Wednesday, September 29, 2010

An Artist in Dreamland ...

Hi, I’m Barbara Lewis and a member of this great group of artists at Love My Art Jewelry. I have a question for you. How does one go from being an Apparel Design college major to earning a degree in Ceramics to being a torch-fired enamel artist with a jewelry book on the way? Who the heck knows … but it’s been one heck of a ride.

Today I’m writing to you from the Hyatt Hotel in Cincinnati, OH, which will be my home base for the next week or so while I go through my photo shoot at North Light Books. Last December I got the crazy idea, with the encouragement of friends, like Mary Jane Dodd, to submit a book concept to North Light on torch-fired enamel jewelry. Lo and behold, on March 5, I got the good news from Tonia Davenport, Acquisitions Editor, that it was accepted! Now what?!!!

Next came several months of fumbling around in the studio, trying to get momentum, writing how-to’s as I made things. How-to’s were sent, projects were sent … and here I am … at a time and place I thought would never arrive. Below are some small close-ups of some of the projects for the book. I hope you see something you like. Please stay tuned to LMAJ for the continuing adventures of an artist in dreamland. I'd also like to invite you to visit my blog: http://www.paintingwithfireartwear.blogspot.com/ or my website: http://www.paintingwithfireartwear.com/. And, you can also join me, and over five hundred of my closest friends, at www.paintingwithfire.ning.com if you want to learn more about torch-fired enamel.








7 comments:

Alice said...

Barbara, I've been drooling over your lovely enameled beads and components. Until recently I've had a fear of the torch, but after taking a class using a butane torch I soon overcame that fear. However, using a larger torch is a different ballgame for me. Still, I would love to learn the process. I am anxious to see the book when it comes out. For now, I will check out the 'ping' site and drool some more.

Alice said...

Um, that should have read 'ning' site. My fingers got the best of me :)

Createology said...

Congratulations on your book. Your jewelry is amazing. Happy creating...

Esther said...

Congrats!!! beautiful artwork!!

mairedodd said...

while i know i am biased, i for one, am so glad that you took the encouragement and ran with it... you can accomplish so much if you try! congratulations barbara -

eve said...

Well all i can barbara is that i'm also glad that i got info and all the advice on enameling beads as i just doing this now, thanks again,

TesoriTrovati said...

Barbara, you know I am a HUGE fan. I simply cannot wait to order this (preorders anyone?). You make it sound as if even I could do this. You are very encouraging and passionate about your art, but also about sharing your knowledge so readily. That makes my heart sing. Congratulations to you on this achievement and on this wonder-filled new blog to come over and play!
Enjoy the day!
Erin

face
Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...