There's not much my husband Clay and I love more than our individual creative pursuits. Usually our endeavors send us off to work in different parts of the house. Clay's lead him down to our basement where he's built an in-home recording studio to write and record original music, sometimes solo, and often with a band of our talented musician friends. My inspiration (ahem, stomach) usually points me in the direction of our kitchen or garden where I'll spend hours brewing my own homemade kombucha, crafting some DIY all-natural beauty product, or developing a new recipe to feed the aforementioned hungry band of rock-star friends.
Recently though, our passions have drawn our heads and hearts closer together
on a new joint venture we've named, LODESTONED. This upcoming online space will feature our small-batch collection of bismuth geodes for sale, and hopefully more original art and designs as we grow together as husband and wife"artistpreneurs." Our work represents the unexpected intersection of our two seemingly different disciplines— art and science.
So what exactly is a bismuth geode? (Hint: here's the sciencey bit) Bismuth is a naturally occurring chemical element with the symbol Bi and the atomic number 83. Clay originally encountered bismuth when he noted its remarkable elemental qualities. As the most diamagnetic element in the periodic table, and one of the most stable elements in the universe, it is a true scientific wonder. At the same time, it possesses a potential for profound natural beauty which has elevated our spirits greatly— to this end, we had to share! (Hint: here's the artsy part) Our geodes are hand-forged into custom shapes and induced to grow into complex crystals. Each is truly one-of-a-kind and made with love and positive intention.
Our geodes make excellent deskmates and mystical adornments for the modern home or office. They inspire, and they remind us that the world full of magic.
So why the name LODESTONED? If you aren't familiar, a lodestone is a highly revered mineral that is naturally magnetic. Lodestones were used by early navigators to create the first compass to guide the way on journeys. They've also been used as talismans throughout history to attract luck, power, and love because of their magnetic attributes. Our reverence for lodestones is what led us to begin studying and casting the element bismuth and its mysterious ability to repel magnetic fields. So... bismuth vs. magnet = levitation. Yep, google it.
To me, being LODESTONED is also a state of mind, to be perpetually drawn under the influence of mother nature's mysteries yet intrinsically guided by her universal truths. So here's to following your creative compass needle even when you aren't 100% certain where it will lead you.
With that said, I invite you to take in my Transformational Bismuth Summer Altar.
Pictured here are our dodecahedron, tetrahedron, octahedron, and icosahedron bismuth geodes, chilling out with some of my other favorite cosmic souvenirs including Sage Mountain Farm seasonal produce, palo santo smudge, lodestone fleur de lis (gifted by Clay's dear friend Mr. Jon Depew,) sea salt, and black Tahitian pearl. Arranging this altar helped to reinforced my intention and invited more peace, serenity, and love into our new venture.
Clay and I are very excited to share these unique sculptures with a wider network of local galleries and boutiques as we cultivate a dedicated Instagram feed, and a future storefront at www.LODESTONED.com.
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