What I call "Art Jewelry" is jewelry that fulfills a higher purpose than just to be worn and enjoyed by the wearer (although,really, what higher purpose could there be?!). For example, when I want to test different techniques, try out different patinas (oxidized finishes), or experiment with different metals the outcome might be beautiful, but not commercially viable. The objective is not necessarily to be comfortable or even wearable (although it often is), but to expand my boundaries, learn new things and have FUN!!
Hollow-formed sterling silver with 24K gold overlay.
This collection was born of my utter fascination with these nifty (if evil-looking) seed pods that float up out of the Hudson River and litter our Riverfront Park with infinite opportunities to cripple oneself by stepping on them. They are the seed pod of an invasive species of water chestnut, brought here by some naive soul in the 60's, or so the rumor has it, to populate "his little section" of the riverfront.
They are seriously sharp and poke-y, but endlessly beautiful little objects that get me all excited to make jewelry. Stay tuned -- more designs to come...
Devil's Head Ring
Hand carved and cast sterling silver (shiny and black vinegar patina). Also available in bronze
Devil's Head Necklace
Available in Sterling Silver, Bronze or 14K yellow gold. Also available on a leather cord rather than a chain.
Devil's Head Drop Earrings
Available in Sterling Silver or Bronze.
Triple Devil's Eye Dangles
Available in Sterling Silver, Bronze or 14K yellow gold.
Devil's Head and Liam Link in Bronze
on leather cord with green patina. Photo by Meredith Heuer
Bronze Devil's Head Key Ring
Reclaimed Cellulose Acetate Collection
We crafty types are the hoarders of society. We see potential in garbage. Over my many years in optical product development, I fell in love with the cellulose acetate used in eyewear production, and as a product person, I had access to all kinds of samples. So every time we cleaned out our sample closets, I rescued the landfill-bound pieces and squirreled them away. And now I have found a brilliant and fun new job for all this acetate scrap: jewelry! I heat, bend, carve, polish, rivet, and combine with metal to make pretty stuff to wear. Mostly one-of-a-kind, but I'm working on new pieces all the time.
The good news is that Cellulose Acetate is considered an "eco plastic". It is made from the short fibers in cotton, combined with plasticizers and pigments, and rolled out like pastry crust to then cure into the nifty stuff you see here! If left to the elements it will biodegrade (eventually), so no leaving your pieces out in the sandbox.
The Birth of a Collection!
Cellulose Acetate Reclaimed from Optical Manufacturing Industry, Sterling Silver, Copper. One of a kind piece, Not For Sale, much beloved by artist.
This piece is red acetate with sterling silver inlay and rivets. The image is not professional, but it makes me happy, because it was snapped by the wearer, my friend Julie, on her front porch in Beacon, NY.
Hand-Carved Cuffs in Triple-Laminate Cellulose Acetate
These were custom orders, with the material chosen by the customer. I'll be making more and posting them in the shop. They are one-of-a-kind pieces though, so when they're gone, they're gone....
Multilayer Green Acetate and Sterling Silver
A custom piece for my dear friend Gael Levin-Simon
Dual layer Blue and Green with Sterling Silver
Another custom piece for my friend, neighbor and fellow artist Anna Bergin
The "Liam Link"
The story of the Liam Link. When my best bud and I were weary mothers trying to entertain toddlers and get in as much coffee as possible, we dragged our boys (4 in total) to the local coffee shop. Amid the muffin crumbs on the floor I found a glorious metal object that looked as though it had been on the ocean floor for decades. Turns out that my friend's 4-year-old son Liam had found this treasure in the park, it having washed up from out of the Hudson River. I marveled at his eye for cool shiny things, and asked permission to borrow it long enough to make a mold. The Liam Link collection is my collaboration with him, and a popular component in my Jewelry.
The Theresa Bracelet
This bracelet was made for my friend Theresa, whose husband purchased it for her birthday. Front-and-center you can see the Liam Link.
Raquel's Mommy Dog Tags
Sterling silver. Raquel, Mother of Liam (of the link), has earned her mommy stripes. She does battle daily on the front lines, and her adversaries are 3 very tenacious boys (Liam, Ryan and David)!
Liam Link and Devil's Head in Bronze
On Leather cord, with green patina. Photo by Meredith Heuer
Sterling Silver Baby Spoons
Something special for your little bundle of sweetness! Available as a plain spoon or with acid-etched design. Every design is one-of-a-kind. If there's something special you'd like on your wee one's spoon, let's talk!
New Devil's Head Earrings
Available in shiny sterling silver (pictured), oxidized sterling or bronze. I tested them for a week -- even my wimpy earlobes agree: Not too heavy at all!
Small Devil's Head Earrings
Oxidized sterling, pictured.
Single Devil's Eye Earring
Available in oxidized sterling (pictured) shiny sterling, or bronze.
Available in shiny or oxidized sterling silver, as well as in bronze.
Bronze Liam Link Key Ring
Also available with green oxidized patina.
In The Studio
Behind the scenes, things look a little different. It's often a mess and sometimes a bit overwhelming. But it's the sum total of everything I've ever wanted in life, mess and all. Take a peek...
The Seed Pods that inspire (and hurt!)
Don't step on one in your flipflops, but they're fun to collect, put in your pocket (not your pants pocket), and look at endlessly! The Silver one you can wear. It's not quite as ghastly sharp as the others.
Raw castings in sterling silver
The Bench, official New York State Disaster Area
Triple Devil's Eye Dangles in Sterling Silver
The Theresa Bracelet
Making Gold with Elyse
My friend Elyse (whom I adore) had a commission to make a pair of 18K gold wedding rings from some very special 24K gold that she had been given. She came to visit for the day, and we did some quick math, converted the gold, and then cast the rings from a cuttle fish bone -- and a celebratory beer was had by all!