Mixed media

I Love Man

Brenda Schweder spins narratives of reinvention—curating and recombobulating disparate found objects into jewelry-sculpture [or sculpture-jewelry] and building new stories of whimsy, silly, and sass! When charged at a young age with arranging the flotsam of her Grandma Mae’s bureau-top [her…

Object of Transition: Devotion #1

Creating work on loss, for well over a decade, has given me a unique perspective on compassion and enduring love. I am using the past work and ideas as a springboard to look deeply at what empathy means and what…

Flutter Pendant

I blend jewelry making, glass cold-working, & lapidary skills to create luminous color-shifting designs. The glass technique I use is called ‘cold-working’ & is similar to lapidary (cutting gemstones) because solid glass is sculpted while at room temperature, submerging in…

Mr. Trashface

L. A. Pai Gallery celebrated 20 years of the annual National Jewellery Student Competition in 2023. The competition is based on technical excellence, ingenuity, and strength of creative vision. One of a kind, production prototypes, jewellery and objects are considered…

Morning/Mourning

This piece is one of nine which hang together as a whole in a 3 x 3 configuration. Morning/Mourning was begun in the second year of the COVID pandemic when I fully realized I would not be traveling to show…

I remember Colors (mangrove)

Through my work, I explore the quotidian, my everyday relationship with what surrounds me — little and intimate happenings or places that inspire me and become an intrinsic part of my work. How the experience of a place makes me…

Ethereal Flower

Eternal Flower pendant, created out of recycled plastic – one of the most harmful materials impacting our environment – represents the hope for the indestructibility of the nature. Materials used: PET1 plastic, sterling silver, amethyst, fishing line. Hand fabricated, dyed.

Impressionism

Human history is formed by the analysis and transformation of nature through the sensual activity of man. In fact, the history of man is also the history of nature, which is formed by taking nature as the material premise. In…

Lincoln Lincoln Log

“Lincoln Lincoln Log” is a brooch in a series of work that references Lincoln. Given my passion for exploring historical matter to provide commentary, I participated in a year long residency at the University of Illinois Springfield where I researched…

El Beso

This Neck Piece – El Beso – is part of a one of a kind series I made for my solo exhibition “Love” inspired in the best description of a Kiss I’ve ever read in my life by the master…

Seedpod

Imagine a springtime breeze, the sound of trees, and a helicopter seedpod spun down from a giant maple, weaving her way around your finger, beginning to dance and sprout right there, on your body, in your eyes… that is this…

Kitchen Knife

Random-pattern, pattern-welded steel (A203E & 1095), dyed and stabilized Black Ash burl handle scales, G10 spacers & pins. 6″ cutting edge.

Coral

Sarcastic Souvenir Spoon: Coral I have made a series of sarcastic souvenir spoons that use image and text to present shameful information concerning natural resources we have allowed to be plundered for shortsighted gains. Old growth Coastal Redwoods and coral…

Dance Charlotte

I am a very spiritual person and use my art practice to foster enlightenment, much as a Buddhist uses meditation. I believe that there is a magical, unknown world that exists on a similar plane to ours. Personal experiences of…

Stone Brooch

Through optically rich material manipulations Claire Webb fabricates objects of wonder and inquiry that examine knowledge, perception, discovery, and acquisition as components of the most fundamental human drives and desires. These materials, whether in their natural state, or engineered into…

Consuming Beauty

As artists, we are deeply passionate about the concept of consuming beauty. Our society is often too focused on superficial appearances and material possessions, which can cause us to lose sight of what truly matters. The Consuming Beauty series aims…

Large White Perforated Lotus

I began making these Lotus pin/pendants from plain plastic buttons, purchased at a fabric store. The plastic was easy to carve with burs and finished well. Each button had two small holes at the center for sewing to a garment…

Where the Heart Is

Our notions regarding Home tend toward the nostalgic. ‘Be it ever so humble…’ ‘Home Sweet Home.’ I selected ‘Where the Heart Is.’ The piece of aluminum that I received for this exhibition arrived with a burned torch cut hole in…

42.23 (f)

In 1973 Texas made the Texas obscenity statute against “lewd” and “obscene devices” in interest of the well-being of the Public, in which made it illegal to own more than six or more obscene devices. The artist wanted to show…

Starry Night

Throughout my career my natural curiosity led me to explore several media. I became interested in incorporating technology in my work and have been experimenting with LEDs, electronics and 3D printing for a few years now. I translated this knowledge…

What the Sun Will Bring

This piece begins with my interpretation of connection. As a medical illustrator, I connect science and art every single day. Metalsmiths use science to create art all of time by combining alchemy, metallurgy, chemistry, physics, formulas, geometry, oxidation, electroforming, reactions…

Fractured

This pendant is part of my series “Fractured”.

Connecting Ink

My work engages human nature’s desire to connect. Through making, I explore how objects act as intermediaries between people. This work reflects on the delicate balance and navigation that happens when we intertwine our lives with others. Inspired by relationships…

Bird Without Feathers

“Birds Without Feathers” pendant is created on a cold rolled steel base, with blue and purple hues from heat patina and metallic accents from fused fine silver and placer gold. Copper electroformed butterfly wings and a copper bird skull are…

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