~ Besides being my creative outlet, it brings me great pleasure sharing my story, which in turn, may inspire another to find their passion!
I have enjoyed a variety of creative endeavors from pottery, sewing, basket weaving, fiber sculpture, photography, painting, flower arranging, and gardening. None of them have fulfilled my need to create like jewelry making. It was the perfect match for a dental hygienist by trade and an artist at heart. I started by taking a few beginner courses from a metal smith teacher, Lynda Dinneen, in Sisters, Oregon. I was hooked, and as my skills developed, I sought out more classes at Mendocino Art School, The Ranch in Washington and Central Oregon Community College. I have attended workshops from exceptional jewelers and instructors including Alison Antelman, Andrea Kennington, Betty Longhi, Greg Wilbur, Ronda Coryell, Chris Nelson, Nancy Gardner, Jayne Redman, Mary Jo Weiss, Jim Dailing and Sara Krempel. I love taking workshops and having the opportunity to meet my mentors and learn challenging techniques that inspire new ideas in my creations!
Charles Lewton Brain, an educator, metalsmith and jeweler is my mentor. He invented several processes of folding metal with simple tools to create a third dimension. It was through his generous publications that I was able to teach much of what I have learned. From a box clasp, to hinges, soldering and fabrication, he offers the most comprehensive dialog for metalsmiths wanting to learn through reading. His publications can be found on Ganoksin as well as his published books. He is also available for workshops around the country. In 2015 I entered the fold form competition. I received honorable mention along with several extremely talented jewelers and artists. You will be mesmerized by the grace of the metal to form complex sculptures by the hands of the 2015 winners of the Lewton-Brain Competition!
In 2008, I joined Central Oregon Metals Art Guild which opened up more opportunities to further my education, expand on my skills, and meet other metal artists. I volunteered to be first head chair for our workshop committee in 2010. We are now hosting workshops for our members and the community in Bend, Oregon through Central Oregon Community College. As of 2016, I was elected Vice President of COMAG. I am looking forward to serving our members and help promote the metal arts by educating the public and encouraging others to join in on the fun. COMAG is a dedicated group of individuals with a diverse background in all facets of metalsmith including jewelers, blacksmiths, lapidary, furniture makers, bronze sculptor, bicycle fabricators to name a few! We meet first Tuesday of every month so come and join as my guest if you would like to attend. For our annual Winterfest event in Bend, Oregon we are collaborating with other local artists to create an art piece that will be displayed publicly. You can find information about current events, monthly meetings and workshops on our Facebook page as Central Oregon Metal Arts Guild or contact COMAG at Central Oregon Metal Arts Guild
For several years I participated in art shows around Oregon. It was an invaluable lesson that has helped my vision and determine my target market. I am not interested in keeping up with trendy fashions as much as I am creating jewelry that is well crafted and unique. My viewers often tell me how they have never seen anything like my work and it intrigues them. My peers have encouraged me to work in precious metals so that I could meet the clientele that would appreciate the work and spontanaity I put into my designs. I am looking forward to refining my skills in the future by taking more classes so that I will feel confident in hammering out gold or platinum, but till then I am very satisfied to work in silver with a few touches of gold for accents. Currently, my work is being sold in a membership gallery in Sunriver, Oregon. We have 30 talented artists working together to pay the rent and sell our work. I have a beautiful display where I have full control of what I want to sell. This is the best of both worlds!
Published on Aug 4, 2015
www.centerformetalarts.com: 2015 Lewton-Brain Foldform Competition winners announced on JUL 24, 2015 by Center for Metal Arts in downstate New York. These are winners and Jurors’ Choice selections from among entries received from artists around the world. JURORS: Charles Lewton-Brain, Hazel Wheaton, and Hanuman Aspler. SPONSORS: Art Jewelry magazine, Center for Metal Arts (host), The Ganoksin Project, Revere Academy of Jewelry Arts, and Rio Grande. Video by Sue Lacy, Competition Director.
- 1st PLACE: Dan Lippitt, Madison, WI, U.S., “Stovchen III” (16.5 cm x 11.4 cm) sterling silver
- 2nd PLACE: Ira Sherman, www.irasherman.com, Denver, CO, U.S., “The Hoshen” (45.7 x 25.4 x 6.4 cm) sterling silver and semi-precious gemstones.
- 3rd PLACE: Christina Brandewie, www.cabbjewelry.com, Cincinnati, OH, U.S., “Honeycomb Bracelet” (7.6 cm x 2.5 cm) sterling silver, 18K yellow gold plated.
- HONORABLE MENTION: Linda Leviton, lindaleviton.com, Lewis Center, OH, U.S., “Animal Vegetable Mineral” (71 cm x 63.5 cm x 7.6 cm) copper, patina.
- 2015 JURORS’ CHOICE (alphabetical order):
- Melody Armstrong, www.melodyarmstrong.com, Regina, Saskatchewan, CA, “Vulva Ring” (2.7 cm x 4.1 cm x 2.1 cm) copper, sterling silver
- Nick Grant Barnes, www.nickgrantbarnes.com, Silver Spring, MD, U.S., “Damascus Panel Ring” (Size 5) 18k gold, Damascus steel, diamond, and “Green Amethyst Solitaire” (Size 11) 18K rose, 14kw, green amethyst; photos by David Terao
- Holly Carter, hollycarterart.com, Richmond, CA, U.S., “Facets” (40.6 cm x 27.9 cm x 27.9 cm) pewter, acrylic, aluminum
- John M. Cohea, jmcknives.blademakers.com, Nettleton, MS, U.S., “Vest Knife” (20.3 cm x 5 cm) Damascus steel, copper, fused silver, mokume gane, garnets, leather, rawhide; photos by Scott A. Roush
- Melissa Davenport, Scottdale, PA, U.S., “Vase” (15.2 cm x 7.6 cm x 3.8 cm) sterling silver
- Chelsea Dyck, www.mycreativework.ca, Calgary, Alberta, CA, “Colours of the Seasons Collar” (17.8 cm x 17.8 cm) niobium, sterling silver
- Wendy Edsall-Kerwin, www.hammerstrokeandfire.com, Elizabethtown, PA, U.S., “Cascade” (14.6 cm x 17.1 cm x 17.7 cm) bronze, nickel, brass
- Angela Fung, www.angelafung.net/paperartist, Hassocks, U.K., “Origami Sculpture” (50 cm x 30 cm x 30 cm) laser cut stainless steel
- Kerye Hartzell, artkeryeleigh.com, Richmond, TX, U.S., “Origami Lily” (96.5 cm x 54.6 cm x 11.4 cm) copper, alcohol ink
- Deborah Jemmott, www.debjemmott.com, San Marcos, CA, U.S., “Blue Bowl” (12.7 cm x 12.7 cm x 5 cm) steel
- Denys Knight, www.accidentalhammer.com, Bonners Ferry, ID, U.S., “Floribunda” (33 cm x 27.9 cm framed) copper
- Goran Konjevod, organicorigami.com, Livermore, CA, U.S., “Shell” (10.1 cm x 12.7 cm x 10.1 cm) copper
- Ellen Krieger, www.ellenkriegerjewelry.com, McLean, VA, U.S., “Caesar’s Salad” (5 cm x 16.5 cm) copper, fine silver, silver foil, enamel, amazonite cabochon; photos by David Terao
- Ed Lay, www.edlay.info, El Cerrito, CA, U.S., “FF Bowl #7” (21.6 cm x 16.5 cm x 8.9 cm) copper, vitreous enamel
- Linda Leviton, lindaleviton.com, Lewis Center, OH, U.S., “Eve’s Leaves” (127 cm x 60.9 cm x 25.4 cm) copper, and “Shades of Green” (1.8 m x 1.8 m x 30.5 cm) (photos by Jerry Anthony) copper, wood, patina, dye, paint
- Daniel Lippitt, Madison, WI, U.S., “Candleholder” (9.5 cm x 4.4 cm w/o candle) copper, enamel, wax candle
- Louise Mary Muttitt, www.louisemarydesigns.co.uk, Burton upon Trent, U.K., “Sugar Sifting Spoon” (15 cm long) sterling silver, & “Twist Candlestick” (25 cm x 21 cm) Britannia Silver
- Sher Novak, www.shernovak.com, Albany, CA, U.S., “Autumn Leaves Necklace” (26.7 cm x 25.4 cm) copper, patina, leather cord, & “Vine Necklace” (22.8 cm x 20.3 cm) fine silver, garnet, 18K gold bezel; photos by George Post
- Stella Rose Powell, www.silverfallsjewelry.com, Bend, OR, U.S., “Beyond the Garden Gate Collection” earrings (4.4 cm x 3.8 cm) 18K, sterling silver bimetal, & necklace (3.5 cm x 3.8 cm) 18k/ss bimetal, freshwater pearl
- Bradley Sanders, www.bradleysandersart.com, Shepherdstown, WV, U.S., “Rebecca the Blue Heron” (96.5 cm x 50.8 cm) copper, iron, patina
- Hendrik Schouten, St.Cruz, Aruba, “Anemoon” (19 cm x 19 cm x 9 cm) copper, ammonia patina; photos by Christian Schouten
- Kest Schwartzman, www.vagabondmetalworks.com, Frederick, MD, U.S., “Guardian” mask (60.9 cm x 45.7 cm x 25.4 cm) copper
- If you work with metal, see official Facebook foldforming group at www.facebook.com/groups/foldforming for entry guidelines.
- The Center for Metal Arts (CMA) offers two major learning tracks; beginner to advanced workshops in Blacksmithing and Small Metals. Located in New York’s picturesque Warwick Valley, CMA is accessible by bus from NYC, and major highways and airports. www.centerformetalarts.com, facebook.com/centerformetalarts
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