Ironic that my shop update falls on election day. I try and keep politics out of my professional life. However, without hesitation for this election, I am not shy to share that later today I will be heading down to the polls to say,” I am with her.” And then I will wait, with bated breath, that she wins. Whoever your candidate of choice is, I hope you get out there and vote.
Now for a shop update. At the beginning of 2016 I decided to focus on creating rings. With each ring I created, I learned something new. Though a ring is small in size, it’s still a piece of jewelry that demands just as much attention to detail as larger pieces. I am guilty of sometimes rushing the steps because I was so excited to see how it looked finished. Most of the rings I made this year were only to be taken apart right after completion and thrown into the scrap pile because they didn’t measure up. But I am happy to say as we are closing on 2016, more of my rings are seeing the light of day. They are a joy to create and have now become my favorite piece of jewelry to make. Now if only I could find more time to spend in the studio, but with two teens, one wheatie, a husband and with house that needs to be cleaned every once in a while, I have finally accepted the reality to be appreciative of any time I find to be in my studio, even if for only an hour.
Jeanette Blix Ryan is a metalsmith who lives in the Washington, D.C. Metropolitan area. She is the co-founder of artBLISS, hosting jewelry and mixed media workshops in the DC area. She also published the Glass Art Calendar, the first glass calendar published featuring lampwork beads among the leading glass artists in the field today.
This year I have been focusing on creating rings. Up until a year ago, my creations were everything but rings. But now that I have started, I can’t stop.
For such a small piece of jewelry, rings are very tricky to create. I am a stickler for craftsmanship and there were many ring creations that didn’t make the cut and ended up in my scrap pile. All that time I spent on a ring, and almost upon completion, an error. An error that perhaps I would only notice, but none the less, unacceptable for me to share with others. I love the look of a piece of jewelry that is created with ones hand over something that is manufactured, however, it’s the patience and love that one puts in each creation with no rushing, no short cuts-that makes the difference.
So, this is what has been consuming my time this year when I am fortunate enough to find some time in the studio. I’ve listed several rings in my etsy shop if you would like to see some of my other creations.
Jeanette Blix Ryan is a jewelry designer and metalsmith who lives in the Washington, D.C. Metropolitan area. She is the co-founder of artBLISS, hosting jewelry and mixed media workshops in the DC area. She also published the Glass Art Calendar, the first glass calendar published featuring lampwork beads among the leading glass artists in the field today.