Hear ye, hear ye minstrels, maidens and mercenaries, conserve your gold coin for our Merry Maker's Market. On December 6th you'll find our village stalls both inside and out festooned with bright holly, sparkling lights, fragrant pine boughs, piping hot cider, and a full complement of cheery makers proffering their sparkling silver, gold, brass and bejeweled wares. Take in the festively crisp night air (perhaps, I mean it is San Diego) of Liberty Station's outdoor European-style Christmas market where we'll have a stall or step lightly to the second floor of Barracks 15 to revel in medieval holiday charm as you browse our two small shops. Find the perfect holiday gift for that special baker, butcher or cobbler in your life or pick out a one-of-a-kind treasure for yourself. First Friday is Liberty Station's monthly open studio event so in addition to visiting us you can explore the Liberty Public Market, visit nearby shops and studios and catch live entertainment - all with easy parking. Bring a friend or make one here, either way it will be an evening of magical wintry delights - we hope you'll join us! Get details and directions.
It's hard to believe, but we opened the doors of our jewelry metals co-work space and open lab a whole year ago! In that time we've cultivated a family of 120 active students and 5 instructors - all of whom bring their own wonderful ideas, questions and expertise to every class. Over the past 10 months we've hosted 25 classes, 3 visiting artist workshops and logged dozens of open lab hours. Our mailing list has steadily grown to over 600 contacts and we have tons of interesting photos, videos and tips & tricks to post our Instagram and Facebook feeds. There's so much going on it's hard to find the time to parse through it all! To celebrate we're throwing a joyful party in the style of Dia de Los Muertos with special music and refreshments, free door prizes for the first 30 visitors, and a free raffle with some really great prizes. The evening's highlight will be a special awards ceremony at 7pm. Really we're filled with gratitude for all of the amazing support we've gotten from our students, colleagues, friends and family. First Friday is Liberty Station's monthly open studio event so in addition to visiting us you can experience a projection-mapped labyrinth right outside our building, explore the Liberty Public Market, visit nearby shops and studios and catch live entertainment - all with easy parking. It's one of San Diego's premiere, free, family-friendly arts events. Bring a friend or make one here, either way we hope you'll help us celebrate our first year! Get details and directions.
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.
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.
We are thrilled to announce that thanks to the hard work and generous contributions of our makers (Karen R., Karen F., Susan, Abby), shopper/donors (Alix S., Geraldine, Jaime, Jeremiah, Andrew, Peter, Jeremy, Luz, Rosalva, Helen, Gabrielle, Amber, Michelle, Nichole, Cecilia, Karen, Beth, Jean, Anne T., Carol, Ame and more), neighbors (Ron and Gary), teachers (Anne, Julie and Alix) and others, we have now raised $520 for Jewish Family Services to support the Downtown Migrant Shelter. We have one day left in our campaign so I'll update the tally on Wednesday with our final figure. #GoTeam! Continue on to see photos and learn more about JFS.
Educator, metalsmith, jeweler, maker of custom mokume gane jewelry and wedding rings.