New Class for Fall

I’m currently prepping to teach at a weekend retreat and here’s a sneak peek of the sample for one of the classes I will be presenting. I call it “A Woven and Twisted Heart.”

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This abstract heart pendant features 3 different weaves, the sumac, a 3/3 weave, and coiling, along with flourishes of twisted wire and some spirals.  There’s a good deal of room in this design to play and make your own variation.  The pendant is about 1 1/2″ long and can be worn at a variety of lengths.  The class is 3 hours long and costs $50, materials included.

If you would like to learn how to make your own heart, contact me to schedule or call Artisans of Metal and Thread.

What’s in a name?

I am sometimes asked why I use the name Aguasulis?  What does it mean?  Where did it come from? So I think now is a good time to share the origin of this name with all of you.

Many years ago, I took my first trip outside of the US and went to England.  My trip was only 5 days long, but the experience of going to London and Bath was in many ways life changing for me.  I know when I talk about it that way it sounds like a cliché, but it’s true.  I learned so much about myself on that trip and the way I looked at everything changed forever as a result.  The trip truly marked a turning point internally.

Anyway, as you may or may not know, the local Roman goddess of Bath from is Sulis Minerva.  There is a temple at the Roman bath house in Bath dedicated to her.  The mineral springs there were referred to by the Romans as “Aquae Sulis,” which translates to “the waters of Sulis.”  One of the attractions at the bath house is a fountain in the Pump Room where you can drink the mineral water which is said to have healing powers.  And naturally, I drank the water.

Several years after that trip, while trying to think of a pen name and username for my blog “Aquae Sulis” popped into my mind.  Knowing that most people wouldn’t be able to spell or pronounce the Latin phrase, I substituted Aquae with the Spanish word for water “agua.”  Afterall, I should be using all those years of Spanish in high school and college for something, yes?

So there you have the story behind “Aguasulis.”  This name has over the years morphed for me into an alternate identity mostly because it’s the name I use on my writing and my art whenever I have shared my creativity publically.  Creating for me is as healing and transformative and essential to my soul as water is to my body.  Jewelry is just another medium I use to express my creativity.