Be sure to stop by Designer Gold this Friday from 5 to 7pm for the opening of "Ripple Effect: Mentor and Mentees." We are hosting this show in collaboration with the Hanover League of New Hampshire Craftsmen:
Ripple Effect: Mentor and Mentees
The creative exchange between one master teacher and her students at the Hanover League of NH Craftsmen.
Opening Reception: Friday, March 25th from 5-7pm at Designer Gold
Exhibit runs from Friday, March 25th through Saturday, April 2nd at Designer Gold
"Ripple Effect" explores the ever evolving dynamics between teacher and students. The show examines how pupils learn from their instructor, developing the skills required to produce jewelry, while also searching for their own voice and inspiration. In this unique exhibit, the instructor's work is shown side by side with that of her students, providing a view into the varying styles of each pupil and how they differ not only from each other, but also from their teacher, Kerstin Nichols.
Participating jewelry artists include: Celie Fago, Sandra Seymour, Kim Gaddes, Maria Gross, Rosemary Orgren, Elizabeth Brumble Schwartz and Deb Meyer.
Four Artists: Their Bios and Statements
I love pattern, texture, form, and shape. I enjoy the challenge of bringing these elements together in cohesive and fluid designs. My father — a pattern maker — passed on to me a lifelong love of tools and
their uses, an esteem for sound construction, and a fascination with mechanisms of all kinds. It is important to me that my pieces be fully realized, assembled with care, and attractively finished front and back.
My education in metalsmithing has been largely acquired at the Hanover metals studio of the League of New Hampshire Craftsmen. I continue to participate regularly in League classes while planning, practicing, and producing in my own studio in Vermont.
In the late 1990s, amidst intense personal events, I took my first (of many) Metals Studio classes with Kerstin Nichols at The League of NH Craftsmen in Hanover…. and I have not looked back. Over these years I have learned to experience this art form and found it vital, uncovering and encouraging my creative inner voice I hadn’t really heard before. The Metals Studio has been a haven, soothing and exciting, where I leave my daily concerns at the door and find not only quality classes by gifted instructors but dynamic exchanges that “ripple” between everyone, instructors and students alike.
Today, at times an instructor and always a student at the Metals Studio, I continue to learn new skills and refine the old ones -- looking to get a even better handle on the technical and emotional play between different metals, tools, stones, found objects, and different color applications. Steadily, it is where I continue to revisit my self on many planes, explore ideas, moods, challenge designs and then work to create something I have never (quite) done before . . . Always leaving my daily concerns at the door.
My work is inspired by timeless moments when mundane concerns disappear and beauty manifests.
Celie Fago is a mostly self-taught jewelry artist and author with a background in painting, printmaking, sculpture and metals. Her widely exhibited jewelry, combining Precious Metal Clay with polymer clay and metalsmithing, is distinguished by elegant design, resonant color, and attention to detail. She is highly regarded as a generous teacher and as an innovator in the combination of these materials. She has exhibited and taught internationally for professional organizations, guilds and schools including Arrowmont, Haystack, The North Country Studio Conference, and the Mid Cornwall School of Jewellery and has work in numerous collections, including Mitsubishi Material Corporation of Japan and the Mingei Museum in San Diego.
Please see our previous post for four more jeweler bios and statements.