Yes, this is a self promotion. I have decided that I am a jewelry artist. Well at least I have achieved the following accomplishments: lapidary, including , beading, free form lapidary, cutting faceted stones. I have worked with metalsmithing for seven years, tried pmc, lost wax casting, pearl knotting, wire is my favorite media. So I have acquired a reasonable number of skill sets with regard to jewelry. Now I need to develop the artistic side: drawing designs would be another thing I need to develop with a more understanding of color, light and architecture of design.
Well here is my segue to South Side Memories.
I love rocks a lot of different kinds. I brought them home from various places like concrete gravel mixtures, the Basin, the Quarry limestone, calcite…but back then I didn’t know what they were called. I even loved to go to the Basin and just stare at the hillside, cracks in the rocks wondering if there was something valuable inside. Maybe arrowheads, fossils, or something. I had heard somewhere when I was little that a diamond was made up of carbon under pressure. So I thought if I took a piece of coal and put it under some heavy rocks it would turn into a diamond maybe in a month or so. Of course I was little and my sense of time didn’t match mother nature’s geological clock for the formation of a diamond. Oh well, now I am just like everyone else and am lucky, if I have something in a ring even totally less than a half a carat. Oh the memories and fantasies of childhood.