Deitra Blackwell's Profile

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I am a metalsmith who enjoys making jewelry in sterling silver, brass and copper. I seem to be drawn to organic shapes particularly sea creatures, leaves, flowers, butterflies, and birds. As Sylvie Rosenthal says, "I think that animals and plants deserve a place in our world. I enjoy celebrating that place." My other major influences come from David Clemons and Helen Shirk. I take metalsmithing classes from David Clemons at UALR and love fabricating jewelry from copper, brass and sterling silver. I am currently exploring abstract forms as well as my favorite organic forms. The techniques I can now use are frustrating when I struggle with them, but magical when they work!

This is a new phase of my life journey, since I have a master’s degree in music and have been a teacher, performer and church musician for many years. I am continually surprised by the differences and…

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  • Female
  • Born on August 12
  • Joined October 6, 2008

Favorite materials

sterling silver, brass, copper, semiprecious stones, glass beads, seed beads, crystals

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About

I am a metalsmith who enjoys making jewelry in sterling silver, brass and copper. I seem to be drawn to organic shapes particularly sea creatures, leaves, flowers, butterflies, and birds. As Sylvie Rosenthal says, "I think that animals and plants deserve a place in our world. I enjoy celebrating that place." My other major influences come from David Clemons and Helen Shirk. I take metalsmithing classes from David Clemons at UALR and love fabricating jewelry from copper, brass and sterling silver. I am currently exploring abstract forms as well as my favorite organic forms. The techniques I can now use are frustrating when I struggle with them, but magical when they work!

This is a new phase of my life journey, since I have a master’s degree in music and have been a teacher, performer and church musician for many years. I am continually surprised by the differences and similarities in musical and visual arts.

I have lived in Little Rock, Arkansas for nearly 35 years, and am also a wife and mother of two young adults. My daughter and her husband (Amy and Trevor Bennett) are ceramic artists and have encouraged me to explore visual arts as a new career. I always say that I don’t have a career path; I have a career meander, so of course, I’m game!

In the next few months, I will be exploring abstract forms as well as my favorite organic forms. I hope you find something among my pieces that you will love too!

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