IanGill

Ian Gill Designs

Washington, United States · 2110 Sales

IanGill

Ian Gill Designs

Washington, United States 2110 Sales On Etsy since 2009

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Ian Gill

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Size 12.5 - Mopani Wood Ring No. 123
US$20.00
Size 11 - Mopani Wood Ring No. 122
US$20.00
Size 10.5 - Mopani Wood Ring No. 121
US$20.00
Size 9 - Mopani Wood Ring No. 120
US$20.00
Size 8 - Mopani Wood Ring No. 118
US$20.00
Size 7.5 - Mopani Wood Ring No. 117
US$20.00
Size 7 - Mopani Wood Ring No. 116
US$20.00
Size 6.75 - Mopani Wood Ring No. 115
US$20.00
Size 6.25 - Mopani Wood Ring No. 114
US$20.00
Size 7.5 - Tamboti Wood Ring No. 269
US$25.00
Size 13 - Tamboti Wood Ring No. 265
US$25.00
Size 9.5 - Guayacan Wood Ring No. 394
US$25.00
Size 8.75 - Guayacan Wood Ring No. 393
US$25.00
Size 8.5 - Guayacan Wood Ring No. 392
US$25.00
Size 8.5 - Guayacan Wood Ring No. 391
US$25.00
Size 8.25 - Guayacan Wood Ring No. 390
US$25.00
Size 8 - Guayacan Wood Ring No. 389
US$25.00
Size 7.5 - Guayacan Wood Ring No. 388
US$25.00
Size 6.5 - Guayacan Wood Ring No. 387
US$25.00
Size 11.5 - Mopani Wood Ring No. 113
US$25.00
Size 10 - Mopani Wood Ring No. 112
US$25.00
Size 8.5 - Mopani Wood Ring No. 111
US$25.00
Size 8 - Mopani Wood Ring No. 110
US$25.00
Size 7.5 - Mopani Wood Ring No. 109
US$25.00
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5 out of 5 stars
(470)
Jessie

Jessie on Jul 21, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

Beautiful work! The rings are gorgeous & fit perfectly. Craftsmanship is wonderful. Thank you!

Jessie

Jessie on Jul 21, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

Beautiful work! The rings are gorgeous & fit perfectly. Craftsmanship is wonderful. Thank you!

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Updates

A large selection of Mopani stacking rings are now available.

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Size 7 - Stacking Mopani Wood Rings No. 127
US$30.00
Lots of new wide Tulipwood rings now available.

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Size 8 - Tulipwood Ring No. 83
US$30.00
A few years ago I had the chance to visit South Africa and see some of the trees that I make rings from. The Tamboti tree is easy to spot by its scaly bark and small sappy leaves. Tamboti wood is highly prized for its beauty and lasting sandalwood scent.

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Size 9.5 - Tamboti Wood Ring No. 267
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About

How my shop came to be

When I started making artwork I was strictly a metal smith working with copper and silver. The last few years I have had limited studio space for metalworking. I found myself forced to work smaller and with just the materials I could find cheap or for free. I struggled for a long time finding the focus and drive to create even though I was not able to work with the materials I wanted to. It got to the point that I had almost a year of not making anything. I felt myself slowly and slowly becoming less creative and thus having less drive to create. Eventually I found myself having spurts of energy to create, it seemed to come every few months. I knew that I needed to find a way to force myself to create. I decided that for 2012 I would at least once a day create something. I had started making wooden rings a little while back out of small free scraps of guitar body wood. I slowly kept exploring and finding new woods to make rings out of. At the beginning of 2012 I had made roughly around 50 wood rings and by the end of 2012 I had made over 500 rings. A wood ring is something simple enough that I could find the time to make at least one in a day. It started out a little hard trying to force myself to make something every day but eventually it just became a part of my schedule. It would sometimes be the first thing I did when I woke up or the last thing I would do late into the night. Along with my ring for each day I would also find myself making 2-3 custom rings each day as well. I started getting custom order requests every few days. I felt extremely happy with my progress and in the end my ring a day project for 2012 was a huge success. Forcing myself to create at least once every day had brought back my creative spirit. Creating has again become second nature to me. Years after my ring a day project I still find myself making a ring most days. Orders have increased a lot the past few years and the number of rings I've made is in the high thousands, I've honestly lost count. Along with rings I also find myself being more creative with other items. Making rings is the pilot light that keeps me going though. If I ever find myself in a creative slump, making a ring always keeps me creative. If I ask myself what really drives me to create I think it all has to do with the process. I really enjoy sitting down and turning nothing in to something.

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  • Ian Gill

    Owner, Maker, Designer, Curator, Coffee Maker

    I am a fulltime artist living in Seattle. My work ranges from jewelry to photography to large scale sculpture.

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