wintering bees

  As I am hunkering down in my studio readying all kinds of last minute things for a December show, my thoughts fly off towards the bees that provide, oh so generously for my work. The bees work incredibly hard all spring and summer making honey. They’ll eat it through the summer, fall and our long Vermont winter, where the bees will remain all season. They keep the hive warm inside by huddling around their Queen. They take turns being on the outside of the

‘huddle’, only leaving for short flights to go to the ‘loo’!
  Having lived in parts of the country where the seasons are not expressed in such dramatically different ways, it is interesting to explore this aspect of nature and follow the rhthym of this ‘introspective’ season…soon there will be space to spend my studio time carving  the ideas that have been floating around in my head, thinking about what I would love to bring out with the new years’ burst of creative energy, and following the cycle of the seasons.
  Here is a photo of Michael and the bees in their Ralph Lauren color painted hives….sweet respite my collaborators!…see you in the spring!

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  1. I really enjoyed this post about the bee hive and the nature of the bees, we too are looking into getting bees, mainly to pollinate our orchard and gardens at the farm and secondly to build a balanced Eco system for the birds bees and all the animals.

    One of my favorite reads is a magazine called Mother Earth, in the archives that I got from my family last spring I read an article about the integral importance of the bee in the symbiosis of nature, the sad thing is that they are becoming fewer every spring, and this has scientists and naturalist perplexed as to why:(

    On a lighter note I love the organic process you take with the molds of your jewelry, as you once told me the process is a long and loving one that involves much time, tender attention, and creative detail, your final products show the consistency of this…

    I am utterly adoring the tiny silver flowers you have in your shop, although there are other things there I just dream of having one day I think I will bee (no pun intended) setting my sites on the tiny flower earrings and/or bracelet!!! Such divinity!

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