Announcement Silver and bronze handcrafted jewelry, inspired by nature. Trees, leaves, the moon, the ocean--many of my pieces are directly or indirectly inspired by and related to the natural world.
Silver and bronze handcrafted jewelry, inspired by nature. Trees, leaves, the moon, the ocean--many of my pieces are directly or indirectly inspired by and related to the natural world.
dkortsch on Jun 12, 2016
Such a beautiful unique piece - arrived quickly and as advertised - love it!
dkortsch on Feb 27, 2016
Wow - piece arrived quickly and it is more beautiful than the pictures led me to believe - a lovely, chunky piece with great details - the other piece I bought from this shop got great compliments when I wore it to a conference recently - I know this one will as well!
dkortsch on Jan 28, 2016
Just arrived today - it's even more beautiful than the picture would lead one to believe - it's also a lovely size and weight - often photos are misleading on that - this item is a great size - interaction with seller was wonderful - she wasn't satisfied with piece redid it and let me know what was happening - would absolutely do business again!
I make jewelry--mostly from silver and bronze clay, often inspired by natural forms and textures.
Welcome! And thanks for your interest in reading about what I do!
I started making jewelry when I was in high school--stringing beads onto head pins and hooking them onto earring wires. Some years after college, I started taking jewelry design classes and learning metal smithing, but as much as I found the final results of the work satisfying, I really never liked the process of working with metal. I much preferred working with clay. At some point, I wound up in a continuing education class at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, where the full-time jewelry design students were being made to experiment with Precious Metal Clay--then a brand new product. They all hated it. I couldn't believe how great it sounded.
That was in the late '90s, and It took me until 2007 or 2008 to purchase a small package of metal clay for myself and begin experimenting. In an uncharacteristic moment of certainty about a new venture, I bought a kiln, reasoning that I could always sell it if I decided I didn't want to keep making metal clay jewelry. I've never looked back. I love the solidity of a small, sculptural metal object (because, after all, what is jewelry but a wearable, portable bit of sculpture?), and I love the feeling of building things out of clay. The combination is a perfect fit for me.
Metal clay starts out like any other clay--you might not be able to tell the difference between silver clay and plain gray modeling clay just by looking at it. But when you pick it up, you know from the weight of it that something's different. Metal clay, in its clay form, can be rolled, cut, textured, built with, braided, woven, sculpted, etc. Once the clay has been formed and has dried, silver can be fired in a number of ways, but base metal clays (such as bronze or copper) require kiln firing.
In the firing process, the binder in the clay burns off and what's left are particles of metal that fuse together--they don't ever melt entirely (or the piece would become a liquid lump!), but instead do what's called "sintering." The sintering process is often compared to the way ice cubes behave in a freezer: They begin as individual ice cubes, but as they warm just a bit, they begin to fuse. They never warm enough to fully lose their form and melt into water, but they fuse into one (still somewhat porous) mass of ice. Similarly, a sintered metal piece is still somewhat porous (unlike metal that has been melted and formed into sheet or poured into a mold). But fully sintered metal clay is still quite strong and plenty sturdy enough to withstand normal jewelry wearing conditions.
I tend to be inspired by the natural world--I particularly love trees, leaves, twigs, shells, and seedpods. I also love abstract, asymmetrical forms, and I love to create my own texture sheets for imprinting textures onto the clay. I often take molds of objects or lift textures directly from things using two-part silicone epoxy. I love to use my own original artwork or copyright free art to create original photopolymer plates. I also create textures by drawing directly onto scratch foam and using that as a texture plate, by carving my own stamps, or by using carved wooden textile printing blocks from India.
I often incorporate stones (mostly lab grown, so that they can withstand the firing in the kiln) or ceramic shards into my pieces. I'm also just beginning to experiment more with using polymer clay, nail polish, or resin to add color.
In addition to making jewelry, I sew, write, take photos, and I now work as the production manager in the castle-like building in which the theater program takes place at Bryn Mawr College (where I also attended college, many years ago). I blog here with my friend Lis: www.halfassedmama.blogspot.com Creativity and making things are easily the most important elements of my life, aside from people I love, and I'm super happy finally to be sharing some of what I make and offering it up for sale.
Owner, Maker, Designer
I've been making jewelry seriously for about seven years. I work in bronze and silver metal clay (bronze and silver), and many of my pieces are directly or indirectly inspired by and related to the natural world.
*Please be aware that I do not take custom orders.*
Accepted payment methods
- Accepts Etsy gift cards
I'm also happy to ship to international buyers, though please be aware that there is no tracking information available from the US Postal Service on international shipments. Your shipment can be insured for a minimal extra cost.