Holiday Guest Artist at ACCI Gallery

I’m excited to announce that my jewelry is now available at the Arts & Crafts, Inc (ACCI) Gallery in Berkeley through Valentine’s day. After participating in the Metal Arts Guild FUSION show at ACCI Galley, I was asked to be one of their holiday guest artists.

ACCI Galley is a artist’s run cooperative gallery, so all the artist’s also volunteer to keep the studio running. I volunteered for a couple hours yesterday and it was to see all such a diverse range of artwork all in one place. They have an amazing selection of jewelry, ceramics, textile art, candles, paintings and even a little sculpture garden out back.

I was pleased to see a great selection of my jewelry right up front. It’s a great place to do your holiday shopping supporting local artists. Stop by and check it out if you’re in Berkeley.

Iris Willow Pop-Up Shop @ Fort Mason next Friday

Great news! Iris Willow’s been selected to participate in the Storefront Showcase at Fort Mason next Friday, August 15th where I’ll be selling my handmade enamel jewelry. Stop by to see my colorful earrings and necklaces in person.

Plus Off the Grid will be happening at Fort Mason at the same time, so you can grab dinner from an awesome selection of 32 food trucks while you’re there and listen to some live music starting at 8pm. 


Iris Willow Pop Up Shop at the Storefront Showcase
WHERE: Fort Mason Center, Building D in the Fleet Room
2 Marina Blvd, San Francisco, CA 94123
WHEN: 5pm - 10pm

Screen Printing Enamels

I took a little trip out to the Richmond Art Center today to take a class screen printing designs onto my enamel jewelry.

I began the day in the screen printing studio with the knowledgable instructor Joyce, who’s been screen printing since the 60s, where I constructed my screens out of craft frames stretched with mesh, held together with staples and tape. Next I coated them with red emulsifier in the dark room and taped the designs I created in illustrator printed on transparencies before exposing them in the light box. Four minutes later, I took a water gun to the screens and rinsed away the emulsifier where the designs had been and my screens were ready for printing. 

For the second part of the class, we headed down the hall to the metals studio where instructor Ed showed us two techniques for enameling with our screens. The first technique involved pulling dry powdered glass enamel through the screens. Since I mainly work in dry enamels at my studio, I could try this out in my studio, I focused on the second method.

The second technique was a wet method, where we used ceramic pigments mixed with stain base to produce a liquid about the consistency of screen print paint that we used an old hotel door card to pull though the screens. It was challenging getting an even print with clear definition, since you only had one pull to do it, but a little more forgiving than actual screen printing, since if you didn’t like it, you could always wipe off your piece and start over after cleaning out your screen. Once we got a print we liked, we popped them in one of the four kilns they had onsite to fire the patterns to the enamel. I fired mine a couple additional times with a clear coat of enamel on top to bring out the colors and integrate the pigments with the enamel to leave a smooth surface. I definitely hope to explore screen printing more in my studio.

My finished pieces.