The Matilija Poppy Brooch is created here by Tom Herman and myself Patsy Croft for the benefit of the Mendocino Art Center. In our journey of studying the Masters of the past we have come to realize the magnificent jewels of their time were not created by one. Contributing artist Nancy Gardner, Bob Weinstock and Ethan Herman all play a large part in tis amazing project. Stay posted as we share our journey. Gold for this project was donated by the Mendocino Board member John Cornacchia and the artist are donating their time to support the school.
A weeks work with Tom Herman, Patsy Croft, Nancy Gardner, Bob Weinstock, Ethan Herman.
Almost time to enamel!
Photo of a Matilija Poppy
The Beginning.. this cute little part will become the stamens. Dawn shared this with us as one of her students had shared it with her.
The tube will be placed inside the stamens and act as a bolt to attach to the stem.
Now on to the buds. We have planned two unopened pods. Ethan was busy on this.
Here he made a form into the piece of wood after Tom made a paper bud as a model.
You can see the two pod parts on the left.
Pod parts assembled and ready to be chased by Master Bob Weinstock.
Nancy busy making leaves, chasing leaves and saw piercing leaves.
The stigma and stamen coming together.
The underside of the stigma will act as a nut and screw to the stem to hold all petals in place.
Here the stigma and the stamen will attach to the branch, between the stamina and the branch will be the 6 petals.
A nice stem from the garden to help us with the placement of the flower and pods.
Lots of photos to work from.
Celebrating a few tiny things we had make before Ethan leaves us.
More calculation to make the flower petals.
Nitric depletion of parts to start enameling.
Master Bob Weinstock chasing the leaves.
And Bob’s beautiful chasing on the flower buds.
Pieces are coming together.
Our team head Master getting excited.
Bob has shaped and now chasing the flower sepal.
With Nancy Gardner’s help the flower is coming together.
Look like my flash did not fire *(
Time to head home, in less than a week we made lots of progress!
Stay tuned as we continue from our own studios.
The Matilija Poppy Brooch will go to auction later this year to raise funds for the school, Mendocino Art Center.
Matching colors for enameling. These are my test plates.
It is time to make our connection, this will pull everything together and I will be able to start the enameling process.
Here you can see all the parts and how they go together. As you have read in the beginning of my posting Tom has had several talented jewellers help him work on this project but he has differently been the Master of the smithing! And now it is on my bench to enamel. Check back as Mendocino Matilija Poppy evolves. Patsy and Tom
I will enamel the stem and buds of the poppy first *)
Tom Herman http://sevenfingers.com
The work of Tom Herman is ornate, but not flamboyant. Romantic yet modern, evoking classical metalworking traditions from long ago. No two pieces of Tom Herman’s jewelry are ever alike, because he designs and carves each item, taking for inspiration organic forms such as leaves and flowers, or the cut of a stone he’s created. Tom’s heirloom-quality jewelry is not the kind of work that will sit in the bottom drawer of your jewelry case.