Angela Piszker's Profile

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My fascination with jewelry began at a young age, hunting garage and estate sales for vintage pieces to take apart and put back together. Enameling and Beginning Jewelry classes in High School fueled a desire to create jewelry of my own design without the limitations of store bought or found parts.
I received a Bachelors Degree of Fine Arts in Metal Design at the University of Washington, studying under professors Mary Hu and John Marshall.

I started Carmen de Anguis in 1998 inspired by a vintage pin from the 60's that was a small portrait of an Eighteenth Century Lady encased in silver filagree and rhinestones given to me by my Italian grandma, Claudia.

My pieces are made using the lost wax casting method from an original that I fabricated by hand using traditonal metalsmithing techniques such as etching, chasing, raising, forging,…

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  • Female
  • Joined March 17, 2010

Favorite materials

Sterling silver, fine silver, 18K gold, brass, vintage glass and plasic

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About

My fascination with jewelry began at a young age, hunting garage and estate sales for vintage pieces to take apart and put back together. Enameling and Beginning Jewelry classes in High School fueled a desire to create jewelry of my own design without the limitations of store bought or found parts.
I received a Bachelors Degree of Fine Arts in Metal Design at the University of Washington, studying under professors Mary Hu and John Marshall.

I started Carmen de Anguis in 1998 inspired by a vintage pin from the 60's that was a small portrait of an Eighteenth Century Lady encased in silver filagree and rhinestones given to me by my Italian grandma, Claudia.

My pieces are made using the lost wax casting method from an original that I fabricated by hand using traditonal metalsmithing techniques such as etching, chasing, raising, forging, soldering, and carving. Any chains and findings are outsourced from Italy and New Mexico.

Inspiration comes mostly from travel, combining motifs from different cultures and times.
I want my work to evoke the past with a glimmer or hint of the future.

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