While I have been doing my freelance work for Anatomology I can't help but be inspired to come up with my own designs.  This is a take off of the line that I had cast in bronze for the prototype. 
My grandmother buys loads of old costume jewelry and sends it to my mom by the bag full.  Stefanie and I are going to be recylcing this old treasure and using my new pendants to create a fun line of jewelry.  This is a project that we can both work on together, so I know I am super excited.
With a little inspiration, encouragement, and some advice from people who know where to go, we may just be able to start something that could last.  More to come!


As time goes on, these jewelry projects keep getting more fun!
This is a new piece never before seen in Google.  I sculpted the bones 'in the round' and decided to flatten out the back to reduce the weight.  Once this piece is in metal, the phalanges should be able to be opened up to give a larger strangle hold.  The hard part of having this in solid wax is the brittleness when it cools.  The middle fingers are hinged with a jumpring and then an adjustable chain links the thumbs on back of the neck.  The skeleton hand choker is a definite conversation piece, guaranteed to hold on all night. 

This piece will also be available at in the near future.......

Time is on my side, and Rattle them bones.

My most recent work with
An hourglass that tells a story about mind, heart, and time.  Also an eye  catching piece that pulls you in by the neck!


The jewelry I have been sculpting in conjunction with Amy Sweetman is now cast and ready for purchase.
The website is
Each piece turned out awesome, I am really excited and inspired to be a part of this line.
Buy a handful!

Cast Anatomical Jewelry

The anatomical jewelry seen in wax form in earlier posts is now being cast and assembled.  These are a few pictures courtesy of Amy Sweetman.  Amy has instructed me on the concept design.  Her ideas are always interesting, aesthetic and a lot of fun to execute .  They all turned out great, and I am eager to see them available for purchase online soon.

All in a day's work

I have created a Picasa web album with images of the sculptures I have completed while working as a full time sculptor for Designs by Ricker.  They are in no particular order and I will be adding to the album as more work is finished.  It is nice to get all these images into one place, and being able to say......"All in a day's work".  Click the link or go here:

Mind in the...Garden?

Here's a recent illustration done in watercolor and pen. 

Phineas Gage Skull Key Charm

Here is part of the third round of work for Amy Sweetman. This is the Phineas Gage key charm measuring at 1.5"
I am enjoying the revisit to anatomy class...this time in 3D.

Taken from Wiki
Phineas P. Gage (July 9?, 1823 – May 21, 1860)[n 2] was an American railroad construction foreman now remembered for his incredible survival of an accident in which a large iron rod was driven completely through his head, destroying much of his brain's left frontal lobe, and for that injury's reported effects on his personality and behavior—effects so profound that friends saw him as "no longer Gage."
Long called "the American Crowbar Case"—once termed "the case which more than all others is calculated to excite our wonder, impair the value of prognosis, and even to subvert our physiological doctrines"[1]—Phineas Gage influenced 19th-century discussion about the brain, particularly debate on cerebral localization,[2] and was perhaps the first case suggesting that damage to specific regions of the brain might affect personality and behavior.

Mr. Bojangles....well, parts of him.

Here is the second round of jewelry that I sculpted for Amy Sweetman of Dopamine Jewelry.  These will be featured on in the near future.  The size of these sculptures is the real treat.  The pelvis measures at 3/4"tall, the ribcage at 1.5" and the spinal column at 2.5". 

Sweetman Jewelry

Recently I had the opportunity to collaborate with Amy Sweetman, creator of Dopamine Jewelry.  Shown here are the wax prototype sculptures of two designs.  These are pendants and will be cast in precious and semi-precious metals. I have always enjoyed anatomy, and incorporating the heart into an aesthetic design is a real treat for me.  The stylized female mandrake form was inspired by the illustrations I reviewed while reading up on the history of the root. 

These designs and a few others are in pre-production stages now, and I look forward to seeing them online for purchase in the near future.

"Memories in the Making" Palette Auction

It is time again for the 10th annual "Memories in the Making" Art Auction.  The Alzheimer's Association holds this event every year to raise money.  This is the palette I painted as one of the 40 artists from Northern Colorado to donate to the auction.
"Memories in the Making" are watercolor painting groups held at many care facilities throughout Colorado. Facilitators assist people with varying stages of Alzheimer's and dementia in painting from still life, pictures, and memory.  Once a year all the paintings are gathered from each facility, and with the families permission, are auctioned off to raise money for the Alzheimer's Association.  In my experience as a facilitator the stories that go along with the paintings are the real gift. 
"This year more than 1,600 pieces of Alzheimer’s artwork was submitted in Northern Colorado. That is over 1,600 hours where an Alzheimer’s patient was socializing with others and actively engaging their brain and often times memories. A jury of four art professionals had the tedious task of choosing the 53 pieces that would be framed and auctioned on the night of May 20. The show is a unique mix of artwork chosen from many different stages within Alzheimer’s disease."

Chinaco Tequilla Pewter Plate

This is a casting of the "Chinaco Tequilla" pewter plate that I recently sculpted for Designs by Ricker
"La Gonzaleña’s tequila was called Chinaco, named after the legendary defenders of Mexico during the Guerra de Reforma (War of Reform) in the 1850s. Chinaco tequila was born out of struggle, and has fought ever since to survive as the only tequila produced in Tamaulipas.

Chinaco tequila was introduced to the United States in 1983 by Robert Denton and Company. Denton marketed the tequila like a fine cognac, and demanded the highest prices of any tequila on the market. The rich, elegant Chinaco Añejo lived up to the
promises, and almost single handedly created the North American market for upscale tequila.

The distillery closed in the late 1980s, and the remaining supply of Chinaco was quickly exhausted. Happily, under the guidance of Gonzalez’s four sons, La Gonzaleña distillery was reborn, and Chinaco reappeared for sale in the United States in 1994. Currently Chinaco is available in three styles. The Blanco is bottled without any wood aging. The Reposado is aged in barrel for up to a year. The Añejo ages in oak barrels for up to four years."  
Lance Cutler, author of the Tequila Lover’s Guide To Mexico.

Ivy Stockwell Stallions Book Signing

Illustration for the "Copper Pots & Chicken Poppycosh" by Jason Hooker book signing at Ivy Stockwell Elementary in Berthoud, CO. 3/6/10.
Their mascot is the Stallion, and Jason is a 5th grade teacher there.
I wanted to commemorate the event with a donated piece for the school. Congratulations to Jason and myself for a wonderful book.

Hippos in Canada

Submission for reunion T-shirt design.

Copper Pots & Chicken Poppycosh Official Website

 The official website for Copper Pots & Chicken Poppycosh, by Jason Hooker is now live at
You can schedule a book signing through the website by emailing Jason directly.  Links for where to buy are available there as well. 

The website was created by Ryan McWilliams.  Get in touch with Ryan to have a custom website built to fit your needs.

Gone Fishing

Conan O'brien week at Art Jumble.

Motorcycle Helmet Ornaments...

Here's a new project I have been working on with Designs By Ricker for the American Fender Art line.  The Winged Heart is resin cast, automotive chrome painted, and is mounted into a novelty helmet using a stainless screw.  To purchase go here and call.