The first bracelet was an exploration to see how many layers of material are needed to get a complex pattern. The fewer the layers, the more practical it will be to create the piece in gold, using just blank layers of silver to add strength to the bottom half of the billet. First bracelet is sterling silver with two exotic Japanese alloys - 25% shibuichi and my new favorite metal kuroshibuichi. Kuroshibuichi is the dark gray, shibuichi is the lighter gray. The gold one is finished now too - two bottom photos. Pretty happy with it.
Calling all student and pro jewelry/metalsmiths in San Diego - Allcraft is coming! Allcraft is a New York based jewelry supply company headed by Tevel and Sara Herbstmann. If you have never had the pleasure of visiting Allcraft or one of their conference booths before, just know you can't miss it! They've been in business longer than I've been making jewelry; I remember encountering the magical Allcraft booth at my first SNAG 25 years ago. I spent hours perusing the tiniest elegant needle files, mysterious long-nosed hammers, wooden and plastic forming tools, the most comfortable pliers on the planet, shiny chasing sets, good-quality reasonably priced hand files, flexible sterling cable neck wires; just all manner of specialized jewelry tools. So many hammers .... come see for yourself! Allow at least an hour to browse.
If you'd like a preview, check out their website.
Anneville is pleased to host Allcraft Tools at our studio this November - Monday, November 6, from 3:30-6:30pm.
I'm hard at work this fall creating mokume gane patterning samples for inclusion in an upcoming book by Hiroko Sato-Pijanowski. Most of the patterning will be done using the traditional Japanese method of carving with a chisel, then flattening. But there will also be room to include some other patterning techniques - these photos show hammering the mokume with a cross pein hammer, and also hammering with steel stamps and wire into the surface. Both are still 'top down' techniques and involve a lot of tedious stock removal (filing), but I'm pretty happy with the results.
Educator, metalsmith, jeweler, maker of custom mokume gane jewelry and wedding rings.