Jewelry Artists - 2
Diana was born in Bogota, Colombia. She received a Bachelor of Arts in Biology from Duke University and then returned to Bogota to work at the Andes University. While doing biological drawings for the University, she developed an interest in the arts and began studies in drawing and painting at the David Manzur Academy. After moving to the U.S. Diana continued to develop her art in numerous workshops. It was in one of these workshops that she became intrigued by three-dimensional art and now works mostly in sculpture and jewelry.
Diana lives in San Rafael, California and is active in various art organizations.
I enjoy the creative process of transforming an eclectic collection of materials into beautiful and intriguing jewelry. I work with sterling silver and bronze and incorporate unusual stones, fossils, and found objects like antique buttons. I enjoy taking things that are interesting and have a history and transforming them into modern jewelry to wear, and even hand down to the next generation. I follow my intuition and creative process, using a variety of metalsmithing techniques. The resulting pieces are unique, hand wrought, bold and elegant.
I love the dual nature of metal: rigid and unyielding, but with the proper tools and techniques it can be coaxed into fluid forms. Iím particularly drawn to the techniques that emphasize those qualities such as forging. Another method is fold forming in which sheet metal is folded, hammered, and unfolded to generate 3D forms. Fold forming has helped my work to achieve a more spontaneous, improvisational quality. Enameling (fusing glass to metal) is the other major branch of my work. When I'm not making a things out of metal, I teach others to, primarily at the Richmond Art Center.
Much of my work focuses on creating textured gold and silver jewelry. I use a variety of processes including etching, corrugation, heat treatment, hammering and roller printing with lace and paper. Gold is often added through the Korean process of Keum Boo, which bonds thin layers of 24 karat gold to a silver surface.
My inspiration comes from a variety of sources. Outdoor photographs I have taken are used to create etched images. Simple geometric shapes become earrings and Japanese paper is captured inside resin to add color and design to the metal.
Nina Kim MacKenzie
Working in glass gets more interesting every year. I like the daily perils and accept the fragility both in the material and myself; cuts, burns, cracks, blisters and other minor tragedies keep me absorbed in this unforgiving process. Maybe it is the seriousness needed in the approach that can make me a bit giddy at times. Some call my work is whimsical, I see it as cheeky. Cheeky Glass Celebrations and Curiously Useful Products.
In art school, I was drawn to the playfulness and color of mobile artist Alexander Calder. Initially, the use and brightness of his colors drew me to silk screening. Eventually, I had an "Aha" moment about the color possibilities in metal jewelry, and began creating small, bright 'sculptures' for the ear that would artfully interact with the face of the wearer, and was on my way to my own craft. Once I realized the importance of craft and art to me, I could see their importance to everyone, even those who don't fully realize it. I put my personality in each piece, transmitting as much humor, affordability, color and intriguing design as I can.
NOMAglass is the collaboration between father and son artists Bill and Michael Spiegelhalter. Our work centers around using glass recycled from old windows and wine and beer bottles, transforming them into distinctive jewelry and housewares that are simple, organic and elegant. Everything we make is individually hand-cut and shaped before being kiln-slumped, creating unique variations in each piece.
Fused glass pendants by Gina Papen. Dichroic glass is coated with a thin metal oxide and layered before firing in a kiln at 1600 degrees. Originally from San Francisco, Gina now lives in Berkeley. She has a BFA from Parsons School of Design in New York.
Originally from Tucson, Arizona, Sharla Pidd is a rock collector turned silversmith. She started making jewelry in 2008, selling her creations as a street vendor in San Francisco. Since then, Sharla has presented her work in Galleries and Art Fairs in the Bay Area, and sells her work on her website.
Sharla received her education in jewelry design and fabrication from the Sharon Art Studio, The Revere Academy, and through apprenticeships with Sam Patania in Tucson and Taber Studios in Berkeley. Today, Sharla works out of her studio at The Compound Gallery in Oakland, California.
I enjoy working with wax, forging, and the occasional stone setting of unusual things like fossilized sand-dollars, druzy quartz, coral branches and unique, hard to find mineral specimens. I also enjoy textured/etched metalwork that has been oxidized for that ethnic look and prefer to make one-of-kind, unusual pieces.
Jane has been working in silver since 1990. She uses many techniques in fabricating her work, from chasing and repousee to enameling, fold forming, to stone setting and lapidary. She has a BFA degree in design from Carnegie Mellon University, and has studied extensively with master jewelers in intensive workshops.
“My one of a kind pieces are largely informed by the special stones that often lay on my bench for months before the right design solution presents itself, like a gift”.
Lisa Ronay has been making jewelry for 25 years. All the beachglass is collected from beaches on the pacific coast. The pieces are set in fine silver, sterling silver, or 14 K gold. The shape of the glass is the deciding factor in whether it becomes a necklace, a pair of earrings, or a ring. The resulting jewelry is often one of a kind. It combines the soft colors of ocean glass with its organic shape and the fine techniques of metalsmithing.
My studio and residence is in downtown Martinez, Ca. My lampwork beads are hand crafted, using Italian Moretti & German Lauscha glass. All of the beads are fully kiln annealed and created individually. They are made over a torch, fueled by both oxygen and propane. I create pieces that reflect my love of color, whimsy and fun, and tasteful. Enjoy!
Daria Salus has been working with small metals for over 15 years, now working in Santa Cruz California but always inspired by nature. She hand fabricates all work using techniques like photo etching, embossing, forming, enameling, and bezel setting.
The process used to create her images in enamel is her own unique version of the basse-taille technique. It involves a photo-etching process, and the application of an underglaze to set off the etched image in black. She then uses transparent enamels to add color to the piece while allowing the image to show through. Many of Daria’s images come from photos she has taken herself.