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new designs 2018

Its trial and error when you are creating something new, as your work doesn’t progress in a straight line, it seems more like watching a ‘ping-pong ball in action’…

Over the past year, I’ve been doing lots of experimenting and exploring many new ideas. It all takes time and it’s often hard to give it all the development time it needs.

Now I feel my patience is slowly being rewarded, as my new glass and wire designs are beginning to come together.

Am really grateful, especially after my recent ups and downs, which I’ve written about in some of my blog posts, if you’ve read my last blog – a downside of working with glass – you’ll understand why I’m appreciating it all the more.

When you have ideas and designs in your head, then sketch them and explore how to create them, it becomes like a journey you travel along before you’re able to make the finished design. Its frustrating at times, but also really satisfying.

It’s like watching a flower grow and blossom!

A year ago, I created my first pieces of ‘ash fused glass’ to help me with my grieving. This year I’ve worked further on it, my Ash Fused Glass, in the hope of being able to help others keep a little bit of their loved ones with them too.  For more info visit my new website – www.ashfusedglass.co.uk

ash fused glass pendant
midnight blue sparkly ash fused glass with a heart

I’m also well underway with creating my new range of ultra sparkly glass pendants, see an example in the main header photo and more photos of these jewel-like beauties on Instagram – www.instagram.com/jewelleryartist

Some of my designs evolve further over time, as I adapt and change them with fresh ideas or create them in different colourways, with different beads or other variations. I’ve been doing this with many of my glass and wirework designs over the past year and will be posting about these ‘new’ updated designs and more about my Ash Fused Glass in my coming posts. Come with me on my creative journey…

For the moment I’m just feeling happy with all the progress over the past year!

Wishing you sparkles of light, Sam Rowena x

jewelart fused glass designs 2017

Its like alchemy how my stacked pieces of glass are magically transformed into gorgeous mini works of art.  Each one turns out different and its so exciting to discover what the kiln fairy has been up to and done to my work…

Ok, I know there is some chemistry involved too!

So a bit of glass chemistry:

The glass that I use all has to be of the same COE and from the same manufacturer, so that its compatible together and will expand and contract at the same rate, otherwise if its not stable it could crack when it cools down.

Some of the glass has copper, selenium and other minerals in it and will react differently with the things its combined it; other glass, wire and bubbles.

jewelart heart design glass
A unique heart design fused glass pendant available from my jewelart by Sam Rowena webshop

I love the iridescent and sparkly bubbles and add powder to help create them.  They also partly form due to the air that is trapped inside the glass layers whilst the pieces are being fused. Elements of different heights, have more potential to trap air and a complete wire shape will trap more air inside it.
This is why there is a bubble inside the wire heart shapes in my jewelart heart design fused glass pendants.

During the firing process, sometimes the glass moves out of place as it heats up and carefully stacked layers will slide or topple over, and this often results in a piece that doesn’t work out.

jewelart mishapen heart glass
some of the glass has moved to one side and created misshapen glass

As well as the chemistry involved with fusing, there’s the unknown quantity of combining different colours together; which involves some experimenting, writing notes and taking photos.

But, if I don’t like how some of the glass has turned out. All isn’t lost, as I will usually add another layer to it and then put it back in the kiln for another go!

Over the Winter, I’ve had a break from making glass – I was busy with events on the run up to Christmas, then developing my webshop and suffering with a bad back – so its been lovely to get back to my glass work and experiment making some more heart pendants with my new dichroic glass. Read more about these in my webshop blog.

There’s now the opportunity for you to purchase one of my unique fused glass pendants at the jewelart by Sam Rowena webshop or why not come along and meet me at one of my jewelart pop-up shops at events across Lancashire and North-West England, where you’ll have a larger selection of my gorgeous glass pieces to choose from.

Sam Rowena x

jewelart Venus copper jewellery

copper wirework jewellery with beads, buttons and fused glass

My Venus collection is inspired by my love of ancient civilizations, their myths, folklore and art. The enigma that surrounds their beautiful artwork – discovered carved on stones, depicted on jewellery and other items – and what it symbolises.

I enjoy working with copper wire and feel an affinity to it. Its the metal linked to my star sign of Taurus and its planet Venus. The elemental alchemy symbol for copper is also the planet symbol for Venus.

venus celtic gem earrings
jewelart venus celtic 3 design

The name for ‘copper’ stems from the Greek name for the Island of Cyprus,  ‘Kupros’ which was famous in ancient times for its copper resources and also for the goddess ‘Aphrodite’, who the Romans later renamed ‘Venus’.

venus statue
the goddess Aphrodite / Venus

Copper is one of the oldest metals in use today and copper artefacts have been found dating back to 8700 BC. Its long been revered and used for its healing qualities. Copper has naturally a high electrical and thermal conductivity (and is still used today for electrical cables, amongst many other things).

“I’ve always been drawn to doodle squiggles, spirals, flowers and other shapes…  and this lead in turn to me to creating them with copper wire to make jewellery. My Venus jewellery designs have developed over the years – mostly through trial and error -experimenting with different materials until I’m happy with what I’ve created, and they evolve further over time.” Samantha

A selection of my Venus copper wire-work collection will be for sale at my forthcoming events. Love to hear what you think of my new designs, please leave me a comment, either here or on facebook. Samantha x

jewelart photography

Just to show you a bit of what goes into my jewellery photography…

vintage cherub plant pot stand
vintage cherub plant pot stand

Recently, I added to my unusual finds collection, whilst having a stall at a makers market which had been combined with a vintage collectables fair.

As soon as I saw the vintage cherub, I thought it would be really useful. I could use it as it was intended – as a plant pot holder – and also as a prop for my jewellery photography.

Its a lovely handmade cherub by ‘SP’, in Italy. I guess it was made using a  mould with some sort of plastic material, then hand-painted.

As a display for my jewellery, I like its variation of silver and pewter tones, but a downside of its shiny surface is that it causes reflections that I don’t particularly want in the photos. My windowsill has the best light for photography, I experiment with different backgrounds, moving the props around and photographing from a variety of angles to see which gives the best results.

These are all photos of one of my new smaller sized glass pendants that are on vintage style filigree bails and with snake chain necklaces.

Some of the photos turned out either too dark or light. My favourites were the 2nd and last photos, but decided that the colour of the pink pendant was better on the last photograph and that was chosen – as my latest featured header image for my Jewelleryartist facebook page, as well as for my September jewellery artist newsletter.

Photographing glass is quite difficult, because of its shiny surface you get many unwanted reflections and its also not easy to capture its true colour. Hopefully my jewellery photography skills will improve…

Please post your comments and any tips you have on photographing glass.
Thanks Samantha x

Platform Gallery Craft Open Exhibition 2015

The Platform Gallery Craft Annual Open Exhibition has a selection of textiles, pottery, wood, furniture, metalwork, glass, print-work and jewellery from makers across the North-West.

Platform Gallery
Platform Gallery

A maximum of 3 pieces can be entered by each maker for the exhibition. All of my 3 pieces that I entered, were selected and they are currently on display there; a Venus copper and pale pink fused glass pendant on copper chain, rose coloured medieval 2 bead earrings and copper flower earrings.

The Craft Open exhibition runs until 4th July

Clitheroe is a great place to visit for a day out. Its a pretty market town, with lovely shops, cafes, galleries, a castle and museum.

more info: www.ribblevalley.gov.uk/info/200303/platform_gallery

jewelart designs April 2015

After hibernating during the Winter, Spring has helped to rekindle my creativity and I’ve enjoyed being lost in time, making new jewellery pieces. I’ve tinkered with some of my designs, experimenting using different colours, beads and buttons.

Am chuffed to bits, with these new pieces, its been so good to get back to making and spending time being creative. But, the downside is that I’ve not had much time left over for my computer work, there are many tasks on my ‘to do’ list for May!

These pieces are currently all for sale at the events I’m doing and similar pieces will be for sale online (from June).

Love to hear what you think of my new designs, please leave me a comment, either here or on facebook. Samantha x

creative wirework class

There was a great creative vibe at my embellished hair accessories and beaded flower wirework class at the weekend.
After teaching basic bead embellished designs, we progressed onto using buttons, flower beads, diamonte and then beaded flower designs in the afternoon. Everyone made something different – lovely and unique – experimenting more  with their beads and buttons as their skills progressed during the day.

A super creative wirework class!
April-October 2015 group and bespoke classes at my Lancashire studio, and a new classes website from summer 2015… more classes info