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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.

People of the Jewelry of the Playa: Sumner Silverman

Many people have been and are currently involved in making Jewelry of the Playa a reality. I would like to take the time to identify individually and thank them individually
Today I would like to recognize Sumner Silverman. Sumner is a self-taught master sculptor and carver of lost wax techniques in bronze and sterling jewelry. Sumner, Karen and friends have cast, polished, and strung thousands of Burning Man pendants from his designs--and given them all away. Sumner is responsible for making many of the pendant rewards, see below, that go along with the Kickstarter. Please take a moment to visit his page and learn more about his work at http://szsart.com/

Horseshoe Crab (Limulus polyphemus) Burning Man 2009 | Evolution

Horseshoe Crab Pendent in Bronze: Back and Front
Horseshoe Crab Pendent in Bronze: Back and Front

Commonly called the Horseshoe Crab it is closely related to spiders ticks and scorpions. It does not bite humans. It is very old, their relatives have change little in their 450 million years on earth. Evolution goes so slowly and we deplete our earth so very quickly, I present this creature as a reminder of the passage of time.

Erotix Burning Man 2010 | Metropolis

Erotix Pendant in Bronze: Back and Front
Erotix Pendant in Bronze: Back and Front

Our world moves inexorably toward one big city. By the year 2050 we may have 75% of our world population in cities. The 2009 theme, Metropolis, inspired this pendant drawn from Fritz Lang's movie of the same name. Erotix is an ode to Maria, the kick-ass robot that ran the Metropolis. On the obverse is yet another iteration of the Burning Man.

Phoenix Rising Burning Man 2011 | Rites of Passage

Phoenix Pendant in Bronze: Back and Front
Phoenix Pendant in Bronze: Back and Front

Associated with the sun, a phoenix obtains new life by arising from the ashes of its predecessor. Found in the mythology of both the east and west, it is the perfect symbol of transformation. Burning Man is the quest for transformation of self and society. This is a bird with attitude! The obverse is flames.

Jewelry of the Playa Kickstarter Update #2: Week 1

Week 1

Wow, what a first week! The show of support has been amazing. We have raised $5,760 via 74 backers. That is 33% in just seven short days. The Kickstarter is going great, but it isn't over yet, we still need to raise that last two thirds. So tell your friends to check out this project. We still have a lot of great rewards and early bird specials still available.

Progress

For the last week, I have watched Tweets, Shares, Likes and Enthusiasm. Kickstarter just added this project to their Favorites. Yay! Once George and LadyBee landed back in California, they have been busy reaching out and finding undiscovered jewelry. Our jewelry archive is picking up speed with submissions of fabulous work.

 See the live submissions at http://karenchristians.com/index.php/playa-jewel or even better submit your own!

You can also follow this project at 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PlayaJewel
Twitter: https://twitter.com/Cleverwerx

Get Involved

Jewelry of the Playa isn’t just a book, it is a living archive of meaningful gifts from the playa. Do you have a story or a cool piece of jewelry from Burning Man, if so, we would like to hear from you! We are accepting submissions for the book until JULY 1, 2014. Visit http://karenchristians.com/index.php/playa-jewel/playa-jewel-submission to upload your own story and photo, or here http://karenchristians.com/ to learn more about the whole project.

Love,

Karen Christians

Jewelry of the Playa Kickstarter Update #1: The Launch

The Launch

What a wonderful Kickstarter launch! What a beginning! We have raised $3,635 since our Friday kickoff party at Artisan’s Asylum. This makes the project 24% funded in only a few short days. The evening hosted three great lectures from all of the authors and a sampling of the jewelry for all to see in person.

Progress

This past weekend, George, LadyBee, and myself traveled to Martha’s Vineyard to talk about the project. Ok, there was some hiking, long lazy meals with a lot of good wine and engaging stories in between. We all bonded and are very excited about the future of this project. 

Thank You!

I would like to thank all of those who have already donated, your early support and belief in this project is very moving and I fully appreciate it. I would like to personally recognize Sumner Silverman who has donated at the $1000 level!

Get Involved!

Jewelry of the Playa isn’t just a book, it is a living archive of meaningful gifts from the playa. Do you have a story or a cool piece of jewelry from Burning Man, if so, we would like to hear from you! We are accepting submissions for the book until JULY 1, 2014.

Sincerely, 

Karen Christians