"Ripple Effect" Opening this Friday: Four Jeweler Bios

Designer Gold is excited to host this upcoming exhibit, 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.

"Fin", sterling silver cuff bracelet by Elizabeth Schwartz

"Fin", sterling silver cuff bracelet by Elizabeth Schwartz

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 Bio's and Statements

Kerstin Nichols

"Wildflowers Meet Chain Maille" bracelet

"Wildflowers Meet Chain Maille" bracelet

As an artist my work is reactive in nature; an on-going dialogue with what I see and find.

The forms I respond to are common to most people's life experience:  a stone, rounded by tumbling along a stream bed; the jumble of flowering weeds along the roadside, the bright yellow of buttercups complementing the soft purples of clover; the illuminating shapes created by dappled light coming through a forest canopy; a wall of rock the layers of which have been distorted by the pressures of time.

Conceptually what ties my work together is an on-going fascination with nature and natural processes, and our relationship to these familiar but all too fleeting experiences in our daily lives.

What all my work has in common, whether it is jewelry, sculpture or lighting, is that the space around a given piece is as important as the object itself. In jewelry this relates to how an earring might occupy and move within the intimate space of an ear lobe. In a sculpture that it affects how someone experiences the space of a familiar room, or an outdoor setting they have walked by for years. In a chandelier the play of the shadows it creates against a wall, or a table is as important as the actual form and materials it is made from.

Sandra Seymour

Abalone swirl earrings

Abalone swirl earrings

After many years in academic science, a mid-life detour found me walking into the League of NH Craftsmen studios to reconnect with my love of art and working with my hands. There I discovered an affinity for metalsmithing and a tireless, dauntless, and empathic mentor for my passion in Kerstin Nichols. What you see on display in this show is a snapshot of where I'm at some 10 years on.

My work can be broadly categorized into two main themes: One inspired by the flow of currents in water or wind; and one motivated by architectural considerations such as the construction of space and movement through the use of enclosure, balance, proportion, and layering, among others. The main body of work here references the ocean, sea life, and that fascinating tidal zone where land and sea mix it up. Two examples of architectural work can be seen in the case under the branch lamp.

Kim Gaddes

The connection between myself and my work is largely derived from personal experience with friends, family and special places in my life.

I also draw deep inspiration from the Native American Arts, specifically, their expression of animal symbolism and culture. i.e. my
'Bear Spirit' pendant has specific personal meaning and symbolism to me.

Learning new skills and exploring new endeavors has been an important part of my life.  I have always had a passion for the arts but not until I took my first class with Kerstin Nichols, a gifted artist and fabulous Teacher/Mentor, at the Hanover League Craft Studies Program in 1991 did I find my passion in silver and metalsmithing.  I have acquired many new skills and have found a creative outlet that has provided much balance in my life. The journey from my first experience as a maker to displaying my work alongside so many amazing artists has been a spectacular adventure. I am grateful to have been invited to take part in this show.  It has given me the confidence and drive to further expand as a student and creator in this chosen art. 

Elizabeth Brumble Schwartz

Elizabeth Scwartz pictured in her "happy place" (studio)

Elizabeth Scwartz pictured in her "happy place" (studio)

My jewelry evokes the simple elegance of use or industry. Things I love to look at are functional. My years as a ceramic artist have inclined me to forms that follow function –- forms with spare ingenuity. The endless ways jewelry interacts with the body intersects with my fascination with function.

Ancient hand tools, grain elevators, blast furnaces, crystalline and cellular morphology, or architecture—any of these might suggest a profile, a pattern, or a structure to inspire my fabrication or carving.

I have a Bachelor of Fine Arts and a Masters of Fine Arts from the New York State College of Ceramics, Art and Design at Alfred University. Jewelry and metalsmithing are a new love. What started as a sweet anniversary gift of a class from my husband has turned into a calling. Kerstin Nichols and the other gifted teachers at The League of NH Craftsmen have ignited my passion. The community that grows up around quality teaching is what keeps me coming back for more.

Check back in a couple days for information about the remaining four artists in this show!


Peggy Sadler