Monday, April 28, 2008

Erik Dahlager's Gumoil Process

At the recent Spring Daze Festival I found a most interesting artist. Erik Dahlager from the booming metropolis of Traphill, NC (next to Stone Mountain State Park). Erik uses the gumoil process to process his photographs. This leaves a picture somewhere between a photograph and a woodcut print, in my humble opinion. Anyway, however you describe it you must say it's has unique and beautiful characteristics. The process is very versatile allowing some leeway in what and how you develop it. Check it out at

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Mark Holder Jeweller

What a friendly bunch! At the GBH Festival Buffy from Mark Holder Jeweller came by the booth and told me I should stop by the store. Being one who usually takes advantage of invitations, I did. I met Robyn and Mark Holder, owners who were so friendly. What a pleasure it was. Mark is a very talented and accomplished jeweller, gemologist, and master engraver among other things. With that caliber of folks and shops I can see why the State Street area is booming. If you're looking for beautiful and unique jewelry from wedding rings to estate jewelery or repair, they can do it all. Mark gave me a tour of his extensive shop. They have the latest in tools and equipment for all facets of the jewelery craft and the skill and knowledge to carry it through. Robyn also bought some of my Beggars Bowls....Thanks Robyn.

Sunday, April 13, 2008

Great Festival!

Thank you, great customers, for making the Greensboro Bicentennial Heritage Festival a smashing success for Metallic Artistry and the folks that braved wind , rain, cold and sun, my hats off to you. It was great seeing old friends and making new ones over the weekend. Hope to see you all again real soon. It was so neat to see the celebrations all over downtown with real craft demonstrations in the Center City Park and those great antique autos. They were so interesting, and so were the enthusiasts that loved and cared for them. It's so much fun to talk to folks with so much passion for their interests. We are truly blessed with so many talented people in this area.
Saturday started out with everybody dodging showers 'til sometime after 12 when it finally settled down, some sun could be seen and everyone saw it was safe to venture out without getting too wet. We had a great afternoon, although the wind was bad in some areas, we were sheltered somewhat on Davie Street by the YWCA. I've been to enough of these I've got a pretty good feeling for wind dynamics and had most of my displays fairly low profile. Some others on the street didn't fare so well. Early on, a bad gust took down a potter's rack with hours and hours of work along with it. Unfortunately that's one of the risks that go with the territory. We pour our hearts and soul into our endeavors, present them to the world with our hearts in our hands only to have them dashed to destruction or rejected. We artists have to be a tough lot sometimes. But, the rewards are worth the price. Check out the two young ladies in their 40's classic clothes. All day we saw vintage and costume clothes worn by period actors some with Original vintage clothes from Design Archives on Tate Street. I've always loved the old WWII era movies, and these two looked like they just came through a time bridge which opened up on our street. I had to get a shot. Thanks ladies!! Oh, by the way check out the sign just to the left of the black hatted young says, "1st Place Best of Show". That's a first for me. Thanks judges for knowing a good thing when you see it and rewarding our hard work!
The other pic is of the tent with sis Ann on the left and Miss Karrie Detwiller. Karrie collaborates with Metallic Artistry occasionally with some of her exceptional jewelry. Quite a few customers availed themselves of her beautiful work over the weekend. I met Karrie at the Carrboro Arts Center where she teaches numerous classes in metalworking techniques. Her young mind is a treasure chest of metalworking knowledge. I had her Chasing and Repousse class and hope to incorporate some of that into my work soon. Stay tuned! Her classes are well worth the 50 minute drive from Greensboro if you're thinking of expanding your skill base. So, time to get back to work for the next show coming up. Later...Ed.
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Wednesday, April 02, 2008

Enameling Furnace

This is the furnace I use for my enameling. It uses 120 volts and has a great programmable control. I would recommend it for metal clay and enamels. Another good furnace would be the low cost electric chamber furnace from Thompson enamels which would have worked for me except for the height of 4 inches. The good thing about The low cost furnace is that it has replaceable elements where the Paragon model the element alone cannot be replaced. Twhole fire box must be replaced if the element goes. One thing about the low cost option, and I found to be generally true about most of the lower cost versions, is that they don't come with a pyrometer or control to keep the furnace at temperature. That control is almost as much as the furnace. So in the end, I felt the best deal going for me at the time was with the Paragon. It's certainly more versatle being able to program it's use for metal clay, glass and other things (which I probably won't use) but the controls were simple to use. One thing you might consider, is having an outlet especially for this one piece of equipment. It's not completely necessary but they do recommend no other large current drawing appliances on the circuit at the same time.

SC2 kiln - Enameling Kilns - Glass Kilns - Silver Clay Kilns

Engraved Cuffs

These are a couple of my engraved cuffs. They are made using cold connections of sterling or copper on brass, buffed to a high shine then laquered for durability. The engraving is a simple line design using some of the hammer and chisel techniques I learned last summer at Montgomery Community College two week Engraving and Scroll Design workshop.
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