I was once on the “circuit”
– touring from one festival to another
offering my services and art to fair goers up and down the east coast.
When it got dark and folks could no longer see my jewelry and sculpture,
I would close up shop and head down to the fire and listen to the drums.
Problem was I wanted to play with them
– but I really didn’t know how.
I had spent much of my childhood at a keyboard
playing the piano
– learning classical music and such
but this drumming thing was beyond me
When I met some drummers who offered me a chance to drum
I gladly gave it a try.
At first just keeping the down beat was my job.
Because of my background I caught on quickly and became the metronome of the circle
Keeping the beat going as the advanced musicians danced on the edge
And the dancers pulled me forward
I started experimenting with rhythm
One night – I was cut off.
“Get your own drum” I was told.
I was advised to get the “biggest drum I could find”
And so the one I found was being used as a coffee table by a drum maker
Huge, standing tall and holding up a dinner tray.
the sound was amazing
And so I started with this oversize, much too heavy Djembe
When I started drumming at the fire of Starwood
it felt like I was in the surf and a wave caught me
carried me for a very long time
Later I looked up to discover the full moon was nearly setting
I and been drumming all night!
Djembe of Fire Amulet
Years later, a good friend asked me to make an amulet
which represented the drum and it’s power
A Djembe: fire licking the sides of the bell
two hands poised over the rim
The Djembe of Fire Amulet
is for those people who love the drum
The Drum Circle
and music made around the fire!
A lover of music all my life,
I was fortunate enough to hear Great Music since I was a child
and the privilege of learning to play the piano.
Since my teen years,
I have taught music to beginners and intermediate musicians,
watching the love of music spread through the generations.
I was introduced to classical music first,
however I have learned to embrace music from every culture,
finding country, rock and many other “kinds” of music inspiring.
Although performance music is the “most common” form we are all familiar with,
learning music as a way to enjoy life itself has been my focus.
From the concert hall of listing to professionals
to immersing myself in the raw sounds of the Public Drum Circle;
Finding music deeply spiritual and sheer fun.
To celebrate my love for it,
I have developed a line of jewelry with musical themes,
including both instruments and musical notation.
The Grand Staff Amulet
When one observes most music written for the piano
– or any score which embraces “most” of the notes
– one typically comes across the Grand Staff.
This is actually the Treble (G) Clef above
and the Bass (F) clef below.
Between the stack of five lines above and five below,
is found Middle “C” – found in the center of a keyboard.
This “short hand” way of writing music simplifies the process
adding ledger lines above and below where needed.
Typically the grand staff includes an additional bracket
known as “the brace” with key and time signatures included.
Combining the two clefs into a single glyph
and excluding the brace and the lines,
the piece is simplified into a concept:
the full spectrum of sound.
A back bail is provided
behind the treble clef to hang the pendant on a chain or cord of cord,
hiding the way it is hung so it looks like it is floating.
The Grand Staff Amulet would be ideal for anyone who studies or simply appreciates music.
For more music themed jewelry, please visit my Music Jewelry Page
Years ago I had attend a few Renaissance Faires
I saw the employees break into a Drum Circle as the guests were leaving…
I wanted to join in!
Once I got into the business of traveling about to the Faires,
I was able to attend a few and was enchanted.
Then, in the 1990s,
I began to sell my work at a variety of Events
and attended drum circles after dark.
After watching for several months,
a drum was thrust into my hands and I was hooked!
All my music background gave me a launch pad
into the fray of rhythm and dance.
The opportunity to drum with others was liberating,
I found myself being a part of music like I have never experienced before.
Drum Circle Amulets
I met Freedom:
a Drummer who taught me this kind of music,
then Bezel, Night Hawk, Tawny, Kelly and Miguel.
I found it hard to concentrate on my jewelry creations
between drum circles;
always leaning towards the down beat of every manifestation of sound.
Freedom inspired me to create the “Drummer”
The Drummer Amulet
a small amulet that is actually a tiny sculpture
of a little fellow drumming on a Djembe.
From there I created a host of dancers;
an entire set of these little people,
designed to hang on a chain or cord around your neck or bracelet
or attach to a drum.
And then finely a couple of years ago
a young lady requested that I make a “Drummer girl”
and so I did.
Drummer Girl Amulet
The dancers were inspired by people I have seen around the fire over the years:
The flowing Lady,
Man Astride, Amy, and more.
These Amulets of the Drum Circle Dancers
may be used as charms for your drum;
components to your charm bracelet hang on a jacket or as a pendant around your neck.
They are meant for those that love the drum,
rhythm and music in general.
They are meant to evoke exuberant cooperation,
spontaneous creativity and Joy.
Not finding what you are looking for?
you may have something special made!
please visit my
How to order Custom Page
The pan flute is considered the first mouth organ,
ancestor of both the pipe organ and the harmonica.
Named for its association with the Greek god Pan,
the pipes of the pan flute are typically made from bamboo
giant cane or other tubular materials.
One of my most cherished memories from childhood
was seeing Fantasia for the first time.
I recall seeing the movie when I was about 9 years old and of all the segments.
Beethoven’s Sixth was my favorite:
seeing all those Greek mythological creatures,
centaurs, cherubs and unicorns flying about were all too wonderful to forget.
For years when I see a cypress tree light by sunset,
I can hear the melodies of the Sixth in my head.
As I have grown older to appreciate summer and harvest time,
there is nothing like a great music to bring in the flavors of the season:
the scene from Fantasia where the Centaurs bring the grapes from the fields
to be crushed and Bacchus is rolled in by his trusted friends,
surrounded by grapes… and the music…
Pipes of Pan Amulet
To rejoice in the time of year
when music is on the air and people are gathering to share their good cheer,
I have created The Pipes of Pan Amulet. The central feature is a pipe of Pan,
surrounded by grape leaves and a cluster of it’s bounty.
This is for lovers of good times, good company and good music;
an Amulet to celebrate life itself.
For music jewelry, please visit my Music Jewelry page
Inspired by the drum circle!
Drummers, dancers and guardians of the fire,
each figure participates in the drum circle in their own way.
A man and woman drummer,
two male dancers with antlers on their heads,
one entering the circle,
one “holding” energy within his hands,
two women dancing in long and flowing skirts,
one woman playing a tambourine,
one girl simply leaping out of shear happiness.
A man striding through the drum circle
a guardian standing to protect
those who are celebrating the circles music.
Drum Circle Collection
Each figure is only one inch tall,
a full three dimensional sculpture
with front and back
and a small opening at the top from which to hang your chain or cord.
Although each of these dancers
and drummers may be purchased separately,
this offers you the entire collection.
These amulets of the Drum Circle
may be used as charms for your drum;
components to your charm bracelet hang on a jacket
or as a pendant around your neck.
For those that love the drum,
rhythm and music in general;
evoking exuberant cooperation,
spontaneous creativity and Joy.
To get your Drum Circle Collection, please visit my Drum Circle Collection Page
To see the individual pieces please see my Dancer’s Page
If ever you attended a drum circle, you will have noticed there are both men and women with shakers, tambourines and drums. In a traditional setting, the circles of Africa incorporate women with their kind of drums and rhythms. Here in the US, there is a cross over in both instrument and music. You will often see the boys and girls standing right next to each other matching beat for beat in musical conversation. In addition to The Drummer Amulet, I wanted to make sure there was a good representative of the “Drummer Girls” at the fire.
The Drummer Girl Amulet
The Drummer Girl Amulet has a skirt, a short buttoned vest and covered head with a bandanna. She leans forward adding Goddess Rhythms as she steps into the Drum circle mixing in her own flair to the fire! 1 1/2″ Tiny statue with bail in the back of her head for hanging.
To get yours, please go to the Drummer Girl Amulet page.
To see more drum circle jewelry, please view my Dancers Page and Music Jewelry Page
Few would argue about the power of music.
Many times in my life
I have heard music which inspires images,
sensations, new ideas…
My earliest memories tied
to a piece of music,
whether it be a song,
a sonata or
instrument playing in the distance.
Now I listen to music when I am carving,
sketching or sculpting;
it provides more than a background.
More a flux helping
to merge ideas which would not normally go together.
The Transcendence Amulet
is about the power of music.
Combining a Treble
(or “G” clef)
over a five point star.
The Star is a universal symbol
which represents the Ideal:
more than the sum of it’s parts,
it symbolizes the balance of the elements in unity with the spirit.
The Treble Clef enhances the star:
it’s center a spiral moving up,
ascending beyond the Ideal:
The Transcendence Amulet
is for musicians and people who love music
whether it be a Doxology or a drinking song.
If you wish to own one,
please visit my Transcendence Amulet page.
For more music Music Jewelry please visit my Music Jewelry Page