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Pop-Up Trunk Show in Halifax

Guess what – I snuck away for the last couple of weeks. Check my social media (especially Instagram Stories) for some pics in the next couple of days! I’ll tell you more all about my trip here on my blog, soon, as well. Right now, I am busy preparing for a last public appearance in Halifax. I was invited by my colleague James Bradshaw to bring my pieces into his gallery for just one day for a pop-up trunk show.  Along with the goldsmiths of Fireworks Gallery (my representing gallery in Halifax), James Bradshaw has been a big inspiration for me for over a decade.

This local artisan has been creating wearable works of art for over 40 years. I had my first visit to his studio as a field trip when I was studying jewellery design and metalsmithing at NSCAD University in Halifax in the late Nineties. The visit to this fully functioning goldsmith’s studio was hugely inspiring to me as a student – a real life example of what the life and work space of a  goldsmith could be like. I have often since then walked past the building and admired it. Thus, I am particularly delighted by the invitation to spread out my works and welcome my clients in this beautiful space.  I’ll have some new pieces with me which haven’t been seen before. So come and check it out!

Monday, December 17th

James Bradshaw Goldsmith
1551 Birmingham, Halifax, NS
(corner Queen and Birmingham)

The iconic building at the corner of Queen and Birmingham Streets is hard to miss


Vancouver, Toronto, Halifax

Ah, it’s that time of year again: time to bring the pieces I make out of the studio, and meet my clients in person at shows, Coast to Coast.

This year, I will have 3 stops: Vancouver, Toronto and Halifax. 

The CircleCraft Market in downtown Vancouver is one of my favourite events of the year. The event is excellently produced, and it is always a joy to see fellow crafters and chat with West Coast clients, and of course meet new ones. I’ve been here two days already;I got so busy making the work, I didn’t get around to telling you about it! This year, you will find me in booth #332.

Following that event, I particularly look forward to the opportunity of doing two trunk shows in Ontario for the first time. I am beyond thrilled to be sharing these with one of my biggest idols: Canadian jewellery great Janis Kerman. 

I only met Janis once, years ago, and was completely star struck. She has been making jewellery almost as long as I have been alive, and continues with relentless perseverance and complete elegance. Gallerist Noel Guyomarc’H recently wrote an entire book which journals her career.

The Ontario events, hosted by Gallery Gemma, will offer an intimate setting for these Pop Up Jewellery shows, “By The Power of 2 •  2 locations, 2 award winning artists, 2 dates

The Toronto Yorkville event will take place at the Liss Gallery, one of Canada’s top art galleries for collectible investment art, on Tuesday, November 14, from 10am until 6pm.

On Wednesday, Nov. 15, we will be at Gallery Gemma Jewellery in Caledon Ontario, inside the award winning Alton Mill Art Centre, 10am to 5pm

I truly look forward to these events, and hope to see some of my Ontario clients in person, to show of some pieces with very special stones I have been making lately.

Following Toronto, I will of course see my Nova Scotia peeps at the annual Designer Craft Show at the Cunard Centre, November 17-19.

I also have a private event up my sleeve, for later in November. Keep your eyes and ears peeled for details.

Trunk Show at the Designer Craft Shop

I love turkey! It’s been grand to eat it every day since our big dinner on Saturday. My daughters brought their best friends – it was a fabulous time!

We had a lovely Thanksgiving meal, with the 'family' of my daughters' best friends

We had a lovely Thanksgiving meal, with the ‘family’ of my daughters’ best friends

But now it’s back to work. I am getting ready for a trunkshow this weekend, at the shop of the Designer Craft Council. This lovely little store is right next door to Pier21, tucked in behind the antique railway car, and part of the Mary E. Black Gallery.

The Nova Scotia Designer Crafts Council does a lot for local artisans – I am very grateful to them! And I love the fact that they have a store now. So, naturally, I am looking forward to spending the day there with a trunkshow.

It will be an opportunity to “meet the artist”, but I will also bring some things with me that the shop hasn’t had before, and I will bring a few items on sale! This is a rare opportunity, as my work almost never goes ‘on sale’.

One of the series that will be available at a discount price will be the Script Series. I created this series for an exhibition I had at this very gallery back in 2008. I had recently returned from a pilgrimage through India, where the many varied ways of writing had tickled my creative interest.

The scripts in colourful India become more and more rounded, the further South you go

The scripts in colourful India become more and more rounded, the further South you go

The exhibition, my first since graduating from NSCAD University, was a big deal for me. I had worked towards it for two years.

photo, script ring, jewellery, jewelry, silver

The Script rings during the opening reception. Photo courtesy of my then only thirteen year-old daughter Emma

And so it is perhaps fitting that the rings get an ending of sorts in that same space: I will be putting the last remaining Script rings on sale this Saturday for the trunk show. So if you’va always thought of getting one, this may be your lucky day!

They are just sooo much fun in gold!

I even have a couple of gold ones left! They’ll have a special price, too…

The trunkshow will run 11am – 4pm. However, since it will be the night of Nocturne, I may stick around for a bit longer …

See you there!

1061 Marginal Road
Saturday October 18th

Best selection, of course, for those who come first!


Meet the artist: Antigonish and Halifax

Wow. This is not meant to be a journal of unfortunate circumstances, but before I get ‘back to business’, I cannot help acknowledge the tragic loss of yet another friend:
bright light, strong force, and all around amazing human being, artist Zoe Nudell, age 33, died last night. I can’t say it any better than my daughter did on her Facebook post this morning:

” I grew up with the energetic and enthusiastic spirit of Zoë Nudel in my life. She was a part of women’s circles at my school and taught me what it meant to be free and independent. She was hit by a drunk driver while jogging which sent her to the hospital in critical condition. She passed away last night. For those who knew her, keep her in your hearts and minds and practice as she moves through her bardo experience. For those who don’t, that’s truly too bad. 

 Please remember: no matter what, do not drive impaired. ”
                                                                                                                      Emma, age 18

I cannot stress Emma’s last comment enough: do not drive impaired!!! And not because you could be stopped and ticketed, but because you could kill somebody!!

This is unbelievably sad news. It’s really really hard not to ask “Why?”.
My heart goes out particularly to Zoe’s father, and her partner. Gosh, life is so fragile!
There is a small article about the circumstances here, and a small first tribute here.

Zoe Nudell

Zoe Nudell. Photo by Katie McKay 2013, More photos from this shoot here


It’s a bit difficult to keep going, but it seems that life goes on, and I continue to make jewellery, despite these sad news. You will have an opportunity to see me and my work two weekends in a row! First, I will be at Aphrodite Art and Fashion in Antigonish, NS, as part of their PRE-CHRISTMAS GODDESS EVENT, next Sunday, November 10th, from noon to 4pm. I will be there along with Barb Stegemann and her ethical fragrance line 7 Virtues, and artists Clare Bridge and Lisa Nishi. Afternoon tea and cakes will be served, and, even better, I will have some gold Onefooters with Canadian diamonds with me!

Each one of these yummy pieces is totally unique!

Each one of these yummy pieces is totally unique!

The following weekend will be the amazing annual Nova Scotia Designer Crafts Show at the Cunard Centre. This juried show presents the best of fine craft in Nova Scotia; make sure to mark your calendars now!


And so I head back to the bench, holding Zoe and her family in my heart.


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