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anika smulovitz: keys. . .and mothers

Key: something that affords a means of access; something that affords a means of clarifying a problem. Though there are many definitions of the word, these resonated most for me when I saw Anika Smulovitz’s sterling silver Key Collection.

Anika Smulovitz Dandelion Key

Dandelion Key, sterling silver, 5″ x 2 1/8″ x 2 1/8″

Anika Smulovitz Loss and Longing ll

Loss and Longing II, sterling silver,  5 1/4″ x 2 3/4″ x 1/4″

Anika Smulovitz Globe Thistle Key

Globe Thistle Key, sterling silver, amethyst 5 7/8″ x 2 5/8″ x 2 5/8″

Note the profile portraits cut into some of the keys – among them, a profile of her mother on the Globe Thistle Key. I love this. Mothers hold the key to so much as we grow and learn, as we love and lose. Soon I will mark the first full year without my own mother and she is ever present in my thoughts. Anika’s key portraits brought a tear and a smile. . .

Anika Smulovitz Fern Key

Fern Key, sterling silver, garnet, 3 1/4″ x 7/8″ x 3/4″

Anika Smulovitz Loss and Longing

Loss and Longing I, sterling silver, 5″ x 5″ x 1/4″

“It is not so much the key, as it is what the key can unlock that fascinates us.” ~Anika Smulovitz

Anika Smulovitz’ website

terry kovalcik’s visual stories in metal clay

I just spent a delightful evening with a group of metal clay artists winding down their biannual conference. Intimate, casual yet serious learning with a healthy dose of humor, friendship, relaxation and bonding in a beautiful country setting. More of a retreat experience than the fast paced conferences I’m used to – artists came from all over the USA, England and Poland (and I might have missed a few countries!) to continue their studies with metal clay.

I left my camera home. What was I thinking? Forgive me. . .

I met New Jersey’s Terry Kovalcik and as he shared his work with me, I found myself holding my breath as I carefully opened each of his story-telling hinged lockets. Such surprises inside. Such beautiful surprises. Breathtaking detail. I had to ask him to tell me. Tell me all.

Terry Kovalcik Zodiac Crab

Terry handed this Zodiac Crab Locket to me. . .and Oh.My.Goodness. The crispness of the tiny crab and other elements aren’t captured in the photo. . .but still, can you see what I mean? Kovalcik uses a combination of metal clays – PMC+, PMC 3, PMC 3 paste, as well as sterling silver findings.

Terry Kovalcik Zodiac Crab Inside

Zodiac Crab Locket, open

Terry Kovalcik Buzz Box

Buzz Box

“Many of my pieces are made of multiple elements that hang, dangle and swing with the movement of the body. This gives the piece life and adds an element of whimsy. After sketching my designs on paper, it’s the process of creating, sculpting and assembling these pieces that are most gratifying.”

Terry Kovalcik

Doodle Locket

” I’ve become passionate about making boxes that allows me to work on both the inside and outside designs—with the mystery of its interior and the secrets that can be hidden inside.”  

I think he nailed it. Oh, yes.The sculptural pieces are alive with movement and whimsy and will spark your curiosity.

Terry Kovalcik A Tear For Icarus

A Tear For Icarus Locket

Terry Kovalcik Icarus Open

A Tear For Icarus Locket, open

The pictures here don’t do the work justice. They simply do not capture the detail. It was important to hold each piece, bring it in close, to appreciate the tiny components. Oh.So.Lovely. The back as detailed as the front. The hinges and clasps expertly crafted. Go find his work. Just do it.

Many thanks to Terry for sharing his work and to Wendy McManus for inviting me to meet her tribe and learn more about the artists moving this young medium forward.

Watch for more posts coming soon, showcasing artists who mesmerized me with their metal clay work and stories.

Terry Kovalcik’s website

katarina pridavkova’s streetscapes – and giveaway winners!

Slovakian artist Katarina Pridavkova describes herself as a ‘surrealist painter and sculptor’. Using a combination of found materials, cardboard, paper, metal and ceramics she is fast becoming known for creating fantastical streetscapes.


Katerina Pridavkova


Katarina Pridavkova Studio Table


Living and studying in Spain led to Pridavkova building an imaginary mini-city, inspired by the streets of Mallorca, a caricature of the city. Her thesis project, Grow Up, was meant to invite people into her imaginary world. I accept her invitation. . .I would love to jump into the streets and live there for awhile. . .


Katerina Pridavkova, Mallorca 2


Katerina Pridavkova, Mallorca


Katarina Pridavkova, Foxie


Katarina Pridavkova, Foxie detail


Katerina Pridavkova With Sculptures


Katarina Pridavkova doesn’t have a website, but you can follow her on Instagram and Facebook. Lots and lots of process shots, sketches, and different views of these charming streets. Looks like a few of the artist’s houses and paintings are for sale here.

Giveaway Winners!

My birthday week giveaway ended yesterday and today we have three winners! Sofia celebrated by eating sorbet – we hope all of the winners have as much fun as she did!

Sofia Spooning

 Sofia Spooning

 And the winners are. . .

One Hour Consultation with daMuse. . . . . . . . . . . .Christine O’Connor

One Hour Consultation with daMuse. . . . . . . . . . . .Carole Monohan

60% off price of Squarespace Website Setup. . . . . Sigal Druckman

Many thanks to everyone who played along and congratulations to the winners – I will be in touch next week with each of you to let you know next steps!

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