Belle Brooke Barer
I use traditional fabrication techniques in the production of my jewelry, a process that makes each piece unique. I work with shapes and dimensions to create interesting spaces. I am influenced by the idea that opposing forces create equilibrium. I find myself drawn to elements of architecture and industrial space, as well as the patterns and forms of nature. I strive to maintain a balance between the polar forces I reference in my work.
Shael Barger is the designer and metal artist creating under the name Dakotah Designs. She continually explores and refines her vision through use of metal, primarily gold and silver, and lapidary, creating texture and images. She combines fabrication and inlay work with elements she has cast directly from nature: twigs, leaves, pine cones among others. She also etches designs into the metal, introducing movement and dimension--physical and implied--into her work. For Shael, the stones speak; they tell her how they wish to be combined with other elements because it is important that each piece tell a story, that they become sagas in stone and metal.
My joy is in working with fine, found, and recycled materials to form unique, wearable sculptures. I create pieces that emphasize texture through metal crochet, weaving, multiple patinas and other adventurous techniques. My background in painting and printmaking also often come into play in the tumultuous, wonderful marriage of practices that form my art.
David M Bowman Studio
David M Bowman Studio is a father and son workshop designing and creating jewelry, table accessories, tables, and wall art in patinaed brass and copper. Their work includes many perennial designs but is always changing and adding new styles, techniques, and ideas, while retaining a focus on hand-fabricated and patinaed metal. David and his son Reed do all the work together, taking inspiration from natural forms and colors, artwork and architecture of all periods. Living and working in Berkeley for more than thirty years, their work particularly relates to the styles of the East Bay, from the people to the Craftsman architecture.
I discovered clay and its creative possibilities over 15 years ago and have been hooked ever since. My ceramic designs are influenced by my prior interest in fiber and textile arts. Like fabric, I can print on clay and embellish it in multiple ways. High fire porcelain is my clay of choice because it can be translucent and delicate yet at the same time very strong. I love to stitch clay pieces together to emphasize an object’s structure and give it a one of a kind look. I like to think that my ceramic work reflects my interest in the simplicity and refinement of Japanese design while incorporating an earthy, hand-built appeal.
Jill Gibson was born in California, studied painting at the Art Student’s League NY in the late 60’s, explored bas relief sculpture using clay and concrete, & recently began sculpting jewelry using metal clay. Metal clay was developed in the 1990’s & consists of powered bronze, copper, or steel suspended in an organic binder and then mixed with water. Jill develops her pendants and earrings through molding, inlaying, shaping & carving. The dried clay is then fired in a kiln where the binder burns off and the metal sinters into solid, pure bronze/copper/steel. Jill favors combining metal clay techniques with traditional metalsmithing techniques to arrive at her designs inspired by nature.
Joshua Haiman & Holly DeFount
The creative partnership of silversmith Joshua Haiman and fine artist Holly DeFount is a unique and dynamic fusion of their arts. They handcraft every aspect of their jewelry, from initial design sketches, to delicately carved casting models, to hand-forging one of a kind statement pieces with an elegant, eclectic emphasis on art, history, and magic. They rely on ethically sourced materials including recycled and fair-mined metals, and practice environmentally responsible principles both in the studio and out.
My jewelry is fabricated out of sterling silver, 14k gold and gold-fill. The metals are roller printed leaving textures from rice paper and fabrics. Pieces are then formed by hand sawing and delicate soldering. Lost wax casting is another process I use to make limited editions. I've been making jewelry for 18 years. I find that my work is constantly changing because I have so many ideas and enjoy learning new techniques.
My sense of form and composition is inspired by nature and geology, architecture and industrial space, ethnic, tribal and modern traditions. Exploring the properties and characteristics of materials and color has always been fascinating to me. I am currently working with copper, bronze, silver, concrete, stones, glass, and leather, as well as pigments and patinas. This could change at any time. Each piece of jewelry that I produce will be unique.
Please enjoy my heartfelt jewelry made for everyday living. I enjoy creating jewelry to adorn and accentuate the beauty and femininity of women. As a dancer and teacher of the Nia technique, I am inspired to design jewelry that can be worn gracefully in movement. I think of jewelry as a statement revealing a woman’s unique style and personality. I received my training at the Richmond Art Center and the Revere Academy in 2000.