Women's History Month, What a Great Time I've Had


School sessions started the end of February and we are celebrating Women Artists. My first grade classes are creating the Caves of Lascaux, all browns and pastels and wild animals. TK and kindergarten are celebrating the art of Faith Ringgold, Maya Angelou and Harriet Powers, three fabulous African American women artists.  Second grade is celebrating the flower art of Georgia O'Keeffe and Louise Bourgois----metal art, creepy spiders!!  Third grade has been working in O'Keeffe and will drift into Louise Bourgois next week. Fourth graders are living in the palette of Cordelia Urueta, a fabulous colorist from Mexico.  And my fifth graders are such great artists, we have been together for four years and their attention to detail and textures is just a treat to see.

 I love teaching kids art: visual thinking, creating ideas, a love for color and design and just pictures to look at. It is my form of revolution, to learn to be creative in yourself, use the tools around you and make your version, your vision of art. These people will be the movers and creators when I am very old, and I like where they are going.

I want to thank you all for such a great month, I just removed half of my website items because they were SOLD!!! You are such wonderful women, and men for supporting my art. I couldn't exist without you! ~ Denise

This picture is one of my second grade artists' work, our theme, "Flowers of Our Imagination".  Amazing!!


Celebrate The History of My Family in America



My great-grandfather was a sharecropper in Texas.  My great-grandmother was part Apache. My mother built airplanes in World War 2 and could repair just about anything. My father was career military and went on to work for the government another 25 years. My cousins are professionals, ministers, actors, hard working and fun. My siblings are strong, resilient and loved by me. 

In Celebration of Black History Month, I offer a discount of 20% on all designs through February 28th!   Free shipping too!

Celebrate and listen to Billy Holiday, Quincy Jones interview in GQ, watch a new movie called "Black Panther", and enjoy the richness of an American culture that effects science, medicine, technology, the arts, and the ordinary world.  Celebrate Black History everyday, Celebrate Humanity everyday. ~ Denise



Early Peach Blossoms, Warriors Basketball, Kids Making Art

Egyptian Collar Necklace

Egyptian Collar Necklace

Winter is such an interesting season: days growing longer, my orchid blooming, my kids at school making great art, Warriors are rolling along in great basketball strides AND Pitchers and Catchers report in 5 weeks for Giants baseball.  

Starting fresh with the coming year, January gets things done: loads of new designs are flowing and I can't wait for you to see them.  January also has the Women's March. It was especially great to see young women all over the country standing up for their place in this country. Strong voices, and real concerns. The Bay Area marches were great, glad to participate in San Francisco.

Kids at school making art, we are working on beautiful Egyptian collar necklaces.  I am always amazed at their fearlessness when we start new projects. The are so capable and enthusiastic as they learn new jewelry techniques. I learn something new every week. Our projects are JEWELRY OF THE ANTIQUITIES: Egyptian, Roman, Mesopotamian, Greek, Irish and African designs. Simple and intricate, the students make all their own parts, as if they were using tools available thousands of years ago.  I love this group!

I hope you are doing things that inspire you. It makes life richer.  Denise

Stepping into Another Great Year! 2018, Year of the Dog!




Looking forward to WardWorksArt and the best year ever! With the new groups, new designs and some riffs on the past I want to have a fabulous time creating jewelry just for you.                       

This year has a new collection of earrings: SHEROES!, a group of earrings inspired by the women I admire and love. Thank you all for making my world so great. When I looked into the meaning of Sheroes, I look at this to mean She rose, she is uplifted, she rises.....

And introducing the colors and shapes of my favorite artists: Salvador Dali's abstraction, the tones of Samella Lewis, and the colors of Gustav Klimt. Welcome to my color world.

Looking forward to the collective change in the world, we are the people who make the world go around, we can effect the changes needed to thrive and succeed in claiming our choices. Get busy, don't waste time, be kind and love well. Pendulums swing both ways.

Wishing you the best of the New Year! - Denise