Thursday, April 1, 2010

april studio sale

big poly earrings

I am hosting an online studio sale starting today, April 1st.  The jewelry is all work that I currently have in my studio, and once it's sold, it's sold, so check it out early!  new work from my kite + polygon series, which I am really loving right now.  please follow the april sale link to see the gallery!

gold scratch ring

cushion post earrings

double kite earrings

thanks & enjoy- happy april!

Monday, March 29, 2010


Opening at Fancy

Friday, April 9th
reception from 6-9 p.m.
show on display through May 7th.

"Accumulation- New Work from Rachel Rader, Dixie Darling, and Sarah Loertscher. "

Fancy presents new work from three Seattle based emerging art-jewelry stars.
Their concepts are all unique but similar in that each breaks the mold of what is expected in the medium.

Friday, March 12, 2010

acc baltimore 2010

well, I'm back in seattle and slowly catching up on life post-Baltimore.  In a nutshell, it was an intense and rewarding experience.  I met some amazing people, both artists and attendees, and more than one group of attendees told stories of how attending the ACC show was a tradition spanning over thirty years and several generations.  It was heartening to learn about more traditions that surround craft; I tend to focus on the traditions of making craft and hadn't considered the larger circle of people who make a true tradition of supporting it.  So thank you, all of you supporters.  

me & my display

The lovely and talented Marilyn Brogan was my amazing assistant/pillar of strength/averter of breakdowns and had just enough sass to put mean ladies in their place while making everyone laugh.  I could NOT have done it without her.

sarah & marilyn

Highlights include, but are not limited to, meeting some of my favorite/new favorite jewelers:

Pat Flynn

Hongsock Lee
George Sawyer
Biba Schutz

Todd Reed

It was an incredible experience to be able to see and touch so much jewelry that I had only seen in magazines and books, and meet the artists.  I felt like my jewelry was warmly received by my peers, which was seriously affirming.  When all of the above look closely at your work and give it a nod of approval... that's a good sign.

I was also able to reconnect with a ton of Penland folk from my Core Student days at Penland; Thor Bueno (glass), Joanna Gollberg (jewelry), Devin Burgess (glass), and Jenny Mendes (clay), to name a few.  I have very serious art crushes on all of these artists, and it was great to see them and their work again.  

Thor & Jennifer Bueno

Joanna Gollberg

Devin Burgess

Jenny Mendes

About the show: for a first-time exhibitor, the AltCraft section was a good place to start.  It's now ACC's only emerging artist award, and I wish the ACC would advertise it as such.  "Alternative Craft" seemed like a miss-title for many of us; most artists were using traditional materials and traditional techniques, and the reality was that we needed to apply through AltCraft because it was the only way we could afford to do the show.  I hope that ACC will expand this section in the future, and shift their emphasis from "alternative" to "emerging." 

The very best part of being in the AltCraft section was our neighbor, Sue Eggen of Giant Dwarf.  Marilyn and I had met Sue at a Chicago Renegade show a few years ago, and we were thrilled to have her as our darling neighbor.

As an AltCraft artist, one of the questions I was asked the most was, "Will you back next year?"

I'm not sure what the answer will be.  Financially, it was a stretch to cover my expenses and booth fee, which were very low compared to the rest of the exhibitors.  If I had a full booth, I would have definitely been hurting.  I'll have to see what 2010 holds for me before I can commit to reapplying as a full-paying exhibitor.

In conclusion, ACC was a huge learning experience for me.  My experience there also made be very aware of the questions I have surrounding my field, mainly, why is craft important?  What is my role going to be in preserving craft? (and it must be an active role!)  What does the future look like for craft?  and as a young crafter, whose emphasis is on mastering techniques and creating (eventually) high-end works of art, where is my place?  Big questions, and ones that are exciting to think about and try to answer.  I'm starting a project in the near future which will (hopefully) start clarifying some of them, so stay tuned!

Thanks for reading.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

baltimore in-process

I'm leaving for baltimore in less than a week!  this is exciting and terrifying.  here are some in-process images of the studio, in lieu of ring a day!

booth mock-up

pile o' risers

pile o' risers being painted

I have resorted to laying out all my work on labeled paper, with labels like "tumble in steel shot," "patina," etc so I can (try to) stay organized.  this is my "hopefuls" page of jewelry that wants to be.

new necklace on soldering block


Wednesday, February 3, 2010

ring a day, feb 3

production time!!  I am going to try to still keep up a few rings-a-day (ring-a-week?) but I'm working on getting inventory ready for the rapidly-approaching ACC show in Baltimore.  I'll try to post what I'm working on in the studio- I'm making a bunch of new work and there are a few things that I'm really excited about.

these rings are a new, smaller version of the facet rings that I've been making for a few years.   I'm really happy with the new ones- plus, they're stackable and create a cluster of faceted goodness.

Thursday, January 28, 2010

ring a day, jan 28

this ring is built out of oddly-shaped steel hexagons that didn't quite become earrings or pendants.

steel, sterling silver

also, these band-aids happened on the same day I was fabricating this piece, and seemed like an appropriate image to share- they're kind of like rings!


Wednesday, January 27, 2010

ring a day, jan 27

narwhal!  I didn't know this ring was going to be a narwhal until it was one.  I love narwhals.  I know, everyone does right now (I mean, there was a narwhal printed inside my trader joe's candy cane green tea box), but I've loved them for so long, and this is why: I learned about them the same time I was learning about dinosaurs, and dragons, and unicorns, and zebras.  when I got older, I learned about how some of these things weren't "real," like the unicorns and the dragons.   so when I rediscovered the narwhal, it was like someone said, "no, [insert imaginary animal here] ARE real!  they just live where it's really cold!"  so, to me the narwhal was like a fairy tale redelivered, when I was old enough to know better.

steel.  also, his horn is shorter than it should be because he's a young narwhal.  it should be full grown in a few years.