Iconology is based on ancient Eastern design. Where my collectible jewelry is sometimes conceptual and fragile, these pieces are tangible and tactile. I have tried to create wearable work that is simple and accessible, but that also references my conceptual work—a balance between formal concerns and beautiful design. Continue reading
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My Arbor collection highlights the stark silhouette of nearly bare sterling silver and 24k gold trees. Each piece is ultimately wearable, but still covetable and collectible, the perfect combination. These pieces speak to my love of the natural but somehow grow beyond that, entering a new realm of almost fairytale-like beauty. The collection is accessible but still somewhat mysterious at the same time.
The hallmark of Hannah’s style is that she creates jewelry that is comfortable to wear yet beautiful to hold in one’s hand and admire as a small sculptural piece. The one of a kind pieces represent her most creative side. Inspired by a special stone or personal memory, this jewelry speaks volumes about her convictions, her environment and her life.
Her production pieces represent the practical side of her, the sterling hoops and myriad of earrings executed in precious metals and the strands of pearls of every shape and color, connected with her signature clasp.
Sarah Hood Jewelry features several collections of unique jewelry pieces ranging from very wearable limited edition jewelry to one-of-a-kind sculptural art jewelry. Her work is a constant exploration of the natural world, both its forms and its materials. She says, “I’m drawn to archetypes, those images floating beneath our collective consciousness–a perfect circle, a smooth and elongated leaf, a bud, a bare tree. I love clean shapes, elegant design, and unexpected combinations of materials.”
From my studio in Port Townsend, I create jewelry using a photo-etching technique. For the last 12 years I have been a sculptor and printmaker.
Jewelry, for me, is the offspring of these two art forms. Each piece feels like a small sculpture and the etched surface is a direct product of printmaking. I am also drawn to words and narrative and a good story.
While choosing imagery for a piece of jewelry, I have the privilege of beginning a story that the wearer gets to finish. My jewelry might not be considered precious due to a lack of gems and gold but when a favorite piece is found at the back of the sock drawer three years lost, my hope is that the finder will feel as though they have discovered a treasure.
A light sensitive plate of silver or copper is exposed to ultraviolet light passing through a transparency. Where the light passes through and exposes the plate, the emulsion hardens and where the light is blocked the emulsion remains soft.
The plate is developed in a soda ash solution which removes the unexposed emulsion. The emulsion that remains on the plate becomes the resist when it is placed in acid thus creating the etched image.
When silversmith Ruth Von Büren enrolled in her first metalwork classes at the Rochester Institute of Technology after coming to the U.S., she hardly spoke any English. It turned out not to matter because neither did the teacher. “A famous silversmith from Denmark was the teacher,” she says. “Since he couldn’t speak much English, he’d show us how to do something, and then we’d try to do the same.”
Von Büren moved to Rochester from her native Switzerland in 1964 when her husband began teaching at the University of Rochester. “If I’d stayed in Switzerland, I’d not have had the opportunity to learn jewelry-making once I left school because the educational system is different there,” she says. “I did do some craft things before I moved here such as work in a jewelry store, but I didn’t make things.”
After completing the coursework at the Rochester Institute of Technology, Von Büren opened a studio where she specialized in jewelry and small sculptures, made the rounds of craft fairs to begin selling her pieces and taught silversmithing.
Today, the 84-year-old works out of a studio at her home in Eugene, Ore., where she and her husband moved after he retired.
Von Büren, who makes intricate, contemporary brooches, cuffs, pendants and bracelets set with stones and gems, rarely begins a project with a firm idea of how it will end up. “I go into my studio and sit down,” she says. “I don’t draw or anything. I just begin working and after a while the design comes. I prefer working with my hands to most other activities.”
I am currently exploring patination, surface texturing and patterning on various metal surfaces. My intention is to build on metal surfacing techniques such as reticulation, fusing, embossing and roller printing to achieve a visual richness with the definition. The color is achieved with Japanese patinas and the incorporation of stones I choose to compliment the surface treatments. The finished pieces are like small paintings and/or sculptures that can be worn.
I have worked as an independent metalsmith for most of my professional career. I have participated in solo and group exhibitions in museums and galleries throughout the United States. My clientele has included many celebrities and famous individuals.
I hold a BA in Design from the University of Kansas and a master’s degree in the MPA program at the University of Missouri-Kansas City.