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    • A Short History Of Mezzotint 1 by: Chris Nowicki

      March 16, 2010, 14:03

      Steam Tractor Mezzotint by Chris Nowicki Mezzotint is one of the oldest printing techniques. It is a time consuming deductive method, similar to linocut in…

    • A Short History Of Mezzotint 2 by: Chris Nowicki

      March 16, 2010, 14:17

      Steam Engine Mezzotint by Chris NowickiFor many years it was thought that Prince Rupert was the discoverer of mezzotint. Publications from the time mention…

    • A Short History Of Mezzotint 3 by: Chris Nowicki

      March 16, 2010, 14:19

      Bulldozer Mezzotint by Chris Nowicki The most critical challenge to mezzotint came from yet another technical area that was developing by leaps and bounds,…

    • Russian Blue Trade Beads, History by: Janet Walker

      December 18, 2010, 19:40

      My purposes for blogging about Trade Beads is to present various historical quotes and facts about beads that were traded up and down the northwest coast of…

    • Russian Blue Chief Trade Beads by: Janet Walker

      December 23, 2010, 11:41

      Various sizes of Russian Blue Glass Trade Beads I’ve always found it helpful to go to the language of the people that I’m studying for clues if I’m…

    • Raven Blue Sky Necklace by: Janet Walker

      February 15, 2011, 10:19

      'Raven Sky' Copan Blue Russians Necklace There is a new item in our shop, a beautiful trade bead necklace by Janet Walker. The centerpiece for this necklace…

    • Trade Bead Necklace with Walrus Ivory Pendant by: Janet Walker

      February 16, 2011, 11:39

      Trade Bead Necklace with Fossil Walrus Ivory Pendant This green and white trade bead necklace was interesting to make because it gave me the opportunity to…

    • Bear With An Idea by: Janet Walker

      February 26, 2011, 18:21

      Bear With Idea Brooch This silver brooch is titled "Bear With An Idea" and has Abalone inlay. My favorite Bear story is about a woman who married the Chief…

    • On the Trade Routes, Part 2, with Amber by: Janet Walker

      March 3, 2011, 08:37

      Big Chunks and slightly greenish Amber Beads It’s virtually impossible to talk about Carnelian without talking about Amber. At the same time as the…

    • Raven Revealed Trade Bead Necklace by: Janet Walker

      March 9, 2011, 12:53

      Raven Revealed Trade Bead Necklace As I glanced up to see the sky this pre-spring afternoon I was privileged to see a beam of sunshine glancing down from a…

    • Owen & Janet Walker Trade Bead Lecture by: Janet Walker

      March 19, 2011, 12:50

      Janet & Owen Walker Opening Celebration & Show First Thursday, April 7th, 6 - 8 pm Strands of dentalium shell, strings of glass beads and…

    • On the Trade Routes Cornaline D’Aleppo by: Janet Walker

      March 30, 2011, 20:04

      20mm Cornaline d'Aleppo bead on necklace with mixed Venetians We can now talk about Cornaline D’Aleppo’s. They came much later to the trade route but…

    • The Non-Edible Gooseberry Trade Bead by: Janet Walker

      April 5, 2011, 17:27

      Bracelet collection of Red, Blue and Creamy white Gooseberries Gooseberries are possibly my favorite trade bead. A fact I find kind of strange because they…

    • Polish Exhibition Printmaking in Chengdu by: Chris Nowicki

      April 9, 2011, 08:53

      Lunch with Tianjin Printmaking Faculty This is my fourth trip to China and I am still fascinated with this culture and people. I am in Tianjin now but will…

    • More Photos From Tianjin by: Chris Nowicki

      April 10, 2011, 07:49

      I’m packing to go to Chengdu tomorrow but here are a few more photos from Tianjin. All were taken within 200 yards of the Art Academy. I am invited to dinner…

    • The Ubiquitous Padre Trade Bead by: Janet Walker

      April 12, 2011, 09:03

      Necklace made entirely with Sky Blue Padre Trade Beads and deep red Coral beads Padre beads are probably the most ideal description of a “Trade Bead”.…

    • Chengdu Photos from Chris Nowicki by: Chris Nowicki

      April 12, 2011, 09:46

      Chengdu Street Scene Chengdu has quite a different atmosphere than Tianjin. The construction of new buildings here, as in Tianjin seems to be out of…

    • Marta Kubiak in Helsinki by: Marta Kubiak

      April 12, 2011, 15:03

      Marta & Agata at Kuvataideakatemia At the end of March I was in Helsinki with Professor Pawel Frackiewicz and Assistant Professor Agata Gertchen. We were…

    • Tex-Mex In Chengdu by: Chris Nowicki

      April 14, 2011, 07:56

      Endless Free Parking in Chengdu I had dinner last night in Pete’s Tex-Mex Restaurant. Actually it was pretty good and it sure looked authentic, cactuses,…

    • Dinner In Chengdu by: Chris Nowicki

      April 16, 2011, 07:59

      Dinner in Chengdu I had a great dinner last night with the people from the University. One of the staff is the foremost authority in old Chinese painting. He…

    • Last Post From China by: Chris Nowicki

      April 18, 2011, 15:53

      Brush Shop A trip to the ‘old market’ was a highlight of my last full day in Chengdu. My friend He Gong showed me the best way to barter here. You ask…

    • Fossil Walrus Ivory from Punuk Island by: Terry Williams

      April 20, 2011, 18:21

      Fossil Walrus Ivory These pieces are sold now, but they are wonderful examples of fossil walrus ivory that the divers from Savoonga, Alaska find off of Punuk…

    • Northwest Coast Printing by: Chris Nowicki

      June 26, 2011, 10:31

      Haines Print Studio I have been coming to Haines, Alaska in the summer for 18 years to make limited edition serigraphs for Native Americans. Before Alaska…

    • Leaving Haines AK by: Chris Nowicki

      August 18, 2011, 19:11

      I am on the way to Haines Airport. My summer in Haines Alaska is finished for this year. I went through Juneau on my way back to Lummi Island, Washington…

    • Steam Drill Mezzotint by: Chris Nowicki

      August 18, 2011, 23:17

      Steam Drill Mezzotint by Chris Nowicki Mezzotint is one of the oldest printing techniques. It was the printing method of choice by publishers and clients…

    • Seoul by: Chris Nowicki

      August 26, 2011, 15:58

      Seoul Exhibition Banner Here is my first post from Seoul. My first full day in Seoul and we are setting up the big Polish Mezzotint and printmaking…

    • Recycle your Gold by: Janet Walker

      August 27, 2011, 16:43

      A Collection of Scrap Gold Here’s a glimpse of the kind of old jewelry that we can melt and cast into your own custom jewelry. We can use it in your new…

    • Polish Printmaking in Seoul by: Chris Nowicki

      August 28, 2011, 17:26

      Setting Up The Show After my first visit to China about 4 years ago I was so impressed with the quality of Chinese printmaking that I felt a closer contact…

    • A Really Lovely Combination of Trade Beads by: Janet Walker

      August 30, 2011, 16:23

      When I make my Trade Bead Legend Necklaces I often combine beads from different segments of time because they are primarily so beautiful together. They can…

    • Invited to lunch by Polish Ambassador by: Chris Nowicki

      September 1, 2011, 01:28

      Ambassador Lunch We were invited to lunch by the Polish Ambassador on Tuesday (photo left to right: Dr. Marek Jedras, Ambassador Krzysztof Majka, our…

    • Maserati In Hong Kong by: Chris Nowicki

      September 9, 2011, 15:06

      Maserati In Hong Kong Expensive cars are a status symbol in Hong Kong and I saw almost everything, Maseratis, Maybachs, Ferraris, Bentleys, Rollses and even…

    • Hong Kong Layover by: Chris Nowicki

      September 9, 2011, 23:58

      Ferry To Kowloon My trip back from the Polish Printmaking Show and Seoul South Korea took me through Hong Kong. I had heard a lot about this great city from…

    • Chris Nowicki Serigraphs by: Chris Nowicki

      September 13, 2011, 09:59

      John Hagan, Raven Tribal House Front Artist and printmaker Chris Nowicki travels from his home in Wroclaw Poland each summer to create limited edition…

    • Trade Beads at a Major Fishing Spot by: Janet Walker

      September 21, 2011, 11:40

      Celilo Falls Trade Beads Trade Beads at a Major Fishing Spot Trade Beads and their history being such a major interest of mine led me to research Celilo…

    • Celilo Falls Salmon Fishing by: Janet Walker

      October 2, 2011, 13:13

      Fishing Platforms After our trip to Celilo Falls in search of Trade Bead paths Owen picked up the October edition of Cowboys & Indians Magazine and…

    • Pencil Drawings by: Chris Nowicki

      October 4, 2011, 21:18

      White Door Drawing Over the past ten years or so I have been working on pencil drawings of doors. These drawings are 70x100cm and are done entirely with…

    • Plate For Norvin Mezzotint by: Chris Nowicki

      October 16, 2011, 20:05

      Plate For Mezzotint 'Norvin' 35cm x 25cm This is a photo of the mezzotint plate that I am working on right now. There is a long story about this motorcycle…

    • Searching for trade beads in NE Nevada by: Janet Walker

      October 21, 2011, 18:47

      Shoshone Moccasins, 1878, with seed beads decoration Shoshone Moccasins from 1922 with quill work and seed beads While traveling anywhere, but this time…

    • Did Captain Jack have Trade Beads? by: Janet Walker

      January 5, 2012, 17:10

      Visiting my brother, Jim Hertel in Alturas, CA is always fun.  He has Coastwide Contractors and knows the area pretty well, so we get stories, directions to…

    • Printmaking Show In Chicago by: Chris Nowicki

      January 18, 2012, 02:08

      We arrived in Chicago in blizzard conditions but what can you expect in the middle of January. As you can see in the photos, the Chicago Cultural Center did a…

    • Visit to Ball State University by: Chris Nowicki

      January 26, 2012, 23:27

      Presentation and Lecture by Chris Nowicki Visit to Ball State University – Chris Nowicki and Jacek Szewczyk During January 16-18, 2012 we were guests…

    • On The Road In Ohio by: Chris Nowicki

      January 27, 2012, 13:31

      Ohio farmhouse Jacek Szewczyk and I were guests of Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana where I gave a lecture to demonstrate the 'mezzotint' printing…

    • Sterling Silver Thunderbird Tag by: Adam Mills

      January 27, 2012, 15:55

      What is a Thunderbird? A Thunderbird is a huge bird of power and strength, capable of creating storms and thunder as it flaps its wings. Lightening even…

    • Raven and the Orb of Light by: Adam Mills

      January 31, 2012, 19:30

      Raven and the Orb of Light This hand engraved tag featuring Raven and the Orb of Light is one of the new hand engraved tags carved in Sterling Silver at…

    • Japanese/Polish Print Exhibition by: Chris Nowicki

      February 13, 2012, 20:43

      Japanese & Polish Exhibition February 10th was the opening of the International Japanese/Polish Print Exhibition at the Rondo Gallery in Katowice,…

    • Talkin' Trade Beads with Ben McPherson by: Janet Walker

      February 14, 2012, 19:27

      Ben McPherson painting in his studio Ben McPherson is a marvelous young artist who just happens to be Owen’s nephew by marriage to his niece, Kristina. …

    • Trade Beads at Fort Vancouver, WA by: Janet Walker

      March 5, 2012, 14:55

      Since glass Trade Beads are one of my passions/addictions, my recent visit to the Fort Vancouver National Historic Reserve Site was exciting in light of the…

    • Norvin Motorcycle Mezzotint by: Chris Nowicki

      March 7, 2012, 22:28

      Norvin Motorcylce Print 2012 This motorcycle image is very important to me. It is a view of a motorcycle that I owned when I lived in Seattle. It represents…

    • Rain/Spawn/Salmon Trade Bead Necklace by: Janet Walker

      March 23, 2012, 13:16

      I had set myself a goal to blog about Trade Beads every Wednesday and have found myself falling off the wagon.  So I’m jumping back on with this beauty of a…

    • Exhibition Gallery Zajezdnia by: Chris Nowicki

      April 5, 2012, 00:35

      Artur and Annamarie My exhibition with Marta Kubiak and Malgorzata Warlikowska at Gallery Zajezdnia in Lublin, Poland was a huge success. The opening was…

    • Chanchun Lectures by: Chris Nowicki

      April 17, 2012, 20:28

      Friday Night Dinner Changchun is a city of about 7 million in Northeast China. There are about 20 universities in town and I am giving lectures at the…

    • Story Rings are Walker Goldsmiths' Newest Custom Ring Adventure by: Janet Walker

      August 29, 2012, 14:05

      Our Story Wedding Ring As the main wax carver, Janet Walker, I’m having a very fun time here at Walker Goldsmiths creating a Custom “Our Story" Wedding…

    • Printmaking Limited Edition Alaska by: Chris Nowicki

      September 1, 2012, 08:09

      Bear This was a busier summer than usual in Haines Alaska. Prints for Allie High, Preston Singletary and Jeff Skaflestad took up most of the seven weeks I…

    • Looking for Crazy Horse - Custom Feather Pendant by: Janet Walker

      October 11, 2012, 08:44

      Kate's Custom Feather Pendant At Walker Goldsmiths we’ve been making a Fantastic Custom Feather Pendant for a lovely lady who’s been looking for Crazy…

    • The Zen of Haida Formline by: Melonie Ancheta

      November 6, 2012, 12:25

      The Zen of Haida Formline All summer I was on call while a friend of mine carved a Shovelnose canoe. I had documented the first Shovelnose he carved the year…

    • 1 Native Paint Revealed: Prehistoric Red Paint on the Northwest Coast by: Melonie Ancheta

      January 2, 2013, 15:08

      Fig 1. Hollowed pigment grinding stone. Simon Fraser University. Recently I spent the afternoon at Simon Fraser University in Burnaby, BC with lots of…

    • 2 Native Paint Revealed, Red ochre by: Melonie Ancheta

      January 2, 2013, 17:29

      Fig 5. Stone, clay, cake and powdered red ochre. Personal collection. Fig 5 is a small sampler of the red ochres I have.  (I have more than a hundred …

    • 3 Native Paint Revealed: The everlasting power of red ochre by: Melonie Ancheta

      January 4, 2013, 18:31

      John Greenway writes: ‘Why did this material in almost every religion since Neanderthal man invented that institution, become the most spiritually rich and…

    • 4 Native Paint Revealed, Vegetable or mineral by: Melonie Ancheta

      January 6, 2013, 14:34

      Vegetable or Mineral I have had the opportunity to study a wide variety of prehistoric painted artifacts from the NW Coast and have only found one object…

    • China Travels & Chinese Traditional Food by: Chris Nowicki

      October 25, 2013, 11:31

      In Changchun I have been able to try some unusual traditional foods. Since my arrival here in Changchun I have been able to try some unusual traditional…

    • Exploring Traditions through a Jewelry Making Experience by: Janet Walker

      December 30, 2014, 15:05

      I’m not Jewish, that I know of, although my Northern European ancestors were hustled about as if they were and my girlfriend, the professional genealogist,…

    • The Year On The North West Coast by: Owen Walker

      January 7, 2015, 12:48

      Here at Walker Goldsmiths we are about a block from the beach and very aware of the changing weather and the revolving of the seasons. Our house and studio is…

    • Kate's Hawk Spirit by Walker Goldsmiths by: Kate Benzel

      March 13, 2016, 09:13

      Walker Goldsmiths created a bracelet for me--Kate's Hawk Spirit--in memory of Mike. Owen and Janet so accurately depicted Mike's spirit in this wonderful…

    • Chevron Trade Beads by: Janet Walker

      May 1, 2016, 08:39

      About 20 years ago our friend, Scott Jensen, called us up and said, "Hey, come on, there’s a NW Mountain-man Strand of approximately 1 inch long, 6 layer…

    • Category: North West Coast  (3)
      • The Year On The North West Coast by: Owen Walker

        January 7, 2015, 12:48

        Here at Walker Goldsmiths we are about a block from the beach and very aware of the changing weather and the revolving of the seasons. Our house and studio is…

      • Salish Houses by: Owen Walker

        January 7, 2015, 13:09

        This house was at Lummi but is not the house that sat where my house is. I have not been able to locate that image but when I do I will add it on in another…

      • Kate's Hawk Spirit by Walker Goldsmiths by: Kate Benzel

        March 13, 2016, 09:13

        Walker Goldsmiths created a bracelet for me--Kate's Hawk Spirit--in memory of Mike. Owen and Janet so accurately depicted Mike's spirit in this wonderful…

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