Karl Gans Olson's Profile

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Karl’s story:

While studying classical guitar at Cornish Art School in Seattle WA, Karl began playing around with metal and “found objects” in his spare time. This tinkering quickly became an obsession and that obsession slowly morphed into a lifelong habit and “Bent Jewelry Design”. He left the classical guitar behind, though he still writes and plays music, and studied the art of jewelry at Pratt Fine Arts Center in Seattle. Although Karl mostly designs and handcrafts jewelry, he’s also a muralist and has been commissioned to do sculptural projects (mostly in metal) locally and nationally (he designed and produced “Tommy Bahamas” golf tournaments trophy).

Bent Jewelry Design is a direct expression of Karl. An artist from childhood, encouraged and inspired by a creative Mother and an adventurous Father, Karl’s jewelry is a bold…

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  • Male
  • Born on February 1
  • Joined September 1, 2010

Favorite materials

silver, gold, brass, platinum, steel, bone, horn, claws, leather, faceted stones, cabochons, rhinestones

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About

Karl’s story:

While studying classical guitar at Cornish Art School in Seattle WA, Karl began playing around with metal and “found objects” in his spare time. This tinkering quickly became an obsession and that obsession slowly morphed into a lifelong habit and “Bent Jewelry Design”. He left the classical guitar behind, though he still writes and plays music, and studied the art of jewelry at Pratt Fine Arts Center in Seattle. Although Karl mostly designs and handcrafts jewelry, he’s also a muralist and has been commissioned to do sculptural projects (mostly in metal) locally and nationally (he designed and produced “Tommy Bahamas” golf tournaments trophy).

Bent Jewelry Design is a direct expression of Karl. An artist from childhood, encouraged and inspired by a creative Mother and an adventurous Father, Karl’s jewelry is a bold sometimes-wild expression of the artist and his life. Working mostly in sterling silver he design/crafts substantial pieces not for the faint of heart. Skulls rings with afros or diamond eyes, a 5 inch butterfly resting on a silver bouquet of flowers, a passion flower winding it’s tendrils around a leather cuff.
“Bent” pieces are for those that appreciate self-expression. Inspired by life, death and the hereafter, each one a conversation piece. He crafts many styles for women but most notably pieces for men. Buckles, rings, bracelets, wallet chains and some spectacular necklaces that are masculine but elegant and bound for men who appreciate style and adornment.

Most recently Karl has added to his vast repertoire, wedding sets, the kind that show originality and flair. These sets have helped him perfect his wax carving technique and have coerced him into exploring a more feminine and sleeker side to his design.

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