This month we are featuring an exhibit by Deborah Lozier of Oakland, California -- the visiting Jewelry Artist at the Claflin Jewelry Studio in Dartmouth College's Hopkins Center. With the Hop, Designer Gold is co-curating the exhibit of Deborah's enamel work from Thursday, October 9 through October 31. We will be holding a reception for Deborah at Designer Gold on THURSDAY, October 9th from 5:00-7:00 pm. Come to Designer Gold, meet Deborah and chat with her about her work. Refreshments will be served.
Deborah will be conducting a workshop for students at the college on FRIDAY afternoon, the 10th. Then in the evening, also Friday, from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m., she will present a slide-lecture of her work in Wilson Hall on the Dartmouth campus. This lecture is free and open to the public. Hope to see you there.
Deborah has shown her work all over the U.S. and throughout England and Scotland.
She works in gold and silver as well as the copper and enamel that you see here. Her pieces are sculptural and wearable. And her inspiration she says, "most often comes to me from simple, everyday occurrences."
Usually we take this space to talk about our guest artist, but Deb's own words sum up her work beautifully:
The light and shadow on a wall, leaves blowing in through my studio door, remnants I find on walks, even a radiator hose from my old Honda have all proven to be a springboard for a series of work. The thread binding them together is gesture, color and form. Sometimes I use what I find directly, but more often I lay these objects out as recollections. Materials that will last a little longer or offer me the ability to manipulate line, color and scale. Whether the work is jewelry intended to be worn or a sculptural object for display, I try to bring to each piece a suggestion of ritual, extending its formal aesthetics to a deeper realm. Beauty is important but stirring an honest emotion is equally so.
My process is intuitive and responsive. Much like a writer of fiction, the pieces unfold as I work. I pay close attention to the fleeting space between cause and effect and like to think the materials themselves have a say in the directions I take them. At its best, it feels as if there is another person in the room collaborating and guiding me through. In the end, it is the memory of their making which lingers on, with the objects themselves being record keepers of the event.
Be sure to stop by Designer Gold on the 9th, from 5:00 to 7:00, to meet Deborah, and join her in Wilson Hall at Dartmouth on the 10th, from 6:00-7:00, for her slide-lecture.
In our next posts, we will be telling you more about October's birth stone and featuring one of our permanent Artists