It's the end of April but I'm thinking about June, specifically the Junebug Artfest! If you live in central New Jersey, you probably know that every Friday night in June, Metuchen's Main St. comes alive with art-- music, dance, visual & interactive art. We are in our 7th year and I have been a part of it since the beginning both as a volunteer committee chair as well as displaying my art for sale. Today I am starting to work on some jewelry that I will be selling on June 13 & 27.
Jewelry making is a great creative outlet because it is very spontaneous. Unlike building a stained glass window where I need a plan before I start, for jewelry I can go out into the studio and just start playing around. One of my favorite types of glass to work with is called "dichroic" or dichro for short. It has a thin surface coating of a variety of metals which cause the light to shift so when you look at it from different angles, the glass color appears to change. It make beautiful, unique jewelry although I have also used it in windows for a little extra zing! The pieces in the photograph will be cut apart and combined with other glass and then fused in my kiln. The process takes a few days since there are multiple steps involved but the result will be a collection of one of a kind pieces of jewelry. Mark your calendars to come visit me at Junebug and I will show you how the pieces turned out.