CG Sculpture and Jewelry

Pizza and Pearls for Peace

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Thursday September 21st is International Peace Day. To celebrate, I'm teaming up with World Pizza, Kobo, and API Chaya to bring you a fun excuse to do good. And possibly win free pearl earrings and slices of pizza in the process!

At a time when it seems the world is coming to an end with insane storms, wildfires, and earthquakes, it's important we remember people who've been suffering beyond the affects of natural disasters - victims of violence. Everyone deserves a peaceful life.

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To participate, simply go shopping!
A percentage of sales will go to API Chaya.
API Chaya supports survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking.

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As an added bonus, 5 of you lucky pizza eaters will find a giant Sugarfina chocolate pearl atop your pizza. Ding ding ding! This means you've won a pair of sterling silver and pearl earrings pictured above. Go to Kobo to redeem your prize by September 30th.

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Up to 10 of you luckies with newly purchased jewels (some of which are pictured below) will win a free slice of pizza. You'll be able to redeem your slice at World Pizza anytime until the end of the year.

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During this event 10% of whole pie* purchases and 20% of all CG Sculpture and Jewelry sales at Kobo will be donated to API Chaya. For those of you not in Seattle, I will also donate 20% from online jewelry sales to the cause.

*valid for dine in pizza orders only - winners will be chosen at random - prizes must be picked up by September 30th

There you have it... it's a win win. You get some delicious pizza and/or fun new jewelry for your fall wardrobe and we raise money to help survivors of horrific violent situations into a more peaceful happy life.

If you are not in Seattle and unable to attend - I'm extending this offer to my website as well. 20% of all online jewelry sales between September 21-23 will also go to API Chaya.

Thank you for participating and helping a great cause!

Now at Imprint Gallery - Inspiration from the Beach

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We don't need much of an excuse to visit Cannon Beach, it's beautiful! Luckily, you can also see my sculpture in this fantastic Oregon coastal town. Imprint, a new gallery and print studio there has a selection of music boxes and special one of a kind sculptures.

Bowl No. Twenty - sterling silver and brass, 6" x 12" x 11"

Bowl No. Twenty - sterling silver and brass, 6" x 12" x 11"

If you are familiar with my work, you know I'm often inspired by nature and the oddities found while walking on the beach or hiking in the mountains. So it's pertinent that this piece found it's way to the coast... It was inspired by the egg case of a skate/shark (otherwise known as a mermaid's purse or devil's purse), something I found while walking on the beach.

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These little pouches are fascinating with their tendrils and deep black color. Interestingly, the sharp tendrils exist to secure the egg cases in rocks and protect them from predators. Most egg cases that wash up on shore are empty because the creature has already hatched and is (hopefully!) swimming happily in the sea. In contrast to the black empty pod, I chose to make the interior of this piece bright white silver, a reflection of the life within and the points to represent our instincts to hold on.

A few other pieces you'll find at Imprint...

Manifest One - copper vessel, 5.5” x 4.75” x 3.25"

Manifest One - copper vessel, 5.5” x 4.75” x 3.25"

Indulge - music box, steel, bronze, silver, mixed media, 5.75” x 4” x 4”

Indulge - music box, steel, bronze, silver, mixed media, 5.75” x 4” x 4”

Reject - music box, steel, bronze, mixed media, 6” x 4” x 4”

Reject - music box, steel, bronze, mixed media, 6” x 4” x 4”

Reject - open view This piece plays the song "What the World Needs Now' when opened.

Reject - open view

This piece plays the song "What the World Needs Now' when opened.

If you have a chance to check out Cannon Beach and/or Imprint, please comment below to let me know your favorite part of the visit!

The making of Lady Liberty (and how you can too!)

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This summer I had the good fortune to visit my niece in New York City. Along with my mom and sisters, we got to see her awash in the fun exciting energy of the city, following her journalism dreams as she interned at NBC Nightly news. Normally when I visit the big apple I stick to galleries and general nyc mayhem, but this time around we hit some iconic staples- Rockefeller, 9/11 memorial, Ellis Island, and of course the Statue of Liberty.

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Part of the reason Lady Liberty was such a highlight for me (in addition to having a great reminder of America as a welcoming country) is because the process used to make her - repousse hammer forming - is one I frequently use in my sculptural work. Repousse is the art of hammering metal from the inside (or back) to create a form. It is often paired with chasing, which is hammering from the outside (or front) of the form.

I thought I'd share some images from the museum for those who are curious how she's made...

This is a plaster model of her toes. Since the statue is recreating an immense figure, models were used to ensure accuracy of scale. It's also a better way to make the parts since everything is so huge.

This is a plaster model of her toes. Since the statue is recreating an immense figure, models were used to ensure accuracy of scale. It's also a better way to make the parts since everything is so huge.

Here's the big toe being formed in a wood mold made from the plaster model above. In the small metals world, we often skip the model and use pitch or wax for this purpose, or even sometimes hammering on air. Since I'm often working with abstract imagery, I can form over a variety of steel stakes, sand bags, and hammers to get the shapes I want.

Here's the big toe being formed in a wood mold made from the plaster model above. In the small metals world, we often skip the model and use pitch or wax for this purpose, or even sometimes hammering on air. Since I'm often working with abstract imagery, I can form over a variety of steel stakes, sand bags, and hammers to get the shapes I want.

The same toe after hammering is completed with reinforcement bars on the interior. This metal is about 1/8" thick - thin in terms of a large scale statue (hence support bars), but quite thick in terms of small scale metalforming. I usually use metal sheet that is about less than half this thickness. Also, notice the tool to the left called a mushroom stake, one of the tools we use frequently in the holloware/metalsmithing world. It's most often used to smooth out forms from the outside that have been roughly shaped from the inside.

The same toe after hammering is completed with reinforcement bars on the interior. This metal is about 1/8" thick - thin in terms of a large scale statue (hence support bars), but quite thick in terms of small scale metalforming. I usually use metal sheet that is about less than half this thickness. Also, notice the tool to the left called a mushroom stake, one of the tools we use frequently in the holloware/metalsmithing world. It's most often used to smooth out forms from the outside that have been roughly shaped from the inside.

And voila - the finished toe as seen from the outside. Notice the rivets on the toenail - that's where it's attached to the reinforcement bar as seen in the previous picture.

And voila - the finished toe as seen from the outside. Notice the rivets on the toenail - that's where it's attached to the reinforcement bar as seen in the previous picture.

You can get a better idea of the scale here with my sisters snazzy sneaker rubbing toes.

You can get a better idea of the scale here with my sisters snazzy sneaker rubbing toes.

A replica of her face. At more than 8' tall this is copper forming at a most impressive scale.

A replica of her face. At more than 8' tall this is copper forming at a most impressive scale.

Notice the seem on her nose. Smaller forms were joined together to create one solid shape. To join pieces of metal, In some cases they are riveted to each other or reinforcement bars and in others welded or soldered. Here you can see the soldered zipper seam, a process I've used on larger seamed vessels and one I've taught during holloware classes. Rather than using a butt seam, a zipper seam can handle much more distress during the hammering process.

Notice the seem on her nose. Smaller forms were joined together to create one solid shape. To join pieces of metal, In some cases they are riveted to each other or reinforcement bars and in others welded or soldered. Here you can see the soldered zipper seam, a process I've used on larger seamed vessels and one I've taught during holloware classes. Rather than using a butt seam, a zipper seam can handle much more distress during the hammering process.

This view shows the interior structure and stairwell up to the crown. Sadly reservations to walk up were sold out but I was able to get this peak into the inside. To the right you can see the interior of the copper with the reinforcement bars that support the form and hold things together.

This view shows the interior structure and stairwell up to the crown. Sadly reservations to walk up were sold out but I was able to get this peak into the inside. To the right you can see the interior of the copper with the reinforcement bars that support the form and hold things together.

There you have it! Pretty amazing for those of us who geek out on metalsmithing. For those of you who want first hand experience with this process, the next workshop I'm teaching is right up your alley. October 7-8 at Pratt Fine Arts in Seattle, I'll be teaching a Metal masks class where we'll be hammering copper sheet much like you see here (only thinner metal and smaller pieces!)

A few sample copper masks for the workshop. Come hammer with us! Perhaps a Lady Liberty mask is in your future?

A few sample copper masks for the workshop. Come hammer with us! Perhaps a Lady Liberty mask is in your future?

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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