Ginger Meek Allen's Profile

About

There is a place
where art meets science,
form meets function, and
human experience meets spiritual truth.
My work often takes me there.
***
There I learned that it is indeed appropriate
to deliberately incorporate
light and movement and scale
into the functions of daily life --
be it adornment or breakfast.
***
I create jewelry, utensils and small sculpture
using a mix of standard jeweler's techniques
and traditional smithing.
My work is both contemporary and organic;
polished, but still distinctly handmade.
***
As you explore the work from my bench,
may you, too, be blessed
by the play of art in your life…

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  • Female
  • Born on September 24
  • Joined May 19, 2008

Favorite materials

metal, sterling silver, gold, palladium white gold, gemstones, narrative, enamel, patina

About

There is a place
where art meets science,
form meets function, and
human experience meets spiritual truth.
My work often takes me there.
***
There I learned that it is indeed appropriate
to deliberately incorporate
light and movement and scale
into the functions of daily life --
be it adornment or breakfast.
***
I create jewelry, utensils and small sculpture
using a mix of standard jeweler's techniques
and traditional smithing.
My work is both contemporary and organic;
polished, but still distinctly handmade.
***
As you explore the work from my bench,
may you, too, be blessed
by the play of art in your life.
~Ginger
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Ginger Meek Allen is a metalsmith and studio jeweler - a full-time maker.

In her work Ginger combines artisan skill with aesthetic finesse in making handmade rings, pendants, earrings, wedding bands, bracelets and necklaces in her downtown metals studio. Her skills at the bench, including forging, fabricating, etching, hollowform construction, creative stonesetting and texturing - when linked with her eye for contemporary design - generate a unique and expressive body of work that conveys the mark of the human hand.

Ginger strives to make each piece a meaningful celebration of the power of both art and fine craft to inspire, commemorate and preserve.

Ginger has more than 20 years experience in jewelry-making. Beginning as a beader, Ginger's work has grown to include the most complex of techniques in metalsmithing. Ginger is particularly adept with complex constructions and infusing narrative meaning into a piece of jewelry or small-scale metal sculpture. She is commissioned frequently to create pieces that allow her clients to commemorate milestones and commitments. She believes in and celebrates the power of jewelry to mark the journey of the wearer. Because it is worn on the body, Ginger believes jewelry is the most intimate of art forms.

Ginger works in gold, palladium white gold, platinum, sterling silver, copper and enamel. She incorporates found objects when appropriate, and insists on heirloom quality.

Ginger lives with her husband, Jimmy; their four adolescent and teenage daughters, Olivia, Ruthie, Maggie and Mae; Sammy the elderly orange tabby; Olive the high-jumping Jack Russell Terrier mix, and Mickey the blue tick hound.

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