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!
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.
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.
Petrified Coral Opal in "This is the Night" bracelet. Boulder Opal from Bill Kasso.
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.
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.
From left to right;
Nancy Papp, Jean Farnam, Jennifer Kalled, Aubri Keating and Sarah Beth Booker... missing Kim Kalled
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.
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.