Tuesday, December 22, 2009

I am now officially finished my custom jobs for the Christmas Season!

It's true! I am finished for Christmas! ... I am SO grateful for all the business that has graced my doorstep this Christmas Season. Thank You to every single one of my friends, acquaintances, and business "partners" ! 
It's been a great year, and I just can't help repeat myself, I am so grateful... thank you, my friends. I am so blessed to be able to do the work that I love.

I always feel like that 10 year old girl with her fathers hammer in her hand, pounding out copper bracelets for "Memere and Pepere" in Daddy's garage. This is just TOO much fun! 

I've just finished a project that I cannot speak of just yet. But, oh, you just wait!!!  :>

Right now, I am enjoying a large glass of Cabernet, and enjoying a hot foot soak... mmmm, life IS good...  Merry Christmas to all... and to all, a good night.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Let it Snow!

Looks like tomorrow will be a good stay at home and get things done day! 5-12" of snow expected. I am ready for snow now. It really gets everyone in the Christmas spirit. I am looking forward to a fire in the wood-stove and maybe some hot chocolate to go with that!  

One more craft Fair of the season to go! They've been wonderful~ lots of shoppers and Christmas Spirit to go around.
Next show is at the East Conway Grange on Sunday Dec. 13th.. 9:30-3:30. 
And of course custom orders are still coming in and being worked on , there's still time! 
See you soon!

Friday, November 13, 2009

Ring Series

I've been kind of charged up lately thinking about just making a bunch of really cool, BIG rings. Unique stones- eye catchers for sure. I have 4 done.  
I am hoping that this trend of rising gold and silver markets is short-lived, but it is scaring the bejeesus out of me! It doesn't seem to be reversing any too quickly, and it's approaching ridiculous.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Wedding Bands and "Jewelry Camp"

Well, it has been a busy summer, and as Wedding Band "season" begins to quiet down, I have a little time to reflect...

Working with couples to create their symbols of love and commitment has got to be one of THE most rewarding jobs there is. We are not talking cookie cutter Wedding Rings here. You can get those just about anywhere. We are talking about sitting down and talking and expressing ideas and dreams, building upon those until we all just KNOW the perfect design and representation. Working closely with one another through the process, the couples begin to feel their ideas taking shape- as I share photos of every stage of the process with them. It is such a wonderful feeling to look at my calendar and say Oh! Today is their Wedding!! I had a part in that~ and I am most grateful. 

Inviting the children in my family to come into my workshop for a day or more of "Jewelry Camp" has also been very rewarding. I made my first piece of jewelry in my Dad's garage at age ten. It was the bare beginnings of a lifestyle for me. To introduce a child to "how we do it" is really rewarding, and who knows, maybe it will plant a seed to carry on this old time-honored craft to future generations. To realize that you can create things of meaning and durability with your hands, that will in turn be handed down to future generations, long outlasting the "maker"... that is a gift.
 I feel that being stingy with our knowledge, our craft, hurts everyone. We did not invent the wheel~ sure there are designs that are "ours" and out of respect we do not copy one another. It is my feeling that we all are given the same tools and basic "ingredients", it is what we do creatively, that feeds our souls as artists, that take us each into our own "niche", corners of the world. 

Thursday, August 6, 2009


The Joys of a Clean Bench

The Joys of a Clean Bench... 
I find that when my bench is freshly cleaned and rearranged, I am more apt to delve into a new big project. It is a fresh start and full of possibility. Ha, I think I'll go play~ 

Monday, July 20, 2009

Summer in full swing!

The sun has finally made its' debut, it seems. Thankfully ;> 
Wonderful show yesterday at Art in the Park, in Bridgton, Maine , right on the lake at Shorey Park. 
Now that that is done, I can concentrate on the custom orders I need to fill before the end of July! Whew... lots to do, and so grateful for the opportunity! 
I'll post some new and exciting photo's soon... Keep in touch!
And enjoy the summer!!!

Friday, June 19, 2009

Weather suited for a duck... so the good point is~ that directs one inside, inside the studio- should lead to pro"duck"tivity, right?

The metalsmithing classes are taking off well- my students have made some great pieces of jewelry and learned their way around a studio! In my first entry about doing workshops- it was first presented as "winter" classes, but interest has continued into the spring and early summer, so if you are game, so am I! We'll just have to work around show schedules. Not a big problem at all. 

The Wedding Band season is in full force, and as usual, I just LOVE the process of connecting with these beautiful couples and learning their "stories"... it is such a joy creating lasting symbols of love and commitment. 

Okay- time to make "the jewelry"! Stay tuned... ;>

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Creative fires have been lit!

I am enjoying a renewed sense of creativity these days... I don't really understand how that works~ you can be so creatively stifled sometimes, and THEN * something clicks and there are not enough hours in the day to try all the ideas that come forth in a wave. I love it, and feel so energized when that happens. Anybody else get that feeling from time to time? 

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Heathers' Ring - is Finished !

I am creating the MOST exciting ring- oh don't get me wrong... I've been sitting on this project for a longggg time.... (Thank You Heather for your patience and loving karma :>) But that is how these types of projects go... to be in a rush, to plow ahead before you are ready is a disservice to client, materials and the sources of creativity.  
The thought, planning, and listening that go with this type of adventure is... well- crucial. Then you sit down and play, and something wonderful happens.
It takes over your life. 
It is a birth of ideas.
Born of heirlooms passed down.
Nurtured on the bench.
Worn forever, with intention.

May the long time sun
Shine upon you
All love surround you
And the pure light
Within you
Guide your way on...
                         ~ snatum kaur

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Marching on...

I love Spring.. It is nearly here, and is always full of promise, isn't it? 
I have been very busy in the studio lately, with custom jobs. I thank the universe for this, in these weird economic times.  We just keep marching on, day by day, and do our thing, and pray that our leaders will do the right things to heal our nations problems. We all do our daily part, and hopefully that good will all contribute to well-being. 

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Eclectic Art

"Cute as a bug, short as a minute, she's a pretty little package with every thing in it... "
lyle lovett- oh yeah... 
Where does inspiration come from? 
Perfect lyrics, upbeat music, art of all mediums, trees, mood, color, a sense of well-being... 
Sometimes things happen in my studio that I cannot quite explain, so I won't try... 
I am loving this new eclectic piece of art- it's a little crazy- but then again- not so much. I'll let you be the judge. 

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

February means March is NEXT. YAY Spring!

Here it is the middle of February. A busy time in the studio, preparing for summer and stocking galleries and doing shows.  New for me this year is incorporating teaching metalsmithing classes into the mix. Very exciting and fun! We are having a great time, and sharing knowledge is such a good feeling! 
I am currently working on some leaf and vine bracelets to put out in the galleries. Getting in the studio is sometimes a real challenge- so you sit down and the telephone rings! It IS inevitable. There are so many interruptions when you work at home. It is okay though- it is a tradeoff I am willing to make! But it takes a lot to stay productive when there are so many things pulling you in every other direction than work! 

Friday, January 30, 2009

Ski Day

It is amazing to me that we got up this morning, looked at the thermometer outside which read 1 degree, and still got ready to go skiing. You know the conditions have to be pretty perfect to do this! Well, by the time I met Shannon at the mountain, it had warmed up to 12 degrees. (It's not even a half hour away- so there was some serious "warming" going on, thank you! The slopes were beautiful and I was SO glad that Shannon dragged me along! You're the best! ;> Great day skiing in New Hampshire! Oh, and it was 22 degrees when we left the mountain. 

Monday, January 26, 2009

Dutch Shoes and Silver Baubles

Happy Monday! 
It's a beautiful sunny day in New Hampshire- okay, it's 12 degrees, but the sun is shining gloriously and there is no wind. Just came back in from snowshoeing, it was wonderful- a nice aerobic break from sitting in my studio. 
But back to work now- working on a "SPECIAL" project for my daughter- a present for her earning her Masters Degree! Yay, Allison!  This is a special request from her and it involves a lot of silver and copper links, some handcrafted beads, textured silver, copper baubles, and... a pair of Dutch Shoes! These are "magical" dutch shoes, mind you. She is a teacher, and one of her very favorite memories is her first grade teacher who had a pair of these magical dutch shoes... dancing shoes. So, to be a proper teacher, she must have these shoes. She WILL have them! 
I'll keep you posted on the progress, as it occurs.

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Jewelry Making Workshops!

This is a first for "Laura Guptill Jewelry."  NOW is the time to take advantage of this opportunity- the winter is a great time for artisans to stretch their wings and take people under their wings... the summer and fall months are usually, (prayerfully), too busy to take on such endeavors.  Give me a call and let's make something!  I will only take 2 students per class, but several classes can be offered each week, if there is a need. 
I look forward to working with you and giving you some valuable skills and insight that cannot be learned in books alone.

Monday, January 5, 2009

Turquoise and Sterling Silver Hand Fabricated Pendant

Wren pins/pendants in Bronze and Sterling Silver

Landscape Agate "Mesa"-Sterling Silver w/14K Gold accent


I propose a new trend! Let's ALL wear a Turquoise Bolo! I love them! Talk about individuality- you need one, I need one...
What do YOU think? 

More jewelry please...

Well, I will focus, focus, focus... Allison suggests that I - "put more jewelry on there, woman!"
Okay...I do get distracted, but that is "the way" isn't it? That is how we express ourselves and invite happy little accidents to occur. Who knows what might be discovered while on a sidetrack? 
But yes, I will post some new pictures of finished jewelry as soon as I do some polishing. It's my least favorite part of making jewelry. How many pieces make it to the polishing wheel and then threaten life and limb? Can be a lot if you are distracted. So, that being said... I usually get a bunch of it together to do all at once, and besides, it can be a very filthy job. 
For the past few days I have been working on a FABULOUS new Turquoise Pendant. I can't wait to share it. It has three gorgeous turquoise cabochons set amongst random circles of silver. 

Oils on Canvas: by Laura and Allison