I received a scholarship this year to study at Mesa Arts Center with an amazingly talented and internationally known metalsmith, Kevin O'Dwyer. The class was a two week intensive on hollowware and hollow form jewelry... it has left me incredibly inspired, but has made me feel as though my heart is shifting. I spent the morning looking back at works past and feeling no longer peacefully planted here, where I am. Maybe it's because I'm advancing, maybe it's because I've been feeling suffocated by others, maybe it is because it's Saturday and quiet and all I can hear are the birds singing about being alive. Whatever it is, I'm ready. 

Working on two projects at one time. While one pickles, the other was being raised. 

Working on two projects at one time. While one pickles, the other was being raised. 

Meanwhile, I started a reliquary locket. It will hold an old euro diamond I inherited from my Grandmother.

Meanwhile, I started a reliquary locket. It will hold an old euro diamond I inherited from my Grandmother.

Here she is! The box in all of her glory - 10 full grams of sterling silver! I'm so incredibly pleased with how this project turned out, it definitely made me work for it. I'm hoping to post the other projects soon and study with Kevin again in the future.