Friday, December 28, 2012

Life as a journey

"Life shouldn't be a journey to the grave intent on arriving safely in an attractive and well-preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways - Cabernet in one hand - chocolate in the other - body thoroughly used up, totally worn out and screaming "WOO-HOO, what a ride!!"

This was emailed to me this morning... words for thought going into a new year. Anyone know who's quote is this anyway?

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Happy Birthday to ME! the Crystalline Gold!

Today marks the 20th Anniversary of My discovery!  

I, the Crystalline Gold Specimen 
located here at Ironstone's Heritage Museum, 
was discovered by the Sonora Mining Company 
in their Jamestown site 20 years ago today!

Come by today and sing me a song!

Friday, December 14, 2012

50% off jewelry Sale Event

Ironstone Heritage Museum in Cooperation with OROCAL designers are offering a Fantastic Jewelry Sale starting this weekend!

You will find incredible savings of up to 60% on a wide selection of styles and stones above & beyond those produced by OroCal.  This sale is limited to stock on hand, so don’t miss out!

Come by today and find that perfect gift at the right price!

Friday, December 7, 2012

Krementz Vintage Jewelry finds it's way to Ironstone!

Ironstone Heritage Museum has acquired two very unique estate pieces. Vintage Krementz Costume Jewelry dating from the 1950’s – 1960’s.  Both of the samples currently available for purchase are very unique and hard to find examples of the famous Krementz design house established in the late 1800’s. 

The first piece, a unique silvertone and rhynstone necklace screw earring set, is in excellent condition showing no signs of wear. It is a stunning piece, perfect for the Holidays.

12/31/12 update; This piece has sold

The second piece is a rare “Bonnet” pin by Krementz. We were only able to find 2 samples of this piece on the web. Both of the sites offered the pin for sale for a price of $52.00.  Ironstone Heritage Museum is proud to present both of these beautiful estate collector pieces for only $35.00 each. 

12/18/12 update: This piece has sold

Please keep in mind  these are estate, previously owned pieces that will not come around again. If you are interested in purchasing, please contact us here in the Heritage Museum  immediately as they will not last for too long!

Friday, November 30, 2012

Call to Artists Reminder

Just a reminder to all you artists out there... deadlines for the Open & Theme Division Spring Art Show are fast approaching. With the Christmas Season upon us, don't let this sneak up on you sending you scrambling at the last minute! Forms can be downloaded from the pages above or from our website.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Vaughn Pottery New pieces!

Bill & June Vaughn of Vaughn Pottery have graced our shelves for the upcoming Christmas Season with an outstanding collection of pottery and wearable art pieces.  

Above is June getting ready to set up while Bill talks shop with Ironstone's very own Garden Guy, Larry.

A union of two highly creative minds, each piece reflects the vital roles that both Bill & June each play in its formation.  Bill is interested in the form of the piece and the textures achieved through his choice of burnishing or using slip to finish; or to fire with or without horse hair.  June further develops the pieces with decoration that includes paint, carving, stones, antlers, beads and other found objects. 

Below are just a few from the collection available for sale. These are one of a kind pieces, each with a unique story all its own. 

#147  approx. 11" to top of horn tip   $700

#144  approx. 10"  $375

#142  approx. 10"  $375

#145  approx. 10"  $375

#150  approx. 10"  $350

#149  approx 8"  $325

#148  approx 17"  $750

#143  approx 10"  $375
You may see these and more right here in Ironstone's Heritage Museum. Open 11 - 5 daily.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Bulbs in from Holland

Bulbs are in from Holland, ready to go into the ground and delight you this coming Spring!  
Follow along their progress on the IronstoneGarden Blog at

Monday, November 5, 2012

Special Message to Artists from the New York Foundation of the Arts

We felt this worthy of sharing with our artist friends ... there is assistance out there, much more needed....

The information below is from the New York Foundation for the Arts newsletter... 

"Hello Friends,

The New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) is back in our offices for the first day today. On behalf of everyone at NYFA I am writing to express support and concern for those of you affected by Hurricane Sandy. We sincerely hope this email finds you and your families safe and well. I want you to know we are here to assist you in whatever ways we can, and there are some specific initiatives about which I want to make you aware:

1. If you have suffered losses of any kind as a result of the storm, please take a few moments to fill out this survey: It will be vital in our efforts to communicate your needs to funders, elected officials, the media and other interested parties.

2. If you had an event cancelled due to the storm, we are happy to offer you a free event listing in NYFA Classifieds through the end of the year. Simply send the information to: ATTN: Michon.

3. NYFA's offices at 20 Jay Street (suite 740) in DUMBO are open and we encourage you to come by for free coffee and refreshments. If you are without power you can use computers, Wi-Fi and recharge your cell phones or just spend some time talking to other artists.

4. We have an updated list of emergency resources on the home page of NYFA's website at

In the next weeks, we will be scheduling a series of workshops on topics related to emergency recovery such as legal issues, assessing the value of your work and other insurance questions. As soon as these are confirmed, we will get a schedule out to you.

Finally, NYFA will be working closely with CERF+ (Craft Emergency Relief Fund + Artists' Emergency Resources), the National Coalition for Arts Preparedness and Emergency Response, as well as funders and government agencies to determine the most effective ways to provide coordinated support efforts.

Please know that NYFA is here for you; contact me or any staff member with questions, concerns, ideas or problems. The work you create is vital to helping us all cope in difficult times and, for those of you now going through difficult times of your own, I want you to have my personal assurance that NYFA will do whatever we can to help you.

Best wishes,

Michael "