The cross is an iconic symbol for many and here are several of my original pendants created in good faith. May the holidays brighten your world, warm your heart, and light the way to a shining new year.
“Good Faith Everyday” Nevada turquoise sent in 100% copper and sterling silver pendant garnered responses from Tammie Pollock: Perfect Paula Miller Pottsa: Another GORGEOUS piece of work. Candy McHone Rowe: So much awesomeness! A treasure! You did goooood! Beautiful! Kathy Farris: Your work is beautiful!
“Our Mission Faith” This sterling silver pendant features a Malachite stone which is known for its powerful properties that promote healing transformations as noted at https://www.energymuse.com/malachite-meaning.
This piece was acquired quickly, but Joy L Schmidgall Hagerty got in her comment: Beautiful piece!
“Simple Grace" With a turquoise stone as centerpiece this sterling silver cross pendant was designed with simple grace. In addition to the many comments of Love it and Beautiful, I wanted to share this one in particular, Lupe Padilla: Amen🙏🏻
This Owyhee Jasper Heart Stone is a symbol of my heartfelt thanks to the more than 1,500 art patrons, art collectors and art enthusiasts who visited High Desert Creations during the 2018 Hidden In The Hills Studio Tour & Sale.
Thank you! You showed your great interest in my original wearable art creations!
Thank you! You showed your savvy in selecting pieces that you are welcome to purchase directly from me (without a % going to the “middleman”!).
Thank you! You showed your appreciation and monetary support which is a sign of encouragement to all artists and contributes to the vibrancy of our local arts community.
If I can impress and inspire, I’m a happy girl!
Speaking of community – many of my neighbors came by to appreciate High Desert Creations. This is Christy who is wearing an original Kathi Turner sterling silver “Lariat Infinity” pendant with garnet stone.
Tami Wolff selected “Point The Way” – a pendant that combines an Owyhee Jasper cut by Sally Ash Blosser, a freshwater pearl, and a citrine stone.
Morrie Elmer, High Desert Creations HITH guest artist for a number of years, commissioned a pair of freshwater pearl earrings for his wife, Donna. Morrie is a woodturner who is often gifted with exotic downed trees which he lets dry naturally in the great outdoors then cuts and shapes into beautifully crafted vessels. His ability to inlay turquoise and other stones into the organically created fissures is masterful.
Your smiles and enthusiasm are greatly appreciated. High Desert Creations Studio #12 is open from 10 am – 5 pm TODAY, NOVEMBER 25 - the LAST DAY of the 2018 Hidden In The Hills Studio Tour & Sale.
In 1964 I married Tom Turner and settled in Ellensburg, WA. It was here that my interest and love for Native American Indian culture originated. Largely self-taught – over a 14-year period, I learned traditional beading techniques from the elder women of the Yakima Tribe. Yesterday, one of my favorites, “Vaquero Espanola” was acquired by a very pleased art patron.
Close-up of the intricate and beautiful bead artistry: “Vaquero Espanola”
Just a few weeks ago, I created “Waves Of The Heart” featuring an exceptional Hubei Turquoise shaped by master stone cutter Jason Brousseau, NM. Yesterday, it stole the heart of a wearable art appreciator who happily slipped it onto her own leather cord.
“Wave Of The Heart” with exceptional Hubei Turquoise shaped by master stone cutter Jason Brousseau, NM and set in sterling silver and copper.
I always enjoy visits from my long-time collector Debbie Moore who added to her already remarkable style this outstanding “Once In A Lullaby” pendant featuring a unusual Jasper stone in shades of green and brown set in sterling silver.
Lovely “Once In A Lullaby” pendant with Jasper stone in shades of green & brown set in sterling silver.
This is the final weekend of the 2018 HITH Tour & Sale so be sure to come by Studio #12 to appreciate and acquire artwork directly from the talented and professional group of artists that I host at my private North Scottsdale home – OPEN 10 am – 5 pm.
Throughout the TOUR I continue to create new pieces of wearable art. Come by to select from the available pendants, bracelets and earrings on display and/or to chat about a custom piece designed especially for you - collaborative commissions are welcome!
The first weekend of the Tour brought so many art enthusiasts to High Desert Creations Studio #12. Happy collectors acquired pieces of original contemporary Western/Southwestern works of wearable art. On the first day I wore this gorgeous Sonoran Desert Sunrise stone cut by Russ Kaniuth and right away a visitor fell in love with it so I took it from around my neck and put it on her – just shows you can’t go wrong with hearts and stars.
Below is the smiling face of the proud owner of “Thunder Over The Desert” with a beautiful #8 turquoise from Elko, NV and shaped by master stone cutter Russ Kaniuth.
High Desert Creations Studio #12 on the HITH Tour will be OPEN 10 am - 4 pm the weekend after Thanksgiving: Friday 23, Saturday 24 & Sunday 25. Come out and come by!
WELCOME to High Desert Creations! I am excited to show you a wide range of my original handmade jewelry in Western, Southwestern and Contemporary styles. And I’m excited to see which piece(s) you select to go home with.
HDC is open 10 am – 5 pm this weekend: Friday, Nov. 16; Saturday, Nov. 17 & Sunday, Nov. 18 at 31616 N. 70th Street, Scottsdale, AZ 85266. Come early for the best selections.
Images Arizona and editor Shelly Spence are great supporters of local artists – check out the HIDDEN IN THE HILLS ARTIST STUDIO TOUR & SALE! section in the November issue.
I am hosting four talented artists at my High Desert Creations Studio #12 and NEXT DOOR see these four artists at cuvée art Studio #13. BTW: I am happy to report that the calls keep coming in and a gentleman from Canada just purchased one of my original works of wearable art to give to his wife to celebrate their wedding anniversary.
I am so grateful to so many of my followers who express their appreciation for my work – like Britt Lahey who says ~ “Good jewelry like yours NEVER GOES OUT OF STYLE OR FASHION!!!!” and Shirley Anne Mann who says: “I look so forward to seeing your creations I feel as if I know you so well - thank you for sharing your precious heart🎈🌹🎈”
Southwest Art Magazine helped me reach collectors and art enthusiasts on the inside back cover of the October 2018 issue – resulting in a number of calls and two commissions so far. As a unique niche, I celebrate my affinity for fellow ranchers by creating custom ranch brand pendants and bracelets – for both women and men. See pendant on page below - top left:
And I’d be happy to work with you to create your personal storyteller pendant (below). Storyteller pendants feature hand-made meaningful and inspirational symbols that represent three major things in a person’s life.
Send an email message to me at email@example.com or text 775-304-6756 and express your interest in collaborating on a ranch brand or storyteller pendant as a gift or for your very own.
From Workbench to Wearable Art
“In The Back Country” Pendant ~ Turquoise Mountain stone shaped by master cutter Jason Brousseau of NM set in textured sterling silver. Hanging from an 18” wheat weave chain the pendant measures 2 ¾”h x 2 ¼”w. Even more amazing layered with additional silver & turquoise neckpieces.
Phoenix Home & Garden November 2018 focuses on my original wearable art.
“On The Edge Of Someday” Bracelet: outstanding Hubei Turquoise shaped by master stone cutter Jeff Hanson, AZ set in 20 gauge sterling silver with sterling silver accents.
HDC SHOWS OFF “Messages From Heaven” pendant in City Sun Times – which was acquired and sent off to one of my valued collectors in Pasadena, California. Thank you, Valerie, I love return clients, it keeps me inspired and creating!
The Hidden In The Hills Tour & Sale begins in ONE WEEK on FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 16. I am pleased to host four exceptional guest artists who work in oil, acrylic, mixed media or wood at High Desert Creations HITH Studio #12.
OPEN 10:00 am – 5:00 pm on November 16-17-18 & November 23-24-25 (the weekends before & after Thanksgiving). Come early for the best selections: 31616 N. 70th Street, N. Scottsdale, AZ 85266
Singular and distinctive, a custom piece of jewelry is most meaningful. I welcome collaboration and the chance to create a ranch brand, pendant or bracelet that fulfills your design vision – an original work of wearable art for yourself or as a gift. I’m currently taking orders for Christmas.
This commissioned pendant is off to Diane Parker at Parker Brangus Ranch, San Simon, AZ.
This commission bracelet is off to Jenny Anglen in Bosque New Mexico. Thank you, Jenny for allowing me to create a piece with your hunting treasures. It’s a big responsibility, although I welcome it.
HIGH DESERT CREATIONS is one of 44 studios on the Hidden In The Hills Tour & Sale and is well-known as a must visit studio! Plan your tour: You can pay $10 online now to have the 2018 HITH Artist Directory mailed to you or you can easily pick up a FREE copy of the Directory at my Studio #12 during the HITH event.
"All Things Natural" found a new home right here in Winnemucca. Thank you, Carolyn Dufurrena, with your Geology back ground, this piece is right for you, and when I say you rock, you literally rock.
Not only for women – comments below are from male facebook followers:
Paul Smith ~ Wow. Your creativity just amazes me! An amazing piece.
High Desert Creations ~ Thank you Paul, as you can see, I have no one particular set style. I like to do it all.
Knole Shepherd Deacon III ~ I was born and raised in Prescott. That's where I became The Turquoise Cowboy. I'm gonna buy some of your jewelry when I can. I love it.
"Wild and Free" is off to Washington State as an unexpected gift from her husband to his wife, how sweet is that. Thank you, Mike!
A facebook comment exchange between loyal follower Denise Jansky and Kathi Turner:
Denise Jansky ~ Lucky lady, lovely piece of jewelry with love from her husband. Smart man!
High Desert Creations ~ Denise, he brings her special pieces from all parts of the country he travels though. I thought what a kind and thoughtful husband.