Fashion Week Runway

With all the Fashion Weeks happening around the world, it is always interesting to see what the different designers put on the runway. And as usual, they aren’t disappointing us this year with their “artistic flare”. From “take your bed with you” looks to “carrying...

The 2018 Color of the Year is…

Did you know that everything is coming up purple this year? Last month Ultra-Violet was named color of the year for 2018. So if you have a February birthday, your birthstone of Amethyst fits right into this year’s color scheme. The cool thing about the color of the...

The Ugly Side of Business

Many large retailers have programs for artists. This gets their products into larger chain stores and can be huge in building their business. It can also be crushing. I became involved in one of these this past year. Luckily I did not take any orders from the company....

Who’s Calling?

A number of years back Gary had a heart attack. Luckily we were in Missoula at the time and he was rushed right into the hospital and all is good. At the time we were still racing and giving tours, so we had a large kennel with two full race teams. When Gary first...

Which soldering surface is best?

Well the short answer… the one that works. There are a lot of theories out there about what is best. And each metal smith that you ask will probably give you a slightly different answer. Much of it is based on what we are comfortable using and there are generally...

Asymmetrical Anyone?

I have always loved asymmetry, especially when it comes to jewelry, and especially when it comes to earrings. It can be as simple as flipping the design for one earring or as bold as creating a post or one earring and a dramatic drop for the other. Not everyone is...

Misha’s Nemesis

Misha was one of our smallest males, however he had an attitude and personality bigger than most. Misha flew home with me when he was 9 weeks old. He was one of those once in a lifetime dogs for me. He wouldn’t have made it in the show ring, or on one of our main...

How to find stores to sell your work

I get a lot of questions around how to sell your work. So today I thought I would tackle the “how do you find the right stores to sell your work?” It is easy, and not so easy. The process is easy. The work and follow through isn’t. So if you want to go this route...

How I Create Collections

Whenever I am asked how I create my collections I sort of scratch my head on how to answer. It isn’t a set process. But here is what generally happens and how the collection I am working on right now came to be. First let me say that collections are what I see most of...