Art Objects are intended to be decorative and include small sculptures, wall hangings and items for the coffee table, display case, desk or dining table,. The silversmithing skills of forging, sinking and raising to enclose space are used in the creation of these objects. Hammers, steel stakes and anvils as well as torches that supply heat on raw materials shape flat sheet and rod into shapes that envelope space.
I like to compare the skills used to make an art object to the sewing skills I learned when younger to make clothing. As an adult I realized that this was what attracted me to the jewelry studio. I already understood the processes of making 3-dimensional forms. Only the tools and raw materials were different. Paper patterns are applied to flat material, cut out, attached with seams or formed with nips and tucks to form an interior space.
A garment holds a torso, a pitcher holds water, a container holds a treasure. These art forms can be textured and decorated with stones, beads, rivets, chasing, engraving, and decorative hammering. As with needle and thread, pieces can be joined by “cold connections” such as rivets, screws, hinges, or jump rings. Otherwise, heat and torches are used for fusing or soldering seams. I enjoy making cold connections, such as screws, from scratch..
My main goal is to be playful and whimsical since I am not limited by function.