Thursday, December 3, 2009

The Hunt

Twice a week my daughter and I step out into our backyard (which happens to be BLM land) for a hike with "Riley" our obsessive compulsive Bull Terrier. (Its no joke, we rescued Riley when she was nine months old and in her records a vet diagnosed her with OCD! She's better now aside from being a 70lb lap dog and a debilitating addiction to tennis balls.) Its about a ten minute hike to the beach following a series of arroyos to the waterline.

Along the way we often find some beer bottles and broken glass but the real prize of the day is most always at the waters edge. Today we come across a group of empty shotgun shells, most likely from an overzealous quail hunter wiping out a whole covey for sport. Another reminder of humankind's indignant attitude towards nature.

As soon as we arrive at the beach we begin our hunt in earnest and it isn't long before my courier bag is full of broken glass and beer bottles from seasons of party people. Today's mission is not really a complete selfless act of goodwill towards mother earth. Collecting all this glass saves me a considerable amount of money in material and adds a beautiful accent to my product.

Later in my laboratory I begin by removing labels and separating colors into different bins. I only crush as much glass as I need for whatever project I am working on a the time, I feel It gives me greater control over the finished look and originality of each piece.
Stay tuned for more selfless acts of capitalism.

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Business Before Pride

Funny how things can develop when you try to mold a business. Through little research one can quickly come to the conclusion that jewelry by far outsells most anything on Etsy today. So I think to myself, "Fine I will start my own line and it will outperform my other products." I was partially correct in that they outperform on views and praise, however my best performer soon emerged, The Cube, and it wasn't jewelry. In fact none of the jewelry had even sold and I was receiving multiple sales from the little cube.

Now what?!! After all my efforts my little cube remains the most popular? Fine. So I will refine it and offer a sleek version and build on what my shop tells me to build on. The Terrazzo Cube was born. Hope it does well.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Concrete Idea

After working hard on new ideas I"m ready to unveil some concrete jewelry. This is my first piece to go public. In the past I have focused on larger objects so working on such a small scale initially was very much of a challenge. It didn't take long for me to adapt my skills and really begin to flow.

Brass, Concrete and Glass were brought together to create this pendant.