Thursday, August 09, 2012

Update from metal clay artists Maureen and Rebecca Worth

Prevent Child Abuse America's signature
Pinwheel Jewelry Collection
for Pinwheels for Prevention



Sylvan Spirit


Sylvan Spirit features botanical jewelry collections that are hand sculpted from porcelain and red clay and fired in a pottery kiln. Flowers are then painted and adorned with pearls and semi-precious stones on 14k gold fill or sterling wire to create pins, earrings, necklaces, and headpieces. Maureen and Rebecca Worth, a mother-daughter team, design and make each piece from their studios in Virginia.

The Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial I Have a Dream collection

Without the use of molds, no two items are exactly alike and an artist signature completes each piece. In addition to the colorful florals and leaves, the artists use Precious Metal Clay to design collections in sterling, bronze, or gold options. Sylvan Spirit has been commissioned by organizations to create jewelry lines that carry a message. Inspired by the symbolism and meaning that art brings to each of us, it is not the "what" but the "why" that makes their pieces special.

2012 is the International Year of Cooperatives, and the duo's gallery in Lexington, VA called Artists in Cahoots is celebrating its 30th Anniversary as a co-op. There will be a fabulous celebration on October 5th where the street in front of the gallery will be closed down for only foot traffic. 

The National Cherry Blossom Festival
2012 centennial celebration Sakura Hai ring

The Sakura Hai ring (shown above) was made in collaboration with Japanese jeweler, Tomoko Nakashima. Rebecca created the  flowers with PMC, while Tomoko made the ring with sheet metal. 

Tomoko and Rebecca working together





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