Rings and Things

I absolutely love teaching my classes. It is always so much fun to see the projects that my students dream up, and it's so satisfying to help them make those dreams tangible, wearable objects. It really doesn't get much better than that!

 At the moment I am a little bummed that my classes will finish at the end of June and won't begin again until September. In the fall I am hoping to run Remarkable Rings, Notable Neckpieces and I have been dreaming up a new course that I plan to propose for fall. I'll keep you posted on that one.

At this point in my Remarkable Rings class, my students have their projects well under way and are making some serious progress. I thought I would share a few photos with you from our Sunday afternoon class.


Kyle is bending the hefty ring shank that she cast in a cuttlefish bone. 

Kyle making her oceanic ring shank round.

Lara is prepping her ring to solder the layers of her flower onto the shank she made. 

Colleen is ready to clean up the inside and outside of her assembled ring to prep it for stone setting and engraving.

The beautiful turquoise and snowflake obsidian that Colleen will set in her ring next week. 

Very exciting progress!

Before I sign off, I should mention three things:

1. The Aestival Festival, the annual fundraiser for the Nova Scotia Designer Crafts Council, is happening this coming weekend. Lucky attendees will snap up some fine locally handcrafted items for a song on June 12 - I donated a bronze Ouroboros Bangle with black spinel eyes. For more information, please visit the NSDCC website. 

2. Pamela Ritchie is a professor of Jewellery at NSCAD University. She is also a recognized artist and lecturer within the international jewellery community. Currently her exhibition, Worlds You Can Wear, is on display at the Mary E. Black Gallery at the Nova Scotia Centre for Art and Design. It is a fantastic show, and I encourage Haligonians to go and take in the treat of a world class jewellery exhibit on our very own Port. You can read more about the NSCAD Jewellery Department in this great article for a few weeks ago.

3. This coming weekend is also the Halifax Independent Film Festival. As a part of HIFF, on June 12th, Brooklyn based film maker, Jem Cohen, will screen his film Museum Hours. He will also screen excerpts from the non-traditional documentary film he made about Cape Breton called We Have an Anchor. We Have an Anchor has been screened only three times before: in New York City, London and Texas with the original score preformed live by members of Dirty Three, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, White Magic, The Quavers, and Thee Silver Mount Zion. The live score won't be preformed at this partial screening, but I have been dying to see this film and am really excited to have the opportunity to view some excerpts. The Director will be in attendance for Q&A.

To learn more about Jem Cohen and We Have an Anchor, check out this fantastic New Yorker article, I would also encourage you to  look him up on IMDB!