Thursday, March 22, 2007

Making Connections with Susan Lenart Kazmer

Keep your eyes peeled for a new book by Susan Lenart Kazmer.
This image is one of Susan's Marionette figures. (To see more on her website gallery, click the title link)
Here's what's being written about it:

"Making Connections: A Handbook of Cold Joins for Jewelers and Multi-Media Artists"

Explorer, inventor and maverick, Susan Lenart Kazmer has pioneered the use of found objects in jewelry making.
After two decades of working with appropriated materials, Susan has developed a bounty of ingenious cold connections using extraordinary material. She shares her insights, creative philosophy and techniques in her soon-to-be-released handbook. Over 125 pages of step-by-step techniques, creative musings and insights are embellished with dozens of stunning photos of Susan’s new marionettes and jewelry. The book also includes a gallery filled with the extraordinary work of, Bob Ebendorf, Boris Bally, Celie Fago, Arline Fisch, Keith Lo Bue, Lynne Merchant, Linda Kaye-Moses, Eric Silva, Richard Salley, Biba Shutz, Joan Dulla and Melissa Manley

Estimated Date of publication: June 2007

If you would like to be notified of its publication, email us at

Cool huh?!

Friday, March 16, 2007

Woolen Reef

Dr. Daina Taimina of Cornell crochted a woolen reef. VERY cool images! check it out!


Just got back from Velvet's latest show. They are my bro, Jay Manley on guitar and vocals and his wife/my S.I.L., Jane Francis on bass and vocals, and Zsolt David on drums. Too awesome.... they are just so fantastically talented. I marvel that I am related to them!

Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Last minute for Artfesters

Well! Evidently I am a TOTAL space cadet. I didn't put small pliers, needlenose and what-not, on my supply list for my class at Atrfest. And we'll be forming wire! Duh! If you read this and are coming to my class at Artfest...bring pliers!

Tuesday, March 6, 2007

A few more weeks til Artfest! It seems to have become my main focus now....

Monday, March 5, 2007

For Lena who asked about my classes. (her's was a nonreply comment so I shall have to post to reply to her.) My private lessons are taught in my studio and are geared toward whatever the student wants to learn. I do cover basic jewelry making from the begining if that is what you'd like. The first two hour class usually covers shaping metal-sawing, drilling, piercing. Then we move into riveting and cold joining, and finally soldering with the last two lessons. At that point you can decide if you want to continue. Metalsmithing is a diverse field so there's lots to try from jewelry, to vessel forming, to enamelling!

Sunday, March 4, 2007

Too cool

I stumbled onto this image of a sculpture by Doris Salcedo, on another blog:
Had to share.....