Thursday, January 12, 2017

Happy New Year!

Wishing you all a Happy New Year!

My husband and I drove to the top of the Chesapeake Bay and spent January 1 eating seafood and watching sailboats. A good way to start a year, I think. An expanse of sea and sky clear my head.

Havre de Grace, Maryland 

And then it was back to work for me as I prepared for a gallery opening on January 6 at
The Art Alliance Downtown. Located in the town of  Penn State, this is the gallery space for The Art of Alliance of Central PA  who's main offices are located in nearby Lemont.

New pieces created specifically for this show.

The opening was packed pretty much solid 7-9pm, as in "actually hard to get around the room" at points, and I was amazed at how comfortable I was talking about my work. Its illuminating to hear oneself talk out loud about things that usually go on only subconsciously.

The show runs until January 29, Wednesday through Sunday and if you make it to Centre county (a 2 1/2 hour drive for me) to see the show please let me know what you think!

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Shop Small Saturday

My Shop Small weekend Free shipping starts today and I'm extending it through Tuesday. Please use coupon code SHIP16 in my Etsy shop and just sail on through in my main webshop and for Free domestic shipping.

I'm still in the process of adding new items since I was without internet for the better part of the day yesterday. If you are interested in the newest items and one of a kind pieces, check in at noon today.

Thank you!

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

New earrings and Neckline friendly Necklace

The new Reef pieces have posted to the shop! As of now, three necklaces and one style of earrings are available. Some of the earrings have already sold but I'll be adding more within the next couple of days.

Reef earrings, each pair is one of a kind. Genevieve Williamson,

The longest necklace has a clasp designed for versatility to allow it to be worn single and long, or doubled over and short, to accommodate different necklines. That way you get more mileage, as it were, out of one piece and I'm all for that.

Reef necklace #2, versatile two in one necklace that can be work short or long. Genevieve Williamson,

Reef necklace #2, versatile two in one necklace. Genevieve Williamson,

Due to the fact that I free form marble the clay to create the earrings, all pairs will be one of a kind and will go together but won't match exactly because...I like asymmetry. A lot. And this also means that any of the earrings will "go with" the multi-colored necklaces.

Reef necklace #3, multi-colored with and easy to use hook clasp. Genevieve Williamson.

Reef necklace #3. Genevieve Williamson.

I was very fortunate to my daughter model for me this time around (although she probably should have been the one taking the photos). Thanks Ema

Reef necklace #1. Like my original Reef necklace but better. Genevieve Williamson.

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Reef Collection 2.0

I'm finding that one of the best places to find new ideas is by re-thinking my old ideas. (Recycling at its best!) The pieces from my Reef collection are still selling but I knew the designs could be pushed further. Apparently customers weren't getting bored (which is good of course!) but I was and I think eventually that feeling is going to show, right?

Three new necklaces and new drop earrings will post to my main shop site on Tuesday at noon.

In other news...I was so honored to write for the fall edition of The Polymer Arts Magazine out this month. You can find me all the way at the back, in the Muse's Corner, where I talk about how my Graves disease diagnosis affects my work and process.

Its amazing to me the number of people I've met in the past year and a half who also have some sort of autoimmune disease  - people from all walks of life and very notably, quite a few artists. Camaraderie is a powerful thing, you know, because disease of any sort can feel very lonely. (Art History side note: Not that this is one of the artists that I've met obviously but Pierre-Auguste Renoir was diagnosed with painful rheumatoid arthritis in 1892 and suffered with the disease for the last 20 years of his life but...he continued to paint.)

This is a self portrait of Renoir from 1909.
As I am learning, autoimmune diseases can be very personal and the same disease can produce differing symptoms for different people. (Which I suspect must be one of the problems in treating them.) But I'm hoping that other people with any kind of disease or physical limitation will be encouraged to take care of themselves and to look for their own adaptations in work and life.
Self-portrait, 1910 Pierre-Auguste Renoir - Renoir au XXe siècle : catalogue de l'exposition à Paris, Galeries Nationales (Grand Palais, Champs-Élysées), 23 septembre 2009 - 4 janvier 2010 , à Los Angeles, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 14 février - 9 mai 2010 et à Philadelphie, Philadelphia Museum of Art, 17 juin - 6 septembre 2010, p. 275. ISBN 9782711855872 Public DomainFile:Pierre-Auguste Renoir - Autoportrait 5.JPG Created: 31 December 1909

Tuesday, July 26, 2016


The Summer Sale in my Etsy shop starts today, July 26, at noon EST and will run through August 9. Please note: this is a sale in my Etsy shop only however if you purchase something from my other shop, I'll gladly combine the shipping.

There will be necklaces, earrings and maybe a bracelet (still sorting through listings at this point) and 30 or  more pieces will be included. The listings will be marked "sale" and there will be a sale section so hopefully everything will be easy to find.

Quite a few of the pieces are one-offs that I've made while working through design ideas. (If you're interested, newsletter subscribers get an additional discount on top of the sale prices. Follow this link - newsletter sign up is at the bar on the top.)

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Shop site success

My NEW SHOP is open!

I decided to take the completion of my Longest Year line as the time to make the move to shop space independent of Etsy.  Its connected to my website as is the Etsy shop but this way I won't be putting add my eggs in one basket as it were. I'm not sure right now exactly how the division of shops will work but all new work from now forward is going into the new shop.

Reversible necklace

And now, after all the website wrestling, I really feel like its time to just concentrate on the work. Thats where the pleasure is for me, designing and making, and with some different autoimmune symptoms surfacing in the last 2 months anything that reduces stress is literally what the doctor ordered.

I specifically chose to limit the first installment of the Longest Year line to 12 pieces, one for everything month of the year since my diagnosis. I hope it doesn't seem overly sentimental because it was actually more a matter of practicality - I could have designed and designed forever just using this limited selection of shapes.

I've loved the process of limiting myself and then seeing what I can do within that limitation. The shapes in this line are all variations on one, the "mountain" shape in this necklace (save for here and there such as the bracelet toggle which I couldn't seem to resolve any other way although I'll tell you I really tried to make that a little mountain as well).  And for now I chose to limit the palette too except for color on a couple pieces.

This is a brooch/necklace combination. 

What I found, much to my delight I have to tell you, is that rather than running out of ideas, I couldn't find the end of ideas! I could probably work for another year and just keep pushing and pushing this one shape. I'm not sure I will (would I fall out of love with the shape? would I still be able to sell work?)  but I could.

The original necklace where this whole line started.
But at any rate, for the sake of getting a this body of work together I needed to draw the line somewhere and 12 pieces for a line called The Longest Year certainly made sense (Although...there are more pieces already started and sitting on my work table today ;-)

Four stranded necklace - you change the strand that's worn in the back from the black to the longest translucent. 
I'd love to get your feedback on my new work and the shop! I'd also love to hear if any of your who are artists have ever limited yourself this way and how it affected your work.

Monday, February 29, 2016

The Longest Line

This line has been a long time in the making. I'm kind of amazed that it's come to fruition not in spite of but because of my autoimmune disease diagnosis last March.

I introduced a couple pieces not long before I was taken to the ER and didn't find my way back to them up again until later in the spring. In the midst of my ensuing brain fog the repeated shapes became a kind of meditation for me, soothing and steady. And I've just let myself flesh out the line further. It was a "if life gives you lemons make lemonade" sort of epiphany.

The necklace has four different strands - one black, one very pale grey and two translucent and you chose how to wear it, with the black section at the back (as shown) or with the longest translucent section at the back. Who doesn't like flexibility?  Either way its a mid-length necklace with no clasps.  The pieces are flat and so very lightweight and connected with heavily oxidized sterling silver.

In addition to the couple pairs of earrings that dripped into my shop in the past couple of months, The Longest Year line will include short, mid-length and long necklaces, several styles of earrings, a pin and a bracelet and will be ready for purchase on March 7th.  Watch this space for more details!