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I like to make stuff. Specifically I like to make stuff for people to wear. Jewelry fascinates me. What people wear, how they wear it, what I can make wearable and how I can make it are the kinds of things that daily occupy my attention.

During my senior year in college I took a jewelry class as an elective. I immediately knew it was what I was meant to do and I've never looked back. I’ve been doing metalwork for 30 years now. I’m a fabricator; I construct each piece directly from the materials it’s made from. My current work uses non-precious materials with the same consideration as the golds, silver and stones from my goldsmith’s background.

Based in traditional craft ethos, my work is an exploration of material and form. This investigation is ultimately about beauty and most importantly the interplay between object and…

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  • Joined November 12, 2011

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About

I like to make stuff. Specifically I like to make stuff for people to wear. Jewelry fascinates me. What people wear, how they wear it, what I can make wearable and how I can make it are the kinds of things that daily occupy my attention.

During my senior year in college I took a jewelry class as an elective. I immediately knew it was what I was meant to do and I've never looked back. I’ve been doing metalwork for 30 years now. I’m a fabricator; I construct each piece directly from the materials it’s made from. My current work uses non-precious materials with the same consideration as the golds, silver and stones from my goldsmith’s background.

Based in traditional craft ethos, my work is an exploration of material and form. This investigation is ultimately about beauty and most importantly the interplay between object and wearer.

I also really like to teach others to make things. I often teach workshops around the country including, Penland School of Crafts and Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts.
I contributed a chapter to Lark Books', "Penland Book of Jewelry". You can see more of my work at my website: http://www.tommccarthyjewelry.com/ . You can also visit my flickr page: http://www.flickr.com/photos/tommccarthyjewelry/ . Finally, my facebook page is: https://www.facebook.com/TomMcCarthyJewelry.

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