A beautiful box by Kate McKinnon with bead by Corina Tettinger
As you may guess from my sidebar link to her Metal Clay Safety Project, I follow Kate McKinnon's work. Two years ago, when I told Sarah Moran that I was thinking of trying out metal clay, she advised me to check out Kate's work - and I loved it. Her clean, architectural style is completely beautiful.
I've been dying to take a class with her, and hope to by, uh, well, 2011. I know, laugh if you want, but I think by then the Short One will be okay without me for a day or two. Of course, if she comes back to Chicago to teach metal clay (hint, hint, if you are reading this, Kate) before then, I'll be waiting in line for a spot. Her books and articles on metal clay are also top notch - I've been wanting to review Structural Metal Clay since I started reviewing books on this blog. As usual, in my speedy way, I hope to get to it before the end of the summer.
Anyway, I saw this photo of one of the projects for her upcoming book on her blog and completely fell in love with the piece. So, I decided to treat myself to a birthday present. I contacted Kate and am now it's proud owner. This shot doesn't show the cool, pod-like dangle on the piece, so here's another (in process) photo:
Beautiful, right? I love it, I love the lampworked bead, which is by Corina Tettinger, and the cute vintage brass finding from Gail Crosman Moore. I can't wait to have it in my hands - although, knowing me, it will probably end up in my box of treasures (which contains, for example, Cynthia Thornton's fine silver, polymer and resin Sphinx pendant, which I blogged about at Art Bead Scene last year, here). I get out these pieces periodically and croon over them, but they haven't made it into my finished jewelry yet.
If you are already familiar with Kate's work, then you know why I love her stuff. If not, stop reading this right now and go here.
I am an intellectual property lawyer by training and have a background in English Renaissance literature. I love science fiction. I primarily watch Sesame Street these days and find myself humming "Pop Goes the Weasel" at odd moments (guess why). I can happily eat ice cream in the middle of winter when the wind chill is 20 below 0. I have been making beads and designing jewelry since 2007.
2010 - Winner, First Place, British Bead Awards, Other Finished Bead Jewellery 2010 - Winner, Second Place, British Bead Awards, Metal Clay Jewellery 2010 - Winner, Second Place, Bead Dreams, Metal Clay
2010 - Grand Prize, Gold Medal Winner, Fire Mountain Gems and Beads, Metal Clay, Metal Beads, Wirework and Chain Jewelry-Making Contest
2010 - Finalist, Bead Star, Stones, Plastics and Designs with Heart Categories
2009 - Winner, First Place, British Bead Awards, Metal Clay
2009 - Winner, Second Place, British Bead Awards, Beyond Glass, Handmade Beads and Components
2009 - Winner, Second Place, Bead Arts Awards, Necklace
2009 - Finalist, Bead Dreams, Metal Clay
2008 - Finalist Fire Mountain Gems and Beads Beading Contest, Metal Clay
2008 - Finalist, Bead Star, Pearls
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