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In April, 2014 Star Press feature writer, John Carlson, and press photographer, Kurt Hostetler visited my studio. I was thrilled with the feature article in this morning's paper. John's writing and Kurt's photos told my story better than I ever could myself. The slide show below is made from Kurt's photos. Click here for the article.
If you live in the Muncie area, you are welcome to call and visit my bedroom-turned-studio at 2200 Sun Valley Parkway. Call 765-717-4291 or 765-288-3542 to set up an appointment. You can also see and purchase my work at these galleries: Gordy's Fine Art and Framing in Muncie; the Paradigm Gallery of the Ft. Wayne Museum of Art and my most recent, the Jim Gray Gallery in Gatlinburg, Tennessee.
My jewelry is rustic yet contemporary. The word “rustic” connotes a hand-hewn object that shows the mark of the artist rather than appearing slick and machine-made. To accentuate the hand-hewn quality of the work, I deliberately let the rivets show and use themas a design element in my riveted pieces. Trained in painting and printmaking, I was and still am concerned with surface such as brushstrokes or the thickness of paint on canvas or the surface of the inked printing plate ready for the press. This same interest translates to my jewelry. I manipulate the surface of the metal through etching, stamping, and hammering. I also make textured silver and copper with a rolling mill. To do this, I heat the metal, cover it with an actual texture such as a leaf, sandpaper, or etched brass plate and then run it through the rollers which impress the texture onto the metal.
My use of stone reinforces the “rustic” moniker. Instead of choosing a stone based on its preciousness or monetary value, I choose a stone for its color, pattern, luster when polished, or inclusion of druzy crystals, shell or fossil fragments. I cut and polish virtually all stones myself rather than buying ready-made cabochons because I enjoy the process and also want to control the look and form of the finished stone.
At the same time, my sense of design is modern and contemporary. I’m drawn to the simple, clean shapes found in modern art; the Arts and Crafts movement; Asian pottery; and graphic, furniture, and textile design. For example, I’ve used glass vase shapes from Crate and Barrel catalogs as templates for pendants. Ever since taking a collage/painting class in graduate school, I’ve also been influenced by collage, such as Matisse’s cut paper creations in “Jazz”. Over the years, I’ve created a number of paintings and prints incorporating collaged photographs, drawings, and texts from different sources. Collage works better for how my mind works than sketching because I find it more immediate. I typically design by laying one element on top of another until I am pleased with the results. I also like to emphasize the collage aspect by stacking the metal shapes on top of one another and thus creating a more sculptural piece. My etched designs come from these same sources plus tribal patterns from around the world, medieval designs, and Arts and Crafts Movement motifs. In my pendants, I purposely contrast an intricate, etched design with a simple, often minimalistic, pendant shape. Conversely, I contrast a more complex pendant shape with a simple stone setting and surface. Regardless, my goal is the creation of a unified work in which the surface of the metal, the stone, and the shape all complement one another.