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new class and more. . .

susan lomutoI’m really, totally back at it, posting regularly in addition to teaching, creating, building, making. It’s good to be here again, in this space, sharing great contemporary fine craft with you. And speaking of you, today’s post is about what I can do for you. . .

Tomorrow? Hmmmmm. . .maybe a post about porcelain jewelry, or I could post about a ceramic artist who’s wall pieces make me swoon. . .or maybe minimalist concrete jewelry. Tomorrow please pop back over here to see who I feature next on DAM. Today though, take a look at how I can help you:

let me TEACH you how to create a website to showcase your work. . .

I’m delighted to announce that after a year-long absence, WPBasics is back! Designed with artists in mind, this eCourse teaches you how to create a WordPress website for your art.

I believe one-size-does-NOT-fit-all when it comes to learning a new skill, therefore students can choose from three levels of instruction.

Registration details and more information here.

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let me CREATE a website to showcase your work. . .

Many artists do not have time (or desire) for the learning curve involved in building a website so a class doesn’t help them. I understand, and I’ve got you covered! I now create websites for artists. I love everything about WordPress and this was the natural ‘next-step’.

Here’s what folks are saying:

Kathleen wanted a website to showcase her award winning polymer collections. The work POPS - nothing distracts you from the art.

Renowned polymer artist Kathleen Dustin’s new website

“I have had a long working relationship with Susan and recently went live with my new website. All I can say is that she is absolutely the best. She spent a lot of time learning exactly what I wanted for the look of my site, executed my ideas and gave me options. Susan patiently taught me how to update my website with clear and understandable videos she made just for me. I highly recommend Susan to anyone wanting an artistic website and wanting to have control over it. I feel so much more empowered now in marketing my work.”  ~ Kathleen Dustin

Amy came to me with a specific idea for an interactive Home page that linked to products and information. I made it happen.

Studio Art Jeweler Amy Greely’s website

“Susan is an excellent teacher. And while her WordPress for Artists class gave me the insight and the tools to create a website true to my vision, it unfortunately could not give me the hours to actually complete it. After months of trying to carve out the time to progress beyond the beginning stage, a frustrated e-mail went out with a plea for recommendations of professionals who might be able to help.

To my surprise and delight, Susan was available to begin translating my vision into a reality and the whole process was seamless and easy. She clearly heard what I was trying to say as an artist and was able to create the visuals to further support that communication. She knew intuitively which questions to ask and how to navigate behind the scenes creating exactly what I had envisioned. Her ongoing support and maintenance have allowed me to focus on the work that I love and we continue to explore new ideas and additions.

Having worked with other web developers in the past, the luxury of working with an artist who understands the needs and nuances necessary to create a compelling creative website cannot be overstated. As we straddle the lines of art, advertisement, communication, and commerce, Susan is an excellent guide and navigator.” ~Amy Greely

For more information (and links to Kathleen’s and Amy’s websites) click HERE.

Whether you want to learn how to create your own website or you need me to create a website for you, I am here to help you take your online presence up a notch. Let’s do this!

 

 

silina pantelidou: paper and metal jewelry

Silina Pantelidou begins each collection of jewelry by making sketches, allowing the forms that “wander around” her mind the space and time needed for them to come to life.

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Pantelidou studied graphic design and bookbinding, eventually learning to work with metal, which sent her off in a different direction, opening a new path: jewelry that combines paper and metal.

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She explains, “from now on I could blend paper and metal in order to tell my stories in the form of small, precious objects.”

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My personal favorites are the Voice and Asana collections pictured here.

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“My main materials are metal and paper. Metal is a tough “companion”. At times I transform it until it follows my sketch, or at other times I let it show me the way through its own pathways. For the purpose of antithesis but also for balance I use paper, a material which feels as if it holds me by the hand. The paper fibers create an environment where I can play around with the colors of nature and the canvas on which I can narrate my stories.”

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Silina Pantelidou’s website

peter beard: wax resist on ceramic forms

Peter Beard works with a variety of materials including metal and stone, but the shapes and glazes he uses to create ceramic sculptures are what really compelled me to learn more about the artist and his process.

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Beard limits the number of forms he works with, focusing much of his attention instead on patterns and layers of color. He uses wax reliefs to create texture, masking parts of the surface over and over to build layers of pattern.

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“My ceramic work usually uses techniques of layering glaze and painting patterns with wax between the layers of glaze, the wax acting as a resist for the next layer. This is a long and meticulous process which creates complex patterns and textures within the glazes which are then fired to stoneware temperatures.”

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Peter Beard’s website

For more information about his process and to see pictures of the artist at work, read this article on Homes and Antiques.

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