For those of you in the Bay Area, I have been invited to show one piece in Marin Society of Artists' "Elements" show January 10 – February 2, 2019.  See details (when they post them) at: .  I am very happy about this invitation because I feel like this piece is my best work so far.  Also it allows an opportunity to showcase tinwork as an artform as it fits perfectly with the theme of the show.  The theme of this show from Marin Society of Artists is:  

"Everything we experience as matter is made up of Elements, substances  consisting of a single type of atom. We invite artists to submit work  based on one, some, or all of the 118 Elements of the Periodic Table. From alchemy to particle physics to wacky whimsy, interpretation of  the theme is wide open - an Element's mystique, mythology, discovery,  uses throughout history, use in art, the magical areas between the  particles of the atoms, philosophical or mystical flights of fancy –  whatever brings it to life for you. Many Elements are well known old friends – gold, iron, oxygen, and  sodium to name a few. Some are less familiar, such as krypton,  promethium, technetium, californium, and neptunium. The United Nations  has proclaimed 2019 to be the International Year of the Periodic Table  of the Chemical Elements."

This is my desctiption of my piece as it relates to the show theme that will be displayed with the piece:  

""Federal Classic" Framed Mirror, Overlap Pattern.   The frame of this  piece is made from tin.  Tin is a pure element with atomic number 50.   It is a stable metal.  So much so that it can be used to hold and cook  food.  In Spanish Colonial and folk art traditions of tinsmiths, literal  tin cans were once repurposed and used in the 1800s.  Now, tin coated  mild steel sheets are available to artists.  To make the pieces, large  sheets of blank tin are cut and folded into shape by hand.  Hammers and  custom punches are then used to create the unique designs in the tin,  and all the pieces are soldered together.  This piece is hand antiqued  to oxidize the tin slightly.  New tin sheets are shiny, bright, and  silver colored."

Front view

Back view

Closeup of detail work