many celestial bodies ago, i was approached to execute a model for a
bay area co that turned out 2 b a great international success.
laurel berch(sp) started literally on the streets of san francisco.
her 3 main tools were a ballpein hammer, a cast iron skillet and a
heart full of chutzpa. as far as materials, i can only hypothesize
that …silver wire. beads, and whatever man…were her raw
as a recent graduate of a local state college, with a ba in art…(do
i hear any black sheep our there?)… emphasis in metal arts, i
thought that i could knock this puppy out of the park, and into the
bay…In addition 2 my previously mentioned sheepskin, i also earned
a ca teaching credential, issued for LIFE, and signed by none other
than gov ronald regan (no rogaine 4 this dude) and 4 you bay area
folk, wilson riles…i digress.
for a week i carved…with cellinei on the brain.unfortunately, at
the time, i possessed the hand of a neophyte who thought that by
carving,dripping wax and casting pieces, for approximately 4 years,
somehow brought me into the fold of the master jewelers circle. What
a rude awakening…
i did not get the commission.the person who did, fabricated a model
out of, in this case silver, over sized 2 compensate 4 shrinkage,
and presented this as the job requested.
a few months later, i had the great opportunity 2 work,as an
apprentice, 2 one of the bay areas greatest manufacturing jewelry
co. the name of this stellar family owned business is Van Craeynest
Co. check out their web site. what Larry Craeynest taught me approx
30 yrs ago is still a major part of my teaching applications, as
well as my life…Thank u Larry, Roger and Theodore…
in order 2 play the song, it helps 2 know the chords. practice is
also very important. don’t ever loose your heart…remember the
little girl w/ the ruby shoes?
i found my heart in sf as a ny transplant…that’s another story.