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Handmade Jewelry – Introducing "The Ceremony of Tea "

Just finished several pieces in my new line of jewelry called “The Ceremony of Tea.” Completed just in time for the journey to Arrowmont School in Gatlinburg, TN, to fabricate a teapot from metal in a workshop titled “Delightful, Diminutive Teapots.”

Handmade Sterling and Moonstone Tea Ceremony Necklace by Nancy Lee
Handmade Sterling and Moonstone Tea Ceremony Necklace, alt view, by Nancy Lee
Sterling Silver Tea Leaves Earrings, handmade by Nancy Lee

The whole teapot fabrication thing has been on my mind for weeks! Driven to distraction while preparing for the trip, I decided to create this line as a way to commemorate the impending journey. The instructor is John Cogswell, a fabulous teacher from whom I have received instruction twice before, as a student. This time around, I am happy to be participating as Instructor’s Assistant – and also a little nervous. Will I have time to actually fabricate the teapot I am envisioning? Or will all of my time be spent looking for scribes and hammers and sandpaper? Or maybe I’ll have plenty of bench time, yet my pokey, meandering ways will allow the sands of time to drain from my Cinderella hourglass, and and I’ll go home with a spoutless teapot belly with no soul.
All will be revealed to me in due time. Departing tomorrow morning for Arrowmont, as the next adventure in my story unfolds.
In the meantime, enjoy these photos of my newest work! These can also be found in my online shop – click HERE for more info.

Valentine’s Goodies

Every so often, I’ve just gotta post photos of work that I’m proud of and hope you will like. What better time than with Valentine’s Day just around the corner? Perhaps you are in need of a gift for someone special or maybe you need a pick-me-up for surviving the winter snocopalypse! The work shown here is available to fill your needs and comes conveniently gift-wrapped.
See most of these items (and more) in my online shop. A few items not included in the shop can be ordered by contacting me.
Special Note: The gentleman’s commitment ring is – committed (how appropriate!) but can be custom ordered in any size.
I trust you will enjoy looking and love to hear your comments!

P.S. Gift certificates are available for the truly decision-challenged and time-crunched. Just click here.
Thanks for looking, and have a truly happy Valentine’s Day.

New Work by Nancy Lee

I love round things, and rings, scrolls, spirals and circles show up in my jewelry often. Lately though, I got inspired to create even more – in two different ways in a very short time span.

Lydia's Flame Pendant
Lydia’s Flame Pendant

First was Lydia’s Fire, inspired by the work of artist Lydia Burris, who happens to be showing her work in my partner’s gallery (wUG LAKU’S STUDIO & gARAGE). I was at the bench while she and her boyfriend Dave were delivering her work to the studio. I sat there with triangle-shaped bar stock in my hand, ready to make it do something. I heard her voice and got images of her work going in my brain, and I started seeing all of these (you may have guessed it) spirals – spiral shapes are often suggested in her work. Very subtly, understated at times, but you can definitely follow them through many of her wonderful, dreamlike paintings. And it occurred to me that I’d like to incorporate that very fluid aspect of painting a spiral – only in metal. Heating it up multiple times and hammering away is the only way to achieve the tight curve I sought. The artist, Lydia, and the process, heating with fire, gave me the name for this series. Over the next 48 hours I created a pendant (shown), five pairs of earrings in three different styles, a hammered cuff bracelet, and a ring.

Rings of Saturn Neckpiece and Earrings
Rings of Saturn Neckpiece and Earrings

Then came Saturn. Or, the rings of Saturn. I had created a bracelet I called “Saturn” some time ago. It just sits there, I think, waiting for company. As I was working on some companion earrings and pendant based upon the Saturn designs, I set out all of the components on a tray together. All of a sudden I got the bright idea to sacrifice multiple pairs of earrings and pendants into one-grand-neckpiece. It reminded me of something I read about Willa Cather – a wonderful writer who often weaves minor – yet no less compelling – stories into her novels. She said she often sacrifices a very good story idea at the altar of the bigger story – to make them both better. Have a look and let me know if I’ve made the right decision. And please forgive my picture quality – simply snapshots.
This new work debuted yesterday, at the First Friday Gallery Walk opening at my studio. I’d like to know what you think of it! your comments are always appreciated.

Image from "A Little Madness" at wLS&g
Image from “A Little Madness” at wLS&g
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