Lots to tell about this one!
In May 1995, I had a residency at Hambidge Arts Colony in Rabun Gap, GA. The garnets were collected from Betty's Creek, down the road from my cabin. The mica was... in the driveway? (I think).
Afterwards, I drove up to New England, hung out in Providence for a bit, then up to Barneveld, NY for a spell. Then it was back on the road for a very circuitous drive home via I-90 to Seattle. Before heading south, I stopped at Pike's Place fish market for razor clams, oysters + salmon to feast on with Lisa + Tim in Gresham, OR. Tim grilled it all to perfection. The pearl was in my oyster.
The pillbox was an OTIS 87 graduation gift from Sage.