Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Holiday Pot Luck and Swap

Well, I believe a good time was had by all.
Roll call:
Robert and I
Debbie Beasley
Hal Janice and Hal Paden
Karen Crouch
Kee Wild-Ramsing
Gail Marcus
Debra Pyeatt

The food was yummy and the swap was a blast! I scored a fab pair of goodies from Debbie Beasley! Everyone agreed the swap should have an encore later in the year. Our next meeting needs to be scheduled for January. I propose we have a round table discussion on "Artistic Integrity and her ugly step sister Copycat".

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Marlene True's Object & Memory

Recently went to the Greenville Musueum of Art to see Marlene True's thesis exhibition Object & Memory

Beautiful work in steel, tin and precious metals.

Robert Smith

Bob Ebendorf and Feather Phillips

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Stone dealer!

Keep your ears and eyed peeled folks! NC stone dealer Anne Kennedy will be paying CFM a visit with a special trunk show. January TBA she will camp out for the day at Wabi Sabi Warehouse corner of 9th and Princess St. Ya'll are welcome to come by and purchase some fabulous stones. I have loved her fossil cabs for years!

So save your pennies and stayed tuned to this channel for more info as the time approaches!

CFM Holiday Party and Swap!!!!

Hey folks!! Debra Pyeatt and I have conferred....Let's party!
Meet us at Independent Art Company's Wabi Sabi Warehouse for a pot luck and charm swap! Everyone bring two charms you've made out of your favorite jewelry making materials, copper, silver, beads, polymerclay, PMC, swarovski, wire, pebbles, pop tops.... go for it! We'll all swap. Wrap your charm in gift wrap and we'll number them and then draw numbers. Sound good? That way your charm "set" could be earrings if the winner so chooses. Don't agonize over them, just have fun! And bring a dish too.
I'm excited!!!!

Monday, December 1, 2008

Pot Luck?

There is talk of a December potluck for CFM!
Any thoughts?

Night Metals class

Hey, heads up!
There will be a night metals class at Cape Fear Community College.
I believe it is a Metals 2
But contact Frank Carter head of Humanities and Fine Arts to find out about enrolling/auditing, what have you...

Under the schedule of classes it appears as this:
ART-246-D0E (024928) Metals II

My good buddy, local metalsmith
Nick Mowers will be the instructor
and he ROCKS!

Art in the Round

Hey there folks! I had a great Thanksgiving. One thing to be thankful for: Sara Westermark! she turned me onto the Art in the Round contest sponsored by
My enamel vessel won first place in the metal division!!!

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Tuesday Night Social

Wow, what a great time tonight! We had a good turn out and I don't know about you but I came home high onthe energy.
Thanks to Joyce's questions, Rita's comments, and the fresh new energy of Jean, we talked about what direction we'd like for our group. I shared my daydreams and everyone was on the same track I think. Correct me if I am wrong but I think everyone loved the following suggestions:
*"playdates" where we bring work to work on together
*workshops with guest artists
*project nights/days where we all work on the same project maybe even from a book.
*lectures on subjects- techniques, guest artists' and their work, making a living at this, selling your work online
*events where a kit is given out/purchased by members we all make something from the contents
which can then be auctioned, or just show and tell
*field trips-maybe to Harbor Freight's big tent sale on I-95?

My big crazy daydream?
a huge active metals club that is the heart and soul of a facility which houses a main teaching studio, private rental studios, a small gallery, and (drum roll please) TOOL/SUPPLY SHOP! The facility would hire national visiting artists to come teach workshops. We'll have classes in jewelry, blacksmithing, welding, lampworking, PMC the whole 9 yards!!!!I don't know about you, but I am tired of having to drive to timbuktu to do cool stuff involving metal! Lets do it right here in our back yards!
These places exist!
Now whether or not Wilmington could support one who knows... but (to quote myself) if you open a door and let in Possibility she brings some of her friends- Opportunity, Abundance, Contentment.

Thursday, September 18, 2008

CFM Social

Hey Folks!
If you're so inclined, join us on Tuesday September 23rd at 6:30pm at Wabi Sabi Warehouse on the corner of Princess and 9th streets, for a get together. Bring some of your work if you'd like, for show and tell.

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

It's up! new etsy shop

Friday, August 22, 2008


Tonight we had a little meet-n-greet at Wabi Sabi Warehouse at 5pm. It was a great group! I laughed and really enjoyed myself.
It really can be a small town, I realized I had admired Debra's work at TS Brown jewelry. Daniel realized he had seen Sara's work at Port City Pottery. We chatted and shared ideas, very fun. I was so jazzed I chattered Robert's ear off when I got home.
I look forward to planning more events. I have long daydreamed about a vibrant metal community here in Wilmington. I go to SNAG and see these big time metals guilds in big cities that sponser such conventions. I think if we could grow and sponser juried shows, scholarships for our members to go take classes elsewhere, guest artists... the possibilities are endless even for a small town like ours. You don't have to be a professional metalsmith to want to be surrounded by quality, creative stimuli involving metal! I think we should strive to bring together like minded folk, creative souls interested in manipulating metal, or enjoying metal work even if its made by others, heck just talking about the metal arts world gets me excited! I just had such a good time....

Saturday, August 9, 2008

Found Object Mania

Jewelry Making Weekend
with Melissa Manley
August 23th 9am-5pm and 24th 12-5pm
At Wabi Sabi Warehouse 19 North 9th Street Wilmington, NC

Learn how to make wearable art out of found objects and copper, tin or recycled metals and wire. We will learn texturing, annealing, piercing, sawing and cold connecting and lots of basics. Bring your work clothes small items to play with like buttons, coins, found bits use your imagination! $125 includes materials
We'll break for lunch at noon. You may want to take advantage of
the wonderful eaterys downtown, or bring a bag lunch and hang out at Wabi Sabi

call 538-1246 or email with questions or to register:

CFM on

Hello all,
Its been sometime since I devoted an energy to this group. But I wanted everyone to know I started a Cape Fear Metalsmiths group to find new people who would like to join us. Our next event is a meet-n-greet at Wabi Sabi Warehouse 19 North 9th on August 22nd from 5-6. See you there!

Thursday, January 31, 2008