Friday, March 27, 2009

I appreciate all the good words about my last posting. As I have an 11-year-old already, I'm no stranger to the gear-shifting necessary in raising kids. But two! Neither my partner or I were ready for that, and it is a different kettle of fish, to put it mildly. Miles and Audrey are the most amazing little humans, and I don't play weekend daddy with them - I'm right in there with their day-to-day. I'm grateful that this work I love so dearly can support my super-sized family, but it does make a soul-satisfying run in the studio rather a rarity nowadays. I'm still buzzing about the experience of making this new object. The last step in the creative journey of a piece for me is to take beautiful images of it, that show it to its best potential. I have just finished doing that. So, before it goes onto the website's New Work space (in May), may I introduce to you (properly this time):

Pendant: 5" x 3" x 1.25" (13 x 8 x 3cm), chain/cord length: 29" (73cm)

Materials: Spigot handle, raccoon trap jaw, mid-19th-century drawer pull, Masonic Odd Fellows glass seal stamp (1830's), 'Lepine - Paris' binocular lens and housing (1850's) - found washed up on beach, wasp nest, oil lamp wick, fresh-water pearls, jade, turquoise, garnet, shell, Czech crystal, dichroic glass, 16th-century paper, lens, faceted glass, crushed glass, paper twine made with 16th-century kozo paper, Georgian watch-winding key, sterling silver chain, brass, steel wire, copper, artist-made glass bead, steel-point engraving (1850's), linen thread, leather, soil.

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  1. Everything is done to such perfection, I just love the creativity envolved in this piece. Tell me, is that your eye, I can't help but think that it is.

  2. Ha! No, it is from an engraving from the mid-1800's. Thanks for your comments, both of you.

  3. Thanks Keith for sharing with us all the fine detail, the main round 'thingy' is even more impressive close up.

  4. Classic LoBue!!! Exquisite, breathtaking and ever inspiring. This reminds me of some of your older work which I favor over some of the pieces you've done recently. Please don't misunderstand what I am saying here. They are all masterpieces each and every one and I have spent many joyful hours looking at all of them!!!

    It's a bit hard to explain but the essence of your pieces seems to shine through more clearly when there is less going on. Hope my meaning came across correctly as I would never want to offend.

    As far as twins go it is hard to imagine for those that have never experienced raising them how two are so much more work than one. It's definitely far more than twice as much work isn't it!

    May I put an image of The Aeriel Ocean on my blog with a link back here? It is just amazing Keith!

  5. love the fact that one of your best bits was washed up on a beach. Adds to the magic. Instant provenance

  6. Another stunning piece. I love your work!

  7. I have never attempted jewelry, but this is sure inspiring me. Wonderful work!!

  8. Ah, Keith...

    I just returned from ArtFest and your two day (manly) wire class. As I sit at my kitchen table tonight, sipping a margarita (thanks, Dave) and gazing out at our glorious pastures here in Humboldt County), I'm soooooo grateful I stumbled upon your workshop at ArtFest. I retired from being a first grade teacher four years ago, and have had the incredible freedom to explore and follow my own muse (did I really say that?). In any case, I had no idea of your following, shall we say, I just wanted to learn about wire - and especially how to use a jewelry saw. What blew me away was how comfortable you are in your own skin, and also how well you encourage the participants from the very "new" (like me), to the quite "advanced" and all of the partipants in between. And your being is so genuine. I don't think I've ever experienced an instructor quite like you in the past several years I've had the freedom to explore my own muse (did I really say that again?).

    In any case, I came away with more confidence in myself and an excitement to explore the medium of inexpensive wire. I can't wait to play!

    Ilene Harris
    Humboldt County, California

    p.s. I'm the one who told you the story of my husband "melting" a pot onto the hardwood floor our kitchen, then collecting the hardened metal and telling me to "go forth and make jewelry." I may have to craft something for him for his birthday, using this strange and esoteric material...

    Thanks again, Keith and I do hope to end up in a class of yours in the near future.

  9. Wow. I just stumbled upon your blog through a side link on Seth's Altered Page, and i really like what i see here. Your piece here is beautiful. I truely enjoy the obviously high level of thought and love that went into it. Your technical skills truely blow me away.

    Oh to work with that gage of wire... it looks beautiful. Where do you get your steel wire? Any suggestions of a good online store?

    Thanks for sharing your lovely work.

  10. Yet another magnificent piece of mastery. I bet I would have cried if I had been a fly on the wall - like I did when viewing the making of your piece on your dvd. Breathtaking!
    LOL Keith - my verification word was


  11. Dear Keith,
    Are you home yet? I took your ArtFest Working With Wire class, learned a lot, loved your humor and was totaly awed by your Aerial Ocean. It is a stunning piece, magical I would say.

    I finished my backwards linked necklace, and it turned out beautifully. I would like to send you a Lampworked bead as a thank you...... and as for your child caring...that quite possibly will be your greatest work of art........hang in there, it goes by too fast looking backward, taking forever looking forward.


  12. Another breathtaking piece, Keith. You never fail to stun me with your originality of thought as well as the skill that you possess to change detritus into magic.

    Re: twins and life... I had twins when my older daughter had just turned 3. I DO understand! Looking back at that time of my life, it is a blur of just getting through the days (and nights). They are beautiful and wonderful and completely life-changing, but you will probably look back a decade from now and wonder how you managed to do any creative work at all, much less pieces of such magnificent beauty.

    Diane Downs Lou

  13. WoW !!!!
    This piece is FANTASTIC !!!!!