Male Spoon, Female Spoon
"Male Spoon" and "Female Spoon" are both completely fabricated and Female Spoon’s handle is hollow-formed. Both handles are then patinated to turn the copper a satin black. The bowls of both spoons are formed and planished and white enamel is sifted over the inside of the bowl and kiln fired. After the first firing, the inside of the bowl is painted with wet black enamel in multiple layers of varying opacity, with a kiln firing between each later. The handles and spoons are riveted together after firing is complete.
Dance, figurative imagery, and nature serve as the foundation of my work. I use the figure to represent the movement of the body, position of the head, or expression of the face. I’ve found that the organic, fluid movements of metal serve as an abstract metaphor for the movement of dancers. I am also inspired by select natural environments and landscapes, which have had lasting impact on me. My time spent in Italy has influenced my recent work greatly, most specifically the shapes and colors from olive trees. I have chosen to work in traditional metals and techniques such as enamel on silver and copper. I’m also interested in continuing to learn traditional enameling techniques that are no longer used often in contemporary jewelry.
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