John & Corliss Rose
"Our work is a conscious effort to explore art jewelry through a purposefully improvisational approach driven by emergence, convergence, and change. We employ fluid and ever-changin...g combinations of traditional and unorthodox materials and techniques, resulting in a body of work that is eclectic by design."2Roses is a Southern California design studio and collaboration of Corliss Rose and John Lemieux Rose. Together they create a wide range of one-of-a-kind and limited-edition adornments and objects d'art. The studio is well known for its use of a wide range of highly unorthodox materials with designs sold in 42 countries worldwide and exhibited in major art institutions in the US, Europe, and Asia. Their work appears in over 40 books on jewelry design and countless magazines ranging from design, fashion, art, and jewelry
"Silver has been my material of choice for over 15 years now. I have tried out other metals, but keep coming back to it. When working with silver, I am allowed to create on a larger... scale without worrying about the material expenses of gold or platinum. Silver is a fine metal but can still be worn “casually” without being too precious. I like to create jewelry that is not valued simply for its material worth, but for its design and functionality. When I am creating one of a kind jewelry or objects I feel like the luckiest person on earth for having this as my passion in my life and the way I make my living. The project doesn’t always go smoothly, but I know that I will figure out a solution eventually and I enjoy the challenge each project brings my way. Every year I try to create something totally new to add to my repertoire, based off something inspiring at that moment. Sometimes it’s nature, or art, or fictional stories, or images right out of my memory. These inspirations and one of a kind projects feed my every day processes of being an artist. All my work is hand-fabricated and finished in my studio in Northampton, Massachusetts. I start with collecting ideas in my sketch book, make a lot of trial pieces in paper mock up and silver to finalize a design, then expand that one design into series of necklaces/bracelets/earrings. Often one series contain multiple color selections and size options, and lately my wholesale customers prefer a pick box option to ease the ordering procedure. "I have always loved creating precious little things, even from an early age. After learning to work with materials such as glass, fiber, and metal in college, I pursued a career to create jewelry and objects mainly in silver. 314 studio was created in 2002 and I have traveled all around the country for trade and retail shows.
"My works are driven by personal experience and the search for semblance in my connections to others, especially when those connections are broken or fragile. I move the enamel in m...y work into a place of fragility, calcification, and unsettlement. Through over firing enamels to the point of black and blue oxidation, or under firing enamel till it is barely fused like a sugar. There is coldness through color and texture; sensual textile chaining draws from bodily experience. These dichotomies drive my concepts, which embrace the less than beautiful aspects of being: feelings of self doubt, lust, desire confusion, baggage, emotional distance, and vulnerability. Ultimately, I believe that this is where beauty manifests in a physical product. Beauty is where desire has become a sublimation of our soul’s perception of material, content, aesthetic, and connection. "Melis Agabigum is an educator and studio artist from Michigan. She received her MFA from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in Intermedia: Jewelry/Metals, Installation art, Sculpture, and Fibers, and received her BFA in Art&Design from the University of Michigan. She has taught Jewelry, Sculpture, and 3D Fabrication courses at the University of Michigan, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Boise State University, and San Francisco State University. Currently, Melis is the area head of Metals & 3D Fabrication at Earlham College. Provoked by an interest in material fiction, Melis’ work examines loss, desire, and the notion of burden that individuals carry from their relationships. Her sculptures and jewelry objects explore the unseen tether of the physical and emotional weights that affect individuals in how they perceive their connection to others, their bodies, and space. Her work has been shown at the national and international level in the United States, Canada, Australia, Greece, Portugal, Hungary, England, Romania, and Lithuania. Melis is an active contributor to Art Jewelry Forum.
Angely Martinez Jewelry
"My work is inspired by the beauties of nature and the world of fantasy. Nature and fairy tales have been key inspiration since I was a child. I love the idea of combining these two... elements, creating outer worldly jewels that transform the body. With my work, I want the wearer to interpret the piece into their own lives and use them as a form of escapism when staring at them. "Born in Dominican Republic, Angely Martinez is an award winning jewelry designer and maker based in New York City. Creating conceptual fine jewels that push the boundaries of traditional jewelry, her work is influenced by the beauties of nature and the world of fantasy with a touch of the Baroque and the avant-garde. These are themes that she has been obsessed with since childhood. She's constantly designing and hand-fabricates most of her pieces at her home studio. She's currently working on 2 collections and heavily obsessed with the Dutch Baroque Period.
Anne Fiala Jewelry + Objects
"I am drawn to industrial materials and natural forms. Steel, galvanized steel, and plywood are manufactured for mass consumption. They are common place; removed from any source of ...origin. I think their stability as materials have made them neutral, sterile, and overlooked. I see beauty and potential in these materials. Using techniques of the hand, I modify these materials; removing them from a pristine, manufactured state. Adding imperfections and marks, changing their shape using templates from nature. Found objects find their way into the composition, emphasizing the perfection or imperfection of the materials. Together these compositions begin to tell a story."Anne M. Fiala is a maker and educator living in Charlotte, North Carolina. She received a BFA in Industrial Design and a BFA in Metalsmithing and Jewelry Design from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and received her MFA in Metalsmithing and Jewelry Design from Indiana University Bloomington. In her work, Anne relies on instinct, process, and materials to create objects about memory and emotion. She is currently the Assistant Professor of Fine Arts in Metalsmithing and Jewelry Design and Computer-aided Craft and Manufacturing at Winthrop University. Her work has been included in publications such as Metalsmith Magazine and has been exhibited nationally and internationally, most recently in AMEND Exhibition.
"I find Inspiration in the world around me, from Art Deco and Mid-Century light fixtures to Inkblot prints. I begin with interesting shapes and stones and craft bold, fun, and elega...nt statement pieces out of silver, brass, and gold plate. Whether one of a kind, production, or limited release, each piece is handcrafted in my home studio in Chicago, and I work with local crafters for casting and plating. It’s important to me that my work makes each wearer feel special, empowered, and confident they are wearing unique designs. "Andréa's loved jewelry for as long as she can remember. Her grandmother used to tell a story about taking three-year old Andréa to church where she would sit beside a woman who wore large shiny necklaces. One day Andréa suddenly reached out, grabbed the necklace, and stared in awe. She's been hooked on jewelry ever since. Andréa studied theater years later and was drawn to the idea of reinvention through each character. She began to approach her everyday wear the way a costume designer would a script, crafting each outfit and its corresponding jewelry around who she was that day. While Andréa's aesthetic may have changed, she remains obsessed with fashion and adornment, crafting fun and bold, yet graceful designs.
Bethany Montana Jewelry
"I design and fabricate jewelry with precious metals, gemstones and cast elements. My inspiration is derived from Victorian Era jewelry in addition to the overwhelming beauty found ...in botanical specimens and nature itself. I continue to grow my body of work with the innate desire to create and spark joy in others."Bethany Montana has been fabricating her own designs since her introduction to jewelry making in high school. In 2009, she graduated from Marywood University in Scranton, Pennsylvania with a BFA in sculpture and a concentration in jewelry. She has gained experience by working closely with professional artists, and has broadened her techniques through experimentation.
Bonnie Bishoff + J.M. Syron
"In our collaborative work we study the intersection of two aspects of a piece and the power of that meeting place. In this union we learn more about the essence of each aspect as i...t joins and opposes the other. This could be two different materials or different colors or textures. We experiment with ideas of balance, challenge, and multiple points of view with small and large sculptural objects. We explore pattern and form, with patterns reflecting the exuberance of life force and growth in all its iterations, and form defining the beauty of structure and supported interrelationships. We choose and transform specific materials to create tactile and curious objects. We aim to create work that projects an expansive notion of art and creative pursuit to be shared by the wearer with the world. "Bonnie Bishoff and J.M. Syron have been collaborative artists for 33 years. Initially as furniture makers they explored the use of polymer as a decorative surface and illuminated form. Their work now focuses on sculptural objects and art jewelry, combining polymer, their own original fabricated metal surfaces and armatures, and wood. Their exhibitions range from galleries in the United States and abroad to fine craft shows with the Smithsonian and the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Museum exhibitions have included the Peabody Essex, The Museum of Art and Design in New York and the permanent collection of the Racine Art Museum.
"As an illustrator and ceramic artist, I am drawn to the process of making and getting lost in the fine detail work of crafting an object. I strive to bring the whimsical, fanciful,... fun, made-up worlds I escape to in my head to life through clay, brush, pen, paper, and digital screens."Jenny Blicharz is an illustrator and ceramic artist based in Manhattan, Kansas. Raised a woodsy New England town, she is the byproduct of an engine mechanic/carpenter father and a craft store manager mother. Combining her childhood love for puff paint, Sculpey, and Super Nintendo, Jenny works professionally as an illustrator for clients including Warner Bros, Disney and Netflix, creating digital content and design for animated TV shows, apps and games. Rekindling her love for clay and all things ceramic, she studied for many years at the Ceramics Program at Harvard University, where she is currently a staff member. Jenny's love for creating functional, whimsical wares with clay has been a vital way to reconnect with crafting a physical object one can hold in one's hand, something that can transport the viewer, holder, or owner to a different place - or a different feeling - for a moment in time.
Bobbi Made This
"I love using color and strong geometric silhouettes to incorporate art into everyday fashion. Primarily through the use of polymer clay, I am able to bring ideas to life that norma...lly wouldn't be worn on ears. I truly believe that color and art brings joy and that is my hope for every piece I create."Bobbi Brown-Mayo is a stay at home mom of four and the owner and creator of Bobbi Made This, a hand crafted jewelry line that focuses on funky , bold, one of a kind earrings. Crafted in her spare bedroom Bobbi’s designs have been featured on Buzzfeed, Tia Mowry's Quick Fix, Apartment Therapy, Style by Emily Henderson and is listed in the Black Parade of Black Owned Businesses on Beyonce.com. With a mission of spreading joy one ear at a time, Bobbi plans to make her colorful and affordable accessories a household name.
"I am a classically trained glass artist and I earned my BFA in glass from the Cleveland Institute of Art. I blow colorful glass plates in a hot glass studio and then transform them... into an assortment of glass wearables from Simple studs and necklaces to the over-the-top Kinetic Sculptural showpieces. Broken Plates is my line of contemporary glass wearables that combines traditional blown glass techniques with modern CNC technologies. Using either colorful blown glass or tints of translucent plate glass, she plays with form and light as my pieces interact with the contours of the body. "Gillian Preston is a glass artist working out of Pittsburgh, PA, where she creates her line of glass jewelry, Broken Plates. Broken Plates is a line of contemporary glass wearables that combines traditional blown glass techniques with modern CNC technologies. She studied and earned her BFA at the Cleveland Institute of Art exploring imagery in glass and sculptural installations. She transitioned into jewelry and began her line, Broken Plates, in 2013 as a way of working through ideas and new processes quickly with the benefit of also creating a more visible and approachable final product. Today, she sells her wearables to retailers internationally, and continues to lean on the developing technologies available in order to streamline her production and expand the breadth of her work.
"This work has been inspired by decadent novel Against Nature by Joris-Karl Huysmans. In this story, main character Des Esseintes becomes disillusioned by modern urban life and esca...pes to the countryside where he carefully designs a unique aesthetic environment. At one point, he encrusts the shell of a giant tortoise with jewels causing it to eventually expire. Other works of scarab beetles, worn as ornamental art since the pharaohs of Ancient Egypt, play on opulence, materialism, and our perceptions of beauty. The most recent images are from 67 Attendants, an ongoing series of abstracted portraits based on the crushed skull and headdress on view at The University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. "Leila Cartier holds an MFA in Painting and Drawing from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and concurrently studied Arabic Language at Depaul University with a Jacob K. Javits Fellowship. Her BFA in Art and Art History from Moore College of Art & Design in Philadelphia included a year spent with Temple University Rome, Italy. Her studio practice is located in 1241 Carpenter Studios + Project Space in South Philadelphia and she is represented by SchmidtDean Gallery. Since 2016, Leila Cartier has been the Executive Director of CraftNOW Philadelphia, an emerging organization uniting institutions, scholars and artists to promote the historic and contemporary role of the city in the fields of craft and making.
"My work over the last year has been about repetition and finding routine amid the uncertainty of recent times. Being a teacher, I went from working over fifty hours a week to worki...ng only four amid the pandemic after my workload was cut. Since I suddenly had a lot more time on my hands, I was able to focus solely on my art. Working in the studio was something that I have neglected for so long, so getting to focus my energy into that was very important to me. Once I reset my space, choose my materials, and allowed myself the freedom to fail and create, I could not stop. Brass has been a staple in my work for years. After completing a series of rings with brass bezels, I realized that this material could be used easily to create different shapes. It started as a simple shape, the rectangle and then I started repeating it, manipulating it, and adding more to it. Powder coating, a more recent addition to my techniques, allows for the bright colors and wearability which was what I was looking for. As I persisted in my process, I started going bigger and brighter. Big earrings can be a way to express our individuality: make a statement. In a time where masks are seemingly taking away from our identity, I believe we can gain more control of our situation by expressing ourselves in bolder and brighter ways. As I continue to experiment with my materials, I am constantly finding new and more interesting ways to put my pieces together. Now that we have adapted through the current situation, time is a commodity once again, but by using the extra time that I was given I have found an inspiration that I cannot ignore. I will continue to produce, and I am hoping that my work will grow and develop just as I have. "Jolene Castanon was born Santa Fe, New Mexico. She went to college at NMSU in 2007 where she received her BFA in Metalsmithing and Jewelry. She moved to Dallas after college where she became a studio assistant for two contemporary metalsmiths in the DFW area. She is currently a studio artist as well an elementary school teacher.
Cindy Liebel Jewelry
"My work reflects an attention to detail, combining bold contrasting textures and shapes, creating repetition in geometric forms. My designs are hand-fabricated from start to finish... using sustainable precious metals. Every element of design starts with a sketch, then translated into printed paper elements. I use this visual design process to gather ideas of size and composition. I create jewelry that combines the relationship between contemporary and mid-century design, with a focus on simplicity and everyday adornment. "Cindy Liebel is jewelry for the individual, the ever-curious woman, man, or them who actively engages with the world and thrives on exploration. We strive to empower our customers by making style easy and timeless, offering them a special treat that aligns with their worldview. Designed specifically for comfortable, everyday accessorizing, our designs are lightweight and wearable. We make jewelry to complement an authentic and thoughtful life. Inspired by geometric forms and patterns, architecture, raw materials, and both mid-century modern and Art Deco aesthetics, Cindy handcrafts her pieces using a fusion of traditional and modern processes in her Virginia studio.
Liz Clark Jewelry
"Flowers are more than objects of adoration, they embody a forceful tenderness influenced by impermanence. My work engages a floral language that questions the value of flowers’ f...leeting beauty. Fabricating these pieces in sterling silver allows the ephemeral quality of flowering plants to become a perennial presence. "Liz Clark received her BFA in Crafts/Material Studies from Virginia Commonwealth University. She lives in Providence, RI and maintains a metal studio that she shares with her husband. Liz exhibits her work through various galleries across the country. She is also the Events Director at Metalwerx, a school for jewelry and metal arts in Waltham, MA.
Kelly Jean Conroy
"I see my jewelry as layered paintings- collages with dimensional elements that allude to a story. The stories are about loss, something that touches us all eventually, but also abo...ut the beauty of life. If I can make death and the subsequent feeling of loss something beautiful, I can soothe my fear of future loss. We all carry these experiences of life and loss within the inner layers of our being, and I see my jewelry as a way to wear these moments on one’s outer layer."Kelly Jean Conroy was born in 1983, in Sheboygan, Wisconsin. Growing up in New England and being raised by an artist mother who emphasized making and painting, eventually led her to attaining her BFA from Syracuse University in art education and painting. She completed her MFA in Jewelry Metals from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth in 2013. She is currently teaching metalsmithing at Lincoln Sudbury Regional High School, and metalsmithing courses at Massachusetts College of Art and Metalwerx. Her work focuses on life cycles in nature within a jewelry format. Her specialties are enameling, working with natural materials: carving bone, piercing mother of pearl, laser cutting, and casting.
Dawna Gillespie Adornments
"Make a statement and start a conversation with Dawna Gillespie Adornments! When surveying society, there is a realization of the excessive need in identical and mass-produced a...ccessories. Transcending the allure of simply adorning the body and home, my artwork consciously explores the illumination of personal presentation and facilitates an individual expression. My sculptural and distinctive adornments are all hand-fabricated and never-reproduced to defy a world inundated with mass-produced accessories. Beginning with a flat sheet of raw copper or brass, each piece takes shape using a jeweler's saw and techniques such as: piercing, patina, oxidation, etching, hammering, forming, forging, stamping, and cold-connecting. Movements, such as Baroque and Art Nouveau, influence the style of my work; while examining the theories of femininity, fertility, domesticity, marriage, and sexuality. The culmination of my soul's stories make up each collection. Textures found in every adornment represent the significant characteristics of my soul. The layering of motifs and shapes that I design are then manipulated and sawn to symbolize various aspects and events of my life: my marriage, our son, mental and emotional struggles from the choices I have made, and relationships I have had. The result is a thought provoking and whimsical wearable artwork. With an unwavering purpose to restore and reunite: individuality, reverence to craftsmanship, and the world's intrinsic beauty; I am connecting never-reproduced adornments and beautiful souls together, one at a time. Breathe life back into your wardrobe and home by choosing adornments that say something extraordinary!"Dawna Gillespie is a metalsmith and jewelry designer from Lubbock, Texas. She holds a BFA in Visual Studies from Texas Tech University and has since found success as a, nationally recognized and published, professional metalsmith. Her wearable artworks and adornments for the home have been exhibited all across the country. Dawna has been included in the following exhibitions: International Metal Jewelry Artistry Awards (juried by James Carter and Michael Sturlin); Cold Connections; VisionMakers2018 (juried by Emily Zilber); Hidden Treasures: Enveloped Metalwork (juried by Don Friedlich); Celebrating American Craft; and Jewelry: Curated by Sydney Lynch. Gillespie has been published in the following: 10-page spread in Belle Armoire Jewelry, national publication, as the “Designer Collection”; featured on Texas Country Reporter; and was 1 of 3 Semi-Finalists in the “Fashion & Style” category for the Texas Works Awards. She is represented by Wabi Sabi Gallery in Glen Rose, Texas.
Jeffrey Lloyd Dever
"All my works are sculptural studies – explorations of where the material world of my daily life intersects my naturalistic musings. From the early days of my childhood, the hills..., orchards, streams, and woodlands of my small New England home infused my aesthetics. It is to that natural world that I retreat when I seek inspiration. In those still, quiet moments, my mind takes wing and soars as I dialogue with my Creator. "Jeffrey Lloyd Dever holds a BS degree in Fine Art from Atlantic Union College, 1976. He is a founding partner and creative director of Dever Designs in Laurel, MD. He served on the contract/adjunct faculty of Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, Maryland for 20 years, where he taught illustration and graphic design. Sought after as an instructor, he has taught classes across North America and in Europe. He enjoys sharing his pioneering techniques with others as often as his schedule allows. Mr. Dever's polymer vessels, jewelry, and sculptural objects have been shown in many national and international invitational exhibitions, and his works are represented in numerous private collections, galleries, and museums.
Didi Rose Jewelry
"I love creating simple jewelry pieces for everyday wear that will last a lifetime. Pieces that can be well loved & still stay looking good enough to pass on as little family heirlo...oms. "Benedicta Awere-Malik is a jeweler. Born & raised in Nigeria, she started making beaded jewelry in July 2003 then transitioned to metal work when she moved to the US in 2017. After taking a professional stone setting course, she\\\'s currently in her studio working on a collection of fine jewelry with the working collection name of little luxuries.
"A lush experience of color and form, my jewelry accentuates the beauty of carefully selected gems with subtle designs, creating the organic aesthetic so characteristic of my work. ...Balancing strong, sculptural forms with the femininity of vibrant gems, each piece is carefully considered with meticulous attention to detail, showing a passion for design that is instantly recognizable. I create jewelry that is quietly complex, readily combining myriad metalsmithing techniques while designing for timeless subtlety. Rooted in the history and craft of jewelry making, I combine traditional techniques of stone setting and fabrication with the sculptural forms of one-of-a-kind metal casting. I work exclusively with recycled precious metals."Shaya Durbin was born in Oakland, California, and is a second-generation jeweler. She studied fine art in Maine, Italy, and Chicago before returning to her hometown to pursue her passion for goldsmithing. She has been designing and crafting jewelry in the San Francisco Bay Area since 2005 with the recent addition of a studio in Seattle.
Elise A. Moran
"I’m motivated by the challenge of rendering shapes and forms into little wearable metal sculptures. I like the idea of recreating something like a flower which has a finite, deli...cate life-cycle or taking a subject like a cloud that may have a perceived non-preciousness because of its transitory nature, and representing it in precious metal which has a permanence, giving each piece just enough definition to suggest representation and scaling to a size that comfortably adorns the body. I'm not only drawn to the beauty of nature, often in awe of it's intrinsic design, but also intrigued by the symbolism we attach to it and how well it serves the ritual of adornment. "Elise Moran’s early years included broad travel and exposure to many places and cultures within the US as well as Europe. She graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design in the Spring of 1990 with a BFA in Jewelry and Light Metals. Upon graduating, she worked for two Providence-based jewelry designers, while developing her unique line of silver and gold jewelry. Elise then co-owned EAM Gallery, a jewelry store featuring her work, from 1993 until 2004 in Portsmouth, NH. During those years to currently, she has participated in numerous wholesale and retail fine craft shows and her work can be found in many galleries and stores around the USA and internationally. Currently, Elise has a studio in the Button Factory, in Portsmouth, NH, where she continues to create and explore in metals and other materials.
East Camp Goods
"I believe a beautifully crafted object can transform one’s daily life, whether it’s jewelry or a humble spoon. Daily interactions with the best of what humans can make is both ...inspiring and soothing. For me, craft has always been central to what I value in the world and to my own well-being. There’s no place I feel more confident and challenged at the same time than at my workbench. I work in high-karat gold, 18k and 22k, focusing on classical and modern chain-making and delicate sculptural forms. I am a certified Fairmined licensed brand because I believe it’s important to support small scale mining communities with my gold purchases. "Jenna Wainwright Fennell is a classically trained goldsmith who learned the fundamentals of metalsmithing at RISD while an undergraduate at Brown University. Her jewelry designs are strongly influenced by her experiences working intimately with objects at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, where she crafted brass mounts for artwork and installed exhibitions for 12 years. She currently resides with her husband and two little girls in upstate NY, where they spend their days collecting rocks, walking in the woods, and drawing together.
Elina Peduzzi Jewelry
"My jewelry work has a sculptural approach, inspired by traditional adornment and travels, and it is also the result of my love of history, craft, and world cultures. I am fascinate...d by the process of transforming metals, bronze in particular – a metal that is deeply connected with human history. All pieces, entirely hand-cast and fabricated in my studio in the Bay Area, California, fuse ancient techniques with an industrial and urban vibe."Elina Peduzzi is a Latin-American artist living and working in the Bay Area, California. Her work, contemporary jewelry and small sculpture, is heavily influenced by the experience she gained early in her career in the field of international relations. She has been making jewelry for more than twenty years, initially as a passion on the side, and more recently as a full-time endeavor. Elina holds an MFA in Spatial Arts from San Jose State University.
"My personal motivation in creating art jewelry over the years is the personal connection my work makes with people and the public at large – especially those who might not be awa...re of jewelry as an art form. Using my preferred medium of LEGO bricks and components, in combination with metals and recycled materials as a gateway, to express what is lighting me up at the moment. Whether it be my love of David Bowie and New Wave, Historical Jewelry, or more recently, Mindfulness Meditation and Nonviolent Communication practices. Embracing the inherent narrative quality of jewelry as a guide to help us to better understand, see and truly hear one another (especially in our differences) and begin to acknowledge our shared humanity and interconnectedness."emiko oye is a Japanese American artist based in San Francisco, CA, whose bold jewelry made from repurposed LEGO® have been shown in 100+ exhibitions worldwide; including solo shows at the San Francisco Museum of Craft and Design, Ombré Gallery, NYC Jewelry Week; permanent collections at Los Angeles County Museum of Art and Racine Art Museum. Numerous publications have featured her work, such as American Craft, Metalsmith, The Wall Street Journal, Marie Claire, San Francisco Chronicle. Served as Past President of the Metal Arts Guild. LEGO® System in Denmark endorse her as an “Influencer” for young makers.
Erin Austin Design
"At the center of my work lies connection: connection with nature, connection with each other, and the excitement, disappointment, growth, and loss related to those connections. I w...ork in jewelry because the physical act of wearing a piece often adds sentimentality and personal connection between the relationships of giver/receiver, wearer/viewer, or maker/collector. Much of my interest in connection stems from parallel undergraduate study in the arts and sciences. I am continuously excited by the practices of observation and experimentation found in both areas. Frequent ideations in my work include the cycle of birth and rebirth, the notion that we are somehow separate from nature and our responsibilities to the natural world, the evolving psyche and the way we interpret the world and our relationships with others as we age, and invitations to be still and present in the moment."Erin is a metal artist living and working on California's North Coast. Her work has been shown locally, nationally, and internationally. In addition to creating Erin is also interested in education and works and teaches in the Jewelry and Small Metals studio at Humboldt State University.
"My current practice consists of reclaimed wood jewelry with bead or porcelain accents. Inspired by African jewelry and curvilinear wood furniture, I employ industrial fabrication m...ethods to produce personal adornment of singular form. My friend and I harvest declining orchard wood in the northern New Mexico village of Cuartelez. His family planted these trees on their ancestral property. Cutting a log and seeing the exposed grain for the first time is one of the most exciting parts of the whole process. My mind races with possibilities as the inside is revealed. I strive to convey this excitement by crafting carefully finished, simple forms to celebrate the beauty of each piece of wood. I cut the wood into thin strips and steam it. I wrap the pliable wood around custom-built forms and clamp it in place. Once cured, the piece is shaped by hand and undergoes a multi-step finishing process. "Griffith Evans was born in Ohio. His boyhood home, with its angular rooflines and midcentury Scandinavian furniture, was a design oasis in the midst of the cornfields. After finishing a degree in Industrial Design, Griffith realized that his true passion was in handwork. His preference for the plane over the pixel led him to complete a formal training program in Fine Woodworking and Professional Craft. Encounters with museum collections and memories of his mother’s jewelry inspired Griffith to build personal adornment. After studying bent lamination and steam bending, he scaled down those processes in order to fabricate wood jewelry. Since 2018, Griffith has been exhibiting his wood jewelry collection at juried shows throughout the country, including CraftBoston, American Craft Council shows, Philadelphia Museum of Art, American Craft Exposition, Bellevue Arts Museum, and others. In 2019, his work was selected for the Society of North American Goldsmiths “Jewelry and Metals Survey”.
Fair Winds Jewelry
"I’m a jewelry artist and educator in Philadelphia. I’m inspired by the traditional sailing ships, the forms of boats, and the interaction of wind, waves, and water. I work in t...raditional jewelry processes in gold and sterling silver and also use computer-assisted technology like CAD (computer-aided design) and 3D printing."Barb Baur is a Philadelphia-based artist, maker, and educator. She primarily makes art jewelry, however she has been known to belly dance, repair musical instruments, and sail the East Coast of the U.S. Barb’s artwork interacts with the body and is created using traditional gold/silversmithing techniques combined with modern fabrication tools like CAD (computer-aided design) and 3D printing. Drawing on her time on a sailboat, Barb’s artwork is inspired by sailing vessels, wind, and water. Barb also manages the TaconyLAB Community Arts Center in Northeast Philadelphia and is an adjunct professor at Tyler School of Art.
"I've been interested in design, the decorative arts and botanical forms, and for some unknown reason, metal, for as long as I can remember! My jewelry strikes a balance of the visu...al and tactile by blending color relationships with texture. Refined sculptural elements define my modern classic, yet organic style of jewelry. I employ traditional gold smithing skills to create all of the elements that comprise each original design by hand fabricating in metal or by wax carvings, including the distinctive signature clasps and settings that complete many pieces. I work primarily in 18k gold with gemstones and pearls that are carefully selected for quality and visual appeal. ."While a bench jeweler and model maker of fine jewelry for a prestigious New York City manufacturer, Mimi expanded on the skills acquired from a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Metals from Rochester Institute of Technology by executing one of a kind designs of several notable jewelry houses. Working at the bench, behind the scene, afforded her a privileged insider experience into the world of exceptional fine jewelry. Through the melding of two distinctive jewelry-making approaches over several decades of fine craftsmanship, Mimi is upholding the time honored tradition of artisan studio jeweler. Mimi has been awarded the prestigious American Gem Trade Association’s Spectrum Award in the categories Platinum Honors and Business Daywear.
Steven Ford & David Forlano
"We've been making collaborative one-of-a-kind and small series jewelry objects from polymer, sterling silver and other materials for the last 32 years. "
Having met in art school in... Rome in 1984, Ford and Forlano have been working together making polymer jewelry in their respective studios in Philadelphia and Santa Fe. Their work appears in a dozen museum collections and numerous books about contemporary jewelry.
Found: in ABQ
"Of course, I am overcome by all of it—this entire world full of wings and things, garden petals drying in books, sticks and stones, fossils and sand, odds and ends of this and th...at. But it is especially the place where the so-called natural world interfaces with the trappings of humanity that inspires my work. Fascinating and collectable gem and mineral specimens, tiny machine nuts and bolts, wings and petals, and acrylic rescued from the waste stream, it all alludes to the human inclination to both worship and exploit nature—to preserve its beauty and obliterate its inconvenience. Clear acrylic angles recall power-lines fragmenting the moving sky. Faceted gems and water smooth granite are like robins chortling in the gutter after a big rain. Multi-layered and multi-colored vitreous enamel surfaces evoke the chimerical character of a desert cityscape. Many of the wings and petals that I use come from this borderland between the city and the wild space. They are cultivated in places like my own backyard garden, lush with hose water. Or, I find them smashed onto the front-end of SUVs, sprouting from sidewalk cracks, and lifeless under streetlights come morning. Many are weeds or agricultural pests—unwelcome in civilization. How do we decide what is precious? There is exquisite beauty everywhere, if you only know how to look."Like you, Jessica deGruyter has always collected the ephemeral—those things that turn to dust in time. From a studio tucked into the back of a rambling garden in Albuquerque, NM, deGruyter works with traditional jewelry making tools and techniques, crafting modern-day curiosity cabinets, meant to display object and to hold space for memory. Her grandmother’s acetylene torch and chasing stamps handmade from rebar remnants inspire her work as much as the strange and lovely found-objects that distinguish it. As a self-taught and self-guided artist, she studies her craft through workshops, books, and experimentation with unusual materials. deGruyter opened her Etsy shop, Found: in Albuquerque, in 2010. Her work has been published in Belle Amore Jewelry Magazine (Winter 2017, Spring 2018), and she was invited to exhibit at the American Craft Council Show in St. Paul, MN for the first time in 2018.
"Since I started my business in 2008, I’ve been exploring fabrics to its limits and felt like it’s time to move on to my next favorite material, paper. It has opened before me a... world of new techniques, shapes and textures that I’ve been entirely drawn into. Pieces is a new jewelry line in which I’m using Tyvek paper with a combination of resin. This unusual type of paper is commonly used for mail packaging and construction as it is highly durable and water resistant. It also contains nylon fibers which allows it to be easily wrinkled and manipulated. During the process, I’m using heat which creates organic and uneven textures as a result of its shrinking reaction. The added resin gives the pieces of paper a firm body and weight while the forms keep evolving and changing throughout the process, which eventually leads to its final result. Each piece is one-of-a-kind and cannot be fully duplicated due to the use of randomness as an essential element in the creation process. Changeability is a primary aspect in my work and has a direct connection to my life, in which I’m constantly analyzing and understanding through creation. Over the last 8 years, my life has changed drastically from being a single, Tel Aviv-based business owner, to a married woman with 2 kids, reinventing myself and navigating my life in New York City. The challenges of the relocation inspired me create a new form of identity in a way and adapt my culture, routines and habits that played a big roll of who I was until then. I’ve adjusted to a new environment, rediscovered new sides in my personality and literally continuing to reconnect the pieces into a new form of me, every single day. In this line of jewelry, I’m exploring organic evolution, time as an essential element for development and imperfection as a form of beauty."FrogAspect was established in 2007 by Einat Burg Cohen, 40, a mother of 2, jewelry designer and artist. Einat Studied in multi-disciplinary design at Seminar Hakibutzim collage In Tel Aviv, focusing on costumes design for performance arts. originally from Tel Aviv ISRAEL, relocated to Brooklyn, New York in 2016. the name FrogAspect derives from her curiosity to the frog's metamorphosis process and its extraordinary changeability with movement. this Summarizes The Process Of Einat's work That she's trying to emphasize by manipulating materials and taking their behaviors to its limits. Einat started her business with a singular collection of theatrical handmade scarfs made out of fabric scraps using repetitive hand knotting and threading techniques. Inevitably, due to the Israeli hot weather and in addition to the scarf collection, she created a line of textile Jewelry that both makes a statement, is light weight and fits most Climates. what started off as leftover Materials has turned into a line of textile necklaces, Mostly made out of spandex and Stretch fabric which Einat had found to be highly Versatile and fun to work with in the context of Jewelry Design. The process itself of manipulating the material and exploring its behaviors transforms it into new textures, transparencies and shapes. at times, she likes to describe her work as putting a spotlight on an imperfect detail or behavior and make it shine. if we just zoom in, we will find endless Treasures.
Genevieve Flynn Studio
"The fluid lines and sensuous feel of the Art Nouveau era along with the beauty of nature is reflected in my work. Using nature as my inspiration, I endeavor to create expertly cra...fted heirloom jewelry and vessels. As an artist I receive gratification from working in noble metals that someday will be owned, displayed, utilized or worn by clients in their everyday life. I hope to have my artwork passed down from generation to generation. Over my 45-year career I have worked in gold, sterling silver, Argentium silver, precious stones and copper. I fabricate all of my work and use ancient metal techniques such as repoussé, granulation (a process that fuses gold to silver), saw piercing, Keum-boo a gold leaf application and many others are incorporated to add detail, interest and beauty. I am a self taught silversmith continually striving to learn and hone my techniques and skills. I was trained as a goldsmith and moved into designing and creating my work in silver and gold in the late 1980's. I have particiapted in the American Craft Council shows as well as coordinated a national craft show in the Baltimore area for 10 years. My studio allows me to teach silversmithing workshops as well as bring national and international instructors in to offer workshops in their specialty of metals."Award winning silversmith, Genevieve Flynn, has been working in precious metals for 45 years creating hollowware and art jewelry family heirlooms. Flynn has been invited to create numerous private commissions, including an intricately repoussé hand mirror presented to music industry personality, Paula Abdul and a commemorative 1985 World Series pin for the late Ewing Kauffman, of the Kansas City Royals. During her seven year employment as a bench jeweler she perfected her construction skills and went on to study the repoussé art form working under the Italian master instructor, Fabrizio Acquafresca and Valentin Yotkov, top artists in their field. Genevieve has won many awards including a Saul Bell International Design Award in Hollowware/Art Objects as well as exhibiting her work across the world. As a master chaser and silversmith, Flynn has dedicated a major portion of her career to teaching students the technical intricacies of working with precious metals.
"Often in my life I use ritual to officially rid my heart or mind from intangible toxicity. In these moments, an object I borrow or create becomes my own solid, recognizable charact...er representing the idea or force that needs to be discarded. A figurine, an iPod, a box holding something that once felt sacred: these become symbols of discomfort, as well as tools for releasing negative energy and creating transformation. After the ceremony, these items become symbols of guidance, empowerment, and peace. Together they take on a new form and tell a story. I am developing a more specific design language and exploring new ways to construct and present these sculptural symbolic forms. The answers lie in the material itself, revealing something through stress and manipulation, a reflection of the subtle and overt torture I witness in our world. The act of making/destroying is intrinsically linked to my own liberation and renewal. "Morgan Hill’s formal art education began at Memphis College of Art, where she focused in drawing. After a couple of years, her desire for design literacy led her to study interior and furniture design at the University of Arkansas Little Rock. She earned her BFA in Furniture Design and Woodworking there, and then spent a year assisting Mia Hall and serving as the Creative Director of the ESSE Museum. Between 2015 and 2017 she completed the Core Fellowship at Penland School of Craft where she studied under Stoney Lamar, Brent Skidmore, and Rachel Meginnes. Morgan has been included in exhibits at Asheville Art Museum (NC), Center for Art in Wood (PA), Alabama Center for Architecture, and numerous collections. She recently finished the Windgate ITE International Residency at The Center for Art in Wood. Today, she creates her work in Spruce Pine, NC in a studio shared with four of her favorite colleagues.
Ilene Schwartz Jewelry
" I use line and negative space when creating my jewelry. I strive for simplicity in classic feminine forms; always keeping in mind the piece is meant to be worn. My work ...is a combination of 18k gold, sterling silver, and a variety of beautiful gemstones. Clean contemporary earrings and pendants suggest a happy movement that is figurative and playful yet infinitely wearable. My jewelry is a juxtaposition of the unusual and unique beauty of gemstones nature has created (sparkly druzy, patterned fossilized stones, multi-colored opals) with simple classic settings. My pieces are hand-fabricated. I love the transformation of sheet and wire into dimensional form. Bezels are individually constructed for the unique stones I use. Much of the work is given a soft matte finish and additional texture is added by chasing or engraving on small elements in the different pieces. This use of combining texture and color is my version of painting."Ilene Schwartz has been making jewelry in one form or another since she was six years old. She holds an associates degree in graphics and a BFA in metals from Tyler School of Art at Temple University. Schwartz worked for a number of years at small family-owned jewelry businesses developing her skills before striking out on her own. For the past 30 years Schwartz has maintained a studio, designing and making jewelry. She exhibits at craft shows and sells online.
JacQueline Sanchez Jewelry Design
"18 years ago my heart lead me to LEGO bricks. I instantly fell in love, their modern style and bold architectural structure enabled me to really push the boundaries of this tiny t...oy. I am excited for the connection and possibilities they provide me as an art medium to create my work. I cut, sand, drill, and sandblast each LEGO. Sandblasting achieves a matte finish on the plastic that creates simplicity. LEGO represents a lot for many people so I try and honor that with each piece. One of the many things I love about being an artist is knowing that in a small way I’m bringing a bit of joy to people’s lives. My work has an innocence that makes the wearer smile. Our world is so frenetic and at times feels so complicated. It’s easy to forget the simple things that bring happiness. "JacQueline has been a jewelry designer for over 25 years. She studied at The Texas Institute of Jewelry Technology. Prior to starting her business she worked as a bench jeweler for over 10 years. She has earned an international following for her playful minimalist reinterpretation of colorful LEGO bricks in to wearable art for men, women and children. Each piece of jewelry from the her studio is created with a passion for design and the highest standards in craftsmanship and durability. She has been honored with many awards and has been featured on HGTV and Oregon Art Beat. The LEGO group invited her to be a member of LEGO Creation Nation and she is a founding member of the Women’s Brick Initiative.
Karin Jacobson Design LLC
"My collection is inspired by Origami. These designs push the boundaries of traditional jewelry to become small-scale wearable sculpture. I developed my folding technique to create ...pieces that have a graceful fluidity and big visual impact. Each piece is handmade and uses the most ethically sourced materials I can source, such as recycled metals and gemstones that are fair-trade, recycled, domestically sourced, or purchased from gem buyers who have direct relationships with miners from small, artisanal mines."Karin Jacobson began adorning jewelry lovers in 2000 with the launch of her flagship collection at the world-renowned Walker Art Center. Within two years, she was selected as the Grand Winner of the prestigious AJDC New Talent Competition, establishing her jewelry as a national brand. Today, Karin runs a thriving business from her sunny studio in the Northeast Minneapolis Arts District – the epicenter of a vibrant community of makers. She has continued to earn accolades for her work, including a Saul Bell Award, two MJSA Vision Awards and an International Pearl Design Award.
Laura Wood Studios
"The LWS Collection is grounded in sculptural form engineered for wear and features statement pieces in vibrant colors ranging from bold reds, brilliant white, to neon orange. Thoug...htful consideration is given to how jewelry forms follow the lines of the body. "Laura Wood is a full-time jewelry artist living in Asheville, North Carolina. The Studio is located in west Asheville and is available to visit by appointment. Laura's creative practice began in dance and shifted to contemporary jewelry in college, at University of Georgia, where she was introduced to jewelry and metalsmithing. A performative arts background continues to influence her work. Sculptural forms are thoughtfully engineered for the body and are intended to contribute to a daily experience. Her jewelry is represented in galleries and exhibitions nationally and internationally and has exhibited in widely celebrated craft expositions including the Smithsonian Craft Show in Washington, DC, American Craft Council Show in Baltimore, MD, and Sculpture, Objects, Functional Art and Design Expo (SOFA) in Chicago, Illinois. Laura’s work is among the permanent collections of the Gregg Museum of Art at North Carolina State University, The Racine Art Museum in Racine, Wisconsin, The Mint Museum in Charlotte, NC and The Enamel Arts Foundation in Los Angeles, CA. Publications include, 500 Paper Objects, Lark Crafts, Behind the Brooch, Schiffer Publishing, American Craft ,and Metalsmith Magazine. Most recently, Laura completed a three-year term in the resident artist program at Penland School of Craft (2017-2020). She is the founding voice of the annual ECU Symposium (2010) and is a co-founder of Jewelry Edition (2012), a creative project aimed at facilitating the growth of jewelry artists. She earned a BFA from the University of Georgia (2007) and an MFA in metal design from East Carolina University (2011).
"I believe jewelry communicates the art of uniqueness, self-expression and attitude. It's the creative human skill and imagination that expresses beauty, ideas, and feeling. "
Mariros... e Jelicich is an entrepreneur, but got her start as a jewelry instructor at local colleges in the Sacramento area. With her attention to details, her admiration for design, and quality craftsmanship she devoted herself to religious artwork. Her works can be found within many churches and cathedrals. Shifting between metals and recycled materials, Marirose has found wonderful inspiration from her own experiences of the world. Not only is she creating fashion, she is making an impact on the environment.
"Jewelry has long been used as an enduring symbol of rank, status, achievement, and expression of love or remembrance, creating a unique kind of language in countless forms wrought ...in precious metals, gems, and natural materials. My work explores the limitless techniques of metalwork and enameling in a continual pursuit of beauty, as I seek to embody moments of time and expressions of love, longing, and remembrance into enduring forms of adornment and future heirlooms. My thoughts and emotions are deeply connected to the pure beauty, delicate details, and captivating patterns of the natural world; I am further inspired by one’s relationship with nature and sense of awe experienced by observing the raw beauty within it. I believe this practice can serve to remind us of our place in the world and find new meaning beneath the layers of the hectic every-day. Through the dedication of making, I am able to lose myself in a kind of meditation while transforming raw gold and silver into other states, shaping and waiting for them to become revealed into singular, enduring objects of adornment. "Barbara McFadyen is a metalsmith and enamelist who has been designing jewelry in gold, silver, and enamel for five decades. Barbara received a BA in Creative Arts from Eckerd College in 1974 and was awarded her MFA in Metal Design from East Carolina University in 2017. Nationally recognized through exhibitions with the American Crafts Council, the Smithsonian Institution, SNAG, and the Enamelist Society, her work is found in the collections of The Mint Museum and The Enamel Arts Foundation. Barbara enjoys the challenges and rewards of teaching, and has led courses and workshops throughout the US, Japan, and Italy. Barbara currently serves on the Board of the Enamelist Society and Pocosin School of Fine Craft. She and her husband Douglass Phillips, live in Chapel Hill NC, where she maintains her studio practice on a 50-acre farm and finds pleasure in their new pastime of beekeeping.
"Handmade objects collected from my parents’ travels in South Asia, Europe, and Central America were displayed in all corners of my childhood home. As a kid, I’d be absorbed by ...the patterns on a clay pot or a woven shawl, tracing them with my finger and studying their differences. Years later, I was living back at home, contemplating my infant son’s ancestry and his future while cohabitating with the old familiar collection of art. This moment brought new awareness around my grandparent’s immigrant experience and what I wanted to communicate with my own art. I started sketching, attempting to harmonize the floral motifs in South Asian textiles with the geometric glaze patterns on Mesoamerican pottery. My hope was that the resulting designs would honor the American immigrant experience -- the reinvention and resilience created by the demands of two cultures, often in opposition. My style is graphic and bold with rhythmic patterns and shapes. I like the tension of an asymmetrically angled stone and the balance that is resolved from my metalwork around it. I use conventional jewelry-making materials, limiting my palette to mixed metals, semi-precious stones, and negative space. I love my hand tools and find many traditional metalsmithing techniques therapeutic, but as demand has put certain pieces into production, I’ve sought out technologies like casting, water jet and laser cutting and 3D printing. In the end, I hope my work imparts a sense of individuality and strength to wearers from all backgrounds and identities. "Aalia Mujtaba is a Pakistani-American artist designing and making jewelry and accessories for all genders. Aalia has been an instructor at Atlanta's Callanwolde Fine Arts Center for 13 years, has exhibited in recent American Craft Council shows and in 2020 was selected for NYC Jewelry Week's We Are Here Initiative. She served on the board of the Metal Arts Guild of Georgia from 2011-2014 and has worked as an assistant to Elaina Designs, an Atlanta and Ithaca based fine jewelry business since 2011. Aalia graduated from Agnes Scott College with a BA in Art History and Business in 1999, and pursued metalsmithing at Atlanta community art centers, Penland School of Craft in NC and Peters Valley Craft School in NJ. She lives and works in Clarkston, GA with her educator/musician husband and their thirteen year-old son.
"As a designer, I create jewelry that is focused on the materials, the details, and the process of the piece. I look to textiles, patterns, and textures in fashion, fibers arts, and... other crafts for inspiration. My obsession with structure and construction can be seen in the overly repetitive procedures and rhythmic production lines used to create my work. My process involves making, remaking, rearranging and reassembling components to create visually interesting work."Stephanie O’Brien studied at Savannah College of Art and Design and received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Jewelry and Objects, graduating as valedictorian. She now exhibits at ArtRider Craft Shows in New Jersey, New York, and Connecticut and at CraftBoston shows. In addition to her studio practice, Stephanie is a watch artisan and engraver for Shinola, Detroit. Previously, she was a bench jeweler for Lulu Frost, Inc. and Biba Schutz. Stephanie is originally from Bergenfield, New Jersey and now lives and creates in Brooklyn, New York.
"As a jeweler and metalsmith, I explore the inherent malleability of metal, creating organic shapes and interpreting natural forms. I live on the Outer Banks of North Carolina and m...y work reflects the colors, textures, and forms of my coastal environment. The ever-present elements of water, wind, and sand, combine with my interest in the botanical and marine flora and fauna to inspire my jewelry. In developing my pieces, I am not concerned with accurately representing a specific organism in scientific detail, but in capturing spirit or essence and the dynamic growth cycles of the natural world."Kathryn Osgood is a metalsmith, enamellist, and Associate Professor at College of The Albemarle in Manteo, North Carolina. She received her MFA in Metal Design from East Carolina University. Her work is included in the collections of the Gregg Museum, Racine Arts Museum, and The Enamel Arts Foundation. Publications include The Art of Enameling, 500 Necklaces, The Art of Jewelry: Wood, Contemporary Enameling: Art and Techniques, Steel Wire Jewelry, The Art of Fine Enameling, and Metalsmith magazine.
"Drawing through my life lived in diverse states of India, I bring diversity in materials together to create jewelry that connects me to the wearer. I am always exploring newer mate...rials that speak to me and need to be celebrated for their texture, form, color, and volume. My purpose in creating jewelry is to grow through my interaction with the materials and to understand my role in shaping them. I operate from a meditative space of playing with the piece and in the process discover myself. It is my happy place. "Chinanshu Arun Sharma (She/ Her/ Hers) is a jewelry artist, maker, and jewelry designer-entrepreneur. She studied jewelry making at the Indian Institute of Gems and Jewelry Jaipur interned at Amrapali - Jaipur. She has been making jewelry of various styles and media since 2011. She has made jewelry from recycled materials, found objects, yarns, natural fibers - including various grasses and banana fibers, metal, stones, recycled denim, recycled car, and cycle parts, and much more. She is an ex-banker and ran a small-scale, for-profit jewelry business in India employing economically weaker women and showcased her collections in various arts and crafts shows and design events including prestigious crafts council show-Vastrabharna. She has been featured in Indian national and regional dailies- like The Times of India, Indian Express, Telegraph, T2, and magazines including Femina India, San Diego Voyager. Apart from making jewelry and teaching jewelry making she is actively volunteering and her volunteering experiences range from Mammomobile, The Friday Convent in the past to currently working with Dragonflies Everywhere and Rising Arts leaders, San Diego.
Porcelain and Stone
"I pay a lot of attention to the function of the material I work with, and consciously design how it engages with the body. As someone who has skin allergies, I work with porcelain ...because it is both tied to history, and also safe and comfortable for my body to wear. Most folks misunderstand how strong porcelain really is (it is similar to a sapphire in strength), as they have never encountered a custom wearable piece of porcelain designed intentionally for wear by a former architect."My background in rock carving and years as a professional building design architect and environmental consultant inform my design choices. Porcelain's strength and longevity are a nod to my Taiwanese/Scottish heritage just as working with my hands has always centered me to push normal expectations.
"Wire and paper— two materials I can’t get enough of! The wire serves as my outline, the paper as my illustration, filling in the details within the wire shapes. The titles of m...y artwork hint at the concepts behind them, most often life experiences, puns, or simply things I love. I use wire as fine as thread to as thick as rope. As for paper, if my scissors can cut it, I’ll use it. I appreciate the process of taking tightly coiled wire on a spool and combining it with flat paper and transforming these materials into unexpected 3-dimensional objects."Sally blends traditional basketry and wirework techniques to create her unusual wire objects. All work is done by hand, freeform, using only wire and whatever materials she includes in the construction, most often paper, found objects, or vintage beads. Sally has drawn, painted, and created mixed-media art all her life and is largely self-taught. She minored in art history at Northwestern University and received her MBA in marketing from the George Washington University. Sally lives in her hometown of Seattle after many years on the east coast.
"As a goldsmith and enamel artist who studied interior design and architecture, I think of myself as both an artist and designer, however, design is my worldview; the lens through w...hich I view, evaluate and understand the world around me. Jewelry blends art and science, form and function, creativity and innovation. For me, the process of creation from researching to sketching, selecting materials and fabricating, is inspiring. Curiosity, problem solving, and my search for identity, motivates me to continually reimagine what is possible. I love to travel, meet people and hear their stories. I am passionate about history, and the connection I feel to past civilizations when using the ancient and revered techniques of enameling and metalwork. I am intrigued with the boundary between civilization and wildness. Mythology and folklore, mysticism and superstition, and the corresponding symbols, characters and stories that exist in every culture in every era, suggest the profound roots of our collective effort to come to terms with the world that surrounds us. My work combines drawing and painting with texturing and patterning, in a process of fusing thin coats of specially prepared ground glass to metal in a kiln, using high, controlled heat. I strive to create depth and luminosity with hand drawn designs and multilayered finishes that reveal different aspects of color and metal as they move. I also use three dimensionally formed metal, ink, luster, pencils, Limoges paints, mason stains and decals to achieve richly textured, curiously evocative and technically innovative contemporary work. "Jenne Rayburn is a Boston-based goldsmith, enamelist and designer. She grew up in the farming country of southeastern Washington State, and studied art, interior design and architecture at the University of Washington and the University of Massachusetts. A lifelong artist and arts advocate, Jenne believes that the arts and crafts of our world are critical to the development of creative societies. History and tradition, vernacular design and indigenous peoples inspire Jenne's glass and metal work. Using traditional and innovative vitreous enamel techniques combined with steel, silver and copper, Jenne sees her work as narrative and she searches for meaning in the convergence of mythology, identity and ornament. She is fascinated with myths and folklore that recount heroic adventures and connect us to a larger purpose. These stories strive to express the mystery and complexity of the human experience and the relationships that influence and inspire us.
"RedAvaDesigns is an eclectic line of jewelry, objects, and art designed and created in Chicago, Illinois, using traditional and non-traditional metalsmithing and enameling techniqu...es. My work includes vintage and contemporary beads and components, natural stones, hand-forged enamel, sterling silver, copper, brass, and bronze. Many pieces are one of a kind. My influences range from art deco and mid-century modern design to surrealism and asian art. I love the beauty of natural and organic forms and patterns, and strive to incorporate these images, shapes, and colors into my work. My goal is to create unique and affordable art that you can wear and use every day, and won’t find anywhere else."Roslyn Broder creates handcrafted earrings, necklaces, bracelets, rings, and objects using vintage and contemporary beads and components, natural stones, handmade and hand-forged enamel, sterling silver, brass, and bronze. Her background is in graphic design and film, and she is influenced by everything from art deco and mid-century modern design to film noir, surrealism and asian art. She appreciates the beauty of natural and organic forms and patterns, and tries to incorporate these images and shapes into her work. She's also drawn to miniature objects, toys, and hardware as well.
"My voice and my hand is evident in my jewelry. I am a maker of objects for the body, creating a place of mystery, dimension, fluidity and intrigue. I like to travel through my wo...rk and hope the things that interest me will interest and seduce the wearer/collector. I am attracted to the challenge of materials and processes to create work that investigates the body. My jewelry is influenced by memory, experiences and environment. My environment is urban - in the city of glass and concrete I explore space, shadows and nature. Through the structure of jewelry and adornment I want to tease our senses, create awareness of our bodies and encourage communication. I hope that my stories are your stories."Educated at American University as a graphic designer and printmaker lead me to be a self taught studio jeweler and object maker for over 25 years. The city is reflected in my voice: Born in Brooklyn, raised in Queens, and living and practicing my craft in Manhattan. Though made in NYC, I am represented by galleries throughout the USA and Internationally. I have shown at select fairs in the USA as well as Schmuck in Munich and multiple curated Invitational shows. I Have been published in numerous articles, periodicals and books internationally. My jewelry is in the permanent collection of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, The Corning Museum, The Newark Museum, The Racine Museum and The Rotassa Foundation. and private collections. See my website for a complete CV.
Seth Michael Studio
Seth M Carlson
"Through traditional goldsmithing and silversmithing techniques I strive to capture the beauty and character of the fauna and flora that I encounter in the natural world. It is impo...rtant to me that each piece is hand-crafted using ethically-sourced gold, silver, and gemstones. I see every piece of jewelry as a celebration of the natural world and believe that the materials I choose should reflect the value of life that I seek to convey. When I am creating my work I am visualizing each piece being passed from one generation to the next. I believe in capturing the character of each life form through subtle expressive gestures. With a focus on environmental preservation, each piece is a snapshot in time to bring awareness and appreciation to the lesser known species that surround our world."Seth’s jewelry career began early in his father’s stained glass studio where he fashioned jewelry from scraps of discarded glass. He decided at an early age that he wanted to be a jeweler, and began to receive regional design awards for his jewelry as a teenager. Seth attended the Savannah College of Art and Design and earned a BFA in metals and jewelry in 2007. While at SCAD he acquired a love of both silversmithing and goldsmithing techniques while exploring alternative and conceptual processes in the creation of body adornment and object making. Following his undergraduate education he was a silversmithing instructor at a summer camp in Maine in addition to working as a bench jeweler. Seth spent five years working as a studio goldsmith in Rochester, NY while also exploring new work as an artist-in-residence at the Rochester Institute of Technology. While he has been creating work for sale since an early age he officially registered Seth Michael Studio as a sole proprietorship in 2009. Following a move to Chicago, IL in 2013 Seth earned a graduate degree in art therapy from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. While a graduate student Seth led a metalsmithing group on Chicago’s South Side for teenagers and wrote his thesis on the therapeutic benefits of metalsmithing. Seth believes that being a craftsperson and being altruistic are synonymous, and giving back to community is an essential part of mastering a craft. After working as an art therapist in Chicago, Seth and his wife Rosa moved to Philadelphia in 2017 where they continue to live with their four cats. In 2019 Seth lived in Hong Kong for four months as an artist-in-residence with Loupe - a design incubation space sponsored by Chow Tai Fook Jewelry. Seth continues to be inspired by the people and experiences of living and working abroad and works full time as a sole proprietor of Seth Michael Studio, and travels to many shows around the United States.
"As an artist, I am fascinated by the process and technology of fabrication. My aim is to showcase the beauty and technique of the process, both digital and handmade, in the final p...iece. Within my work, I utilize parts from every step of the digital process, from the rendered image to the support structures of 3D prints that otherwise would be discarded. I apply traditional craft techniques, like casting or hand dying, to the products of the digital process in a marriage of old and new technique, combining processes that have been around for centuries with processes still in their infancy. Through this work I am highlighting the act of fabrication and creating relics of the digital process."Ellen Sisti is a contemporary artist and educator based in the Philadelphia area. Currently, she is an MFA candidate at the Tyler School of Art and Architecture, where she is concentrating in Metals/Jewelry/CAD-CAM. Sisti received her BFA in Interdisciplinary Object Design from Towson University in 2019. While there, she also was selected as a Towson University Fellow at the Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts. She has exhibited her work nationally and was published in the 2019 SNAG Jewelry and Metals Survey. For three years, Sisti has worked as a 3D printing technician, starting at Towson and continuing on at Tyler.