I’ve been busy the past few weeks, working on prototypes of new designs using the lost wax technique. It’s a lot of fun, though daunting at times. But I truly enjoy the experience of delving deeply into a process and learning every detail and nuance.
It’s kind of like being in a relationship with another person. You find out how the material reacts to different temperatures, pressures and tools. You uncover amazing qualities that may not be apparent at first, that make you fall just that much deeper in love. And you learn to work through the rough patches and come out appreciating the special relationship you have with this craft.
My hope is to get everything ready by the busy gifting season. In the meantime, here is a sneak peek of a ring that was inspired by this quote. It celebrates the beauty of the mountainside, not the mountain peak, because it is on the mountainsides where things grow. And it is in the process, not the final outcome, where we can find moments that enrich our lives.