2014 Christmas Market at Epiphany

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Saturday November 15, 10 am – 3 pm and Sunday November 16, 8 am – 1 pm

Participants include Nancy Denmark, Margaret Bailey, Paula Dittrick, Jean West, Joann Thompson, Patricia Hinojosa, Judy Berry, Ada Terrell, Susan & Morgan Bradford, Uchenna Onyelwelu.

Items at the market will include Baskets, Jewelry, Wall Crosses, Knitted Wearables, Glass, Wood, Fiber, Nativities, Holiday Decor, Photography, Note Cards, Soaps, Small Paintings, Mixed Media Collage, and MORE!

The Episcopal Church of the Epiphany is located in Southwest Houston at the intersection of Bissonnet and Gessner.

New! On Eagle’s Wings Cross Designs

“…but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” Isaiah 40:31

On Eagle's Wings Cross ©Nancy Denmark

sterling silver On Eagle’s Wings cross measures 1 1/8″ X 3/4″

This jewelry piece, H66 On Eagle’s Wings, is a high polished sterling silver cross with a raised, stylized eagle. It measures 1 1/8″ X 3/4″ (measurement does not include bale). Priced at $55 for the cross + $6 US shipping = $61.  I am now accepting pre-orders while it is still in production stages. Click the photo or above link to pre-order from my website.

The design came about over the summer as a commission from St. John Lutheran Church in Cypress, Texas  to make a large pectoral cross (below) for one of their pastors celebrating 50 years in ministry. After making the large cross in the style of my Impressions of Nature series they decided to make a smaller cross (above) available to their members. The stylized eagle design I used on the crosses is my 3 dimensional interpretation of the logo of St. John Lutheran Church.

On Eagle's Wings Pectoral Cross ©Nancy Denmark

large sterling silver On Eagle’s Wings Impressions of Nature pectoral cross measures 3″ X 2″

The eagle is a powerful symbol used to represent St. John the Evangelist. Christian tradition has connected the authors of the New Testament Gospels that bear their names (Matthew, Mark, Luke, John) with the four “living creatures” that surround God’s throne, as described in Revelations, Ezekiel, and other early Christian texts. John the Evangelist, the author of the fourth gospel account is symbolized by an eagle because, as the eagle soars towards heaven, he soared in spirit upwards to the heaven of heavens to bring revelations back to earth. John describes many things at a loftier level than the other three gospel authors.

The eagle represents Jesus’ Ascension, and Christ’s divine nature. More inspirational symbolism of the eagle may be found online, including this primer to Catholic symbolism, where a Cloistered Poor Clare Colettine Nun beautifully expresses the power of our Christian symbols as teaching tools to “…grasp them in their beautiful simplicity and begin to appreciate the profound meaning within them, for each contains an entire treasury of thought, a repository of the experience of life in the Faith in its many joyful, painful and hopeful dimensions.” Her symbolism of the eagle includes “The Word of God has the power to raise us up on eagles wings and bring us to heaven” as expressed in the verse from Isaiah that I include with these crosses in a printed gift enclosure.

Both crosses are available to all for purchase. In the spirit of our inclusive faith, I do not create exclusive designs. My thanks to St. John Lutheran for generously sharing their eagle logo design with the world in this way. It was a joy for me to translate it into this new form to create another wearable love story and statement of faith. Click the respective photos or linked text to read the full description of each design with ordering information on my website.

Symbolic Jewelry Grouped By Small Size Designs

ImageThis grouping shows the smaller designs available in my “From The Heart Line” sterling silver Christian symbol jewelry series. I have been creating and growing this line of faith inspired jewelry since 1988. I include a gift enclosure of symbolism with each piece, offering the wearer a “love story” to visibly wear and verbally share. Read more about these visual stories & wearable statements of faith on my website. All shown may be ordered and delivered in time for Christmas gifting. A gift that centers on the reason we celebrate this season.

Colorful Collage Crosses For The Wall

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Many colorful collage crosses for the wall are ready to purchase from my website. This one shown above is called One In The Spirit based on one of my favorite jewelry designs. Two hearts joined together by and in Christ form a union, which is encompassed by the Holy Spirit. I designed this as a symbol for a Christian marriage or union. A combination of many symbols…the outside line of the design suggests a descending dove, which encompasses the two hearts, forming a fish marked with a cross as they join.

Many of these crosses are made in collaboration with Patti Reed. We cover wood crosses with a collage of special papers and fibers and I further embellish them with a combination of my symbol designs made in polymer clay, my handmade polymer clay beads, and wire. The swirling of beads on the wires express the Spirit in motion flowing around us and through us into the world. The rich colors emote the depth of joy we find in faith and each symbol tells a resonant story of Christian faith. Each cross comes with a gift enclosure that includes the symbolism and tells about the artists.

All of these crosses measure 8″ X 4.5″ and most are priced $30 – $40 each (without shipping). Prices on the website include shipping to US addresses and may be purchased directly from the website using the purple price links. The purchase links are found just under the item title line on the crosses available for purchase. We also show crosses that have sold as examples of colors and symbols that may be special ordered. Each is one of a kind but we can make something similar upon request. Leave a message from the website contact page to initiate an order or inquiry.

Jewelry Designs For Episcopal Church Women or ECW

As I am making final preparations to exhibit another year at our Diocese of Texas annual ECW retreat at Camp Allen, I decided to share the jewelry and logos I have designed for the Episcopal Church Women. The first design I created is the butterfly. This design features a woman as a butterfly, with an “ECW” monogram on her wings. She is a woman “on the move”, heading into the future with joyful anticipation. The next design is A New Light Is Shining. She’s a woman in action, moving out into the world with a mission. The light of Christ illuminates her path. Her arms lift joyfully, inviting others in a call to action. The olive branch draped across her chest urges us to carry on Christ’s reconciliation in the world. ECW glows in the Christ light.

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In 2001 I was commissioned by our acting diocesan ECW president to create the butterfly design in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Episcopal Church Women in the Diocese of Texas. The design is also available for logo use and I extend the gift to all Episcopal Church Women to use this logo in their ECW ministries with the exception of using it on items for sale without my prior permission. I will be happy to send quality artwork images for such use upon request. In the Diocese of Texas my design is referred to as the Centennial Butterfly, and it was never intended as a replacement for an older butterfly design also still in use. The centennial butterfly jewelry is available to order from my website and may be worn by anyone.

Prior to the 2003 ECW Triennial, I was invited to submit a design for the Episcopal Church Women’s Triennial Logo, which they selected for use as their official logo at the 2003 national meeting. I also created the design in jewelry form, which remains available for purchase as A New Light Is Shining medallion pendant.  I have many of these pendants in inventory ready to ship and priced at low 2003 prices. They may be ordered directly from my website. More about this commission may be read in the Episcopal News Service archive in a story titled “ECW logo artist gives voice to design“. Again, I extend the gift to all Episcopal Church Women to use this logo in their ECW ministries with the exception of using it on items for sale without my prior permission. It is in use as a logo in many dioceses. I will be happy to send quality artwork images for such use upon request.

Images of the logos and more about these ECW projects may be found on my website.

Hand Crosses For Tactile Prayer

Wow! I’m continually surprised by the number of people who find my website because of these hand crosses I form out of polymer clay and shape to fit the hand. Due to this supply and demand issue, I struggle to keep them made and on my website for individual sale. I do find myself accepting and filling orders for them all year long. To order, contact me from my website with how many you would like and any deadline you need them by and I will let you know if it is feasible. I keep many photos on my website of past orders as examples. Specific colors, text, imprints, and patterns may be requested when ordering. However, I make each one individually by hand so they are all unique.

I was recently asked to make 150 of these hand crosses for my hometown church, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Orange, Texas. This is where I grew up, receiving my strong foundation of faith, while attending church from birth until leaving for college, and attending St. Paul’s Day School from Kindergarten through 4th grade. On October 20th, St. Paul’s joyously celebrated 150 years of ministry in Orange, Texas. I was fortunate to be able to attend with my sisters and mom and to share the festivities with lifelong friends. These hand crosses were given to every woman in attendance at the anniversary event. It was such a blessing for me to receive this order from a place so near and dear to my heart.

Hand Cross Order created by Nancy Denmark for 150th Anniversary Celebration of St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Orange Texas.

Hand Cross Order created by Nancy Denmark for 150th Anniversary Celebration of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Orange Texas.

Close up images of many of these groups of crosses may be viewed on my website as examples of what I can make to order. I have photos showing many examples of how I have customized them for special group orders. Here are just a sampling of themes available shown below.

Faith Hope Love Hand Crosses by Nancy Denmark

Joyful Angel Hand Crosses by Nancy Denmark

Dragonflies And Swirls Hand Crosses by Nancy Denmark

Celtic Knot Hand Crosses by Nancy Denmark