In 2009 Jenny started using Argentium sterling silver. The metal’s fusing properties allow her to create her unique pieces. Now, Jenny fuses layers of argentium sterling silver with gold, creating textured stone-like surfaces on her pieces. She prefers to use recycled precious metals in her jewelry pieces as well.
Throughout her work you will find precious and semi-precious stones intermingled in her jewelry which she feels “bring the pieces to life”. Her collections are Geodes, Mokume Gane and Cobblestones & Pebbles.
Sorenson Silver Fine Art
Metalsmith artist Matagi Sorensen is the next featured finalist of the 2012 Halstead Grant. Matagi received his Bachelor’s of Fine Art with a Major in Metalsmithing through Northern Arizona University in 2011. He currently resides in Arizona and is a member of the Yavapai-Apache Nation.
As a single father with a disabled child, Matagi deeply appreciates art and recognizes how important it has been in his life. He says, “because of my education in art, I was able view the world from different perspectives, and it was how I gained the ability to communicate with my daughter and understand her unique point of view. Art and music is also how my child experiences leaps and bounds in her cognitive growth and her ability to communicate.”
Matagi’s work has been featured in the Arizona Daily Sun, Schools Arts Magazine, Mountain Living Magazine and Northern Arizona News Today: The Lumberjack. He attends Juried Shows across Arizona and his jewelry and paintings can be purchased online at Sorensen Silver Fine Art.
Jamison Rae Jewelry
After learning her new found skills, Jamison relocated to Boise, ID where she set up shop to create her jewelry. She works primarily with sterling silver and gold-filled. Many of her pieces use semi-precious stones as well. Currently Jamison’s pieces are available at fine galleries in Idaho and Wyoming and on her website with prices ranging from $24 – $80.
Rosemary Mifsud grew up in Sturgis, Michigan, a small town with a population of 11,000. “I was rooted in this safe, solid, simple, peaceful place; I didn’t just have to go, I could go. And that became a metaphor for my work and for what I hope my work brings to people.”
Rosemary attended Kendall College of Art and Design in Grand Rapids, Michigan where she currently resides. She has merged her love of nature and art into The Story of Two, a website where she creates custom wedding jewelry.
Besides her beautiful jewelry, she is also a contributing furniture designer for PieterVanTuyl. Her jewelry can be found online at her website as well as on Facebook at The Story of Two: Love Jewelry.
JW Metal Arts
Artist Jennifer Will was drawn to nature at a very early age. She loved to explore the outdoors from the beaches to the forests of Long Island where she grew up. After a tumble into a patch of poison ivy her mother gave her a camera as a get well gift. Her early fascination with nature and photography led to a lifelong career in the Arts.
Jennifer took her desire to learn and moved to New York City where she attended the Fashion Institute of Technology. Here, she earned an A.A.S. in Fashion Photography in 1996. Next, she moved out of the city and studied at Southampton College, earning a B.F.A Fine Arts degree in 1998. Her studies continued on to California and the Gemological Institute of America in Carlsbad, becoming a G.J. Graduate Jeweler in Jewelry Manufacturing Arts in 2006.
Jennifer now resides in San Diego, CA where she runs her jewelry studio, J W Metal Arts.
“I draw my inspiration from deconstructing these three elements (nature, design & science) and the experiences of my childhood into a modern and industrial interpretation, always looking to showcase the natural raw beauty of what mother nature has created.”
Her jewelry pieces range from $65 up to $1395 and you can purchase them online at her Etsy shop under J W Metal Arts.
JW Metal Arts also placed as finalist in the 2014 Halstead Grant competition.
His jewelry designs include his successful Mycelium Collection (which is based on the root patterns of a mushroom), steampunk designs, bronze & steel bottle openers and a Cymbal Series using recycled drum cymbals. Almost every piece John has created is unique and one-of-a-kind.
Harris wrote a book called The True Survivors about an anthropologist who travels to the future after the apocalypse. He spent three years studying, writing and creating the jewelry and other metal pieces that his book showcases.
Prices for JPHii jewelry start at $30. To learn more about John Harris, his jewelry and his fictional novel The True Survivor, visit JPHii Design.
An Ohio native by birth, Catherine Grisez attended the Rhode Island School of Design, where she received her BFA in 1996 in jewelry and light metals. Her studies also included a semester at the Lamar Dodd School of Arts in Cortona, Italy as well as South Seattle Community College and Pratt Fine Arts Center both in Seattle, WA where she also currently resides.
Catherine has taught classes since 2000. Her technique classes range from beginning jewelry to holloware workshops, a technique she fell in love with during her studies.
In August 2013, she will join 21 other metalsmiths in a traveling art exhibition. It features 11 artists from the United States and 11 from Japan. The exhibition will open in Portland, OR and is titled “East and West, The Hammered Metal Object.” You can find Catherine Grisez jewelry and sculptures online and at fine galleries across the country.
Ian found himself drawn to nature with inspiration from German Biologist Ernst Haeckel. Haeckel was one of the first scientists to study invertebrate species under a microscope and famously sketched everything he discovered. “It’s interesting that the things we are traditionally repulsed by, when viewed in great detail, have elements within them that to most eyes are extremely beautiful—for example, the compound eye of a butterfly, the delicate veining of a dragonfly’s wings, the curvature and fractal rhythms of an uncoiling fern.”
Ian’s favorite materials, shown in the two pictures above, use an aluminum core covered in re-purposed rubber tubing.
His blog is fun to read, loaded with images of all he has accomplished over the years. Here is an excerpt from his writings: “I unpacked my old Wacom digital stylus pad recently and spent an evening in Adobe Illustrator making abstract doodles. I broke the drawing into 6 layers, and worked from the front to the back, so that each new drawing appeared underneath the one that preceded it. Then I separated out all the layers into different files, and used them to generate cut-paths for the laser cutter. The end result is a kind of shadow box with a layered latticework drawing inside it.”
Meet the winner of the 2012 Halstead Grant, Susan Elnora.
Learn more about the Halstead Grant here.
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