Thursday, April 3, 2014

NEW Rose Gold Jewelry from Valerie Tyler Designs

I've recently added some new rose gold jewelry to the Valerie Tyler Designs jewelry collection including earrings and necklaces, and even a personalized tag necklace.  Rose gold is one of the hottest metals in jewelry this year with soft pinkish hue and a touch of luxury.

Prices currently range from $22-$29
Clockwise from left to bottom right:


Think Spring! Robin's Egg Blue Jewelry from my Miscellanea Collection


In wishful Spring thinking I pulled together some pieces from my Miscellanea collection to share with you today that feature a striking robin's egg blue color!  Can't wait until the warmer weather finds it's way back, but in the meantime you can purchase all these pieces to bring some Spring into your wardrobe.

Clockwise from top left to bottom left (prices range from $17-$46):


Sunday, February 23, 2014

New Handmade Metalwork Jewelry

Before baby was due I hit the studio and got creative stocking up with lots of new one of a kind pieces and a few new limited edition designs.  The new collection was created with lots of texture, shape and fold-forming and I'm thrilled with how the jewelry turned out.
Each piece was made by hand, using traditional metalsmithing tools and I even did all the buffing and finishing by hand too.  Prices range from $20-$150

 (or go directly to etsy at http://www.valerietyler.etsy.com)


Tools of the Jewelry Trade: Hammers

Time to share a few more tools of the jewelry trade today.  My all time favorite tool to use is a hammer!  There is something gratifying about pounding away at a piece of metal to create something beautiful. Collecting hammers can be a very addictive thing for a jeweler though as there are many different types for many different uses.

A jeweler can have a rawhide mallet, brasshead mallet, nylon mallet, chasing hammer, planishing hammer, riveting hammer, texturing hammer, ball-peen hammer and on..and on....and on....
Not only that, you can find all these hammers in many different sizes for many different projects.  It's hard to know when to stop collecting.

I typically use a plain old ball peen hammer for most of my work, a rawhide mallet for bending metal I don't want to mar, and occasionally texturing hammers.

Other tools like forming blocks, mandrels and anvils can extend the use of hammers even further.


Friday, February 21, 2014

Friday, January 31, 2014

Where to Buy Handmade Art in Cleveland (and Akron)

The Cleveland Art Scene has been growing by leaps and bounds.  There are a number of boutiques, shops and galleries that have been around for a long time and have a distinguished track record.  There are many others who are new and have recently popped up.  This is by no means a comprehensive and complete list (If your favorite was not included, by all means link to it in the comments!)

If you want to support the shop local movement, and especially the handmade arts here are a few worth places to spend your dollars on local handmade items.

DOWNTOWN
CLE clothing company
Soulcraft Gallery (5th street arcades)
Bright Green Gift Store (5th street arcade)

WEST SIDE

Salty Not Sweet - Ohio City
Good Goat Gallery - Lakewood
BayArts - Bay Village

EAST SIDE

Native Cleveland  - Waterloo
Heights Arts - Cleveland Heights
Fiddlehead Gallery -Cleveland Heights
Blush Boutique - Cleveland Heights
Cleveland Art Museum - While the museum shop stocks manufactured work, books and other items there is also quite a wealth of local artists who are represented here.  
Lingg Showroom - Woodmere

SOUTH (and Akron)

Elements Gallery - Peninsula
Don Drumm Studios - Akron


STUDIOS throughout the city
Art Craft - Holds an annual holiday sale
78th Street - Hosts a monthly third Fridays event.
Lake Erie Screw Factory - By appointment with artists.  Open houses are held seasonally.
Summit Artspace  - open weekly with specific hours

EDUCATIONAL 
 In addition to shopping events, these places provide a wealth of arts education opportunities:

Orange Arts Center - Orange
Arthouse - Cleveland
Peninsula Art Academy - Peninsula
Valley Art Center - Chagrin Falls
Beck Center for the Arts - Lakewood

Do you want your gallery or studios listed here? Is there someplace you love to shop locally for handmade work?  Leave a message in the comments with your information, link and location.