CG Sculpture and Jewelry

From nature to jewelry

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As many of you know I get a lot of inspiration from being in nature. Hikes in the mountains, walks on the beach, garden strolls, swimming outdoors - all lead to tons of ideas and no less than 100 close up photos of flowers, leaves, pods, and beach oddities on my phone. There is nothing like that sense of inner calm while simultaneously being energized from being outside. So when given the opportunity to design jewelry for fellow nature lovers, I'm thrilled and jump at the chance! 

A recent wedding ring set commission reminded me how lucky I am when I can combine my passions - art and nature. The fellow and I talked at length about he and his girlfriend's (now fiance!) outdoor adventures, hobbies, and design aesthetics. Fortunately for me, she posts a ton of pics from their hikes on Instagram so I was able to get a sense of her favorite imagery. I asked them to email me pics of a few of their favorite hiking excursions. Between our conversations, her instagram account and thier pictures - I was able to create a design that fit her aesthetic, lifestyle, and commemorated a few of their favorite places.

These two photos embody the design I came up with. She's a fanatic for amazing looking mushrooms and posts the most incredible pictures of all the creatures she's come across on her hikes. The water worn rock blew their minds when they came across it on a hike near Leavenworth. 

These two photos embody the design I came up with. She's a fanatic for amazing looking mushrooms and posts the most incredible pictures of all the creatures she's come across on her hikes. The water worn rock blew their minds when they came across it on a hike near Leavenworth. 

By combining these two textures, I was able to create a design that will forever remind this happy couple of their hiking adventures together. The mushrooms serve double duty - part aesthetic and partly as prongs for setting diamonds. The water worn rock texture is a nice visual contrast to the bulbous mushrooms. I also really appreciate the symbology - the prolific essence of love and companionship that endures the test of time - a story told through nature. 

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All in all, it was a fun and challenging project and I couldn't be happier for the couple who owns them!

Elemental Sculpture at Confluence Gallery

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I'm thrilled to have sculptures in a show opening at Confluence Gallery this weekend! I'm also excited because it's a great excuse to explore the Methow Valley, a gorgeous part of Washington State - I hear the wildflowers are spectacular this time of year. If you're in Twisp over Memorial Day weekend, I hope to see you at the opening!

Manifest One - Copper - 5.5” x 4.75” x 3.25"

Manifest One - Copper - 5.5” x 4.75” x 3.25"

Elemental Sculpture is a celebration of works in wood, metal, glass, ceramic and stone that connect artist and viewer to earth, sky, sea and wind.

May 27 - June 24
Opening Reception: May 27th, 4-8:00pm

Confluence Gallery - 104 Glover Street, Twisp, WA

This sweet space is also now carrying my jewelry in their gift shop! Be sure to stop by for a fantastic selection of handmade goodies - a great reminder of your time in this beautiful part of the country.

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Hope you all have a fun Memorial Day Weekend! 

The results are in!

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Last week I posted a grid of color combinations on Facebook and Instagram and asked people to let me know their favorites. I've been wanting to make more Bitty Bowls to have available for sale on my website but knew I had to limit the selection. Although it's fun to have a bazillion choices for people in person, it'd be impossible for me to keep that many in stock (not to mention how overwhelming it'd be online). So I posted this picture in hopes of receiving feedback and understanding what colors people like best.

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The responses were overwhelming! There was a clear winner but many of the others followed closely behind.

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I love this orange/aqua combination and apparently so do many other people! That contrast seems to pull out love in most.

Now to narrow down the other choices to come up with a few more color combinations. It's a harrowing task! What do you think the other 2 color choices should be?

Free earrings for your mama!

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Mother's Day is coming up and if my mom taught me anything, it is how to be a generous gift giver (of course that's in addition to her being a crazy awesome selfless giver of love, support, and fun!) . So in celebration of my mom and all your superwomen moms out there, I'm giving a free pair of matching earrings with all necklace purchases this week. 

No need to do anything extra, no code needed. I'll simply include a pair of earrings with every necklace purchase. Free!

Through this Sunday, May 7th.

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Copper leaves for you?!

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This Saturday is the Pratt auction and your chance to own Part You, the collaborative copper leaf sculpture we all made! Imagine an interior or exterior wall of your house covered in copper leaves, or a growth of them floating down from your ceiling, or perhaps a shelf of your bookcase converted to a forest floor diorama, or ??? The possibilities are only limited by your space and/or imagination! Comment below if you have another great display idea or location for this unique piece...

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Internship opportunity

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CG Sculpture and Jewelry is currently in the throes of prepping for a variety of shows and looking for interns...

You will gain experience in a variety of ways:
- working small and large scale in both jewelry and sculpture
- working with metal, primarily non-ferrous: forming (holloware), fabricating, welding, soldering, sawing, filing, hand finish work, patinas, etc
- vitreous enamel (kiln fired)
- understanding how production works and best practices
- working first hand with the public on a community art piece
- setting up and interacting with public at small indie type shows
- setting up an installation in a fine art gallery

Ideal candidates are:
- reliable
- detail oriented
- have at minimum basic metals knowledge (or more!)
- driven to learn/experience
- willing and able to hear directions and follow through
- available immediately through the end of the year

Flexible scheduling but weekdays preferred. Reliable transportation to South Park (about 15 minutes south of downtown Seattle) is required.

Internship is unpaid but as a token of appreciation and accomplishment, interns receive a music box from my Constructing Deconstruction series after completion of 100 hours. http://catherinegrisez.com/music-boxes/

Contact Catherine at c@catherinegrisez.com. If applicable send resume, work samples, and/or website link and reason for interest.

Part You is up to 200!

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It's been great fun working with many of you to create the growing leaf pile for Part You! We've got 200 leaves ready to go so far. Bellevue Art Museum, Pratt Fine Arts, South Park Arts, Tin Dog Brewing, and Seattle Office of Art and Culture have all been fantastic sponsors - looking forward to more! Next event is October 27th at Pratt from 6-9:30pm. Stay tuned for more details...

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Saturday - leaf making events

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Part You - a collaboration between artist and community, encouraging all to break from routine, use your hands to create, and raise money for others to do the same in the process

Part You - a collaboration between artist and community, encouraging all to break from routine, use your hands to create, and raise money for others to do the same in the process

Be a part of something bigger than yourself -- join me in the making of an interactive art piece. Learn to press, hammer and form copper foil into 3-dimensional leaf shapes to create components for a sculpture. Together we will create a giant exploding leaf pile, reminiscent of one you’d jump in as a kid when a sense of wonder was more easily found in simple pleasures. You’ll be able to see your handiwork installed in a show at Traver Gallery January-February of 2017.

Once complete, the sculpture will be donated to the annual Pratt art auction to raise money for art classes for under-served teens.

Saturday, September 22nd

South Park Library, 10th Anniversary Party - 12:30-2:00pm     8604 8th Ave S, Seattle, WA 98108

Pratt Fine Art Center, Fall Open House - 6-9:00pm    1902 S Main St, Seattle, WA 98144

1mm - 50'

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Cultivate

Cultivate

I'll be giving a talk about my work next week, spanning 2 decades and work ranging in scale from tiny jewelry to large sculpture, or in some cases, tiny sculptures and large jewelry. Hope you can join me!

Thursday, May 12th
7-8:30pm

Seattle Pacific University
3469 Third Avenue West
Otto Miller Hall Room 109

Doors open at 6:30. Lectures begin at 7:00.
Presented by the Seattle Metals Guild.
Guild Members: Free
Non-Members: $5 Suggested Donation

Mother's Day necklace give away

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Win this necklace for your mom! Or for yourself, to wear as a memento of your mom. Or congratulate yourself for being a great mom!

In the spirit of my Mom's generosity and support, I'm giving this necklace to someone on Monday, May 2nd.

Enter a comment below with a favorite memory, appreciation, or whatever gratitude you'd like to express for your mom. Or perhaps something you appreciate about being a mom. One lucky commenter will be chosen at random.

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Closed for the holiday

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Thanks everyone for supporting independent artists and small business this holiday season. I'm thrilled to have my creations be a part of so many of your holiday gifts this year. I hope you all have a lovely Christmas (or whichever holiday you celebrate!) and welcome the new year with enthusiasm (and champagne!).

CG is closed December 22nd - January 3rd. Any orders placed during that time will be processed when we return in January.

Happy holidays!

Urban Craft Uprising this weekend!

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I've been holed up in my studio in an explosion of color making bitty bowls and spoons for the show. I'll also have new enameled jewelry as well as silver and gold classics. Come by and say hello! More info

Exhibition Hall at the Seattle Center

Friday, Dec 4th 5-9pm Preview Party ($8 entry)
Saturday, Dec 5th 10am - 6pm (free)
Sunday, Dec 6th 10am - 5pm (free)