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STRANGE TIMES, NEW EMOTIONS and CREATIVITY

STRANGE TIMES, NEW EMOTIONS and CREATIVITY

by Jennifer Kalled-Kasso April 08, 2020 16 Comments

Bill and I had a fabulous Tucson Show in 2020.  Boulder opals continue to excite designers, and new designers are taking the plunge.  The public knowledge is growing surrounding boulder opal but still has a long way to go.  Being an art jeweler since 1978, selling in art shows around the country and owning a gallery for 20 years, gives me a bird's eye view of our sub-culture.    I'm pleased to see artists pushing their edges in creativity and not allowing what's safe to steer them away from their genius.boulder-opal-pendants-gold-kalled-kasso
 
 I was very selective in purchasing colored stones and beads this year, primarily because I have such a fantastic collection of unset stones.   I could have my own booth in Tucson!  Indonesia had some amazing opal in petrified wood that I purchased, along with some Turquoise from Kazastan and Violane from Russia.  I'm still working on  this pair that has rough apatite and sapphire.  One can see how stunning and unusual these stones are.  I love the smokey quartz and apatite as compliments on the pair of earrings below .
 Walking the many shows in Tucson is an exercise in meditation.  To stay mindful of your purpose but open enough to change artistic direction at anytime!  I have a few intentions starting out, but I prefer to be open and surprised.  Just the sheer magnitude of the show can make one feel confused, but if you allow excitement to lead you, you will have a wonder-full experience.
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I purchased an amethyst geode, the crystals are green instead of purple.  The coloration is natural and very unusual. It's about 38" tall by 16" at its widest point.  It's mounted on a steel display base and stands 68" high with base, just under 6 feet.  Not the best picture, you'll just have to come to the gallery after we are allowed to leave our homes to see it.  Definitely, one of my favorite purchases.  It will be a focal piece for the gallery.  Whomever chooses to purchase it, will be a very lucky person indeed.  We drive these larger specimens from Tucson to Wolfeboro, NH ourselves, because the shipping would cost as much as the piece.  Another purchase that I am very excited about were these Lapis Chunky Beads.  Bill and I gold leafed one of the beads and created something very special;  Love collaboration with Bill.
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Continuing working on custom work, see above, this boulder opal was chosen by our collector here in Santa Fe to make something to hang from her omega.  Love her choice of boulder opal; the piece is going to be stunning.
Just a taste of the pieces I have been working on.  I'll share more in time.... thanks

Strange times, new emotions can lead to great creativity.

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OPAL IN YOWAH NOVEMBER 2018

by Jennifer Kalled-Kasso March 23, 2019

Each time I accompany Bill to Yowah, Australia where Yowah Opal is Queen,  I have to "work" my relationship to Bush Living.    It's a type of detoxing;  A detoxing from stimulus if you will.  One does not realize how the rhythm of ones society can take over without knowing, and seemingly without our consent, yet it does.  

I had the privilege of meeting an Artist here this year that somehow escaped me my first two trips.  Meet Eddie McGuire.   He is the artist who carved the beautiful resting places for this Yowah Nut which is called, if you have not already guessed it... "The Eyes of Horus".   In 25 years, Bill has never seen such a perfect picture stone, and such a meaningful one at that. The Egyptian Eye is so widely known and appreciated.  We are so excited to have these in our collection.  Priceless!

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Channel 5 Boston Chronicle Piece on Jennifer Kalled & Bill Kasso, Kalled Gallery in Wolfeboro, NH

Channel 5 Boston Chronicle Piece on Jennifer Kalled & Bill Kasso, Kalled Gallery in Wolfeboro, NH

by Jennifer Kalled-Kasso December 01, 2017

http://www.wcvb.com/article/lake-winnipesaukee-kalled-gallery/13440090

It was so nice to share a bit of our story with Chronicle channel 5 Boston.  A big thank you to you all!  Some artists need to be in cities, some in the middle of no where.  I tend to thrive in the peace and quiet, (Wolfeboro) & in the midst of other artists.  Santa Fe is our Winter home, and for those of you that have spent time in Santa Fe, it's a perfect place for like minded artists.  Please come and visit us here on Lake Winnipesaukee, Wolfeboro or in Santa Fe, at Malouf's on the Plaza.

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Leaf Shaped Boulder Opal Chandelier Earrings

by Jennifer kalled October 13, 2016

When Bill Kasso starts cutting his rough boulder opal, koroit opal, yowah opal, etc... it is a very exciting time for him and of course for me. When I saw these leaf shape boulder opals that he cut for me I flipped. These are going to be big earrings; not for the faint of heart, or worried about when one is going to wear them... you just do, much like the Nike sentiment... Iv'e accented them with 6mm blue zircons (that are luscious), and tsavorite garnets to pull out the famous blue/green tones that are cradled in the iron stone matrix.

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Boulder Opal Bracelet

by Jennifer Kalled-Kasso October 13, 2016

Petrified Coral Opal in "This is the Night" bracelet. Boulder Opal from Bill Kasso.

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Boulder Opal Necklace "Hanging in the Balance"

by Jennifer kalled October 01, 2016

This boulder opal necklace was a true balancing act.  Getting the boulder opal, carved black jade, pearls and the rest was a challenge, but in the end, a lovely piece.  Here is a picture of Aubri wearing this piece.  Yes, it goes with your jeans and a hoodie, or your black dress.

 

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Boulder Opal Ring in 22k & 18k gold

by Jennifer kalled October 01, 2016

Like many artists I have a very large collection of the materials I use, in my case, it's boulder opal, opalized wood, yowah opal, koroit opal and, my fiancé is an opal miner! This addiction, like any addiction occupies not only ones time, but ones head space.  I think about boulder opal colors, what creation is next and how opal can be designed to show off it's beauty.  My pieces are complicated, much like a mosaic or a Klimt painting.  My work is for the woman who starts something, not a follower by any stretch of the imagination.  It's not an unusual sale when a piece is purchased by a female lawyer, doctor, banker, finance director, etc...   I find that satisfying.  

 I just finished this ring with boulder opal, peridot, & tsavortite in 22k and 18k gold.  I love this ring... It's going to be hard to let this go.    

http://www.kalledjewelrystudio.com/collections/jennifer-kalled/products/boulder-opal-and-tsavorite-ring-1

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ALI DUMONT the Bride

by Jennifer kalled October 01, 2016

Beautiful bride.... Jewelry designed by Ali & Jennifer

 

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Happy Holidays from the Kalled Gallery

by Jennifer kalled October 01, 2016

 

From left to right;

Nancy Papp, Jean Farnam, Jennifer Kalled, Aubri Keating and Sarah Beth Booker... missing Kim Kalled

 

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The Collector and Me, Boulder Opal & Carved Onyx

by Jennifer kalled October 01, 2016 1 Comment

There is something special about the relationship between the artist and the collector.  Why?  because it is a shared experience.  

Boulder opal, pearl, spinals, diamonds, carved black onyx drusy, peridot, spessartite, in 22k & 18k gold.

 

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Custom Earrings with Boulder Opal

by Jennifer kalled October 01, 2016

 One of my collectors recently chose  3 boulder opals from Bill Kasso while we were participating in the Fall Crafts at Lyndhurst Art Show in Tarrytown, NY (See below)  Bill has been bringing a collection of unset boulder opals to our Art Shows and it has opened up a whole new avenue for collectors to have a more intimate part in their custom piece.  Having such a large selection of Boulder Opal to choose from gets our juices flowing!  

It was particularly fun for me to have the challenge, and a brave customer to want to have mismatched earrings.  I love the delicate pink that winds and sparkles throughout these opals!  We used the customers pearls & diamonds from earrings not worn anymore & added spinels and yellow sapphire.  The earrings will be done in 22k and 18k gold.

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