[Welcome] New Members for July 5, 2011

Orchid Circulation: 11,500 members!

Please welcome our newest members…

Sara Gallo
Gallo Warehouse
Parkesburg, PA. USA


Hi! I’m Sara Gallo- a jewelry and metal artist. I’m currently
located in Lancaster, Pa. I own and operate Gallo Warehouse, a large
venue for artists to showcase their work on First Fridays and
occasionally for special exhibits.

I am pleased to announce that I will be exhibiting at the
Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show at the Philadelphia Convention
Center November 10-13, 2011. Hope to see you there!

My Artist Statement: As a jewelry artist, I seek to create pieces
that are not only wearable, but innovative. Im always looking to
incorporate vibrant colors and take materials out of their assigned
context. The formal qualities of art are the most important part of
every piece and give viewers the chance to see my work for its form,
not just content.

Gerald West
Sonora, California. USA

I have been a professional Bench Jeweler for 26 years

Jacquelyn Ellen Diamond
Jadia’s Gem Box
River Edge, New Jersey. USA

I am new to the metalsmith aspect of jewelry making. I have been
making beaded jewelry for about 10 years now. I have sold my jewelry
at local flea markets and craft fairs and locally through word of
mouth. I recently became interested in the metalsmith art through
I received from both the Rio Grande jewelry catalog and
the Fire Mountain catalog. I ordered some PMC silver clay, a small
mini torch and screen and created a silver pendant - using my gas
stove and torch, and it came out so beautiful, I was amazed. I have
found a local art school which offers PMC classes and soon will take
my first class. I am also interested in learning to work with gold
clay. I have recently beguneading a book called “How to start a home
based Jewelry Making Business”. I am looking forward to learning from
other jewelry professionals on this forum.