Did you know that through our Liberty Station Blood Drives in February and May, Anneville helped the San Diego Blood Bank collect 23 blood donations? That's 23 people who may have died without the life-saving gift of blood. Blood recipients are kids, elders and our neighbors - anyone can find themselves needing blood. Following on our success, we're hosting a Fall Blood Drive on Saturday, Sep. 14th from 10am-5pm. Join Ame in donating (she's working towards her 4 Gallon badge) or help us get the word out to your friends and family so we can hit our goal of 30 donations this year. You never know who's life you'll save! All you need to do is eat a good meal and hydrate, pop in to the Blood Mobile outside the Lab, complete your (pretty much pain free) donation, enjoy cookies and juice and you're done! While walk-ins are welcome, but it's a big help to let us know you're coming (to arrange for snacks). Schedule your appointment.
What an absolute joy it was to sit down with Bette Barnett and hear about her upcoming Steel and Gold Workshop here at Anneville Jewelry Lab. She is smart, extremely knowledgeable and funny, her class is going to be fantastic. To purchase your gold casting grain we recommend Rio Grande (this is not an affiliate link): https://www.riogrande.com/product/24k-yellow-gold-casting-grain/608700
If you're not already signed up, here's the registration info, please let us know in the comments if you have any questions and help us spread the word, as of today we still have a few seats available!
Steel & Gold Workshop
Visiting Artist Workshop - Bette Barnett
3-day intensive, Fri-Sat & Sun August 23-25, 2019 - 9am-4pm
Instructor: Bette Barnett. Tuition $440 plus $50 materials fee payable in class.
Steel is an amazing metal – strong, light weight and malleable. One of the most fascinating characteristics of steel is its affinity for gold. Simply put, steel “loves” gold and marrying the two results in dramatic mixed metals jewelry that responds to today’s aesthetic for work that ranges from bold and rich to gritty and rustic.In this three-day workshop, you will learn how to create dramatic steel and gold jewelry. We’ll cover how to work with mild (cold rolled) steel and explore techniques required to create jewelry from steel, including sourcing, cutting, forming, texturing, patinating and finishing. During the workshop you will learn how to alloy and roll our own gold, torch-fuse gold to steel and apply gold to steel using the Keum Boo technique. At the completion of the workshop, you’ll have at least one finished piece and other in-progress work that you can complete in your own studio. You’ll also come away with the skills you need to create dramatic, eye-catching steel and gold jewelry. Students must also bring 2 pennyweights of 24k gold casting grain (available from Rio Grande), more details sent after registration. Register.
We are thrilled to announce that lapidary artist Jeff Fulkerson be teaching Boho Bling Earrings next month. Jeff is an award-winning artist and contributor to Jewelry Artist Magazine and has taught at the Museum of Man, Granite Hills High School, Bead Fest, Oskadusa and many other venues. When he's not busy creating gorgeous jewelry and teaching he's working on a series of instructional books and videos - he's amazing! He has studied with many great Native American artists including Richard Tsosie (Navajo), Jesse Monogya (Hopi/Navajo) and Michael Cheatham (Cherokee). Read Jeff's full bio.
Stop by Anneville Jewelry Lab on the First Friday in August (8/2/19) to browse beautiful cabochons and explore the world of semi-precious gemstones with master lapidarist Michael Hendrix of Minarex. Michael cuts each stone by hand in his San Diego County studio. Each creation is unique, like a miniature painting full of nature's colors and textures, ready to be part of a unique jewelry creation. Not a jeweler? No worries - our jewelers will be on hand to discuss a custom commission to set your newfound gem. Or even better, you can take one of our upcoming classes and learn to set it yourself!
Then head over to Anneville Studio to meet steel and gold artist Bette Barnett! She'll will have an array of work on display and be discussing her fascinating Keum Boo technique and more. First Friday is a fun, family-friendly event that happens every month. Come explore the fabulous new Liberty Public Market, stroll through shops and visit working artist studios to see what's new - all for FREE. Anneville is just one of over 80 artist studios, galleries, museums and other art destinations open for this monthly event. With a dozen fabulous restaurants within walking distance, it makes a great evening out. And, we've got free parking! Hope to see you soon. More info about Friday Night Liberty can be found at NTC at Liberty Station. Get directions.
We're pretty darned excited to be sending off our very first official advertising buy! It's with Metalsmith Magazine and will be appearing in an upcoming edition. The top left photo was taken at Anneville Jewelry Lab back in March and features talented young metalsmith Lincoln Hatfield learning uchidashi from Ford Hallam. The second photo shows Anne marveling at student Yoko Rover's uchidashi gourd during Ford Hallam's class. From there we showcased the work of three of our instructors. The first image is of Anne's 18k gold "Butterfly" mokume gane ring which was a special commission for Hiroko Sato-Pijanowski. Next is Bette Barnett's stunning "Discovery" ring featuring her signature steel & gold work with a gorgeous boulder opal. The next piece is a copper/brass/sterling silver mokume gane box by Anne Wolf and the last photo is Ford Hallam's exquisite tiger tsuba with its minute gold and shakudo inlays.
Educator, metalsmith, jeweler, maker of custom mokume gane jewelry and wedding rings.