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New booth shot, taken by photographer Jim DeLutes

I will be showing my work this Sunday at a new festival on the Arapahoe Community College campus.  This show is put together by the group that does the Downtown Denver Art Festival each year over Memorial weekend.  They fashioned it after the Starving Artists Show that is in its 44th year in Milwaukee, at Mount Mary College. Their website features all the artists in attendance.  There is a $5.00 admission charge that goes to the ACC scholarship fund.  You can print out a discount coupon with this link.  You can purchase tickets online with this link.  There is a ton of free parking on campus, just go south on Santa Fe Drive–or better yet–take the light rail.

I just took the plunge and updated to Adobe Creative Suite 6 from the first version.  The interface looks very different! I can now update my blog and save photos for web viewing and it even has Dreamweaver for web development.

Anyone having fun with Fast Fire BronzClay?  I am trying to get the firing right–I had to test fire 3 times to get the correct sintering temperature for my kiln.  I like the product so far, it dries without warping as much, and is great to carve.

Hope to see you at the Affordable Arts Festival this Sunday!

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CopprClay batch, drill press & engraver

The festival is in full swing and the weather couldn’t be more perfect.  There were great crowds today, lots of friends stopped in to see my new work & say hello.  I finished quite a few new pearl vessels, large and small.  I set a handful of “petal” pearls and they turned out fabulous!  They are petite and perfect to wear casually or not.  I also had a new batch of Copprclay come out of the kiln to make more earrings.  In the photo you can see my drill press to make consistent holes in the dried clay and an engraver to sign my pieces in the leather hard state.

I will be gearing up for another one day festival next Sunday, in Littleton on the campus of the Arapahoe Community College campus.  There is an admission charge,  you can print out a coupon for $1.00 off the admission of $5.00.  Or stop by my booth, I have a few flyers with a coupon attached.  The proceeds benefit the scholarship fund.  And at this show, all merchandise will be priced under $100.00.

Lastly, my week was full of emotions, as we took our youngest son to college.  It was a happy sad moment and we look forward to many new adventures ahead.

Copper necklace with hand applied patina

August 18 & 19th is the weekend of the Golden Fine Arts Festival in historic downtown Golden.  The festival runs from 10am until 5pm both days.  I’m in booth number 19.  There is no admission fee, there will be music to entertain, and a Kids Art Zone.  It’s a great festival–worth the trip to Golden.  And if you want to shop for clothing & jewelry, stop in to Baby Doe’s Clothing, Artisan Jewelry & Fine Craft at 1116 Washington Ave.  From 12pm – 3pm there will be a painting demonstration and Creative Cooking for Kids demo.

I’m also gearing up for the Affordable Arts Festival, its first year taking place on the Arapahoe Community College campus on South Santa Fe Drive.  There’s lots of parking on the grounds, and the festival runs from 10am – 5pm.  There is a $5.00 admission fee, which supports the ACC Foundation Scholarship Program.

And while down there–please check out Willow, an artisan’s market in downtown Littleton, 2400 West Main Street.  I have a collection of jewelry there now.  They were recently picked in the 5280 magazine, Top of the Town.

Well–I tried to make a blog post from my iPhone, but apparently it didn’t post, it was saved as a draft–so sorry to post this after the weekend!

Here was the post…

If you happen to be in Winter Park area enjoying the Jazz Festival stop in to see me and all my new work. I’ve been so busy this summer and have been remiss about my blog. I did a major upgrade on my desktop Mac and have been suffering ever since!! I now need to upgrade Photoshop, Illustrator, etc.,  in the mean time I’m using my ancient laptop.  And trying to use the amazing iPhone.

I hope to be blogging more soon and getting back to normal. I have lots to share as I attended last PMC conference in June and have been playing with a new group of friends in the “Bronze Club” in Boulder.

I have two more outdoor shows this summer–the always fun Golden Fine Art Festival August 18 & 19.  And a new show this year that will be really fun–the Affordable Art Festival Sunday August 26.  Stop in and say hello if you are out and about.

1495 Zephyr Street

My jewelry and ceramics will be featured this Friday & Saturday at the Zephyr Street Studio.  It’s near Colfax & Wadsworth in Lakewood.  This appeared in the 40westarts.org newsletter and the event is featured as part of the “Inspire Arts Week” — the 40 West Arts District, which runs from June 6-16, 2012:

On June 8 – 9, Zephyr Street Studio — a group of exquisite metalsmiths and pewtersmiths — located at 1495 Zephyr Street, a 1/2 block south of West Colfax is holding it’s 2nd Annual Sale on Friday, June 8 from 6-9pm and Saturday, June 9th from 10am-5pm.  Come and see their remarkable silver jewelry, metalwork and pewterware.

I’m working on another batch of bronze and copper clay and have new styles in sterling silver as well.  Zephyr Studio is a working studio where I’ve been able to work on traditional metalsmithing techniques. I’m working one day a week there.  It’s a great place to practice what I learned in art school in the 80’s.

I’m also gearing up for these shows this summer: Winter Park Alpine Art Affair, July 21 & 22; the Golden Fine Art Festival, August 18 & 19; and a new festival on the campus of Arapahoe Community College, the Affordable Arts Festival, Sunday, August 26.  All art featured at this show will be under $100.00.

And I’ll be sending my boy off to college mid August!  Waaaaa!

fun colors from the kiln

Let’s be friends on FaceBook–if you have a Facebook page, please send me a friend request–a great way to stay in touch.  I created a page for CC Designs Art Jewelry, and a personal page, Candice Kiesow.  I believe I have a link set up to the FB page when a new blog entry is made.   I will also be taking more photos to post in my Gallery of Work on this blog.

I am still unpacking from the Golden Fine Arts Festival–thanks to all who stopped in to say hello and those who purchased  my work–a BIG thank you, I had a great show!

long pearl

I made two pearls like this one (which was photographed in my booth) and they both sold–saying good-bye was hard!  And not getting a good photo before they were sold was silly of me.  Anyway, I am working on new pearls, so keep checking back.  This is a new piece that also found a new home, it’s hard parting ways sometimes but I’m so happy when the buyer loves the piece as much as I do!

red coral heart

CC Designs Art Jewelry Booth

Here are the summer shows I’ll be showing & selling my work:

Boulder Festival of the Arts on 29th Street  

June 25 & 26     Saturday:  10:00am – 8:00pm     Sunday:  10:00am – 6:00pm

Winter Park Alpine Art Affair  —  during the Winter Park Jazz Festival

July 23 & 24     Saturday:  9:00am – 5:00pm  Sunday:  9:00am – 4:oopm

Golden Fine Art Festival

August 20 & 21    Saturday & Sunday:    10:00am – 5:00pm

I’ve got some fabulous new pieces you must see!

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My 2013 Schedule so far…

Denver Potters Assoc. Holiday Show
6th Avenue United Church
3250 E 6th Ave
Dec 5, 6, 7, & 8
www.castleclayartists.net

Arvada Center Fine Art Market
Dec 12 - 22

My Home Holiday Show
December 13 & 14

Gallery of my Work