thoughts on work + some commissions too

I'm slowly getting better at documenting the work that I'm making. I really dislike this part of the artistic process--you know, the part where you actually show people what you've been creating.  Lately work has consisted a lot of small commissions here and there, and filling orders from my website. All things I'm beyond thankful for. Though, I still have this little hole in my soul and these ideas for more sculptural pieces--and many that are not necessarily jewelry. Sometimes I feel more like a machine and less like an artist--but I'm learning now that the two aren't mutually exclusive. There's a time and season for everything, right?  I know that there will be time for those bigger things in the future, and I am constantly reminding myself that these things that seem like impediments: a small studio, limited tools, etc. are actually the very elements that encourage me to be innovative and hard-working. All of this, let's call it 'restlessness', has made me think a lot about an excerpt from a book I'm reading about work. In the intro of the book the author talks about how we are created for work and that it is not in vain:

Whatever you are seeking in your work—the city of justice and peace, the world of brilliance and beauty, the story, the order, the healing—it is there. There is a God, there is a future healed world that he will bring about, and your work is showing it (in part) to others. Your work will be only partially successful, on your best days, in bringing that world about. But inevitably the whole tree that you seek—the beauty, harmony, justice, comfort, joy, and community—will come to fruition. If you know all this, you won’t be despondent because you can get only a leaf or two out in this life. You will work with satisfaction and joy.
— Tim Keller, Every Good Endeavor

So let's work hard, friends, on whatever your "leaf" may be, and may we do it with joy. 

Speaking of work,  here are a few pieces I was asked to make in the last month or so. I hope you enjoy! xoxo