Posted by Lora Hart
For the past couple of years I've been enamored of and influenced by the work of jewelry makers who are university trained. I stalk grad students on CraftHaus, go to avante garde exhibitions at galleries like Velvet da Vinci and Taboo (both in California), and pour over images in Metalsmith magazine of work I consider imaginative, unusual, and cutting edge. And I wonder how they come up with the inspiration for all their unusual techniques and designs.
|Charity Hall uses her background in biology as inspiration. Kristin Beeler lazer engraves pearls. Emily Watson uses wood, plastic, faux bone, sterling and metal clay in her wearable sculptures.|
Even in the metal clay world I find myself most attracted to the work of artists who bring more than one talent to the table. I think that the more familiarity with other elements of design one has, the more interesting and engaging the artistic outcome is.
|Terry Kovalcik utilizes his graphic arts background in every piece he makes. Celie Fago brought years of polymer clay texture and carving talents to her metal clay work. Donna Penoyer accessed a joie di vivre and sense of fun from her stilt walking alter egos when developing her metal clay whistles.|
Those of us who work on our own need to push our own boundaries while students have professors and the system to force them to push theirs. How often do you drive past your comfort zone? What experiences have you had, or do you intentionally expose yourself to, that ignite the creative spark of your individual artistic identity? When do you get inspired to ask yourself 'what if'?