I made it back home safe and sound from my trip to Taos, New Mexico. I spent the week studying one-on-one with my teacher, Marilynn Nicholson. Here is one of her pieces.
She does her own lapidary as well as the silversmith work. We did a tiny bit of stone modification during the week, but I don't have the equipment nor the studio space to cut my own stones.
My favorite stone cutter lives in Taos. I anticipated spending the whole week touching and talking to the stones before I made any decisions. We happened to go the rock shop on Monday and lucky for me, we made it just in time. He was arriving in about an hour to take ALL of his stones with him on the road for two weeks. I almost missed it! That would have been a disaster because I had planned to buy my winter supply of stones.
I grabbed and ran. I barely remember what I chose, but believe me, they're good! Here are a few.
I bought more at Kameyab in Albuquerque on my way to the airport. I only had at most an hour to shop, so I grabbed and ran again. Maybe that was good. I didn't have time to ponder and discard or rationalize that I already had enough stones.
This was my studio space for the week.
I spent some time working on a bracelet. I wanted to work with a large, heavy piece of silver because it gives me trouble at my studio. Here is what a piece looks like as it is in progress. Not pretty.
This is what it looks like after the pickle and then the tumbler.
After I got home I modified the stone setting in my studio. Here is the finished bracelet with the stones set. The large stone is Parkerwood and the smaller one is blue chalcedony.
I also made a pendant and a hollow form ring. We worked long days but wrapped up at noon on Friday so that I could get to the galleries. Here is Taos. I was sitting outside a coffee shop taking a break with a latte.
The scenery in Taos is very different from Ely, that's for sure! I'm always intrigued by the vertical stick fences. They are all over and I never saw these before visiting Taos.
All of my flights on the way home went without a hitch. I had a bit of layover in the Minneapolis airport so I finished my trip with a flight of reds at the Surdyk's Flight Bar.
Now back to the studio. I have a whole bunch of new stone inspirations!