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© Night Heron Studios 2018

ABOUT MY WORK

My jewelry is hand forged and constructed using the techniques and hand tools I learned to use during a classic apprenticeship to Master Goldsmith who was trained in Europe during the 1930s.  To these skills I have occasionally added some more modern innovations such as the fold forming techniques extensively explored and added to jewelry making in the 1960s and 1970s.

 

The work often features natural stone lapidary, stones which I cut myself.  The materials I use, such as jaspers, agates, jade, lapis, hematite and many more, have a long history in jewelry design, as recent as their extensive use in the Art Deco period. These materials are not often used by artists today.  My work explores these materials again in an attempt to bring them forward into a modern design context.  I find that these materials bring a depth to the palette in color, pattern, and texture that can be challenging, but can also be very rewarding.  I particularly enjoy bringing a piece forward from raw stone and artistic concept through the cutting, forging, construction, and finishing processes to fully realize the original vision.

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Awards:

I have received Patron Purchase Awards at Art Festivals and have had my work selected for final judging.  I have been selected by jury to exhibit at over 50 art festivals over the last 10 years

Past Shows:

Maitland Rotary Art Festival

Winter Park Autumn Art Festival

Gasparilla Festival of the Arts

CraftArt Festival

Mainsail Festival of the Arts

DeLand Fall Festival of the Arts

Space Coast Art Festival

Winter Springs Festival of the Arts

Halifax Art Festival