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October 8, 2014

I've been in some meetings about an exciting new potential project in the South Charlotte area.  It's too new to announce.  I'm working on a series of drawings for board approval for a large work in a public space in a place that is dear to me.  Pray for inspiration!...

October 7, 2014

Often I find myself mourning the fact that I didn’t keep a female cardinal feather found on a walk. There it was on an old quiet South Carolina road under the shade of low hanging oak trees and Spanish moss.  The color complexity was too great for my eyes to comprehend...

October 4, 2014

The client is coming Monday morning to sample the prototype.  Therefore, we're casting on Friday just for the sake of making the whole process more stressful.  Who needs margin for error?

Freeing one cast from the shell reveals a backplate that is absolutely perfe...

October 3, 2014

Metals wear beautifully over time.  Considering that most of the elements on the periodic table are metals, they readily engage in a wonderful interplay when placed with other elements. 

Much of my time in graduate school was spent working on ways to age metals, b...

October 2, 2014

Casting metals is a lot of work but with rewarding result.  You foundry buffs know that clean up is a large part of the work, especially if you are going for precision geometrics.  But master craft, James, let me in on a way to use the lathe for clean up that yeilded a...

September 22, 2014

It's fascinating that most elements on the periodic table are metals. Their qualities are diverse.  Exploring the myriad ways to use metals in art gives one the privilege of playing with the very building blocks of the universe.

I had been looking for reflectivity in pa...

September 1, 2014

I wanted to review and recommend the Twin Tip for Smith's Little Torch.  Bottom line: I love it! 

The Smith Little Torch is just terrific because of the flame and heat precision it allows in soldering copper and brass.  It works great for most of my projects though...

April 13, 2014

"Your work has such a POWERFUL sense of THE FATHER." These were Alex Radin's words, his first reaction to seeing my work in person. With a smile on his face, this memory warms me inside. 

I’ve been drawing my dad’s hands since I was a little girl.  He was always so str...

May 26, 2011

I have to say that working with Artist on Fire will never leave me the same.  The initiators, Alex and Sara Radin, are some of the most remarkable people I have ever met.  Humility and the arts are not two things that often go together, and Charleston is in no need of...

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