Wednesday, May 13, 2009
Treating Myself - Kate McKinnon pendant
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.