Do you love Jewelry?

Me too. You might say, I’m a jewelry evangelist. I have a passion for teaching others, so much that I built the school, Metalwerx and then the Artisan’s Asylum Jewelry Studio. I teach workshops all over the US. What will you find here on my blog? Look for cool stories of jewelry and tips, photography, cooking, jewelry fabrication, travel and books. This blog is about what makes me tick and the cool stuff that’s out in the world.

Jewelry of the Playa Kickstarter #4: To SNAG and Beyond!

Over 60% Funded

We have passed $9000! Thank you to that special backer who saw us sitting at $8995 and upped their donation by $5!


Look for a special update later this week to learn more about the two co-authors on this project: LadyBee (Christine Kristen) and George Post. Without whose help and support this project would be impossible.


This past weekend, I attended the Society of North American Goldsmiths (SNAG) annual conference in Minneapolis, MN reconnecting with my jewelry peeps. A small collection of jewelry from the book was on display and many attendees talked about the uniqueness of design and fabrication styles. Fifteen people have pledged their backing. Thank you SNAG folks!

I made some great personal connections at the conference. I am pleased to announce that Charon Kransen Arts will be selling our books through his vast network of prestigious art fairs such as ACC (American Craft Council), Smithsonian Craft Show, Contemporary Craft Fair and more. Charon Kransen specializes in the most specialized resource for books and exhibition catalogs ( often hard to find, often out of print ) on jewelry ( historical, ethnic, technical and contemporary), metal and design from around the world. You can find Charon here: Charon Kransen Arts http://www.charonkransenarts.com/

Ivan Barnett from Patina Gallery in Sante Fe, NM has agreed to host an exhibition of Jewelry of the Playa for 2015. Patina Gallery link is here: http://www.patina-gallery.com/

Carolyn Benesh, Co-Editor of Ornament Magazine stopped by and we are in discussion with an article next year when the book is published. http://www.ornamentmagazine.com/. She commented favorably on the ethnographic sensibility of the work.

LadyBee's Article in The Jack Rabbit Speaks


The Jewelry of the Playa


LadyBee writes:

"The Jewelry of the Playa: Extraordinary stories and pictures about jewelry and the culture of collecting, making and gifting at Burning Man.

Boston jewelry maker and teacher Karen Christians has teamed up with former Burning Man art curator LadyBee and photographer George Post to create a book about the jewelry gifted at Burning Man.

Playa jewelry, dating back to 1996, includes a wide range of styles, techniques and materials, and represents annual themes, art installations, theme camps, staff departments, events, and the overall culture of Burning Man. The book features 20 years of playa jewelry, its makers and stories.

The book will be self-published, and the team has launched a Kickstarter campaign to help make that happen. Please take a look!"

The People of Jewelry of the Playa: George Post

George Post is the co-author and photographer for the book.

George Post   
George Post

A freelance photographer, writer, and teacher, George Post has made photography his lifelong passion. George is one of the premier photographers of fine arts, crafts and jewelry in the US. After a life-changing expedition to Burning Man in 1979, he published a book on it in 2012 called “Dancing with the Playa Messiah,” containing photos spanning the period from 1991 to 2011. George has returned to Black Rock City every year since then to photograph the people, art, fire, and the magical desert light that make Burning Man a unique world-class event.